Posts Tagged ‘history’

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.

Free Lessons & Activities on Puerto Rico

October 17th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 17, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Boricua Kids

(www.elboricua.com/BoricuaKids.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

October 18th, 1898, was the date that Spain turned over Puerto Rico to the United States’ control, a condition of The Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War. At this website, you’ll find free lesson plans and activities about the history, geography, and culture of Puerto Rico.

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction. Then use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • A Map of Puerto Rico
  • A Fact Sheet – Includes the national flower, bird, flag, capital, government, terrain, notable people, etc.
  • Tainos – Learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taino Indians.
  • Puerto Rico, U.S.A. – A brief history of Puerto Rico’s history with the United States of America.

Then, use the menu on the left to explore: 

  • Food – Get recipes for Coconut Kisses, Plantain Chips, and more!
  • Songs – Listen to Children’s songs such as “El Gato Y El Raton.”
  • Coloring Pages – Print and color symbols of Puerto Rico.
  • Coqui – Learn about Puerto Rico’s very tiny tree frog.
  • Rain Forest – Discover Puerto Rico’s tropical rain forest, El Yunque.
  • Lesson Plans – Free lessons, designed for classroom teachers, that cover Puerto Rican social studies, geography, history, and much more.

Print out quizzes, word search puzzles, coloring activities, and more!

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

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

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Take an Educational Journey Touring the FDR Library and Museum

October 11th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 11, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FDR Library and Museum Virtual Tour

(fdrlibraryvirtualtour.org/)

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

 

This website not only provides visitors a virtual tour through the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, but it also offers wonderful educational opportunities to learn about the 32nd President of the United States, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.

When arriving at the link, click the “Launch Now” button on the screen. There are multiple ways to explore the museum. You may use the “Back” and “Next” arrows to work through the slides, or you could expand the “Explore the Museum” button at the top right then choose your destination or you could use the map in the bottom right corner to select a location. You can also access the site map from the “Explore the Museum” button which provides a great way to reach the topic of interest quickly. Location galleries include: 

  • Museum Lobby
  • America, 1932: A Nation in Fear
  • The Promise of Change
  • Foundations of a Public Life
  • A New Deal
  • FDR’s “Act of Faith”
  • War! (upper level)
  • War! (lower level)
  • Oval Office Desk/FDR’s Death
  • First Lady of the World
  • Legacy
  • Behind the Scenes

Each gallery provides a 360° tour that you can use your mouse to navigate around and examine. Some galleries include close-ups of artifacts, documents, as well as additional resource information, audios, and teachable moments. The teachable moments include brief video segments. Each gallery includes informational text beneath the presentation.  

This website is an excellent resource for your history studies and a wonderful insight into the life and world of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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.

Free books online!

October 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Books

(freekidsbooks.org/)

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

 

Yes, it’s true! This ad-supported site has free children’s books that you can read online or download.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the featured books or use the top menu to choose books in the following age ranges: 

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Older Children
  • Young Adults

Also, you can choose books by category on the right side bar including: 

  • Activities and Crafts
  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Classic Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship
  • History
  • Insects
  • Money
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Seasons
  • Superheroes
  • Wordless
  • and so much more!

When you click on an age range or category, a new page opens with a list of the books with a picture of the front cover, the author’s name, the category and age range. Then you can read the book of your choice online or download the free PDF. You can share your feedback on the book by leaving a comment under “Reviews”.

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