Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Primary Source U.S. History Lessons

February 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach US History

(www.teachushistory.org/)

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

 

This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help teach U.S. History.

While its target audience is classroom teachers, most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “About Us” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes: 

  • American Revolution
  • Indian Removal
  • Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
  • Life in Antebellum America
  • Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
  • The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
  • War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • Westward Expansion

As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.

This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.

Presidential Study Tool

January 25th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PresidentsUSA.net

(www.presidentsusa.net/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website from Baaron’s Hill, LLC provides a comprehensive one-stop resource for information relating to the Presidents of the United States and the Presidency.

Begin your research by selecting a President from the clickable list on the home page or scroll below the list to explore a Presidential related subject including some interesting topics such as: 

  • Collectible Items and Memorabilia
  • Movies, Television, and Plays featuring the Presidents
  • Nicknames
  • Pets of the First Family
  • Political Commercials, Ads, and Presidential Campaign Slogans
  • Quotes
  • Rankings and Public Opinion
  • Recordings (Audio and Video) Starting with Grover Cleveland
  • Religion and Beliefs of the Presidents
  • Scandals and Impeachments
  • Ttransportation Used by the Presidents
  • Trivia, Physical Characteristics, Habits, Foods
  • Veto Record

And much more. 

After selecting a President, the page will open presenting general information with more clickable links to dig deeper into the topic. Please note that some links will take visitors off the home site to other websites, so, as always, please be sure to preview prior to letting students explore on their own.

This website pulls together thousands of Presidential internet resources into one easy-to-navigate location. This bookmark worthy site is a great tool for all your Presidential and U.S. history studies.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French in Action

(www.learner.org/resources/series83.html)

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include: 

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

Discover the Mary Rose

January 5th, 2018

It’s Friday, January 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore the Mary Rose

(www.maryrose.org/discover-our-collection/)

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

 

At this website, explore the virtual exhibit of the Mary Rose, a 16th century warship that was King Henry VIII’s favorite.

After a long and successful military career, it sank during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Nautical archaeologists raised it in the 1980’s. Now part of an exhibit at a museum in Portsmouth, England, the Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display in the world.

At today’s interactive website, you can take a virtual tour of the Mary Rose and, while you’re at it, learn about the Tudor period of world history as well.

When you get to the site either scroll through the page to begin exploring or use the right-hand “Quick links” menu to select:

  • The Crew of the Mary Rose
  • The Mary Rose at Sea – 1511-1545
  • Why did the Mary Rose Sink?
  • The Story of the Ship
  • Artefacts 

     

  • Her Crew

Browse through the image galleries to see images of the Mary Rose and artifacts recovered from the wreck site. On “The Story of the Ship” look on the right side under “Useful resources” to locate “Dive in” to access an interactive presentation. Use the menu to explore a 3D model of the ship, meet the crew, learn the history and archaeology of the Mary Rose, and see artifacts. Also available on “The Story of the Ship” page, be sure to check out the Mary Rose STEM Lab that presents “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a unique context.”

As explained at the website, “Explore the Mary Rose is designed to encourage pupils to do two things: to do their own research, and to work from evidence. They can find out for themselves about one member of the crew and his life on board, and discover the main facts about the history and archaeology of the ship. Using the knowledge gained in this way, they can then look more closely at photographs of the artefacts and, working from them, start to draw their own conclusions from the evidence available.”

The site was designed to be used independently by the learner so they can explore the Mary Rose at will. It engages the student and provides basic information. There is a lot of material available throughout the site so if students want to learn more, they can browse through the other sections of the site to find virtual 3D reconstructions of skulls and artifacts, more resources for researching the Mary Rose, and much more.

Free Resources to Teach Math

December 11th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, December 11, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HelpingWithMath.com

(www.helpingwithmath.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website was designed by educators and technologists to help parents help their children improve in math.

It provides free access to a variety of math resources, games, and tools. Under Printables you can find topics including: 

  • Worksheets – Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, decimals, geometry, algebra, numbers (rounding, comparing, skip counting, place value, integers, multiples and factors) or choose topics by grade
  • Multiplication Tables – Up through 10 or up through 12
  • Number Lines – Segmented at different intervals and includes negatives as well

Under Interactives you’ll find: 

  • Games – Drag-n-drop games that cover basic math facts and equivalent fractions
  • Flash Cards – For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Lessons – Includes fractions, percent and division
  • Quizzes – Including addition, rounding, fractions and the number system

All of these resources are free and formatted for quick download and easy printing. You can sort by subject and grade level as well.

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