Posts Tagged ‘resources’

The History of Memorial Day

May 26th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 26, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Memorial Day

(www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2)

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

 

Discover the history and original intent of Memorial Day with this website maintained by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

When arriving at today’s link, read an overview of the history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. Discover the reason why red poppies are worn, what the National Moment of Remembrance is, and more.

After reading about the history, learn more about the traditional observances on Memorial Day by selecting the “Observance” link. Dig deeper by selecting “Resources” to discover: 

  • Speeches, Essays, Articles
  • Poetry, Prayers, Lyrics
  • Presidential Remarks
  • Patriotic Melodies

This simple website provides a solid background into understanding the purpose of celebrating Memorial Day.

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 23, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

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

 

This very plain website houses a most unusual math resource. It has a downloadable arithmetic book from 1878! Even if you have a fabulous math program already, it is fun to look at and see what kids learned from over 135 years ago.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that the book, “First Lessons In Arithmetic,” was published in 1878 and handed down from one generation to the next by the Potter family. Don Potter decided to put the antiquated volume on the net because, “This math book will provide home school parents…a incomparable tool from the past to help their students master the fundamentals of arithmetic.”

Chapters on the menu include: 

  • Counting & Addition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Notation and Numeration
  • Advanced Addition & Subtraction
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Money, etc.

Click on any chapter, and a .pdf file opens with problems and instructions, accompanied by illustrations sure to create nostalgia for a bygone era. In addition to the free textbook, Mr. Potter offers a few other links to math resources on this site as well.

It All Starts with Dirt: How Aluminum is Made

May 20th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, May 20, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alcoa: How Aluminum is Made

(www.alcoa.com/global/en/about_alcoa/dirt.asp)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Alcoa Company offers several great ways to find out how aluminum is made. When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of choices from exploring a mini-website on the topic, to downloading a free colorful brochure, to watching a video of the manufacturing process.

We found it easy to just follow the topics in order as follows: 

  • Visit the “It All Starts With Dirt” website. Click on “enter site” and a new window opens. From there, click on “Make Your Selection” to see a menu of choices. Click on “Adding Value From the Ground Up” to take an illustrated text tour of the entire aluminum manufacturing process. When you’re through, go back to the menu to read about the “Age of Aluminum” and “The Alcoa Story.”

Close that screen to go back to the landing page and look for: 

  • Alcoa Can’t Wait – Under that heading you can click on links to hear the Alcoa “Folk Song,” watch a 1970s TV commercial, and watch a fast-paced 2008 video that is a quick timeline of the history of aluminum.
  • See How Aluminum is Made – DON’T MISS THIS! Watch a 3-minute video of the complete aluminum manufacturing process.
  • Alcoa’s History (Timeline) – Use your mouse for an interactive exploration of events in the history of aluminum.
  • Biography of Charles Martin Hall – Learn about this amazing aluminum pioneer and manufacturing magnate.
  • Aluminum Smelting – For budding chemists and techies – get a more in-depth discussion of aluminum manufacturing.

Alcoa has gone out of their way to offer a variety of multi-media resources to help visitors to their site understand how aluminum is manufactured.

(Non-readers will need assistance. There is something for everyone here. Young children may prefer to watch the video, and older students can explore the topic in more depth.)

Step Right Up to Learn the History of the Circus

May 19th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 19, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Circuses and Sideshows

(www.circusesandsideshows.com/)

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

 

May 19th is Circus Day. Explore the history of American circuses and sideshows, the performers and the owners with this website.

When arriving at today’s link, read the brief introduction, then select where you want to begin your adventure using the images and links on the left sidebar: 

  • American Circuses – Discover the history of well-known circuses such as Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey, Dailey Bros. Circus and many more.
  • Famous Circus Performers – Learn about those performers who made their circus shows amazing including clowns, acrobats, human cannonballs, trapeze and tightrope artists, animal tamers and much more.
  • Circus Owners and Staff – Examine the lives of the men and women who owned circuses.
  • Circus Life – a brief overview of life in a circus
  • Circus Sideshows – Find out what a sideshow is and see some sideshow crews.
  • Sideshow Performers – See images of different sideshow performers from the past.
  • Circus Candy Butchers – Discover what a “candy butcher” is and their importance to the survival of the circus.
  • Circus Lingo and Slang – a glossary of circus terms
  • Circus Movies – an affiliate-linked list of movies about the circus
  • Circus Train Wrecks – a list of circus train wrecks and some statistics about them
  • Circus News – news and announcements related to circuses
  • Circus Links and Resources – Looking for more information about circuses? Check this section.

Each page includes text and images about the topic. Look for the red circle with the question mark in it for interesting trivia and a magnifying glass that will allow for a larger view of the image.

This website will provide an fascinating window into circus life and a fun departure from typical history studies.

Discover 100 Leaders in History

May 12th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 12, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Leaders in World History

(100leaders.org/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

With this website from National History Day, visitors will explore 100 leaders from history. What makes this list unique is that not all of the leaders chosen are heroes or have left a positive impact on history. Some leaders have left their dark mark on history.

Those on the list displayed the following traits: 

  • Articulates a vision
  • Motivates others
  • Makes effective decisions
  • Willingness to confront tough issues
  • Impacts history

Leaders also fall into one or more of the following categories: 

  • Artistic
  • Economic
  • Intellectual
  • Military
  • Political
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Social

When arriving at the site, you can view the leaders by either selecting “Leader Gallery” in the upper tool bar or select the box “See the Gallery of Leaders” in the main image map. From the gallery page either select the image of the leader or filter your choices by type, sphere of influence, or by time period. Once the leader page opens, each page includes facts about the person, a summary of their leadership, a brief biography, what made them a leader, keywords for further study, contemporaries, and more resource suggestions.

Also included on this website are classroom resources accessible from the upper tool bar. There are lesson plans, printable posters, and much more.

The stated purpose of this website is to “teach us to be more thoughtful if and when we might be placed in positions of leadership”. By examining the positive and negative leaders presented on the site, students may learn what it takes to be a good leader and to recognize those traits in others.

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 11th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/subject/literature-language-arts)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan. Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

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