Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

The History of Memorial Day

May 26th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 26, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Memorial Day

(www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2)

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

 

Discover the history and original intent of Memorial Day with this website maintained by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

When arriving at today’s link, read an overview of the history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. Discover the reason why red poppies are worn, what the National Moment of Remembrance is, and more.

After reading about the history, learn more about the traditional observances on Memorial Day by selecting the “Observance” link. Dig deeper by selecting “Resources” to discover: 

  • Speeches, Essays, Articles
  • Poetry, Prayers, Lyrics
  • Presidential Remarks
  • Patriotic Melodies

This simple website provides a solid background into understanding the purpose of celebrating Memorial Day.

Step Right Up to Learn the History of the Circus

May 19th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 19, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Circuses and Sideshows

(www.circusesandsideshows.com/)

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

 

May 19th is Circus Day. Explore the history of American circuses and sideshows, the performers and the owners with this website.

When arriving at today’s link, read the brief introduction, then select where you want to begin your adventure using the images and links on the left sidebar: 

  • American Circuses – Discover the history of well-known circuses such as Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey, Dailey Bros. Circus and many more.
  • Famous Circus Performers – Learn about those performers who made their circus shows amazing including clowns, acrobats, human cannonballs, trapeze and tightrope artists, animal tamers and much more.
  • Circus Owners and Staff – Examine the lives of the men and women who owned circuses.
  • Circus Life – a brief overview of life in a circus
  • Circus Sideshows – Find out what a sideshow is and see some sideshow crews.
  • Sideshow Performers – See images of different sideshow performers from the past.
  • Circus Candy Butchers – Discover what a “candy butcher” is and their importance to the survival of the circus.
  • Circus Lingo and Slang – a glossary of circus terms
  • Circus Movies – an affiliate-linked list of movies about the circus
  • Circus Train Wrecks – a list of circus train wrecks and some statistics about them
  • Circus News – news and announcements related to circuses
  • Circus Links and Resources – Looking for more information about circuses? Check this section.

Each page includes text and images about the topic. Look for the red circle with the question mark in it for interesting trivia and a magnifying glass that will allow for a larger view of the image.

This website will provide an fascinating window into circus life and a fun departure from typical history studies.

Discover 100 Leaders in History

May 12th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 12, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Leaders in World History

(100leaders.org/)

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

 

With this website from National History Day, visitors will explore 100 leaders from history. What makes this list unique is that not all of the leaders chosen are heroes or have left a positive impact on history. Some leaders have left their dark mark on history.

Those on the list displayed the following traits: 

  • Articulates a vision
  • Motivates others
  • Makes effective decisions
  • Willingness to confront tough issues
  • Impacts history

Leaders also fall into one or more of the following categories: 

  • Artistic
  • Economic
  • Intellectual
  • Military
  • Political
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Social

When arriving at the site, you can view the leaders by either selecting “Leader Gallery” in the upper tool bar or select the box “See the Gallery of Leaders” in the main image map. From the gallery page either select the image of the leader or filter your choices by type, sphere of influence, or by time period. Once the leader page opens, each page includes facts about the person, a summary of their leadership, a brief biography, what made them a leader, keywords for further study, contemporaries, and more resource suggestions.

Also included on this website are classroom resources accessible from the upper tool bar. There are lesson plans, printable posters, and much more.

The stated purpose of this website is to “teach us to be more thoughtful if and when we might be placed in positions of leadership”. By examining the positive and negative leaders presented on the site, students may learn what it takes to be a good leader and to recognize those traits in others.

Free Multiplication Worksheets, Games and more!

May 9th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 9, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SuperTeacherWorksheets: Multiplication Worksheets and Games

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/multiplication.html)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

The printable worksheets available at this site will help your children with their multiplication facts. There are games, timed quizzes, multiplication drills and more. Look for the word “Free” highlighted in yellow to find the worksheets that are available without membership/registration.

Also, on the left side of the site, there are numerous math subjects with about 1-3 FREE, printable worksheets including: 

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting Money
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Graphing
  • Measurement
  • Percents
  • Place Value
  • Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Word Problems

Just click on a menu item and a new page opens displaying a menu of worksheets on that topic.

When you’re done with math, you can explore the assortment of reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and social sciences worksheets as well. Again, look for the word “Free” (highlighted in yellow) to print/download worksheets free of charge.

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.

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