Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Learn History through Poetry

December 8th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History for Kids

(www.history-for-kids.com/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Use the fun poems found at this ad-supported website from author S.K. Dinning to help your students remember various history stories.

Review the home page for information about the site and how to use it. Use the left-hand side bar menu to select from the history topic of interest: 

  • Ancient History
  • Middle Ages
  • British History
  • American History
  • Myths & Legends
  • Pirates

Once you have selected your topic, visitors will find a selection of titles that when clicked on take you to the poem. Included on each page are either a timeline of history facts or other interesting facts.

Also, using the right-hand menu, visitors will find some “Colouring” pages, suggested history board games and books, interviews with other writers, a gallery of artwork by kids, and some silly history jokes.

If you are looking for lighthearted ways to add some fun to your history studies, you will most certainly enjoy this website.

Become a History Detective

November 17th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 17, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

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

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past” they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Discover the Price of Freedom

November 10th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 10, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

(amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/)

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

 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, this website provides an interactive exploration of the artifacts and history of American wars from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq.

Navigating this website is very straight-forward. When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction text then select the “Enter the Exhibition” button. From here a timeline of conflict populates from which you can choose: 

  • War of Independence
  • War of 1812
  • Eastern Indian Wars
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Western Indian Wars
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Cold War
  • New American Roles

Once you have selected your area of interest, a summary page opens, then you select “Begin” to view the exhibit. Next, watch the overview video, then “Enter Exhibit.” Once in the exhibit, read about the history of the conflict, view interesting images, and examine related artifacts. The exhibits include a printable version of the entry.

Both on the home page and at the bottom of any exhibit page, there is a link to Learning Resources that can be downloaded which include lesson plans and guides to the collection. There are also supplementary videos to the various sections.

This is a great addition to your bookmarks for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic holiday studies or as a supplement for your American history class.

Happy Birthday, Teddy Roosevelt

October 27th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, October 27, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

(www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trpresident.html)

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

 

On October 27, 1858, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States was born. With this website, students will learn all about the man and his legacy.

Using the simple navigation menu at the top of the page, learn about Theodore Roosevelt as: 

  • President
  • Politician
  • Soldier
  • Author
  • Outdoorsman
  • Family man

Through texts, images, videos, and much more visitors can not only explore his life but can also discover his contributions to American history such as: 

  • The Rough Riders
  • The Square Deal
  • League of Nations
  • United States Forest Service
  • Antiquities Act
  • Panama Canal
  • And much more.

Throughout the website are downloadable PDFs of speeches, primary resources, lists, and much more to be used in your studies offline. Visitors will also enjoy checking our “The Roosevelt Bears” in the Cartoon section of this website to see and read the “Teddy” related storybooks of the day.

This thorough website is an excellent resource for your history and presidential studies.

U.S. Geography State Map Game

October 20th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, October 20, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

JimPages.com: Know Your States

(jimspages.com/States.htm)

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

 

This website offers a free, challenging, interactive U.S. geography game.

When you get to the site you’ll see a blank map of the United States. Above the map is an outline of a U.S. state (along with its name). You simply drag-and-drop the state to where it belongs on the map.

It isn’t as easy as it may sound, mostly because placing a state in the precise location where it belongs – when there are no boundaries indicated on the map – is a bit tricky! We spent close to an hour playing this game trying to beat our personal top score without success. We had a lot of fun, though.
 
The “smart” map keeps track of your score, the estimated miles a player is “off” when a state is placed incorrectly on the map, and the time (minutes) it takes to complete the puzzle.

The program varies the order each state is presented with each new game.

This game could prove to be frustrating for younger children. It might help to have a map of the U.S. next to the computer in a more relaxed, learn-as-you-play approach.

CAUTION:  This ClickSchooling review is limited to JUST the U.S. puzzle page at this website. We did NOT review the contents of the rest of the site. Parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content PRIOR to showing any other pages of the site to children. The good news is that the only thing on this page is the map – there isn’t a menu inviting you to click to another page.

Today in History

October 6th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, October 6, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress – Today in History

(www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/)

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

 

Discover what happened today in history at this this website from the Library of Congress.

When clicking on today’s link, the date should automatically be added to the end of the URL taking you to the highlighted events of the day. Looking for a specific date? No problem. Use the “Select date” field to enter your desired date and click go. Each entry includes: 

  • Information about the event or person
  • Relevant images
  • Links to “Learn More” about the subject.

There are links throughout the text as well to dig even deeper.

This is a neat resource to add to your daily history lessons.

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