Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Tour Tocqueville’s 1831 America

July 15th, 2016


It’s Friday, July 15, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Democracy in America


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


Today’s website provides the full text (that you can read online or print out to read offline) of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville – one of the most influential works on the politics and culture of America in 1831-1832.

As the website introduction explains:

What he saw there, who he talked with, what he read and overheard, became the stuff of his analysis of our nation’s essential nature and probable destiny. And almost everything he saw and heard has, of course, simply vanished…. Cincinnati is no longer a frontier boom town and the trackless wilderness of Tennessee has been comfortably suburbanized and malled along with the rest of the country….

And so we’re attempting to construct a virtual American ca. 1831-32…. based on Tocqueville’s itinerary, on his and his friend Beaumont’s letters and journals, on contemporaneous accounts of other foreign visitors, and on a variety of examples of material culture of the period, mostly paintings and engravings. It also holds explorations of Women’s Place at the time, of attitudes toward race and color, towards religion, and towards everyday life.

Democracy in America gives keen insight to life in the United States in the early/mid-19th century.

In addition to the text, the site offers an interesting VIRTUAL TOUR of Tocqueville’s America in 1831, through featured textual excerpts, illustrations, pictures, and more. It’s a great way to preview the book and get a peek at American culture over 150 years ago. The virtual tour alone provides an interesting social studies lesson.

When you get to the site you will see a map in the center of the screen. Above it is a link to the full text of the book and an introduction to the website.

A menu surrounds the map. The Virtual Tour is the first link on the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. It is followed by links to various other highlights based on the book including: 

  • Red, Black & White: Race in 1831
  • Everyday Life in 1831
  • American Religion in 1831
  • American Women: 1820-1842
  • and much more.

This is a fascinating historical account of life in America that sheds light on our past while illuminating the stark contrasts to present day America. After exploring the site, you can’t help but speculate what the future will bring.

Virtually Tour an Egyptian Tomb

October 10th, 2014


It’s Friday, October 10, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: Tomb Tour


Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)


The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California maintains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the west. They also have built a replica of a noble person’s rock-cut tomb that the public can tour at the museum – or virtually at their website.
When you get to the site you’ll see four extensive galleries of images:
  • Burial Practices, Afterlife and Mummies
  • Gods and Religion
  • Kings and Pharaohs
  • Daily Life, Trade, & Neighbors
You may select either “Image” or “Video” to view the items. When selecting “Image”, you will be taken to an interactive image to select the objects you wish to view. Hover your mouse over the image and informational text is provided. If you select “Video”, you can select an image in the first slide then a brief video presentation, complete with audio explanation, opens.

When you have completed your tour, go back to the landing page, and you can select “Explore” on the right sidebar menu to see an interactive timeline, more information about Egypt, and a whole series of recommended websites devoted to Egyptology.

On the Ides of March Explore Roman History

May 15th, 2014


It’s Thursday, May 15, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

BBC Primary History – Romans

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


March 15th is often referred to as the Ides of March and is most notably remembered due to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. on this date. This event is considered a turning point in Roman history. At this BBC website, explore what life and history was like in ancient Rome through text, images, videos, and activities. When arriving at the site, select an area to explore:

  • City of Rome
  • Rebellion
  • The Roman army
  • Leisure
  • Technology
  • Roman remains
  • Invasion
  • Roman defense of Britain
  • Roads and places
  • Family and children
  • Religion
  • Romans in Scotland

Each area above provides visitors with concise information about the topic, interesting photos to explore, brief videos to enhance your learning, a “Fun Facts” box with Roman history trivia, links to more websites relevant to the topic, and additional activities such as online quizzes and printable supplements.

Students will enjoy playing the interactive, online “Dig It Up: Romans” game where they virtually participate in an archaeological dig.

You will also easily find loads of Teacher’s Resources to help you expand and supplement your studies.

Whether you are doing an in-depth study of Roman history or simply looking for supplemental material for your own study, this website helps make the learning fun.

Explore History through Timelines

May 1st, 2014


It’s Thursday, May 1, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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HyperHistory Online


Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 and up, children with parental supervision)


Lovers of timelines will thoroughly enjoy this simple to navigate and ultra-informative website. Using the two sidebar navigation tools, hone in on the points of history you wish to survey. Discover the people and events covering a time span of 3000 years. This website allows visitors to explore not only the events in history, but also the people and places of history. In addition to timelines for general history, events, and people, specific topics covered include: 

  • Science
  • Culture
    • Artists
    • Music
    • Writers
  • Religion
  • Politics


Once you have selected a particular timeline to view using the left-hand side bar, narrow down your timeframe using the right-hand sidebar. The entries within the timelines are clickable, providing additional topical information on the right hand sidebar.


In addition to the timelines, there is a selection of maps to geographically envision the seven periods of world history: 

  • Early Civilizations
  • Greek Colonization
  • Rome & Han China
  • Barbarian Invasions
  • Expansion of Islam
  • Mongol Empires
  • A.D. 1500-1800


An online, comprehensive, 250 chapter history text written by Frank Smitha that complements HyperHistory is also available for free through the link “Book Text”. (Please note that the “Book Text” link takes you to an external ad supported website.)


Timelines are a valuable resource for putting history into perspective and you will find yourself bookmarking this site to come back to time after time.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

April 23rd, 2014


It’s Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision) offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.
The founders of, Jan and Carey Cook, wrote, “We began our efforts to promote vocabulary comprehension using Latin/Greek word derivations in 1997. Our site now has 2500 pages of materials, worksheets and puzzles. More than 24,000 teachers and schools use”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

*Root Word Lesson Plans – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.

*Thematic Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

*Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “avatar” to “vintner”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*Test Prep/Assessment – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Explore Ancient Ireland

March 6th, 2014


It’s Thursday, March 6, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


In Search of Ancient Ireland


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


Based on the three episode series presented by PBS, this companion website offers further exploration through interactive features, text, videos, and photos and examines Ireland’s myths and their impact on Western civilization.


Select from the following to begin exploring:

  • Cartographer’s Journey – Explore an interactive map to Ireland’s key historical sites.
  • Fortress Ireland – Discover how the geography of Ireland has played a role in its relationship with Europe and take a pictorial tour of Ireland. Watch a video clip of stone forts built by Irish kings.
  • Religion – Learn how Christianity has changed this formerly pagan land and view a video clip about St. Patrick.
  • Culture and Commerce – Understand what life was like in ancient Ireland.
  • Technology – Discover how new technology that came to Ireland during the Bronze Age impacted its economy.
  • About the Film – This page of the website is further broken down into sections. Video clips from the episodes can be found in the “About the Episodes” Section.
  • Resources – Dig deeper with web links for further study.
  • Lesson Plans – Check out the two lesson plans to use with middle or high school students that include overviews, standards covered, procedures for teachers, and more.


With the help of this website, visitors will journey through history and sort through the legends and myths to learn the truth about ancient Ireland.