Posts Tagged ‘history’

Virtual Field Trip to Washington’s Headquarters

August 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 23, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Washington’s Headquarters

(https://www.nps.gov/vafo/learn/historyculture/washingtons_headquarters.htm)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to Valley Forge where Washington, as the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, spent the winter of 1777.

When you get to this National Park Service site, click on the YouTube link to tour Washington’s Headquarters virtually. Then download the illustrated guidebook of Washington’s headquarters to read the history of the house and to see pictures of the interior including: 

  • Aides-de-Camp Office
  • Washington’s Office
  • Kitchen
  • Washington’s Bedroom
  • Aides-de-Camp Bedroom
  • and more

Back on the main page, be sure to click on the Washington’s Headquarters Quick Facts sheet to learn more. Also, if you click on the “View other self-guided touring options at the park” link, it will bring you to a new page where you can watch a Park movie: Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment.

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.

Virtual Field Trip to Alaska National Parks

August 16th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 16, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Tour

(www.nps.gov/kova/learn/photosmultimedia/virtual-tour.htm)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour of 3 National Parks in the northwest corner of Alaska. These parks are home to the “wide open spaces, unique plants and animals, the midnight sun, the northern lights, subsistence culture, and 9,000 years of human history.”

When you get to the site, you can watch the 10 minute video, “A Window to Your Parks.” It shows the remote landscapes of: 

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Noatak National Preserve
  • Kobuk Valley National Park

Then when you finish that video, scroll down to the next video: Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Tour. Get an overview of the museum and hear how Eskimo Ice Cream is made!

Listen and Learn about Places in History

August 15th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 15, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Browse Through History – MrDowling.com

(https://www.mrdowling.com/)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

Mr. Dowling is a teacher who developed this website from his interest in history and the lessons he taught in the classroom. “Travel” and learn with him as he reads each lesson!

When you get to the ad-supported site, scroll past the ads to get to the 16 icons and click on a destination to learn about a variety of places including: 

  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Africa
  • India and the Himalayas
  • China
  • America Before Columbus
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • The Caribbean
  • And more!

Just click on an icon such as “Ancient Greece” and a new page opens with an introduction; and on the right side of the page are links to selections such as Greek Mythology, The Iliad and The Odyssey, Sparta, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great and more. The information is presented in user-friendly text enhanced by illustrations and photographs. Each lesson also has a link to an audio file of Mr. Dowling reading the lesson, so your child can follow along; and links to download additional resourses. Or you can look under Site Tools at the top of the page and click on Download Free Teacher Resources to see all the resources in one place.

The Science and History of Color

August 10th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 10, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Matters for Kids

(https://colormatters.com/color-resources/color-matters-for-kids)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, real-life Color Professor Jill Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color

The topics are quite unusual and include: 

  • How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.
  • Why Are School Buses Yellow? – Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.
  • Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.
  • Colors & What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.
  • And more

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site, use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

August 7th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 7, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans?f%5B0%5D=lesson_plan_subject_topic_facet%3A9361)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art and culture, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see featured lesson plans. In the left sidebar is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Viewing
  • Writing

Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation
  • Lesson Activities
  • Lesson Extensions
  • Materials and Media

There is also a link to Student Activities, where you can choose Literature and Language Arts in two different grade ranges: K-5 and 9-12 .

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

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