Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Shock-ing Geography

August 21st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 21, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Shock-ing Geography

 

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

 

Learning geography can be fun with the use of this website. Using simple interactive maps, visitors can not only learn the locations of countries and states, but also study the physical geographical features of a location or explore the European historical world.
When arriving at the site choose locations from the political world, the physical world, or the historical world. After selecting a location a new window will open and the Shockwave driven map will load. You are then able to select a practice level:
  • Beginner – When you mouse over the map, the location name will appear in the upper corner.
  • Intermediate – A name of a location will appear in the upper corner and you need to click on the correct location. If you are correct the name will move to the location. If you need help finding the location select the “Show Me” button.
  • Advanced – Similar to the intermediate level, you need to find a location, but if you get it wrong, the program asks you to try again. If you do not know it, select the skip button.

When you are done with the practice session a score card appears with a percentage and how many were correct along with the option to try again or go back to the level selection window.

You may also select to take either an intermediate or advanced quiz. When selecting, the program does ask for name, professor and course name, but simply select “Take Quiz” to by-pass that.
To see a list of all the locations that are included in the activities, select the “Map list” text link beside the design and copyright information.
Be sure to bookmark this website to come back to time after time to build your geography knowledge skills.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Shine the Spotlight on History

July 31st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 31, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historical Spotlight

 

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

 

Gain insight into America’s pivotal historical events through the videos presentations and resources available at this website. Created by Dr. John Bianchi and Nicole Bianchi, the aim of this website is to “illustrate how competing ideologies have affected and continue to shape the development of the United States”.

When arriving at the home page of the website, use the navigation at the top of the page to select your destination. In the video section you will find such topics covered as:

  • Shay’s Rebellion
  • The American System
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression
  • And more
Each video page includes text of the video as well as images and bibliography of works sited. There is also the ability to post comments to the pages.

Under the Resources menu, find links to thought-provoking questions and resources to accompany the video presentations for further understanding of the topic.

When you select “Timelines” from the navigation bar, you will be able to choose from three currently available interactive timelines for the following time periods:

  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression

After you have visited the timelines, select the “Gettysburg Interactive Panoroma” to virtually explore part of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Interactively examine the field as seen from the Longstreet observation tower from Cemetery Ridge and the Emmitsburg Road.

Because, at this time, this is a fairly new website, you may wish to subscribe to the website to keep up to date on additions and news and receive a free copy of the ebook McCulloch vs. Maryland: The Extended Debate as well.

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Celebrate the History of Disneyland

July 17th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 17, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Designing Disney

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

On July 17, 1955, the doors of the magical kingdom known as Disneyland opened to visitors and the minds and hearts of imagination were forever changed. This Disney Fan website is “dedicated to the art and history of Disney theme parks.”

This website provides simple navigation to the various sections of interest. You can either use the tool bar at the top of the page or the links within the text of the home page. Destinations to choose from include:

  • Design – Behind the scene looks at how Disney theme park magic is made
  • History – The histories and stories of various Disney locations
  • People – Mini biographies of Disney Imagineers
  • On this Day – Learn about several special events that have taken place
  • Book Reviews – Reviews of recommended books pertaining to Disney parks
  • Current Events – What’s happening now at the Disney parks across the world

Through informative and interesting text and beautiful images, visitors can grow a new appreciation for what it takes to create the world’s most beloved theme parks. Discover what it took to design the Main Street Electrical Parade or how park costumes are made or what is involved in the landscaping of a park. Learn the history of Disneyland California, explore the lost treasures of Disneyland Paris, and investigate much, much more.

This website adds content regularly, so you may want to bookmark this site for further exploration in the future.

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