Posts Tagged ‘Native Americans’

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Thanksgiving History & Activities!

November 21st, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, November 21, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:
See Below…

Age Range: Varies (Something for every age, with parental supervision.)

Mayflower History

This newly refurbished website contains 20 years of research by historian and author Caleb Johnson. It is a comprehensive archive of historical information presented in a user-friendly and engaging way. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*The Mayflower – Discover the history of the Mayflower ship, the voyage, the crew, the passengers, their provisions list, and more.

*Plymouth Colony – Find out about the housing, security, animals/livestock, food, and crime and punishment.

*The Wampanoag – Learn about the Wampanoag people, their language, and renowned leaders and chiefs.

You’ll also find information on the religious beliefs of the Pilgrims, history of the Thanksgiving holiday, Pilgrim clothing, and more.

And don’t miss…

Fran’s World: Thanksgiving Activities

Fran Wisniewski provides terrific Thanksgiving-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it. Get ready to have some fun!

When you get to the site you’ll see an entry titled “A Brand New World” with discussion questions that encourage kids to imagine what life was like in the 1600s. Use the menu on the left side of the page to find more learning activities including:

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Fran also wrote “The Three Sisters: A Native American Curriculum for Thanksgiving” that is featured for free on UniversalPreschool.com. It is chock-full of innovative ways to learn math, science, history, art and more all themed around Thanksgiving. The whole family will enjoy these educational activities.

Animated U.S. History Timeline

October 10th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 10, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AnimatedAtlas.com   

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This commercial website provides a free, 10-minute interactive, animated video of the geographic history of the United States. As explained at the website, “It visualizes the admission of all the states and the development of the territories, intercut with major historical events.”  

While the video is a “sample” of the full product, it is a terrific “stand alone” resource as an engaging overview of US history and geographic expansion from 1780 to 1960.

When you get to the website, read the options for how to view the video and use the interactive features. You can play the video straight through, or choose to view it in parts:

  • Part I: Completion of Territory (1789-1853)
  • Part II: The Civil War (1853-1865)
  • Part III: Post Civil War (1865-1959)

Be sure to turn on your speakers so you can hear the narration that explains the growth of the continental United States. Use your cursor to roll over states to reveal their names, and click on states and rivers to access pop-up windows with additional information.

Note: There is an ad to purchase the expanded version at the end of the presentation.

When you’re through watching the video, check out the example of the timeline, with separate sections for tracking the history of the States, Territories, Presidents, Society, Native Americans, World, Science and Culture here:

http://www.animatedatlas.com/timeline.html

Simply use your mouse to move the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the timeline to view it in its entirety. While this sample isn’t animated, it’s still a great reference tool.

Jamestown Online History Adventure!

August 29th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 29, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Jamestown Online Adventure

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free, fun, interactive game that teaches about early American colonial history (circa 1600) and the Jamestown settlement.

When you get to the site, just click on “Start the Adventure” to begin the game in which YOU, as the captain of 105 adventurers from England, get to make the decisions about:

  • Where to land in the New World
  • What kind of settlement to build
  • How to interact with the native inhabitants
  • What crops to plant
  • What activities and work to do
  • How to accumulate wealth to repay your sponsors
  • And other choices that will impact your overall survival.

According to the website, in reality, almost half of the original settlers of Jamestown died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, exposure to disease, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. Can you do any better than the real colonists?

The game provides advice from colonists and Native Americans that will inform your choices. After you’ve made your decisions, you’ll get a printable report on the state of your colony. Compare it with the historical Jamestown colony to determine if your decisions were better than theirs. Then, learn from the mistakes, and play again to see if you can have a more successful outcome.

This one is fun for the whole family!

 

History of Farming Lessons & Podcasts

July 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 25, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Living History Farm

Age Range: 8-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website is a companion to a real “Living History Farm” in Nebraska, that offers a variety of free lesson plans about the history of agriculture in America and how technology has changed it. You can also virtually visit the farm by viewing the web cams at the site (see menu) and you take a virtual tour of the Wessels Farm House (see link on home page).

Learn about David Wessels whose estate made possible his vision of a Living History Farm. One of his major concerns “was that today’s kids – both urban and rural – have almost no idea how farmers went from essentially a medieval system of plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers with global positioning systems and air conditioned cabs.”

The history told at the website includes Native Americans who first cultivated the fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, to boom and bust cycles, and then the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century.

When you get to the site you’ll find “Learner Resources” that include FREE lesson plans tied to the stories about farming in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and so on. Written by teachers for classroom use, they can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment as well. 

Be sure to browse the menu and don’t miss the “Media Resources” that include podcast interviews on many aspects of farming history.

The Living History Farm seeks to educate everyone about the role agriculture plays in providing nourishment to the world. If you can’t make it to Nebraska to explore the farm in real time, this is the next best thing.

 

Free Game & Curriculum on History of Detroit!

January 10th, 2013

It’s Thursday, January 10, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Building Detroit

Age Range: 8 and up (with parental supervision, non-readers will need assistance)

The Detroit Historical Society sponsors this website that provides free curriculum, an interactive timeline, and a fun interactive game focused on the geographic, economic, historic, and cultural events in Detroit from 1600 to 1901. The presentation highlights the history of Native Americans, military occupation, fur trading, economic and population growth, industrialization, and the Underground Railroad, as well as the influence of French, British, Spanish, and Dutch explorers and immigrants.

When you get to the site, you can select from three items on the menu that include:

*Building Detroit: The Game – Play a game that allows you to help build the city of Detroit over five generations. As you progress through the game, you’ll learn about people and events of historical importance.

*Detroit History – Explore an interactive timeline that covers events from 1600-1901.

*Curriculum – Get free lessons plans in social studies and English language arts. Designed with third grade classroom students in mind, it can be enjoyed by a wider age/grade range and tweaked for homeschool use. The lessons are divided into six sections as follows:

  1. Before 1701 – Learn about the Native Americans who inhabited the area and explore Anishinabeg culture and oral traditions.
  2. 1701-1760 French Detroit – Meet French explorers and learn about the French fur trade.
  3. 1761-1796 British Detroit – Find out about Pontiac’s Rebellion, life in British Detroit, and the American Revolution.
  4. 1796-1825 Early American Detroit – Meet people of historical importance to Detroit, and learn about the great fire of 1805.
  5. 1825-1865 Boomtown Detroit – Discover how Detroit became a city, and its role in the Underground Railroad.
  6. 1866-1901 Industrial Detroit – Learn how Detroits natural resources led to its industrialization.
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