Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

History through Legends

August 25th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 25, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Best of Legends

(bestoflegends.org/index.html)

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

 

Today’s website is one woman’s creative endeavor to plot the historic trail of swashbucklers, dragon-slayers and other characters featured in ballads, fiction, fairy tales and film. Not only does it provide historic background for characters like Robin Hood and King Arthur, but it provides interactive access to primary source documents and current scholarly opinion through essays and reviews.

The site is filled with thoughtful historic commentary about the tales that have intrigued humans for hundreds of years and you can even read the stories in multiple versions and interpretations for free online.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction. Use the menu to explore categories of interest including: 

  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • Beowulf
  • Pirates & Privateers
  • Ballads & Broadsides
  • Swashbucklers & Fops
  • Fairy Tales
  • Shakespeare’s Stories
  • Sagas & Sea-Kings
  • Paladins & Princes
  • Poets & Painters
  • Erin & Alba

This is a truly remarkable archive. As always, parents should preview the site and the stories to determine suitability – remember, that even some fairy tales in their original form deal with potentially frightening issues of loss and death in addition to joyous and redemptive themes. While the tales will entertain older elementary and middle school students, the research is geared for high school ages and beyond. This site presents the history of legend and lore, and brings it alive with tales full of “romance, adventure and panache.”

Explore the Road to the White House

August 11th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 11, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

C-SPAN Classroom – Road to the White House 2016

(www.c-spanclassroom.org/Campaign-2016.aspx)

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

 

Explore the different aspects of the 2016 presidential election process with this website from C-SPAN Classrooms.

When arriving at the website, review the “Table of Contents” to choose from 10 main topics: 

  • Meet the Presidential Candidates
  • Candidates and the Issues
  • Political Parties
  • The Presidential Election Process
  • Electoral College
  • Campaign Finance
  • Campaign Ads
  • Polls
  • Debates
  • Voting

Each topic is further broken down into relative sub-topics. Click on the link for the page to scroll down to your point of interest.

Each section includes a key question which is explored through the use of videos, discussion questions, occasional printables, and other activities to increase the student’s understanding of the election process.

Students will not only learn about the candidates, their campaigns, and their stands on major issues, but they will also discover the history and role of political parties, polls, debates, the electoral college and much more.

Bookmark this website to come back to as the 2016 Presidential Race progresses. Information is updated regularly.

History Timelines

August 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – History Timelines

(www.softschools.com/timelines/)

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

 

If you are a fan of timelines, then this page on the larger ad-supported SoftSchools website will quickly become one of your favorites.

There are hundreds of timelines from which to choose covering topics such as: 

  • History
  • Biographies
  • Science
  • Presidents
  • U.S. History

When arriving at today’s link, choose a timeline from the long list. When it opens, there will be a brief description at the top and then a slideshow presentation of the events which is navigated through by clicking on the arrows on either side of the timeline. Below the slide show is a timeline graph that shows the location in time. Use the magnifying tools to expand the timeline below the slideshow. Underneath the slideshow timeline there is a horizontal version that visitors can scroll through to see all the information that is included. And for those who have their own blogs or websites, at the bottom of the page there is the html code to use the timeline on your site or perhaps in an education newsletter for your co-op.

There are a lot of great resources available at this site for all subjects and grade levels. You will want to be sure to save this website as one of your favorites.

Discover the Original Information Highway

July 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/cable/contents.htm)

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

 

Today’s website explores Canada’s historic part in transatlantic communications. You can hear the story of the official first transatlantic cable message (Queen Victoria to President Buchanan), as well as listen in on bits of history such as the distress call from the Titanic!


When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction – Get a brief overview of the history of the electric telegraph and why the locations of Canso and Hazel Hill on the Atlantic coast of Canada were critical to utilizing this technology.
  • Science – Learn about the invention of the telegraph and how the resin from the Gutta-Percha tree provided just the right properties for suitable insulation to waterproof underwater cables. Explore the science of telegraphy and discover Morse Code. Virtually examine the parts of a telegraph machine. Find out about other great inventions that were a result of the “Cable Era.”
  • History – Read an in-depth history of telegraphy and its socio-economic impact. Find out what the life of a telegrapher was like, and listen to some of the famous messages sent and received via telegraph – including the distress message of the ill-fated ship, Titanic.
  • Media Gallery – See photographs, watch video clips, and visit the sound studio to explore telegraphy.
  • Resource Center – Take a multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of telegraphy, print out a fun telegraphy-themed word-search puzzle, and discover more links to Internet resources on telegraphy.

Expand Geography Skills with Games

July 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GeoGames

(www.reachtheworld.org/geogames/Play-GeoGames.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Help students improve their geography skills by using the games at this website from Reach the World and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. While these games were meant for students in grades 3-5, younger and older students can reap the benefits of using this tool.

When arriving at today’s link, choose to either: 

  • Build Planet Earth
  • Map Countries and Cities

Using your mouse, drag and drop locations onto the globe. Activities are timed so students can try to beat their previous times with multiple practices. When you are finished, students can print out their maps.

Click on “Teacher Tools” on the sidebar for suggestions on how to use GeoGames to teach geography and for a lesson plan that includes downloads, vocabulary words, and more. There are even free apps for Android and IOS.

This game is easy to learn and fun to master. It is a nifty addition to your geography studies.

The History of Pasta

July 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pasta for All – History of Pasta

(www.pastaforall.info/wordpress/history-of-pasta/)

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

 

In recognition of Macaroni Day, today’s website explores the history of pasta and much more.

When arriving at the link, read the interesting story about the origins of pasta. Then use the upper menu to discover more. Hover over the “What is Pasta?” to find interesting: 

  • Pasta Fun Facts
  • Scientific findings about the health benefits of pasta
  • Pasta traditions and food facts from around the world.

Discover “The Truth About Pasta” to learn more interesting facts about its health benefits and how pasta is good for the earth. Learn more about “Nutritional Information” and dig into tempting “Recipes” from around the world.

In the “Resources” section, not only can you read the “Pasta for All” digital magazine, but also find the “Pasta for Children Around the World” curriculum with lessons, information, and recipes that can be easily integrated into your history and geography studies.

This website provides a delicious twist to add to your homeschool day.

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