Posts Tagged ‘inventions’

The Electric Ben Franklin

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 28, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Electric Ben Franklin

(http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/info/index.htm)

 

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a wealth of information and fun trivia on the subject of Benjamin Franklin!
When you get to the website, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 
  • A Timeline of Franklin’s Life with notable historic events and achievement
  • Franklin’s Inventions – including bifocal glasses, electricity, the lightning rod, a Franklin stove, a map of the Gulf Stream, swim fins, odometer – and find out what he didn’t invent too!
  • Franklin’s Entire Autobiography including an account of his famous kite experiment
You can also read an original work of historical fiction called Temple’s Diary in which a 15-year-old boy discovers that he is the grandson of Benjamin Franklin!
Explore Philadelphia and Franklin’s old haunts. Read his wise and wonderful sayings. You’ll even find experiments to do at home along with interactive games that help to explain the concepts of Franklin’s many discoveries.

This is a wonderful unit study online that will appeal to the whole family – don’t miss it!

Note: This website is part of the larger USHistory.org site. Be sure to visit the home page to see all that this site has to offer.

United Stated History for Kids

April 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Historama

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported UK website presents American history uniquely by connecting important events with the presidencies during which they occurred.
When arriving at the link above, there are brief explanations about the site content and then you are able to select your topic of interest.
Information is broken down by the following: 
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Eras
    • 1790-1800: The New US
    • 1801-1828: Evolution Era
    • 1829-1841: Jacksonian Era
    • 1841-1850: Westward Expansion
    • 1850-1865: Secession Era
    • 1860-1865: Civil War Era
    • 1866-1881: Reconstruction Era
    • 1881-1913: Maturation Era
    • 1913-1928: WWI & Prohibition
    • 1929-1945: Depression & WWII
    • 1945-1989: Cold War Era
    • 1990 – Present: The Modern Era
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Important Time Periods and US Events
    • The Wild West
    • The Cowboys
    • Big Business and Corporations
    • Urbanization in America
    • Immigration Laws History Timeline
    • Labor Unions History
    • Women’s suffrage
    • Gilded Age and Era
    • Social Darwinism
    • Industrialization in America
    • Black Segregation History
    • Black Segregation Timeline
    • The Progressive Movement
    • 1800’s Child Labor
    • Black Populism
    • Populism in America
    • The Conservation Movement
    • Inventions & Inventors Timeline
    • Nativism in America
    • US Facts about WW I
    • Environmentalism History
    • Black History People & Events
    • The Roaring Twenties
    • Harlem Renaissance
The home page, as well as most of the other main pages at this site, also includes a 12-minute slide-show-like video overview of the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama. After selecting your main topic of choice, information is presented in bite size pieces with many sub-topics hyperlinked (which are identified by blue, underlined text links) to even more in-depth informational pages. Many of the pages include more video presentations about the President in residency during the time period.

To return to the home page, you will need to find the text link or button “US American History” which usually is found below the first paragraph on the page. You may also wish to use the American Historama Sitemap to more quickly locate the sub-topics within each era to locate specific pages.

If you are looking for a concise, no ‘bells and whistles’ approach to American history, this website may be just what you need.

(Please be sure that you assist younger children when navigating this website as it is ad-supported and there are a few text linked ads as well as image ads on most pages. But the value of the content should outweigh this nuisance.)

National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Inventors Hall of Fame

 

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

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, you can read biographies of inventors and read all about their inventions as well. Pictures and illustrations accompany the text.
When you get to the site select “Inductees” in the upper menu bar. You can then choose to search by category such as: 
  • Last Name (listed alphabetically)
  • Year Inducted
  • Academic Institution
  • Company or Organization
  • State/Province
  • Country
After making your selection, a list of inventors will appear from which to choose. Select the “View Profile” beside the inventor’s name to read the biography and about the invention. There will also be some “Related Inductees” listed to continue your exploration.

This is a terrific resource site that you may want to bookmark. It is fun to browse – but there is so much information it’s hard to see it all in one visit.

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

Travel to the “Land Between Rivers”

February 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History

 

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

 

Dig deep into your study of Mesopotamia with this comprehensive and appealing website. Created with the help of Chicago teachers, The Oriental Institute and others, when you first arrive at this website you are welcomed with a brief introduction and then you can select your area of discovery:

* Life in Mesopotamia
* Interactives
* Learning Collection
* Teaching Materials

While exploring “Life in Mesopotamia”, the brief, yet informative text encourages a closer examination of the interactive images of the artifacts. Some of the topics covered are:

* The First Farmers
* Daily Life
* The First Cities
* The Role of Women
* Literature
* Mathematics and Measurement
* Art and Architecture
* The First Cities
* Religion
* The Invention of Writing
* Law and Government
* Science and Inventions

On the “Interactives” page, dig even deeper in your exploration with artifact image interactives, videos, and a fun virtual archaeological dig where the student collects and catalogs artifacts and then creates their own museum exhibit.
In the “Learning Collection”, take an in-depth look at the artifact images using the “Zoomify” software and encourage closer examination and understanding of the objects with the provided thought-provoking questions.
 
You won’t want to miss checking out the “Teaching Materials”. With helpful instruction on how to use the site in your classroom and downloadable PDF lesson plans for each of the topics covered, your Mesopotamia study will be complete! 

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, February 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Science Spot

 

Age Range: 10-13 (designed for middle school students, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables (aligned with Illinois Learning Standards).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Daily Science Trivia – This is a fun tool that provides a series of questions on topics such as scientists, inventions, dinosaurs, weather, bats, health, chemistry and more. Print them out and use them to start conversations or test what you know.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t have time to follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

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