Posts Tagged ‘WWI’

Social Sciences with Jigsaw Puzzles!

July 21st, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 21, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts will enjoy this website that provides a historical archive of jigsaw puzzles.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction by Bob Armstrong, the puzzle hobbyist who created it. That’s followed with a menu of items that includes:

*Examples From The Collection — Explore a virtual museum of over 700 jigsaw puzzles organized into categories that include:

  • Puzzles from specific periods in time from 1840 to today
  • Children’s puzzles
  • Map puzzles
  • Novelty puzzles
  • Theme puzzles (i.e., Shakespeare, Dickens, Opera, WWI, etc.)

Click on any category and a new page opens with a photo of the puzzle and text that provides some history and background. Click on the puzzle images to see enlarged versions. Some of these puzzles are real works of art!

*Restoration of Old Puzzles — Bob Armstrong explains how he restores puzzles.

*History, Techniques, & Styles of Jigsaw Puzzles

*Other Puzzle-Related Resources — Links to other sites about jigsaw puzzles.

Armstrong sells and buys puzzles through this site, offers analysis of puzzle cutting styles, provides info on puzzle exhibitions and publications, and much more for puzzle collectors. You don’t have to buy anything to enjoy this incredible collection of puzzles that is sure to increase your appreciation for this wonderful, timeless pastime.

BBC History Virtual Tours

February 3rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 3, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC History Virtual Tours

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects)

This is another great resource from the BBC. It is filled with free, multi-media virtual tours that are themed around Ancient History, British History, and World Wars.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of the tours and their brief summaries including:

*Viking Age Farm Virtual Tour – See an ancient farm that was excavated in the 1970s.

*Endeavour Virtual Tour – Step onboard Captain Cook’s ship to explore a piece of maritime history.

*London Bridge Virtual Tour – See how the bridge would have looked in 1540.

*Windsor Castle Virtual Tour – This castle was the hub of key events in the history of England. It’s been a fortress, palace, prison, barracks to a lunatic asylum, country house, and museum.

*World War One Trench Virtual Tour – Experience conditions for the soldiers of World War One.

Click on any one of interest and see panoramas and 3D models of reconstructions of various historical events along with computer generated historical voyages. 



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Free History Videos & Interactives

September 2nd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 2, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Have Fun with History

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, younger children may enjoy aspects of this site and non-readers will need assistance)

What a find! This website provides free streaming videos and interactive presentations to bring American history alive for “teachers, homeschoolers, and history buffs.”

The designers of this site have ingeniously paired various American history topics, people, and events with free streaming videos and links to some of the best online history games and interactives. The result is history “edutainment” that will engage learners of varying age ranges and abilities.

When you get to the site you can dive right in and explore some of the topics featured on the home page. Or explore the menu that includes:
*History Videos – Over 300 history videos and documentaries are archived here, and the content will surprise you. You’ll not only see some well-crafted educational flicks, but also history-themed TV dramas and Hollywood films.

As explained at the website, “Any form of recorded history reflects the time it was written or filmed as much as it does the time period it attempts to capture.” That can result in some fascinating discussions as you watch a 1895 Edison experimental talking movie, educational films from the 1950s, or movies that were made for entertainment, but reflect the time in which they were made, such as Frank Capra’s Great Depression era film, “Meet John Doe.”

The site acknowledges that Hollywood movies and doctrinarians often “get it wrong” and suggests that every American history resource should challenge us to investigate further.

*History Activities – Enjoy an array of online activities and games about historical subjects. The site links to some of the best online history-based games (many provided by museums and other educational websites), in addition to creating some of their own. I tried “The Boston Tea Party 1773” and “Presidential Turkeys” and was happily surprised by the quality of the interactives and how much historical info was packed into them. Likewise the site’s own creation, “The Amazing Civil War Movies of the 1860s.”

This is a great way to get a brief overview of a historical topic that could springboard your kid’s interest and desire to investigate further. Or just use it as a fun way to supplement your studies of American history.

*History Subjects – Click on a history topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of suggested films, interactives, documentaries, rare historical footage and newsreels. Topics include:

  • Colonial America
  • Revolutionary War
  • War of 1812
  • Civil War
  • Pioneers & the Frontier
  • WWI & WWII
  • Money & Finance
  • Science & Inventions
  • U.S. Presidents & Government
  • ~ And Many More!

Most of the videos are hosted on the site but some are from a 3rd party. Additionally, this site is ad-supported by randomly generated Google Ads, etc. That means PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW SITES AND SUPERVISE USE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Terrific Resource for U.S. & World History

September 25th, 2008

Recommended Website:
The History Place

Age Range: About 9 and up (with parental guidance and supervision)

ClickScholar Fran Wisniewski recommended this free (advertising-supported) website that was developed by historian Phillip Gavin. It contains fact-based information on American and World history presented in a variety of ways. There are timelines, in-depth text, photo galleries, primary source documents, and real audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the “Main Exhibits” featured that include topics such as:

  • American Revolution
  • U.S. Civil War
  • World War II and Nazi Germany
  • Vietnam War
  • Presidents of the United States
  • World History:
    • Irish Potato Famine
    • WWI
    • Genocide in the 20th Century
    • International History of Slavery
  • and more

Click on any topic to access the content.

Note: Sometimes an advertisement will pop up that may be difficult to bypass. If that happens, use the “back button” to return to the index and click on the link again – it should alleviate the problem. (This is a minor annoyance that you’ll have to endure occasionally to get to the content. The good news is that many pages open without any ads at all.)

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access featured selections such as:

  • History Photo of the Week – See a photo and read the caption.
  • History Speech of the Week – Read the text of an important speech, and hear an audio clip.
  • This Month In History – Peruse monthly calendars that list historical events that occurred on each day.
  • Points of View – Read commentary on various historical events from different perspectives.
  • Tourism Guide – This is pretty cool! Find out places of historical importance that you can visit in the U.S. and throughout the world!
  • Movie Reviews – Read reviews of movies that have historical or political themes. Find out which ones are based more on fiction than truth.
  • Personal Histories – Read real-life adventures and first-person accounts of historical moments.
  • Something Different – Fun! Explore this cache of historical songs, bloopers and blunders of politicians, fascinating trivia, slide shows and virtual tours.

This site has lots of great content – it’s just organized a little haphazardly. Bookmark it, as you’ll want to return several times to see it all.


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Virtual Tour of a Real WWII German Submarine!

April 20th, 2007

Recommended Website:
U-505 Submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry

Age Range: 9 and up, with lesson plans designed for ages 9-12

“A German submarine known as U-505… terrorized the Atlantic Ocean as part
of a massive U-boat campaign that almost altered the outcome of World War
II. At this website, The Museum of Science and Industry offers an
opportunity to virtually step inside the real U-505. The only German
submarine in the United States, it is now a national memorial to the sailors
who gave their lives on the high seas in WWI and WWII.”

When you get to the site, you can choose to take the “Photo Tour” or the
“Panoramic Movie Tour.” For both tours, you can click on any part of the
submarine to see what it looks like inside and get a description of what
happened there, how everything works, and so on. No matter which option you
choose, you will see all of the same information, but in the panoramic
version you can “click and drag” for a more interactive tour. The panoramic
version also requires that you click “Learn more about this area” (located
directly below the panoramic movie screen) to see the explanatory text.

But that’s not all that’s available on this site! Students may wish to
explore all of the links across the top of the screen to learn even more
about the history and technology of the U-505 while viewing more of the
online exhibit. Teachers and parents can click on “Resources” for a complete
downloadable .pdf teacher’s manual relating to the material on this site
(Note: Some of it assumes teachers/parents are actually visiting the
real-time exhibit with students.) Be certain to click “On-Line Activities”
to enjoy:

  • Find the U-505. “Use cutting-edge technologies from 1944 to track down and
    capture the sub.” Each technological process is briefly explained and
    demonstrated, then you need to try your hand at them. Find the location of
    the submarine in a message written in secret code, then find the sub on your
    radar (make sure you don’t get a whale by mistake!), zero in on it, and fire
    depth charges at it before it blows you up! Your superior officer will issue
    commands from time to time; be sure to respond with “Aye, Sir!” :)
  • Command the U-505. This time, you are the commander of the German sub.
    Will you survive this confrontation? Will German military secrets be kept
    safe from prying Allies? Your Lieutenant will keep you apprised of the
    situation and await your commands. (Since you are the commander, you won’t
    be saying “Aye, Sir!”) On each page you will see links in the sidebar such
    as, “Learn more about how hydrophones work” and “What really happened.” If
    you try to use your browser’s back-arrow to go back and read them all, you
    will exit the game and have to start all over. But don’t worry. At the
    game’s conclusion, all of these links reappear in one handy menu at the left
    of your screen for you to browse at your leisure. Be sure to do so! This is
    really fascinating, especially after you have commanded a U-505! :)
  • Capture! An interactive timeline relating all of the events that led up to
    the U-505’s capture by the U.S.S. Guatemala. A thrilling real-life action
    adventure tale!

And for those of you who live in the area or plan to visit soon, there is a
tour link at the bottom of the home page (you may need to scroll down a
little) which allows you to purchase tickets for a physical tour of the
actual submarine, located at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago,
IL. (After exploring this website, you just may want to go in person if

Math Through Pocket Change

September 8th, 2003

Recommended Website:
U.S. Mint: H.I.P. Pocket Change Games

H.I.P. stands for History In your Pocket, a program sponsored by the U.S. Mint to showcase the connection between this country’s coins and its history. The program, developed by educators with national curriculum standards in mind, includes all kinds of games, stories, and activities themed around U.S. coinage and the ways coins can be used to educate students about many different subjects.

I have provided a direct link to the Math Lesson Plans using coins at this site. When you get there, you will see a menu of lesson titles with a brief description and relevant grade level listed. Click on the lesson title and a new page opens providing the instructions, procedure, and a list of materials needed. There are 44 lessons in all. The first 8 or so rely heavily on graphing results from a number of students in a classroom — don’t get discouraged. Keep looking through the lessons and you will find many that cover a variety of math strands that can be easily tweaked for home use — some of which include literature tie-ins!

Don’t stop with the math lessons at this site! There is so much more. On the home page, you will see a menu that includes:

  • Games — All kinds of interactive games and puzzles themed around coins to play online.
  • Cartoons — Animated features that describe how coins are made, and that take you on a trip to see coins of the world!
  • Time Machine — This may be the best feature of the site! Unbelievable multi-media presentations that explore the history of the people and things that have been depicted on U.S. coins including Colonization, the American Revolution, Lewis & Clark, the Civil War, Westward Expansion, Industry, WWI & WWII, the Cold War Era, and The Present.
  • Coin News — Subscribe to the “Quarter-ly” newsletter, discover the coin of the month, arrange a tour of the Philadelphia or Denver Mints, and more.
  • Camp Coin — For the numismatist (coin collector) in the family there is informatoin on collecting coins, determining value, and some fun coin collecting activities!
  • Teachers — Check this out for lesson plans in not only math (which we highlighted today) but social studies, language arts and science — as well as lessons based on the popular 50 State Quarters Program.

This site is a find for educators! Bookmark it, as you will want to return whenever you need a curriculum boost!

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