Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Narratives and Timelines for History

August 27th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 27, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historyworld

(www.historyworld.net/)

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

 

This website, written by Bamber Gascoigne from the United Kingdom, provides about 300 interactive world history narratives and over 10,000 events in searchable timelines. The narratives present information in a concise manner and contain in-text links to other topics. The timelines allow visitors to easily search for specific events relating to a topic during a specific time.

When you arrive at the website use the menu at the top to select whether you want to read “Histories”, explore “Timelines”, take a “Quiz”, or select “More . . .” to choose: 

  • Encyclopedia of Britain – Browse over 5000 entries on the history, culture, and life of Britain
  • Wellcome History of Medicine – Discover the history of medicine from the world’s largest medical charity
  • Places in History-Global – Explore the global-plotted Google Maps and see what events happened where
  • Places in History-Local – Examine this ongoing project using Google Maps to find exact positions of historical sites

When arriving at the “Histories” page, you can search alphabetically for historical topics across the globe from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism. Some narrations include images and the in-text links give visitors the opportunity to build on their understanding of events, people, and concepts.

After selecting “Timelines” from the menu, you are able to enter a specific topic and/or year into the search engine. Use the “Historyworld Timelines” text link under the search box to be taken to the “Single-Subject Timelines” page for a list of pre-set timelines. Timeline entries have clickable icons on either side of them that when selected open to Google search engine pages for relevant topics, associated images, related entries from Historyworld, links to other timelines, or Google maps.

There are currently two quizzes available to take: 

  • Quiz – Take this timed quiz to test yourself on your historical knowledge
  • ThenWhatNext – Challenge yourself to put people or events in the correct order.

This ad-supported website provides a great overview of history around the world without a lot of distracting bells and whistles.


(Note: Parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

Explore U.S. History with Milestone Documents

August 20th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 20, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Milestone Documents

(https://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include: 

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

There are additional resources available using the right-hand menu including: 

  • The People’s Vote – a ranked list of the documents based on public opinion of which are considered the most historically influential
  • Tools for Educators – includes a downloadable source book, teaching ideas and more
  • Related Resources – links to other websites for documents and historical research

This website is an excellent resource for any history class wishing to use primary resources in their studies.

Read the Voyages of Henry Hudson!

June 18th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

(http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

June 22nd commemorates the day English navigator and adventurer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and 7 crew members were set adrift by mutineers during a failed expedition to find a fabled route to the Indies. They were never seen or heard from again. 


At this website, you can read a fascinating account of Hudson’s failed expedition to find the “Northwest Passage” as well as details about the mutiny, Hudson’s other voyages, his life as an explorer, and information on his times, contemporaries, and crew. This is a great way to integrate language arts with history and social studies!

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about Hudson’s: 

  • Early Years to 1607
  • First Voyage – 1607
  • Second Voyage – 1608
  • Third Voyage – 1609
  • Fourth Voyage – 1610
  • Aftermath – 1611-on
  • Maps of Voyages
  • Hudson Family Tree

It is helpful to read this account in chronological order.  

Click on “Short Story” to read a piece of historical fiction about Hudson. It was written by Canadian writer Ian Chadwick, the creator of this website. He also offers a compilation of the “Sources & Links” he used to create this work. You can read his bio too.

There are also links to the author’s “Home” page and other websites, but we did not visit these pages, and they are not included in this review. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site, determine the suitability of the content, and supervise Internet use.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

May 14th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FedFlix

(https://archive.org/details/FedFlix)

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

 

If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.

When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by Title, Topics and Subjects, Creator, or by date archived.

A sampling of topics we searched for included: 

  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as: 

  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Department of Defense
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center 
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • FDR Presidential Library 

  • And so many more!

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired. 

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Study Great Works of Art

April 4th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Institute of Chicago

(www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.


When you get to the site, select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Collection
  • El Greco Online
  • Interactive Features
  • Videos
  • Highlights
  • Audio Tours
  • And more!

Be sure to check out Educator Resources. Student Activities are also included there. Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

Unearth the History of Ireland in 100 Objects

March 12th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

(www.100objects.ie/education/)

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

 

This website from The Royal Irish Academy, The National Museum of Ireland, and The Irish Times is based on a series in The Irish Times by Fintan O’Toole.

Through the use of 100 historical objects, students can learn the fascinating history of Ireland. Fourteen lesson plans have been created for 5th-6th grade children and 5 more for older children (post-primary).

When arriving at today’s link, use the object timeline to select one of the time periods you wish to explore. Once the page opens in a new window, there will be an image of the object and ‘buttons’ to select to learn more. Most objects include the following buttons: 

  • For teachers – lesson plans, resources, and other activities
  • Story – an age-appropriate text about the artifact
  • Worksheets – topic-related worksheets
  • Did you know? – fast facts related to the object
  • Quiz – Test your knowledge of the object with a multiple choice online quiz.
  • Look – See other images related to the object.
  • Read – Read an extract from the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

All of the above (except for the Quiz) are downloadable PDFs. The quizzes can be printed using your browser print function. Some lessons also include an audio and video option to encourage more thought and conversation.  


Older students will enjoy browsing through the 100 objects list by selecting “Objects” on the main menu, then selecting the item of interest from the list.

This website provides a unique way of discovering Irish history.

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