Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

Make the Dirt Fly: Panama Canal History

August 9th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Libraries: Make the Dirt Fly

(www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Make-the-Dirt-Fly/index.html)

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

 

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914 creating a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries explains the history and process of undertaken to build the canal.

To enter the exhibition, click the home page image then read through the next few frames, using the red arrow on the right-hand side of the screen to move through the slides. After the first few slides, there will also be a map on the pages that can be used to move to different sections of the presentation. Topics covered include: 

  • Why Build a Canal?
  • Choosing a Route
  • Making the Dirt Fly
  • Waging War on Mosquitoes
  • Life in the Canal Zone
  • Civil Engineering
  • An Engineering Icon
  • Did you know?
  • Suggested Reading

Each topic includes informational text, relevant images that can be enlarged by clicking on them, quotes from people of the time, and additional facts relevant to the subject.

This site makes a nice resource for your history studies of building of the Panama Canal.

North Atlantic Vikings

October 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

(naturalhistory.si.edu/vikings/start.html)

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

 

Explore the saga of the North Atlantic Vikings with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Read the brief introduction and then select either the “View the Exhibit” or “Viking Voyage.” Once on the exhibit page choose the “Guided Tour” link in the upper menu or left sidebar to begin examining 9 artifacts in the collection and discover interesting stories about the pieces. From this page, the Viking Voyage can be selected in the upper menu. Choose either the Enhanced site or the standard site. Both versions present the same information, but the enhanced site automatically begins the audio/video features. Intended to be explored sequentially, use the map to journey to: 

  • Homelands
  • Western Isles
  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Markland and Helluland
  • Vinland
  • Land of Legend

Each page includes textural overviews, archaeological information, images, interesting Viking sagas, and historical facts. There are links to videos and animations, but we found that we were not able to play these. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting this website as there is a lot of other valuable information readily available for your studies.

There are also other educational resources available by selecting the “Learning Center” link. There is an online Teacher’s Guide, a downloadable Family Guide PDF with questions to answer and more, as well as links to other resources such as additional websites, vocabulary, Hnefatafl Board (an old Norse game), a Viking world map, and the Futhark Runic alphabets.

This website will be a nice addition to your list of social studies resources.

Discover the Pioneers of Flight

August 24th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 24, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

(pioneersofflight.si.edu/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum focuses on the formative years of aviation during the 1920s and 1930s through historical images, videos, texts, and interactive activities.

After arriving at today’s link, read through the introduction then either use the upper menu to navigate or scroll down the page to review summaries of the topics available and click from there. Selections include: 

  • People – Learn about the innovators, business people, and pilots that blazed new trails in aviation and rocketry.
  • Technology & Innovation – Discover the advancements in technology during the 1920s and 1930s that changed aviation forever.
  • Aircraft & Rockets – Explore the record-setting and groundbreaking exhibits at the museum.
  • Culture – Examine the impact early aviation had on the culture of the day.
  • Media Gallery – Search through the gallery for images, maps, videos, and more.
  • Pioneering Moments – Use the interactive timeline to explore aviation through the early 1900’s.
  • Activities – Play games to put what you have learned around this website to the test. Games include: 
    • Pilot Pals – Put yourself in the pilot seat. (At this review, this activity was only available as a downloadable app from the AppStore.)
    • Packing for the Unknown –  Pack for an aerial journey and compare your choices with those that Charles Lindbergh made.
    • Tuskegee Airmen Flight Leader – See if you have what it took to be a flight leader.
    • Air Racing Activity – Design your own aircraft then see how it would do in a race.
    • First Flight Around the World – Plan a flight around the world dealing with the unexpected challenges.

This website provides an avenue for students of all ages to begin discovering the role aviation has had on history.

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.

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