Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

Discover the History of American Air Travel

April 20th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America By Air

(airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/america-by-air/online/index.cfm)

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

 

This comprehensive website from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum explores the history of American air travel through articles, pictorial presentations, and interactive activities.

When arriving at today’s link, visitors can use the upper menu or the image map to choose from: 

  • Fly Across America – See what was involved in traveling from New York to San Francisco, California during different time periods with this interactive map.
  • Online Exhibition – Dig deep into aviation history and technology with articles and images.
  • Objects & Images – Examine more than 300 images of planes, people, maps, documents, and much more.
  • Activities – Interactive activities that include: 
    • The Well-Dressed Pilot – Appropriately dress a time-period pilot.
    • Contact Flying – As an airmail pilot, navigate your route using landmarks.
    • A Pilot’s Personality – Examine documents to discern airmail pilot Bill Hopson’s personality.
    • Travel Agent – Using travel advertisements decide which way you would like to travel – by plane, train, or ship.
    • Around the World in 18 Days – Arrange Herbert R. Ekins’ journey around the world by either arranging the various aircraft he used in the correct order or make a newsreel arranging videos, images, and maps into a video timeline then add the appropriate audios.
    • At Your Service – Discover the amenities that were available on a 1950’s DC-7.
    • Stewardess Requirements – See if you would have met the requirements to become a stewardess in the 1950’s.
    • Baggage Claim – Match the luggage to the correct passenger based on its contents.
    • A New Generation of Leaders – Read mini biographies about the early leaders of the airline industry.
    • Today’s Jets – Learn about modern day jets and then try your hand at identifying them.
    • Air Routes – Explore the changes of commercial air routes for some major airlines.
    • Arline Ticket Price Meter – You are given $300 for an airline ticket. Choose options to make your ticket affordable.
    • Fly the Mail – Fly the mail from New York to Cleveland, Ohio making decisions along the way to reach your destination in a timely manner.
  • Stories – Visitor submitted stories about air travel
  • In the News – A few news articles relating to air travel
  • Behind the Scenes – Museum articles about the exhibits

There is so much to do and see at this website you will most certainly want to bookmark it to come back time and again.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

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

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

Discover the Price of Freedom

November 10th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 10, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

(amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/)

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

 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, this website provides an interactive exploration of the artifacts and history of American wars from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq.

Navigating this website is very straight-forward. When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction text then select the “Enter the Exhibition” button. From here a timeline of conflict populates from which you can choose: 

  • War of Independence
  • War of 1812
  • Eastern Indian Wars
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Western Indian Wars
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Cold War
  • New American Roles

Once you have selected your area of interest, a summary page opens, then you select “Begin” to view the exhibit. Next, watch the overview video, then “Enter Exhibit.” Once in the exhibit, read about the history of the conflict, view interesting images, and examine related artifacts. The exhibits include a printable version of the entry.

Both on the home page and at the bottom of any exhibit page, there is a link to Learning Resources that can be downloaded which include lesson plans and guides to the collection. There are also supplementary videos to the various sections.

This is a great addition to your bookmarks for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic holiday studies or as a supplement for your American history class.

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

(kids.usa.gov/index.shtml)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Tour Our Ocean Planet

August 12th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 12, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ocean Planet

(seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ocean_planet_scripts/tour.pl?sel=211+214+242+249+222+378+225+386+215+269+208+219+218&page=&cs=59753)

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

 

Today’s website allows you to take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s acclaimed exhibit, Ocean Planet. Using audio and visual technology along with beautiful graphs, charts, photographs and illustrations you can explore and examine Earth’s oceans and the interconnectedness of them to every habitat and creature worldwide. Designed for a general audience, younger children will need some help with navigation.

When you get to the site you will see a menu bar at the top of your screen. Directly below the menu are the numbers 1-13 – and below the numbers is a very brief introduction, links to sounds of the sea, and a link to the “floor plan” that allows you to see any part of this amazing exhibit. 

Note: As the links on this site do occasionally change, you might encounter an error message. If you do, just select “Please request your tour again,” then select “Ocean Planet Preview Tour” from the menu.

There is an assortment of virtual tours of the various segments of this exhibit. We have chosen to feature the Curator’s Preview Tour because it provides an overview of what is available to you in the real-time exhibit – most of which you can explore virtually. Once you take this tour, you will undoubtedly want to bookmark the site and return to explore the different galleries in the exhibit thoroughly.

So, from the landing page just click on the “next” button or the number “2” to start the tour. Each successive page describes briefly a gallery or section of the Ocean Planet exhibit. You will see a photo of the gallery, a brief description and a clickable menu that takes you to each part of that gallery where you can learn all about subjects like: 

  • Oceanography
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Mariana Trench
  • Ocean Depths
  • Seafaring Communities Worldwide
  • Marine Habitat Destruction
  • Marine Scientist Biographies

You’ll also see the “cafeteria menu” but just click past it to continue with what’s available at the website. Once you’ve seen what’s available, use the “Floorplan” icon to return to any section that interests you and immerse yourself in ocean knowledge.

Explore Civil War Collections at the Smithsonian

July 8th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, July 8, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CivilWar@Smithsonian

(www.civilwar.si.edu/home.html)

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

 

Explore the artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War era with this website from the Smithsonian Institution and produced by the National Portrait Gallery.

Select from the following menu items: 

  • Collections – Through images and text, examine the items and portraits in the following collections: 
    • Slavery and Abolition
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • First Blood
    • Soldiering
    • Weapons
    • Leaders
    • Cavalries
    • Navies
    • Life and Culture
    • Appomattox
    • Winslow Homer
    • Matthew Brady
  • Timeline – Learn about the events of the Civil War from 1859-1865 through this textural timeline.
  • Resources – Expand on your studies of the collections with additional links and book recommendations.

This tour will make a wonderful supplement to your American history studies.

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