Posts Tagged ‘flag’

National Anthem Day

March 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, March 3, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Star-Spangled Banner

(amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/default.aspx)

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

 

“The Star-Spangled Banner” became the United States’ National Anthem on March 3, 1931. Explore the legacy of this song with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of History.

There are a few different ways to navigate around the website. After reading the brief overview on the home page you can select the “Begin with The War of 1812” image link at the bottom of the text and proceed through the pages in sequence. Or, if you would rather explore one of the four topics, they can be chosen from the upper menu: 

  • War – Learn about the War of 1812.
  • Flag – Explore the history of the American flag known as The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • Song – Discover the lyrics, composer, and music of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
  • Legacy – Dig into the symbols of this nation, the changes made to the flag, and rules and rituals associated with it.

Throughout the pages of this website are interactive features to help commit to memory what has been learned and to examine the flag and song more closely. These features can also be accessed either form the “Interact” link in the menu bar or from the home page and include: 

  • Collect – Collect stars by answering questions at the bottom of the pages. When all the stars are collected, students can print out a certificate.
  • Explore – Get up close to The Star-Spangled Banner with this interactive that allows you to zoom into different sections of the flag and learn about what is found.
  • Sing – Watch and sing-a-long with videos of people singing the national anthem.
  • Share – A prompt to tell what the American flag stands for and what it means to you.

Through brief texts and colorful images, this is a great place to add to your American history studies.

Global Children’s Art Gallery

September 5th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, September 5, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Global Children’s Art Gallery (http://www.naturalchild.org/gallery/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the Natural Child Project, presents an online gallery of children’s artwork. It is an absolute delight to view the colorful drawings of children from all over the world.

When you get to the site, look in the center of the webpage. There, you can click on the colorful number button that takes you to the most recent drawings that have been submitted to the site. Or, you can click on the “Random page” text link that will allow you to see drawings that have been submitted to this site since its inception. Each piece of art is accompanied by a picture of the flag of the country the child is from – and over 63 countries are represented, as well as information about the artist and artwork! This site provides a wonderful venue for encouraging the artist in your child. It may even motivate your little “Picasso” to submit their own drawing for all the world to see.

Don’t miss the list of recommended art books for children found in the upper menu under “Books”. There are titles covering everything from exploring art history with children to encouraging artistic expression in children – as well as how-to books that help families learn to draw and paint together.

Betsy Ross Home Virtual Tour and More

May 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, May 22, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Betsy Ross Homepage (http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/index.html)

 

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

 

At this site you can take a virtual tour of the house where Betsy Ross lived. Betsy Ross is the woman who sewed the first flag for the United States of America.
You can also read her biography including the account of how she came to sew the flag. This site also provides: 
  • a timeline of the changes made to the flag throughout history
  • flag trivia
  • flag laws and etiquette
In addition, you can download a picture of Betsy Ross, a picture of the flag, and you can also purchase flags at this site.

Foreign Languages for Travelers

April 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, April 5, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

TravLang: Foreign Languages for Travelers

 

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

 

This website is a find for those who have an interest in many languages or who want to try out different languages – in an effort to figure out which one they would like to study in more depth.

The only drawback is that this is a commercial site, so the pop-up advertisements are a real nuisance. However, just close them out and scroll down the home page until you see “Follow the 2 Steps Below.” Enter the language you speak, and then click on a flag of a country with the language you want to speak – you’ll find everything from Afrikaans to Zulu here.

Once you click on a flag, a new page opens with a menu that offers you a selection of vocabulary lessons. It includes:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Shopping/Dining Terms
  • Travel Terminology
  • Directions
  • Places
  • Time and Dates

Use the radio buttons to select a topic, click submit, and a new page opens with a vocabulary list of words and some short phrases. Click on the words or phrases and you can hear them pronounced. Once you’ve learned the words, take a quick quiz, located on the same page, to see how much you remember.

Again, this is a great way to get some exposure to another language – or to learn some quick words and phrases that might help you get by if you plan to visit a foreign country. Kids may just be fascinated to find out how to say “I do not understand,” in over 60 languages.

Free CD of K-12 History Lessons & More!

August 8th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 8, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AmericanHeritage.org

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12) 

This website, sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan American Heritage Education Foundation, provides FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states.

As explained at the website, AHEF is “dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens…AHEF is inclusive of individuals of every race and creed and every religious or non-religious persuasion.”

When you get to the website, you’ll see some explanatory text with hyperlinks to the lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school.  Simply click on the link for the grade level of interest and a new page opens to a menu of lessons with activities that include:

FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES:

  • Colonial America
  • Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Presidents
  • The Great Seal, Motto, Flag, etc.
  • The History of Thanksgiving Day ~ and more!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL:

  • Colonial America: American Revolution
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Gettysburg Address
  • What is an American? ~ and more!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL:

  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Federalist Paper Number 47
  • The First Amendment
  • Entrepreneurs in History
  • American’s Creed ~ and more!

Each lesson is available in English and Spanish. You can access it online through a downloadable pdf file. You can print the lessons out and use them offline as well.

You can also order a CD of these lessons absolutely FREE! Instructions are at the website here: http://www.americanheritage.org/contact_us.html

Note: A binder of the lessons for each grade level is also available for a fee of $19.50.

These free AHEF lessons and activities can be enjoyed regardless of homeschool methodology.

 

Virtual Tour of Scotland!

January 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, January 25, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Scotland: A Virtual Tour

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Today is January 25th, the birthday of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, who was born in 1759.  Burns wrote the poem, Auld Lang Syne, that people around the world sing on New Year’s Eve. If you’d like to know more about Burns, you can watch the animated video “The Story of Robert Burns.”   

Inspired by Burns’ birthday, I thought it would be fun to take a virtual tour of Scotland.  When you get to the website, you’ll see an introduction. To take the tour, use the menu tabs at the top of the page that include:

*Begin – Introduction to Scotland including an interactive map, the flag of Scotland and the national anthem.

*Cities – Learn about the major cities of Scotland including Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. Look in the left margin of the page and click on the city names to take fun trivia quizzes about each city.

*National Features – Discover the architecture and landscape of Scotland including Edinburgh Castle – you can even watch live webcams!

*Lifestyles – Get a glimpse of the lifestyle and culture of the Scottish people.  Learn about people of historic importance and watch a video of a bagpipe solo performance.

*History – Find out about the Scottish Knight, William Wallace and discover how the thistle helped save Scotland from invaders.

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