Additional Posts: Categories

Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

Social Studies
Industrial Revolution: Project Ideas and Resources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: industrial revolution

These projects, focusing on different aspects of the Industrial Revolution, can be used with any curriculum and adapted to various grade levels:

Captains of Industry Activity: This activity contains short biographies of four influential Americans: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and J.P. Morgan. Fill out charts that explain how each man’s area of expertise contributed to America’s economic growth; their formative experiences, attitudes towards labor, and interactions with government.

Inventions Project and Presentation: Research an Industrial Revolution Era invention by answering a series of questions describing pertinent facts about the invention. Create a written or visual report. This project can be expanded into a group debate activity by having each person develop and present an argument explaining why their invention was the most influential. For help with structuring a persuasive argument around three main points, use this graphic organizer.

 
Webquest on Child Labor: This activity contains brief descriptions and links for researching what life was like for several types of child laborers: factory workers, miners, sea food and farm hands, and newsboys. Fill out worksheets answering  questions such as where the children lived, how they dressed, good and bad things about their jobs, and what reforms were needed. For historic photos, visit The History Place's Child Labor in America.
 
 
Factory Life Comparison/Contrast: Find three pictures depicting factory life in the 19th century, and three pictures depicting factory life today. Make a slide presentation using Google Slides. On each slide, explain how factory life today is different than it was in the 19th century. If you’re in a homeschool co-op, this can be turned into a group project, with individual slideshows being shared, or everyone collaborating on the same slideshow.

Additional Resources:

This Industrial Revolution CrashCourse video can be viewed as a TedEd lesson with questions and discussion topics. Download a one-page worksheet to go along with the video.

Industrial Revolution OverviewLonger video with quiz at the end.

Victorian BritainChildren in factories.


 

Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

Renaissance Artists
Category: Social Studies
Tags: renaissance art italian renaissance renaissance paintings da vinci raphael donatello michaelangelo

These materials for teaching about Renaissance artists can be used for several grade levels as a supplement to your own materials:

The following flipbook is a sample of a reader that highlights major artists of the Renaissance. Download the full PDF reader and workbook here

Compare/Contrast Two Works of Art: Provides a chart with suggested things to look for, such as elements of art present in the work and mood of the work. Observations can be turned into short essays.

Learn About Linear Perspective: Use a drawing interactive to examine three paintings to look for perspective lines, vanishing point, and horizon line. Then click an empty room to try to apply the rules of perspective.

Additional Renaissance lesson plans can be found at the Renaissance Connection.

Visit Leonardo’s Workshop: Learn about simple machines; play a game in which you try to identify the machines in Leonardo’s sketches; make your own sketches of gadgets to show how they work. Learn more about the artist at Exploring Leonardo.

Virtual Sistene Chapel: Fly around, zoom in and out.

Da Vinci and the Code He Lived By (Free Study Guide): 

Easy How to Draw a Ninja Turtle Face

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/manuelsagra/383825655/


Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

Reviewing Our Rights
Category: Social Studies
Tags: judicial branch constitutional rights bill of rights the amendments civics

While continuing our studies of the amendments and rights of Americans, I came across a useful site, focusing on the Judicial Branch, called Courts in the Classroom. A collaboration of the Judicial Branch of California and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the site features a series of animated comic slideshows that help kids understand such topics as free speech; what due process means; what judges and courts do; checks and balances, privacy issues (search and seizure), and explanations of several Supreme Court landmark cases. Below each slideshow is a glossary section with words and definitions pertaining to the topic you're watching.

It's been interesting reviewing these with my kids, and it's led to some good discussions. Could make a good resource for a homeschool civics or debate co-op class.


RSS

New Members
Diyayoga
Joined: 4 Days Ago
thepaynefulpoet Clare
Joined: Jun 17th
Jasmyne
Joined: Jun 11th
Grab Our Button
unSocialized