Posts Tagged ‘pioneers’

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

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 and at the top 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.

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

January 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

(electronicfieldtrip.org/freedom/frontPage.html)

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

 

Discover the obstacles Americans faced to secure the freedoms we have today through games and activities provided by this website from Ball State University, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.

When arriving at today’s link, select either the “Students Start Here” or “Teachers Start Here” links. When selecting the teacher link, learn about the purpose of the website and how to use it in conjunction with your studies. There are lesson plans and additional activities available at the “Website and Classroom” link in the top menu that include topics such as: 

  • The Revolution
  • The Constitution
  • American Freedom

The student section of this website allows students to independently dig into this topic of American history through virtual game boards. There are 3 different game boards, covering different time periods: 

  • Colonial Edition – Learn about the early struggles for freedom from pioneers coming to America through the Revolutionary War.
  • Founders’ Edition – Take a look at the Constitution including its foundation to its operation today.
  • Citizens’ Edition – Discover the paths of freedom since the writing of the Constitution including women’s rights and civil rights.

Once the student enters their name to start a game, games are automatically saved as the student plays. Up to 10 games can be stored. To play students ‘spin the wheel’ and their piece is moved along the board. Depending on where the piece lands depends on what happens next. There are challenging mini-games to be played and the student earns points. The final goal of the game is not only to learn the information but to score as many points as possible. The board is complete when all the mini-games have been played. In order to open a different game board, students must work through the previous board. Throughout the games are videos, images, text, and more reinforcing the material.

Bookmark this website to use with your American history studies again and again.

Take Flight with this Virtual Tour

May 16th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, May 16, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

EAA AirVenture Museum

 

Age Range: All (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), explore the exhibits of the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and discover the history of aviation. When arriving at the link above, choose your destination from:
  • Eagle Hangar
  • Pioneers of Flight
  • Pioneer Airport
  • Homebuilts & Van’s RV
  • SpaceShipOne
  • Innovations Gallery
  • Antiques & Classics
  • Air Racing & Aerobatics
  • KidVenture Gallery

Through the use of images and descriptive texts, examine planes of all kinds and learn about the history of aviation from balloon travel through space travel.

When you are finished exploring the exhibits, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Education & Resources”. When arriving at this page, from the left hand menu choose “Multimedia”, then select “Videos” to be taken to the EAA Video Player website. On this page you can view archived videos of events, aerobatics, instructional videos for building and flying planes, and an interesting video series called “Timeless Voices” which provides first-hand accounts of flying during combat and other various circumstances.

Take the history of flight to new heights with this website.

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.

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.

Natural Science Lessons & Interactives!

May 17th, 2011

Hi! It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Campsite 24

Age Range:  7-12 (Grades 2-6, with parental guidance)

ClickScholar Wendy recommended this website, sponsored by the Ontario Parks Department of Canada, that provides lessons and activities about nature, plants, and wildlife along with historic and geologic information about Ontario’s parks.

This is a multi-media website with lots of bells and whistles. When you first arrive at the site allow up to several minutes for the pages to load. Once they’re in your web cache, you’ll be able to zip around quickly and explore the menu that includes:

*Kids – Enjoy online activities that include a trip in a virtual time machine to explore the Geological Era, Aboriginal Era, Early Settlers Era, and Modern Parks Era. You’ll find amazing interactives on insects, fish, wildflowers, trees, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Play “Park Pals” and see informative slideshows, take a quiz, enjoy print and play activities, and explore further resources.

Note: I think it’s easier to access all of the “Kids” activities from the Site Map. Don’t forget that it takes some time to load every page you visit.

*Teachers – This Lesson plan database allows you to access the classroom lessons archived on this site for grades 2-6 in Language Arts, Math, Science and Technology, and Social Studies. The lessons include downloadable/printable curriculum, worksheets, and links to Ontario parks with features that tie into the lessons. You’ll see a map of the park and read a brief description. Plus, there are links to online activities and resources on a broad range of topics including:

  • Insects
  • Animals
  • Pioneers
  • Plants
  • Minerals
  • Food Chains
  • Habitats
  • Weather
  • Flight
  • ~ And More!

*Climate Change – This online activity for students explains the impact climate change has on wetlands, plants, animals, and people.

*Francais – Explore the entire website in the French Language!

The content here is extensive and would be difficult to explore on one visit.  Bookmark this site to return again.

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