Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Get Acquainted with The Founding Fathers

May 5th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 5, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Colonial Hall

(colonialhall.com/)

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

 

This website offers the biographies of 111 Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

It includes biographies for: 

  • the signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • the signers of the Articles of Confederation
  • the signers of the U.S. Constitution

The biographies include interesting information on the life and times of each Founder along with a portrait picture.

This site also has the biographies of 34 of the Founding Fathers’ wives. You can also read the Declaration of Independence at this site!

When you get to the site you will see the “Featured Founder.” Click on the name, and a new page opens where you can read the biography. You will also see a menu on the left side of the screen that you can use to access all of the biographies archived at this site.

This website is a good resource for your elementary American history studies.

Create Your Own Maps

April 28th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

MyGreatMaps

(mygreatmaps.com/)

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

 

Create your own maps with this website from Mr. Nussbaum.

When arriving at the site, a welcome pop-up will appear encouraging you to sign up for a free account so that your maps can be saved. When you sign up as a teacher, you will be able to add student accounts so that you can see all the maps your students have created in one place.

Once your accounts have been created, the fun can begin. In the upper right, select the “Need help?” link to learn about the features of the map creator. To create your map, make a selection from: 

  • World maps – Includes world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Atlantic Ocean.
  • State maps – Select the whole US, the 13 Colonies, eight USA Regions, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England, Southern States, Western States, or any of the 50 states.
  • Country maps – Choose from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, China, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
  • Flags – Includes selections from various countries and states.

Once you have created your map and added features such as your key, notes, and more, the map can be saved, printed, and even shared. Once your students have learned to navigate the program and with a little practice, this tool will have your young cartographers creating all kinds of maps for geography and history projects.

12 Free State Unit Studies

April 21st, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

DIY Homeschooler – Free State Unit Studies

(diyhomeschooler.com/free-state-unit-studies/)

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

 

This page from the DIY Homeschooler provides mini unit studies for twelve states

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Each unit consists of a brief history, geography, and other information about the state, and a selection of parent-teacher resources which include interesting state facts, mapping suggestions, links for further investigation, activities, and book suggestions. There are also additional links to state-specific unit studies and lessons plans as well as printables and notebooking pages.

And don’t worry if your state is not on the list. If you are interested in doing a unit study for your state, select the “state resources page” text link at today’s site, and the DIY Homemaker has provided resources for creating your own study.

When you are finished browsing through these units, select the “Units” link in the upper menu then select “All Units” to see all of the available free unit studies which include more history and social studies units as well as studies related to geography, science, holidays, music and art, literature, and much more.

[ClickSchooling] Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

April 14th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

(http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states-history-for-kids/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger, ad-supported Mr. Nussbaum website created by the teacher of the same name, focuses on United States History. With hundreds of topics, interactives, and printables, your elementary and middle school students will find themselves digging deeper into the subject at hand.

When arriving at today’s link, select your main topic of interest from the some of the following: 

  • United States History Super Timeline
  • Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Westward Expansion
  • Biographies
  • French and Indian War
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Presidents
  • Constitution
  • United States Government
  • War of 1812
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Castles
  • Animated Biographies
  • Social Studies Games

Each main topic is further broken down into sub-topics to narrow your learning adventure. Not only is there concise, age-appropriate text, but there are interactive maps, games, quizzes, puzzles, downloadable worksheets and other activities. 

In addition to the history pages, visitors will want to explore the math, language arts, science, and other pages available. There is also an option to purchase a subscription to an ad-free version of the website if you so desire.

Bookmark this one to come back to often.

Learn the History of the Raid on Deerfield

April 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

(1704.deerfield.history.museum/)

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

 

Count us among the ignorant who had never learned about the Raid on Deerfield of 1704. That’s astonishing when you consider how this singular event impacted American history.

At today’s website, you will find a well thought-out and exceptional use of multi-media technology that presents the history leading up to the Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, the raid itself, and the legacies in its aftermath. But beyond the historic scenarios, are the stories of the people who were there. Through primary source documents and in-depth research this site captures and brings to life the involvement of culturally distinct groups of people and conveys the meaning it had for each one. The lives of Native Americans (W├┤banaki, Kanienkehaka, and Wendat), African slaves, and English and French colonists intersected at this moment in history to play significant roles in the Raid on Deerfield.

When you get to the site, you will see a menu. To get the most out of this site the FIRST thing you should do is click on “Play the Introduction to 1704.” Wait a minute for the video/audio to load and then sit back and enjoy the introductory presentation as it lays the foundation for everything else you will find at this site.

Once you watch the introduction, then you can either follow the menu outline to examine each section of the site in orderly sequence, or you can pick and choose the various aspects of the site you’d like to explore including: 

  • Meet the 5 Cultures – Meet the 5 cultural groups involved in the raid, and engage in an in-depth exploration of their history, lifestyles, habits, and how they interacted.
  • Go To The Story Menu – This timeline depicts the events and conflict preceding the raid, the raid itself, and the aftermath. Each segment is described from the perspective of each culture that was present.
  • Enter The Conflict – View maps of Deerfield and the surrounding area, get explanations for what occurred, meet the people involved in the raid, and examine artifacts.

Each of the above selections contain many links to resources for further exploration. You can skim for general information or delve into the content depending on your level of interest.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-menu bar on each page of the site. In addition to the above items, it contains a shortcut to hearing a radio broadcast commemorating the Raid, as well as audio snippets of legends and stories told by each of the different cultures involved in the Raid on Deerfield. You can also hear English songs and French music circa 1650-1750.

This is an exceptionally designed website that provides a multicultural glimpse of early American history through five different perspectives and interpretations of the facts. As mentioned in the audio/video introduction, there isn’t one truth provided here – rather they consider all of truths from different perspectives. The purpose is to bring history alive in all its uncertainties so we can begin to ask helpful questions that enable us to understand the past. Highly recommended.

Note: While this site is probably designed with middle school students and up in mind, younger students may enjoy aspects of the site on a visit with mom or dad.

Listen to the Myths and History of Greece and Rome

March 31st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, March 31, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Myths and History of Greece and Rome

(mythandhistory.podbean.com/)

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

 

Take an audio journey through Greek and Roman mythology and history with the help of this website from Paul Vincent. Inspired by the author’s young sons, these podcasts were written and created to provide his sons with more knowledge about the subject that interested them.

Topics that are covered include: 

  • Ancient Greek story of Creation
  • Olympian Gods
  • The Age of Heroes, Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Heracles
  • Trojan War
  • Prehistoric Greece
  • Rise of Athens, Sparta and other city-states
  • Alexander the Great
  • The Roman invasion of Greece

To work through the podcasts in sequence, at the bottom of the home page, select the “Older Posts” link until you reach the first page. Here you will want to listen to the “Welcome” and “Introduction” posts to get a good idea of the purpose of the site and the information presented. An added bonus is that visitors can listen online or download the files to listen on the go.

Be sure to bookmark this website as new podcasts are added on a regular basis.

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