Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

History of Tudors for Kids

April 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DK – Tudors-Henry VIII

(www.dkfindout.com/us/history/tudors/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Who were the Tudors? Learn about King Henry VIII (for kids) – and the Tudor Family with fantastic photos and illustrations.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a picture menu next to it. Click on a topic of interest such as: 

  • Henry VIII’s Reign
  • Tudor Childhood
  • Elizabeth I’s Reign
  • Early Tudor Clothing
  • Late Tudor Clothing
  • Tudor Exploration
  • Entertainment in Tudor Times
  • Tudor London
  • Food and Feasting

Each section leads you to more information and beautiful pictures.

Once you have explored the site — try the quiz! Also, click the “Are You a Parent or a Teacher?” link at the top for Teachers’ Resources where you can sign up for free worksheets, lesson plans and ebook samples.

The History Of Jell-O!

April 4th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 4, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jell-O Gallery

(http://www.jellogallery.org/history.html)

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

 

The mere mention of Jell-O causes most people to giggle — but the silliness of Jell-O’s history is serious business.

Here are some more fun facts: Did you know that immigrants entering Ellis Island were served Jell-O as a welcome dish? Or that there were chocolate and cola flavored gelatins that were discontinued? Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish created artwork depicting Jell-O. Hollywood movie-makers used Jell-O to create the effect of parting the Red Sea in the 1923 silent film “The Ten Commandments,” and the horse-of-a-different-color in “The Wizard of Oz” was sponged down with green Jell-O. Astronauts at space station Mir marked time in space with Jell-O. The Smithsonian Institute even proclaimed, “American History is Jell-O History!”

Jell-O makes history fun — but don’t be too surprised if everyone craves Jell-O after visiting the site. If so, use the recipes at the site to make some yummy concoctions with Jell-O. Have fun!

History of the Circus

March 28th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 28, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – The Circus

(www.childrensmuseum.org/educators/classroom-resources)

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

 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an exhibit called “Circus-Starring YOU!” The exhibit offers this companion website with outstanding Unit Study guides for teachers.

This downloadable, printable, book-style guide offers lessons about the circus. Although it is all related to the museum exhibit, it doesn’t require visiting the museum or even seeing the exhibit to benefit from the lessons.

When you get to the site, you can read a summary of the classroom resources. Then download the circus unit study to see a menu of lessons that include: 

  • Circus Life
  • Circus Art
  • Circus Science

The lessons are preceded by an introduction – really just an overview of what follows. The last two sections are “Culminating Experiences” and “Resources.” The first is specific to the exhibit. The second is a bibliography and list of websites.

This is a thorough, careful background in teaching all about the circus. And when you are through, check out all the other Unit Studies up to Grade 9 about dinosaurs, food, trains, sports, space, archaeology, and more.

Explore the History of the H.L. Hunley

March 21st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 21, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Friends of the Hunley

(www.hunley.org/)

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

 

This is a beautifully appointed website about the history and recovery efforts of the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley

On February 17, 1864, the Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, a feat as important as the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. But on the same day, she and all of her crew members suddenly disappeared. What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? You can explore this mystery at today’s site.

When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to view: 

  • History
  • Science
  • The Mystery

With lots of text and many photos, learn about the building, innovation, evolution, and design of the Hunley, its contribution to the Civil War, the recovery effort, the preservation of the submarine, and more!

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

March 14th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 14, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

(www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!

Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:

  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more!
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

Discover Ancient Greece

March 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Greece

(www.ancientgreece.co.uk/menu.html)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discover Ancient Greece with the help of this website from the British Museum.

When arriving at the website, use the menu to choose from the 10 “Chapters”: 

  • The Acropolis
  • Athens
  • Daily Life
  • Festivals & Games
  • Geography
  • Gods & Goddesses
  • Knowledge & Learning
  • Sparta
  • Time
  • War

After choosing a chapter from the menu, you are taken to a general informational page outlining the topic. From the left hand menu select your learning avenue from: 

  • Story – a narrative slide show with text and images provide more in depth instruction about the topic
  • Explore – online activities to dig even deeper into the subject
  • Challenge – interesting interactive activities that encourage applying what has been learned

To return to the home page at any given time, select the Ancient Greece image on the left hand menu. Teachers will especially want to check out the “Staff Room” link which will open a new window. Here is where visitors will find chapter overviews and links to chapter resources with background information about the topic, discussion ideas, and worksheets that can be printed from your browser.

This website is easy to navigate and is presented in a user-friendly and interesting manner that encourages learners to explore and learn.

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