Posts Tagged ‘history’

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

Amazing Summer Learning Activities from NatGeo!

July 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Education – Summer Learning

(www.nationalgeographic.org/education/summer-learning/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is a treasure trove of resources and hands-on activities that will stimulate the intellectually curious.

When you get to the site you’ll see some Cool Activities for Hot Days that include: 

  • Sediment Fossil Surprise – Grades 3-5
  • Conduct a Micro-Expedition – Grades 7-12
  • Design a Park – Grades 3-5
  • Think Like a Robot – Grades 5-9
  • Mapping Storybooks – Grades PreK-2
  • Create a Weather Map – Grades 2-3

And more!

Also, be sure to check out the links in the top menu: 

  • Teacher Resources – Ideas, Activites, Lessons, and more that can be filtered by grade, type, or subject
  • Reference – This Day in Geographic History, Current Events, Encyclopedia, and more
  • Mapping – MapMaker Interactive, 1 Page Maps, GeoStories, and more

There is a considerable overlap from one section to the other. All of them offer articles, projects, and activities to enhance learning. Bookmark this site – it will take several visits to see it all. (NOTE: Some of the links were not working at the time of this review.)

Visit the Fossil Horse Cyber Museum

July 6th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, July 6, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fossil Horses in Cyberspace

(www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/fhc/firstCM.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this virtual museum from the Florida Museum of Natural History, dig into the world of paleontology by exploring the fossil records of horses.

Begin your visit by first learning about the science of horses. Use the image menu to select: 

  • What’s in a Name? – Learn how biologists use scientific names to “formalize the process of naming animals.”
  • Amazing Feets: Tales told by Toes – Discover how the characteristics of an animal’s hooves and toes determine the relatives of the horse.
  • Stratigraphy Layer by Layer – Examine the process of fossilization.
  • Sedimental Journey: Geological Time Scales – Gain an understanding of stratigraphy, the study of geological time.
  • Internet Browsers (and Grazers!): Gallery of Fossil Records – Take a tour of horse fossils and learn about their history, discovery and much more. (To navigate this section, use the image map to make a selection, then your back button on your browser to return to the map.)

When you have finished with your tour, return to the home page by selecting the option in the lower menu. In the lower left, select the “WE DIG HORSES! Pony Express” link. Once arriving at Pony Express Archive and reading the introduction, scroll down to the newsletters. These PDF newsletters include a lot more information, images, and more regarding archeological digs, fossils, and more.  
Please note that this site does endorse evolution and presents information regarding this, so as always preview the website for appropriateness for your family.

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

Free Science with Watermelons

July 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Watermelon.org

(www.watermelon.org/Watermelon-101)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s watermelon season in the northern hemisphere! Use this refreshing summer treat to beat the heat and learn science!

Is the watermelon a vegetable or a fruit? Click on the icon to find out. Also check out: 

  • How Watermelon is Grown
  • U.S. Growing Stats
  • Types and Varieties
  • History of Watermelon
  • And more!

You’ll also see the “Educators” link at the top of the page. Find the “Teacher Toolkit” with:

  • Activities and Printouts
  • Printable Worksheets
  • Coloring Sheets, etc.

And, see the menu on the right side of your screen for healthy eating tips, games and activities with recipes and find out how to host a “Watermelon Day” – a fun idea for a homeschool support group!

Tour the Museum of the American Revolution

June 29th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 29, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of the American Revolution

(www.amrevmuseum.org/collection)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover some of the artifacts of the American Revolutionary War with this museum website.

When arriving at today’s link, start exploring items available online such as: 

  • Artwork – portraits of Lieutenant John Ross, Thomas McDonogh, the Comte du Perron and other masterpieces including the March to Valley Forge and the Battle of Germantown
  • Objects – muskets, swords, flags, clothing, cookware, Washington’s headquarters tent, and more
  • Printed Works – A Founding Father’s Roman History, newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, Patrick Henry’s Law Books, Common Sense and Plain Truth, poems and more

Exhibits include historical background about the artifact and other related items to examine.

When finished browsing through the collections, check out the Interactive Timeline (be sure to allow Flash to run to use) to explore items interactively, read more details about the artifact and to see video presentations about the objects.

Be sure not to leave this site before visiting the Educator Resources page. Once on the page, hover back over the Educator Resources link to reveal the Virtual Field Trip link. This link takes visitors to a page for Beyond the Battlefield: A Virtual Field Trip, “a behind-the-scenes field trip of the Museum with host Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series of children’s historical fiction novels.” This field trip will take visitors to the Scholastic website and includes a downloadable Classroom Kit, a 25-minute video tour and many more resources for your students in 2nd-8th grade. 

This site will make a fabulous addition to your American History studies.

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