Posts Tagged ‘lesson plans’

Visit the Home of Frederick Douglass

February 16th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, February 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – Virtual Museum Exhibit

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/frdo/index.html)

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

 

Visit the home of abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass with this virtual museum exhibit from the National Park Service.

After arriving at the site and reading the overview use the links above and below the main image to navigate. Choose from: 

  • Visionary – Learn about why Frederick Douglass was called the father of the civil rights movement and more.
  • Washington Home – On this page learn about his home, examine artifacts and find the virtual tour link.
  • Power of an Idea – Read a brief summary of how ideas shaped his life. (Parents Note: This page has an image of the Statue of a Female Slave which is a nude, so as always use discretion when allowing children to view this site.)
  • Mighty Word – Discover how Mr. Douglass became a public speaker and writer.
  • Women’s Rights – Learn about other abolitionists and his part in the women’s rights movement.
  • All Image Gallery – View all the images available on all the pages.

There is also a link to “Lesson Plans” to the right of the overview which provides a list of all available lesson plans from the NPS museum collections where visitors can find lesson plans for African American History and many more topics.

To view the virtual tour, select the Washington Home link then click the “House Tour” link under the picture of the house. When the tour begins slides of the rooms will transition. Below the slide show there is a summary and to the right a clickable floor plan map to explore the rooms. Select a room to open the image and learn about each room’s function. Use your mouse or the tools under the image to take a closer look. Rooms to explore include: 

  • East Parlor
  • Library
  • West Parlor
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Frederick Douglass Bedroom
  • Helen Pitts Douglass Bedroom
  • Ann Douglass Bedroom
  • Men’s Guest Bedroom
  • Lady’s Guest Bedroom
  • Helen George Bedroom

This site will make a great addition to your African American history studies.

Primary Source U.S. History Lessons

February 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach US History

(www.teachushistory.org/)

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

 

This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help teach U.S. History.

While its target audience is classroom teachers, most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “About Us” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes: 

  • American Revolution
  • Indian Removal
  • Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
  • Life in Antebellum America
  • Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
  • The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
  • War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • Westward Expansion

As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.

This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

Visit an 18th Century Fort Online

January 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, January 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum

(www.fortat4.org/insidefort.php)

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

 

With this website, take a virtual tour of the reconstructed 18th century Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

Use the map at today’s link to begin your tour and to view images and information about the dwellings and the people in the fort. Navigate through the slide show using the arrow keys and choose to learn about: 

  • Lt. & Mrs. Parker House
  • Killam-Hastings Lean-to
  • David Farnworth House
  • Park/Putnam Lean-to
  • Capt. & Mrs. Stevens House
  • The Great Chamber
  • Watch Tower
  • Dr. & Mrs. Hastings’ House
  • Parker/Sartwell Lean-to
  • Lt. & Mrs. Willard House
  • Capt. & Mrs. Spafford Lean-to
  • Ensign & Mrs. Sartwell House
  • Stephen Farnsworth Lean-to
  • James “John” Johnson Lean-to

When you are finished with your tour, use the top menu to read the “Fort History”, examine the “Timeline” or locate the “Educators” link for printable activities, lesson plans and more.

Christmas Tree Farm Virtual Tour & Lesson Plans

December 8th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Christmas Tree Farm & Lesson Plans

(www.christmastrees.on.ca/index.php?action=display&cat=13)

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

 

Not only do you get to take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm today – but you can explore an extensive website all about Christmas Trees complete with themed lesson plans!

We’ve featured this site in previous years – but it’s worth an annual virtual trip to see. At this website you can take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm in Ontario, Canada. When you get to the site, scroll down to locate the tour links and click to learn all about the growing and harvesting process through photographs and text. Then, read all about the history of Christmas trees. Locate the “Education” link in the upper menu to find “Activities for Kids” to print out some Christmas tree themed games and puzzles including dot-to-dot, word searches, crossword puzzles, and counting tree rings! Select the “Teacher’s Guide” link to find teaching plans. But wait! Keep reading.

Christmas Trees and More!


This website from the University of Illinois Extension Program has extensive information on Christmas trees presented through a printable series of lesson plans for grades K-7. Learn the plant parts of a Christmas tree, its development from seed to harvest, watch video clips of the life of a Christmas tree, learn about out nation’s official Christmas tree, and follow links to more information on tree farms and where to find them, Tree Events, and more. By the way, some of the lessons provided here suggest a year-round curriculum on trees – so you can print it out and use it all year long.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

(www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm)

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

 

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. In the words of then President Franklin Roosevelt, it was “a date that would live in infamy”. This website from the National Park Service and from their “Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans” collection, helps students examine the events and history of Pearl Harbor and the memorialized USS Arizona.

After reading the introduction, scroll down to the “Table of Contents” which provides a linked layout of the lesson plan. Use the links in the layout to work through the plan. Concepts covered include: 

  • Setting the Stage: Historical Context – summary information about the purpose of the study
  • Locating the Site: Maps – Use the maps of Hawaii, Japan, the island of Oahu, and Pearl Harbor while working through the reading sections.
  • Determining the Facts: Readings – concise texts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Determining the Facts: Charts – Use charts to answer questions.
  • Visual Evidence: Images – pictures that can be used with the lesson plan
  • Putting It All Together: Activities – four extension activities for better understanding

On every page there are thought-provoking questions to help students analyze the information presented. Select the “Supplementary Resources” link for additional sites for further study.  


Add this website to your list for World War II history studies. 

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