Interactive Vikings!

March 10th, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Thursday, March 10, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Viking Quest

Age Range: 9 and up (also a section for ages 7-9; both with parental guidance)

The BBC has done it again — an amazing multi-media interactive animation and game that teaches students all about Viking history as it entertains.

When you get to the site, the program will launch and you’ll learn to build a ship, chart a course, select a crew, and loot a monastery! Careful! You may be rebuked by your chieftain for making poor choices and banished to a cod fish boat! Be sure to turn up the sound for the full Viking experience. :)

If this whets your kids’ appetites for more information, then head to the
home page” that offers articles on every aspect of Viking history including their reputation, weapons, warfare, religion, runes, food and more. The articles are enhanced with photographs of artifacts, illustrations, and maps.

There is also a milder section for kids ages 7-9. When you get to the site you’ll see a cartoon picture of a Viking with a selection of topics to explore that includes: Viking Invasion, Viking Life, Viking Beliefs, Travel/Trade/& Exploration, and more. Each section offers interesting text, photos, and illustrations.

Want more Vikings?

NOVA Online – The Vikings

In the Spring of 2000, PBS aired a NOVA program all about Vikings. This website was designed as a companion for further exploration of the subject of Vikings. Through video cam, photographs, artist’s renderings, and text you can explore a model of a real Viking Village that was discovered by archaeologists in Sweden.

There is a wonderful Q&A at this site with a Smithsonian Institution anthropologist who exposes the legends about Vikings and explains what their piracy and raiding was all about.

Vikings used written symbols called “runes” to communicate. There is a fun activity that allows you to see your own name as it would appear written in runes.  

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

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