Posts Tagged ‘inventors’

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Museo Galileo Virtual Museum

April 8th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, April 8, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo Virtual Museum

(catalogue.museogalileo.it/index.html)

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

 

With the aid of this website, visit the Museo Galileo Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy from your home.

Select from the following ways to explore the exhibits: 

  • Rooms – Take a room-by-room virtual tour of the museum.
  • Objects – Search through the alphabetical list of objects.
  • Videos by thematic area – Watch videos describing various objects with a related theme.
  • Videos alphabetically ordered – Choose objects from the alphabetized list of the videos.
  • Biographies – Learn about the inventors and creators of the objects in the museum.

There is also a glossary and downloadable catalog available to enhance your studies.

Once you have decided how you would like to browse the virtual museum, select your object of interest to learn more through text, images, and videos. There are thousands of interesting exhibits to examine, so be sure to bookmark this one to come back to often.

Lessons for Black History Month

February 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

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!

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