Posts Tagged ‘Lewis & Clark’

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

June 10th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 10, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

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

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery PikeLong’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
    • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

Lewis & Clark Language Arts Activities

November 11th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, November 11, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lewis & Clark Virtual Journey

(www.nationalgeographic.com/lewisandclark/

journey_intro.html)

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

 

This site, provides an interactive journey that allows students to virtually participate in the Corps of Discovery’s trek across America. Read first-hand accounts of the discoveries made by Lewis and Clark. You’ll also find a timeline and games to reinforce learning.

Also, at ReadWriteThink.org you’ll find an engaging descriptive writing activity for students in grades 7-12 that is inspired by the Lewis & Clark expedition. This site also offers terrific links to other websites with multi-media resources and activities themed around Lewis & Clark and their Corps of Discovery.

Go West with Lewis & Clark

May 14th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark

 

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic takes students on a brief interactive adventure in the 1800’s alongside the great explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
When arriving at the link, select the “Onward!” banner to begin. On the next page, after reading the brief introduction, you can choose to enter your name or just click the “Onward” button. Each slide poses a question with choices to be made about your journey. After making your choice, the next slide provides an explanation as to why or why not the choice is a good one. Select the “Did You Know?” icon for interesting pop-up fast facts relating to the current slide or choose the “Journal” icon to see brief journal entries from Lewis and Clark. There is also a map of your journey on the right hand side of the screen. Situations include: 
  • Gearing up for the Journey
  • Indian Dilemma
  • Baby on Board?
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Brave the Icy Mountains?
  • All Downhill From Here
  • Mission Accomplished
When you have finished going through the slides, click the “See where you’ve been!” text link to see a larger map of your journey. Then select the “Onward” text link to return to the main page. Select the “Onward” option again for the first slide, then check out these text links at the bottom of the slide for more information about Lewis and Clark: 
  • Meet the Crew – brief descriptions of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark
  • More about Lewis and Clark – resources and links to other websites about Lewis and Clark
This website makes an interesting introduction to your studies of Lewis and Clark.

American History Videos, Games, & Timelines!

April 11th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, April 11, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Have Fun with History  

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of the site)

This ad-supported website provides free streaming videos, interactive games and activities, history timelines, and links to many other resources to bring history alive “for students, educators and all lovers of American History.”

When you get to the website you’ll see an icon menu and some features and highlights. Use the icon menu to access:

*History Videos – Watch video recordings by news reporters and eye-witnesses, as well as animations, documentaries, and films of people and events that shaped American history. Selections range from the 1895 Edison experimental talking movie to educational films from the 1950s.  You’ll also find  history-themed television dramas, modern well-made documentaries, and even Hollywood movies.

*History Activities – Enjoy fun interactive games that teach about history while they entertain. Some games are hosted on the site, and some games are hosted on other websites. Tpics include:

  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Presidential Turkeys
  • Jamestown Online Adventure
  • Animated Atlas
  • Lewis & Clark Expedition Game

*History Topics Timeline – Explore an interactive timeline covering topics such as:

  • Native American
  • African American
  •  Colonial American
  • Revolutionary War
  • Civil War
  • Frontier/Pioneers
  • Railroads/Trains
  • World War I
  • Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Science & Inventions
  • Space Race
  • And many more!

This is a great resource for supplementing any study of history, or exploring your interest in various historical eras.

Lewis & Clark Language Arts Activities!

November 14th, 2012

Hi! It’s November 14, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Tomorrow, November 15th commemorates the date that the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the American West. They started their journey by leaving St. Louis in 1804, and with the assistance of a Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, they arrived at the Pacific Ocean on November 15, 1805. Their expedition paved the way for western expansion. Here are some Language Arts activities inspired the by the event…

Recommended Websites:

See Below

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

National Geographic: Lewis & Clark Virtual Journey

This site, provides an interactive journey that allows students to virtually participate in the Corps of Discovery’s trek across America. Read first-hand accounts of the discoveries made by Lewis and Clark. You’ll also find a timeline and games to reinforce learning.

Descriptive Writing Activity

At ReadWriteThink.org you’ll find an engaging descriptive writing activity for students in grades 7-12 that is inspired by the Lewis & Clark expedition. This site also offers terrific links to other websites with multi-media resources and activities themed around Lewis & Clark and their Corps of Discovery.

Books That Shaped America’s History

August 16th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 16, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: Books That Shaped America

Age Range: 10 and up (with parental supervision)

The Library of Congress has a current exhibition called “Books That Shaped America” that highlights books that have had an historical impact on the lives of Americans through the ages. The titles featured are by American authors and as the website explains, ” Some of the titles on display have been the source of great controversy, even derision, yet they nevertheless shaped Americans’ views of their world and often the world’s view of the United States.” The Library of Congress encourages visitors to read the books exhibited to explore the breadth and depth of America’s literary tradition

This online exhibit presents a unique opportunity to identify books of historical importance by era. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of featured “Themes” or periods of time, with icon images of a few of the book titles.  Click on the link that says  “View all items…” under each era including:

1750 to 1800 – Find book titles such as, Experiments and Observations on Electricity by Benjamin Franklin, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, and even the first American cookbook.  

1800 to 1850 – You’ll find Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a book featuring papers written by Lewis & Clark about their great expedition, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. You’ll discover why these books were of great historical importance

1850 to 1900 – The titles here will most likely be much more familiar and include,The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and many more.

1900 to 1950 – Book titles you’ll recognize include The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Jack London’s Call of the Wild, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and more.

1950 to 2000 – Discover Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Double Helix by James D. Watson, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, etc.

Click on any book image and a new page opens that explains what the book is about and why it is historically significant. Some of the explanations are thought provoking – and could stimulate lots of discussion.

You might want to copy the titles and use them as a guide the next time you head to the library for a good read.

 

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