Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Transcontinental Railroad History

September 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Transcontinental Railroad

(railroad.lindahall.org/index.html)

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

 

Explore the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and the technology of trains with this website from the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri.

When arriving at the site an interactive map will load with hotspots along the train route to click on providing images and brief explanations. Links at the bottom of the summaries lead the visitor to more in-depth information about the topic. Or use the left-hand menu to explore: 

  • A Brief History of the Pacific Railway
  • Black Powder & Nitroglycerin
  • Couplers & Brakes
  • Cultural Impact
  • Locomotives
  • Rail Cars
  • Rail Gauge
  • Snow Sheds
  • Time Standardization
  • Tunnels & Bridges

Each page includes interesting articles and images concisely explaining the topic.


Continue learning about the railroad using the links on the right-hand sidebar. Here you will find: 

  • Search the Railroad Journal Collection – links to the Linda Hall Library digital collection of railroad journals from the 19th century
  • Who Was Who – Discover the people involved in early railroad transportation.
  • What Was What – a glossary of 19th century railroad terms
  • Maps & Plans – Explore the Linda Hall Library digital collection of railroad maps and plans.
  • Travel Along the Pacific Railway – Take an interactive trip through time with this clever timeline that includes images, animations, and tidbits of information (needs Flash to work).
  • Hop on the Quiz Train – Test what you have learned with an interactive multiple-choice quiz.

Add this site to your list of must visits for your American history studies.

Resources for Teaching American History

August 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 23, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching American History – Teacher Resources

(teachingamericanhistory.org/teacher-resources/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger TeachingAmericanHistory.org website provides a large variety of resources to use for your American history studies.

From today’s link, select from the following: 

  • American History Toolkits – collections of resources from the site focusing on a specific topic. These resources can include Guiding Questions, Essential Documents, Webinars, archived courses from the Presidential Academy section, and Lesson Plans. The topics cover The American Founding, Expansion & Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II, and Civil Rights.
  • Exhibits on the American Founding – Using primary and secondary sources, maps, images and more, students will explore major events related to the founding of the American Republic. Events covered include the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, The Ratification of the United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
  • Exhibits on American History – Similar in nature to the Exhibits on the American Founding section, students will explore in depth the historical significance of specific themes and events such as Religion in America, The Election of 1800, Abraham Lincoln, and The Civil War.
  • Lesson Plans – links to other sites with history lesson plans
  • Presidential Academy – Provides a 30-session course focusing on three major documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. From the website description, “Each session is made up of a set of readings, all linked from its blog post, and usually one lecture. Guiding questions and focus issues are at the foundation of each week’s study.”
  • Multimedia Resources – links to find archived videos and podcasts
  • Homeschool Resources – specifically gathered for the homeschool family, visitors will find:  
    • Free Homeschool American History Curriculum – a free high-school level American History and Government curriculum focusing on primary documents. There is a sample of the curriculum to review and then a form to fill out to receive the curriculum by email.
    • Monthly Webinars – conversations focusing on the 50 Core American Documents
    • Classroom Webinars for Homeschool Co-ops – interactive webinars ideal for AP U.S. History or Government and Politics courses.
    • Saturday Webinars – monthly programs for those who want to know more about American history documents. These webinars are also archived making it a great anytime resource.
    • Documents Library – access to the over 23,000 primary documents on the site
    • 50 Core American Documents – a collection of the most important documents in American history and government with summaries, questions and links to related documents.

This site is a fantastic resource for your American history studies and well worth bookmarking.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Hawaii

August 10th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 10, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtually Hawaii

(satftp.soest.hawaii.edu/space/hawaii/virtual.field.trips.html)

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

 

Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Visit the islands online with this virtual field trip.

After reading the introduction, select the island to visit by clicking on one of the images on the left had side of the page. Through images and text tour the islands of: 

  • Oahu
  • Big Island
  • Maui
  • Kahoolawe
  • Molokai
  • Kauai

Each island has a choice of tours available – some use clickable maps to reach a destination, others have downloadable movies of aerial views. When the tour opens, read through the text and click on the images for larger views. When finished with these tours, select the “Go to VH Home Page” and locate the “NEW radar images” in the right hand upper paragraph to see radar images of the islands.

We did find that this site appears to be an older website that may not be maintained and a few of the links did not work, but there is still plenty of great information and images available making it worth a look-see.

Amazing Summer Learning Activities from NatGeo!

July 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Education – Summer Learning

(www.nationalgeographic.org/education/summer-learning/)

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

 

This website from National Geographic is a treasure trove of resources and hands-on activities that will stimulate the intellectually curious.

When you get to the site you’ll see some Cool Activities for Hot Days that include: 

  • Sediment Fossil Surprise – Grades 3-5
  • Conduct a Micro-Expedition – Grades 7-12
  • Design a Park – Grades 3-5
  • Think Like a Robot – Grades 5-9
  • Mapping Storybooks – Grades PreK-2
  • Create a Weather Map – Grades 2-3

And more!

Also, be sure to check out the links in the top menu: 

  • Teacher Resources – Ideas, Activites, Lessons, and more that can be filtered by grade, type, or subject
  • Reference – This Day in Geographic History, Current Events, Encyclopedia, and more
  • Mapping – MapMaker Interactive, 1 Page Maps, GeoStories, and more

There is a considerable overlap from one section to the other. All of them offer articles, projects, and activities to enhance learning. Bookmark this site – it will take several visits to see it all. (NOTE: Some of the links were not working at the time of this review.)

Foreign Language Lessons and Games

June 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 23, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Polly Lingual

(pollylingu.al/en)

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

 

With this commercial website, visitors can use the free lessons to learn basic foreign language skills.

While some of the lessons are for paid members only, indicated by the Polly Lingual icon, there is still a lot of great material available for free on this site, especially in the Beginner sections. Language choices include: 

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Dutch

Lessons can include vocabulary audios, grammar instructions, interactive games such as Memorama, Alphabet Soup (word searches), Whack-a-Word, and Hangman as wells as additional downloadable worksheets. There is a Verb Conjugation Trainer tool to brush up on verb conjugations as well as interactive maps showing locations a language is spoken which also provides some additional information about that location.

Even if visitors may need to search for the free material, there are some great teaching opportunities available on this site that might make checking it out worthwhile.

Tennessee History for Kids

May 31st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 31, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tennessee History for Kids

(www.tnhistoryforkids.org/)

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

 

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee was admitted into the Union. Discover the history, geography and civics of our 16th state with this website.

Begin exploring by either selecting an option in the upper menu or scroll down the page to see available topics. Select from: 

  • History – Discover people, places and more with images, texts, biographies, virtual tours, videos and more. Then take an interactive history quiz that can be customized by grade and number of questions.
  • Civics – Sorted by learning levels, Elementary, Middle school, and High school, learn about government and politics and then test your knowledge with another interactive quiz.
  • Geography – This section is divided into two sections, Basic and Advanced, where students can explore geography, economics, and more and again take a quiz to see what they have learned. Please note the link for the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the scavenger hunt page brought up an error, but if you put into the search engine on that page “Maps” you should be able to locate a free downloadable map to use with the Scavenger Hunt.

If you need additional resources for your state study, there are also 14 printed booklets that can be ordered from the site at a cost.

This website could serve as a supplement for your state studies of Tennessee.

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