Posts Tagged ‘inventors’

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!

Inventions & Inventors!

September 5th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 5, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ThinkQuest: Greatest Inventions

Age Range: 10-18 (about middle school and high school, with parental supervision)

This website traces the path of man through history via the greatest Inventions of all time and the biographies of their inventors.

Click on the link above and it will take you to the sitemap that provides some clues on the best way to navigate the site. You’ll discover:

*Timelines – See how people evolved from the invention of the printing press in 1450 to modern inventions like the DVD.

*Inventions – Learn about some of the greatest inventions that have improved the quality of life for people and discover why Greek philosopher Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.

*Inventors – Meet the great inventors who created tools and devices to improve the quality of life.

*Interactive – Try your hand at solving and playing the interactive puzzles and games. They require some of the specialized knowledge about inventors and inventions you’ll learn at the site.

You’ll also find links to all kinds of other websites that have resources about inventions and inventors to further learning.

I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking the virtual “Guided Tour” of the site, as it gives you a birds-eye-view of what you can learn here.

History of Chewing Gum!

September 22nd, 2011

Hi! It’s Thursday, September 22, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: 8 and up (with adult supervision)

The following websites present the history of chewing gum and various popular and nostalgic brands. You can even watch video clips that show how gum is manufactured!


This ad-supported website offers free information about the history of gum from its invention to the modern day manufacturing process. When you get to the site, you can read the history of gum. Then use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore:

*Chewing Gum Facts – Learn about the different types of gum, what happens when you swallow gum, and why chewing gum isn’t allowed in Singapore.

*Chewing Gum History – Find out if prehistoric man chewed gum, discover when bubble gum was invented, explore a chewing gum timeline, and read the biographies of gum inventors.

*Making Chewing Gum – Discover the ingredients used to make gum and watch two short videos that describe how regular gum is made and how bubble gum is manufactured!


This website offers the history of gum and information on gum ingredients. Don’t miss “How Gum is Made” – a terrific step-by-step illustration and explanation of the entire gum manufacturing process. And check out some fun facts about Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gums.


This website offers a very brief but fascinating history of chewing gum and nostalgic brands of gum.  When you get to the site use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore:

*The History of Gum – Follow the timeline to learn how a chance encounter lead to an idea that resulted in the start of the giant chewing gum industry! Learn the history of various brands including Dentyne, Chiclets, Bubblicious, and Trident.

*Story of Thomas Adams – Find out how a young photographer became the chairman of the board of the American Chicle Company.

Click on the “I Love Gum” logo in the middle of the menu bar to go back to the home page. There, you can click on the pictures of each stick of gum to learn more about:

  • Beemans – A gum invented in 1879 by Dr. Edward Beeman, a physician.
  • Black Jack – The first flavored chewing gum.
  • Adams Sours – This fruit-flavored sour chewing gum debuted in 1965.

Return to the menu at the top of the page to learn more about Cadbury Adams USA, one of the manufacturers of the nostalgic gum brands.

Social Studies Through Inventions!

September 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 15, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Great Idea Finder

Age Range: 8-18 (with parental guidance)

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 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.