Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

October 21st, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 21, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at
ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/webcast.htm)

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

 

This virtual field trip from Scholastic takes visitors on a video field trip to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island in their first steps to becoming citizens of the United States. Explore this story with the over 30-minute video that provides a walk-through tour of Ellis Island and interviews with knowledgeable Ellis Island park rangers.

Students will learn about: 

  • What was it like for immigrants to come to America and the screening process?
  • The history of Immigration Station
  • What was on the island before it became the doorway to America?
  • Who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island?
  • What happened to immigrants after leaving Ellis Island?

And more.

When you have finished watching the video, use the menu at the top to select “Explore Ellis Island” to: 

  • Read interesting stories
  • Hear first-hand accounts from people who came through Ellis Island
  • See historical photos
  • Watch film footage of immigrants arriving

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Use the upper navigation to “Meet Young Immigrants” who recently immigrated to the United States and explore “Immigration Data”.

Select the “Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today” header to go to the main page of this unit. Scroll down the page to locate the “Teaching Resources” section to find: 

  • Teacher’s Guide – explains the objectives of the unit, provides grade-level lesson plans, and other suggested resources
  • Book lists – suggested reading about immigration for students grades 3-5 and 6-12
  • Ellis Island Facts and Worksheets – worksheets and interesting facts to supplement your studies
  • The New York Times Interactive Map of Immigrant Settlement Patterns – an interactive map on the NY Times website that allows students to see where immigrants from specific countries settled in America

This unit not only provides an interesting virtual tour but loads of great information and activities to add your history studies on immigration.

History Lessons from the Library of Congress

September 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, September 3, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free History Lessons from Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/)

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

 

At this link on the Library of Congress’s website you will find a gold mine of tried and true lesson plans created by teachers that cover a wide range of history topics. All of the lessons use hyperlinked primary sources that will encourage the learner to dig deeper into the topic and make real connections with the subject.

When arriving at the link, you can search for lessons based on topic, era, or alphabetically. Topics include: 

  • African American History
  • American History
  • American Indian History
  • American Revolution
  • Arts & Culture
  • City & Regional History
  • Civil War
  • Culture & Folklife
  • Discovery and Exploration
  • Government, Law & Politics
  • Immigration & Ethnic Heritage
  • Maps & Geography
  • News, Journalism & Advertising
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs, Prints, and Posters
  • Poetry and Literature
  • Science, Technology & Business
  • Sports, Recreation & Leisure
  • Women’s History
  • World History & Cultures
  • World War I
  • World War II

Each lesson plan is laid out similarly and includes: 

  • Overview – Includes a summary of the lesson, objectives, a means to check the standards met, time needed for lesson and recommended grade level.
  • Preparation – information and links to materials and resources used
  • Procedure – step by step instruction on implementing the lesson
  • Evaluation – Ideas for evaluating the students’ work

Some lessons also include a “For Students” section with more activities for the lesson.

While these lessons may have been created for the classroom setting, most can easily be adapted for the homeschool setting. Whether you are trying to put together a complete curriculum using primary sources or looking to supplement a specific topic, this website will quickly become a valuable source in your planning.

United Stated History for Kids

April 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Historama

 

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

 

This ad-supported UK website presents American history uniquely by connecting important events with the presidencies during which they occurred.
When arriving at the link above, there are brief explanations about the site content and then you are able to select your topic of interest.
Information is broken down by the following: 
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Eras
    • 1790-1800: The New US
    • 1801-1828: Evolution Era
    • 1829-1841: Jacksonian Era
    • 1841-1850: Westward Expansion
    • 1850-1865: Secession Era
    • 1860-1865: Civil War Era
    • 1866-1881: Reconstruction Era
    • 1881-1913: Maturation Era
    • 1913-1928: WWI & Prohibition
    • 1929-1945: Depression & WWII
    • 1945-1989: Cold War Era
    • 1990 – Present: The Modern Era
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Important Time Periods and US Events
    • The Wild West
    • The Cowboys
    • Big Business and Corporations
    • Urbanization in America
    • Immigration Laws History Timeline
    • Labor Unions History
    • Women’s suffrage
    • Gilded Age and Era
    • Social Darwinism
    • Industrialization in America
    • Black Segregation History
    • Black Segregation Timeline
    • The Progressive Movement
    • 1800’s Child Labor
    • Black Populism
    • Populism in America
    • The Conservation Movement
    • Inventions & Inventors Timeline
    • Nativism in America
    • US Facts about WW I
    • Environmentalism History
    • Black History People & Events
    • The Roaring Twenties
    • Harlem Renaissance
The home page, as well as most of the other main pages at this site, also includes a 12-minute slide-show-like video overview of the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama. After selecting your main topic of choice, information is presented in bite size pieces with many sub-topics hyperlinked (which are identified by blue, underlined text links) to even more in-depth informational pages. Many of the pages include more video presentations about the President in residency during the time period.

To return to the home page, you will need to find the text link or button “US American History” which usually is found below the first paragraph on the page. You may also wish to use the American Historama Sitemap to more quickly locate the sub-topics within each era to locate specific pages.

If you are looking for a concise, no ‘bells and whistles’ approach to American history, this website may be just what you need.

(Please be sure that you assist younger children when navigating this website as it is ad-supported and there are a few text linked ads as well as image ads on most pages. But the value of the content should outweigh this nuisance.)

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Virtual Immigration Activity – Circa 1890!

April 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, April 18, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Tenement Museum: From Ellis Island to Orchard Street

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

At this website, sponsored by The Tenement Museum, you can virtually travel back in time to see what life was like as an immigrant to the United States between 1890 and 1924

When you get to the site (the progarm takes a moment to fully load), be sure to turn on your speakers. The introduction is presented like an old newsreel in a really fun and engaging way. Then, simply click the arrows to virtually experience each step of the immigration process.

1) Fill out your official passport.

2) Set sail for America.

3) Go to Ellis Island in New York and experience the legal/health inspection process.

4) Visit the immigrant tenement apartment buildings in the Lower East Side.

5) Explore an immigrant’s apartment and learn more about their life.

6) Write a letter to your relatives and friends waiting to hear news from you about America.

Each section of the virtual immigration process is highlighted with video clips and clickable icons that provide further information about this historical period in our nation’s history. It’s user friendly, informative, interactive, and fun!

 

Virtual Field Trip To Statue of Liberty!

August 19th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 19, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Park Service: Statue of Liberty eTour

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a multi-media virtual tour of one of the world’s most recognized landmarks, the Statue of Liberty.

When you get to the site select High Speed or Dial-Up access, turn on your speakers, and enjoy the tour.

VERY IMPORTANT:  You won’t hear spoken words, so be sure to read the text to understand how to navigate and access all of the content here, including the video presentations at each stop along the tour. (Hint: be sure to click on the icons in the black frames.)

The e-tour includes:

  • A trip around the perimeter of Liberty Island in New York Harbor
  • The history of the statue’s design and significance
  • Statue Statistics – height, weight, materials used to make it, etc.
  • Engineering Techniques
  • Information on the statue’s torch and flame
  • How the image of the statue is used by marketers
  • Symbolism of the concept of liberty

This tour is sure to spark discussion about world history, immigration, politics, geography, liberty, and more.

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