Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Online World War I Exhibits

November 15th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 15, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

(www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/online-exhibitions)

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

 

Remember Veterans Day with this virtual tour of the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

The online exhibitions include: 

  • The Rise of Giving
  • The Volunteers
  • War Fare
  • The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914
  • Trenches of WWI
  • Make Way for Democracy
  • Home Before the Leaves Fall
  • And more.

After deciding on the topic you would like to see, select the “Explore Exhibition” option to open the tour. Each exhibition provides an explanation of the theme and a slide show of artifacts, historical photos, and more. Some exhibitions provide in depth information and others are brief presentations.

You can also view Current Exhibitions and Past Exhibitions. Bookmark this site to visit again as you work through your studies of World War I.

Step Back in Time with a Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

October 18th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 18, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

(www.osv.org/explore-the-village/historical-buildings-landscapes-and-gardens/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact early New England life from 1790-1840.

You can explore this living history museum without leaving home. When you get to the website, scroll down to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits: 

  • The Common & Center Village
  • The Countryside
  • The Mill Neighborhood
  • Gardens

Learn about the Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.


Visit the Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.


And the Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.


Check out the Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.


Be sure to see the Educator Resources under the Education link in the top menu. You can download a map and “Make History” activities.

History of the Great Chicago Fire

October 10th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 10, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Chicago Fire

(www.greatchicagofire.org/)

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

 

This site, sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University, provides a very in-depth look at the Great Chicago FireThe fire began on October 8, 1871, and by the time it was finally brought under control on October 10, 1871, more than three square miles of the city was destroyed claiming up to 300 lives and leaving one hundred thousand people homeless.

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction, then choose from the two main parts: The Great Chicago Fire or the Web of Memory. In The Great Chicago Fire section, you can read first-hand articles with images on the following topics: 

  • A Bird’s Eye View of Pre-Fire Chicago
  • The Great Conflagration
  • The Ruined City
  • Rescue and Relief
  • Queen of the West Once More

In the Web of Memory, you’ll find: 

  • The Eyewitnesses
  • Media Event
  • Fanning the Flames
  • The O’Leary Legend
  • Souvenirs
  • Commemorating Catastrophe

Be sure to check out the top menu including Touring the Fire and Special Features. There is so much to see here.

History Tour of the Erie Canal!

August 29th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 29, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History

(www.epodunk.com/routes/erie-canal/index.html)

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

 

At this site, learn about the Erie Canal: there’s an animated history tour complete with the music and lyrics of ‘Low Bridge, Everybody Down’ (The Erie Canal Song).

When you get to the site simply click on the button that says, “Launch Erie Canal Tour.” Then sit back, watch and listen as you see historical panoramic views of the canal and learn a bit about its history. At the end of the introduction you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Canal Tour – Visit the many towns along the waterway and learn about their history in connection with the canal.
  • History – You have several options that include reading different texts – one designed for kids, learning about historic recreational opportunities along the canal, viewing a timeline, and a bibliography for further study.
  • Panoramas – See panoramic views of each city along the canal.
  • Canal Songs – a wonderful selection of folk songs about the canal, including the Erie Canal Song mentioned above, and Buffalo Gals!

Your whole family can enjoy this site together – and don’t forget to sing a round of Canal Songs!

Animated Historical Maps of War

August 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 22, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps of War

(www.mapsofwar.com/)

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

 

Put on your thinking caps! This incredible website provides free animated maps showing historical time lines in a period of about 90 seconds! They are sure to spark interest in historical events and lots of conversation.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured maps. For example, one of the most popular maps at the site is called “Imperial History of the Middle East” that presents an animation of who has controlled the Middle East over the course of 5,000 years of world history. 

Click on the featured maps to dive right in, or click on “Maps” at the top to find a menu of various maps presented on the site including: 

  • March of Democracy
  • History of Religion
  • Leadership and War
  • Pressure Vault
  • Signs of Occupation

When you are done there, be sure to click on “Library” at the bottom to find a selection of links to multimedia war maps on the Net. Includes topics such as: 

  • The Western Front, 1914 – 1918
  • The Darfur Tragedy
  • Global Migration – Map depicts flow of migrants and money worldwide

Although the subject matter (war) is grim, the historical perspective presented through these dynamic maps is sure to spark thought and discussion.
 
Note: This site is supported by randomly generated Google Ads. In addition, there are links to maps on other websites that we have not reviewed. AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE EXPLORATION OF THIS SITE AND USE OF THE INTERNET.

Take an American History Journey

July 25th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 25, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Journeys

(www.americanjourneys.org/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring one of National History Day’s theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”


When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 

  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.

Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

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