Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Learn about the Irish Potato Famine

March 5th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 5, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Irish Potato Famine

 

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

 

Take an interesting interactive tour of the Irish Potato Famine at this website.
When arriving at the site, select the “ENTER” text link in the middle of the screen and you are introduced to your bouncing personal guide, Splat, who will help you navigate through the pages. Read through the instructions and you will learn how easy it is to work through the site. After the instructional presentation, select from four locations in the village to learn about the 19th century potato famine: 
  • Rural dwelling
  • The work house
  • The school
  • The docks
When arriving at the location, after reviewing the introduction speech bubble, move your mouse around the picture to find hot spots to click. At these locations you are presented with more information in the form of speech bubbles, dairy entries, textual slide shows, images, videos, online activities and/or activity suggestions.

This website does a great job of teaching students about the basic causes and effects of the Great Famine.

U.S. Presidential Campaign History

February 26th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 26, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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4President.org

 

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

 

If you are looking for an interesting way to teach your students about past US Presidential election campaigns from 1960-2012, then this website is for you.
At this ad-supported website you will find: 
  • campaign logos and slogans
  • images of campaign posters
  • textual versions of the campaign brochures
  • television campaign commercial videos
  • text of announcements and acceptance of nominations
Navigating this website is a breeze. Simply select the campaign year of interest. Once the page opens you will see campaign banners in the middle of the page. Select a banner to view the text of the announcement or acceptance speech of a candidate for presidency. On the left side bar, find links to commercial videos or look at the poster images. Click on the brochure images in the right hand sidebar to read the text of that brochure.

It is quite interesting browsing through the information on this website and to see how the whole election campaign process and focus has changed over the years. You may wish to bookmark this website to visit again after the 2016 election.

American Presidential Studies Resource

February 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Miller Center

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, is your one-stop destination for your Presidential studies.
When arriving at this link you will find a grid of Presidential portraits. Simply click on the image of the President of choice and you are taken to the informational page for that President. Each page includes:
  • “Facts at a Glance” which provide snippets of biographical information in a concise manner
  • Essays on (PRESIDENT) and His Administration – Links to more in-depth information about the President
  • First Lady and other important members of the government at the time of Presidency – each linked to biographies
  • Presidential Speeches – links to texts of speeches. For Presidents after Herbert Hoover, there are also audios of speeches and after Eisenhower there are also videos
  • Scholarship and Speakers – a selection of Miller Center resources on the President
  • Scripps Library Reference Resources – “links to reference resources prepared by the Miller Center’s Scripps Library, designed to help students and scholars conduct their research quickly”
From the main page, you may select the “Speech Archive” button for quick access to all the Presidential Speeches. Select “Riding the Tiger” for a blog that examines current events through the “lens of history” and features resources from the digital archive of the Miller Center.

After selecting the “Presidential Classroom” on the main page, choose from either “Exhibits” or “Lesson Plans” for tons more supplemental materials and helpful classroom activities that allow students to dig deeper into U.S. history and government.

There is so much valuable information available at this website, neatly compiled for ease of use and navigation, that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Inventors Hall of Fame

 

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

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, you can read biographies of inventors and read all about their inventions as well. Pictures and illustrations accompany the text.
When you get to the site select “Inductees” in the upper menu bar. You can then choose to search by category such as: 
  • Last Name (listed alphabetically)
  • Year Inducted
  • Academic Institution
  • Company or Organization
  • State/Province
  • Country
After making your selection, a list of inventors will appear from which to choose. Select the “View Profile” beside the inventor’s name to read the biography and about the invention. There will also be some “Related Inductees” listed to continue your exploration.

This is a terrific resource site that you may want to bookmark. It is fun to browse – but there is so much information it’s hard to see it all in one visit.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

January 29th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 29, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

 

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

A collaboration of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and American Social History Project, this website uses text, images, maps, songs and more to provide visitors with an introduction to the French Revolution.
When arriving at the link, you are presented with a digital menu map that offers 3 ways to explore the website: 
  • Explore
  • Browse
  • Search
You may also use the menu above the image to quickly reach your desired destination of study.

In Explore, you can read through the ten essays on the major topics of the French Revolution that include: 

  • Social Causes of the Revolution
  • Monarchy Embattled
  • The Enlightenment and Human Rights
  • Paris and the Politics of Rebellion
  • Women and the Revolution
  • Monarchy Falls
  • War, Terror, and Resistance to the Revolution
  • Slavery and the Haitian Revolution
  • Legacies of the Revolution
Each essay page not only includes informative text but additional topical documents, images, maps, and songs that are accessible by selecting the icons on the left hand side of the text. These icons are strategically placed on the side to correspond with the relevant text providing a more in-depth look at the subject.

Select the Browse option on the main menu to: 

  • View 245 images, which include political cartoons, works of art, and artifacts.
  • Examine 338 text documents such as memoirs, official reports, newspaper articles, treatises, eyewitness accounts.
  • Explore 13 maps of the changing European borders in this era, military campaigns, and sites of Parisian revolutionary activity.
  • Listen to and read lyrics for 13 songs from the time.
  • Discover the key events of the Revolution with the 382 timeline entries.
  • Learn 65 terms using the Glossary.
If you have a specific topic of interest or a particular matching resource, use the Search option to quickly locate information.

This website provides a comprehensive overview of the French Revolution using primary sources and makes a wonderful avenue of study for the subject.

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Time Warp Trio

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)

 

Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

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