Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Virtual Immigration Activity – Circa 1890!

April 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, April 18, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Tenement Museum: From Ellis Island to Orchard Street

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website, sponsored by The Tenement Museum, you can virtually travel back in time to see what life was like as an immigrant to the United States between 1890 and 1924

When you get to the site (the progarm takes a moment to fully load), be sure to turn on your speakers. The introduction is presented like an old newsreel in a really fun and engaging way. Then, simply click the arrows to virtually experience each step of the immigration process.

1) Fill out your official passport.

2) Set sail for America.

3) Go to Ellis Island in New York and experience the legal/health inspection process.

4) Visit the immigrant tenement apartment buildings in the Lower East Side.

5) Explore an immigrant’s apartment and learn more about their life.

6) Write a letter to your relatives and friends waiting to hear news from you about America.

Each section of the virtual immigration process is highlighted with video clips and clickable icons that provide further information about this historical period in our nation’s history. It’s user friendly, informative, interactive, and fun!

 

Virtual Field Trip To Statue of Liberty!

August 19th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 19, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Park Service: Statue of Liberty eTour

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a multi-media virtual tour of one of the world’s most recognized landmarks, the Statue of Liberty.

When you get to the site select High Speed or Dial-Up access, turn on your speakers, and enjoy the tour.

VERY IMPORTANT:  You won’t hear spoken words, so be sure to read the text to understand how to navigate and access all of the content here, including the video presentations at each stop along the tour. (Hint: be sure to click on the icons in the black frames.)

The e-tour includes:

  • A trip around the perimeter of Liberty Island in New York Harbor
  • The history of the statue’s design and significance
  • Statue Statistics – height, weight, materials used to make it, etc.
  • Engineering Techniques
  • Information on the statue’s torch and flame
  • How the image of the statue is used by marketers
  • Symbolism of the concept of liberty

This tour is sure to spark discussion about world history, immigration, politics, geography, liberty, and more.

Fun Games & WebQuests Teach Civics! (CSAW)

January 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, January 27, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
iCivics

Age Range: 9 -18 (about Grades 4-12, younger students may enjoy aspects with parental assistance)

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

When you get to the site you will see some featured games at the top of the page, and a menu of game “Topics” that include: 

*Citizenship and Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

*Separation of Powers – Control all 3 branches of government to understand the parts of government and how they work.

*The Constitution and the Bill of Rights – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Try out your persuasive skills by arguing a real Supreme Court case. Take a WebQuest to learn about how our Constitution was created and how it affects YOU.

*The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.

*The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

*The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents.  Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.

In addition to the multi-media games and webquests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Experience Life as an Immigrant to New York in 1890 (CSAW)

April 23rd, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Tenement Museum: From Ellis Island to Orchard Street

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately)

A big thank you to Kim Railey who recommended this FANTASTIC website that helps you travel back in time to see what life was like as an immigrant to the United States between 1890 and 1924.

When you get to the site (it takes a moment to fully load) — be sure to turn on your speakers. The introduction is presented like an old newsreel in a really fun and engaging way. Then, simply click the arrows to virtually experience each step of the immigration process.

  1. Fill out your official passport
  2. Set sail for America
  3. Go to Ellis Island in New York and experience the legal/health inspection process
  4. Visit the immigrant tenement apartment buildings in the Lower East Side
  5. Explore an immigrant’s apartment and learn more about their life
  6. Write a letter to your relatives and friends waiting to hear news from you about America

Each section of the virtual immigration process is highlighted with video clips and clickable icons that provide further information about this historical period in our nation’s history. It’s user friendly, informative, interactive, and fun!

This site is a ClickSchooling Award Winner (CSAW)!

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Top Social Sciences Sites for 2008

January 8th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Social Sciences sites for 2008:

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Geography Thru Free Map Unit Studies!

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8)

This is one of the most frequently visited websites in the ClickSchooling archive. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis partnered with National Geographic on an exhibit called “MAPS: Tools for Adventure” that teaches kids about maps. The exhibit offers this companion website with FREE Unit Study guides in downloadable, printable, book-style format containing lessons about mapping. This is a thorough resource for teaching cartography.

Free Social Science Videos from NOVA

Age Range: 10-17 (Grades 6-12)

At this website you can learn all about social sciences by watching PBS NOVA videos for free. Topics covered by these films include: Anthropology, Natural Disasters, the Human Genome, ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, Nature, Physics, Space, Technology and more. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

Chicago History Museum: Great Chicago Stories

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12)

This ClickSchooling award-winner offers an engaging history of Chicago presented through historical fiction stories that are accompanied by lessons and activities, as well as investigations of museum artifacts. It’s a terrific example of educational technology at its best. Topics geared for grades 3-12 include the Great Migration, baseball, railroad transportation, hot dogs, abolition, public housing, immigration, labor, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, politics and more.

Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 8 and up (non-readers will need assistance)

This website provides an introduction to geography through earth sciences including the earth’s energy, structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and bio-geo-chemical cycles. Includes interactive quizzes and links to further resources.

Free Historical Paper Dolls! Paper Dali

Age Range: 5-12 (approximately)

A homeschool mom (who also happens to be a history buff and talented artist) created this site that offers FREE Paper Dolls based on historical people and events. Print out the variety of characters and make history come alive! You’ll find paper dolls for all of these historical themes: American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, King Arthur & Knights of the Round Table, Wild West, and Biblical Times. You’ll also find ideas and tips for use. Join the free mailing list to receive updates whenever new Paper Dali’s are added to the site.

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Secret Presidential Recordings

July 17th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Miller Center of Public Affairs: Presidential Recordings

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades: 6-8 and 9-12)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this site and wrote: “This site, hosted and maintained by the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, makes the recordings of six American Presidents from 1940-1973 available online for scholars, teachers, students, and the public.”

These secret sound recordings of meetings and telephone conversations conducted by U.S. Presidents are an amazing resource that will enhance and bring to life any study of modern U.S. history, government, and social studies.

The recordings come complete with on-screen transcripts that highlight the text as it is spoken to improve clarity and understanding. Historical photographs illustrate the transcripts. There are classroom materials (that can be tweaked for homeschool use) with suggested activities to further learning about the topics discussed in the recordings.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Click on either of two sections that include:

  • Transcripts and Virtual Exhibits – Here you can use the menu on the left side of the screen to access the recordings that were made on tape of all six U.S. Presidents including: Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Read the transcripts and listen to audio clips, or explore featured exhibits. This section will require time to fully peruse the offerings – and my best advice is to “keep clicking” to see it all. ;)
  • Classroom Materials (Digital Classroom Initiative) – This section, designed for teachers, is easier to explore. It opens to an introductory page. Use the menu on the left side of your screen to access the recordings through:
    • Topic – Includes recordings discussing Civil Rights, Economy, Foreign Policy, Health Care, Immigration, Law, Politics, Space, War on Poverty, and “Presidents: The Human Dimension.” Click on any one to access the transcripts and audio clips.
    • Classroom – This section includes activities to further learning through exploration of additional materials (that you can read online or print out) and then engage in a question-led discussion of the material. It is sorted by topic and includes Space, Vietnam, Cuba, and more.

This is a rich resource that, as the website claims, provides “contributions to our understanding of recent political history and how the U.S. government works.”

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