Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

 

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

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Guide text link under the main image – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation by selection the Teacher’s Guide icon.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the text link “HERE!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “enter” to begin the journey. A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Narratives and Timelines for History

November 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historyworld

 

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

 

This website, written by Bamber Gascoigne from the United Kingdom, provides about 300 interactive world history narratives and over 10,000 events in searchable timelines. The narratives present information in a concise manner and contain in-text links to other topics. The timelines allow visitors to easily search for specific events relating to a topic during a specific time.
When you arrive at the website use the menu at the top to select whether you want to read “Histories”, explore “Timelines”, take a “Quiz”, or select “More . . .” to choose:
  • Encyclopedia of Britain – Browse over 5000 entries on the history, culture, and life of Britain
  • Wellcome History of Medicine – Discover the history of medicine from the world’s largest medical charity
  • Places in History – Global – Explore the global-plotted Google Maps and see what events happened where
  • Places in History – Local – Examine this ongoing project using Google Maps to find exact positions of historical sites
When arriving at the “Histories” page, you can search alphabetically for historical topics across the globe from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism. Some narrations include images and the in-text links give visitors the opportunity to build on their understanding of events, people, and concepts.
After selecting “Timelines” from the menu, you are able to enter a specific topic and/or year into the search engine. Use the “Historyworld Timelines” text link under the search box to be taken to the “Single-Subject Timelines” page for a list of pre-set timelines. Timeline entries have clickable icons on either side of them that when selected open to Google search engine pages for relevant topics, associated images, related entries from Historyworld, links to other timelines, or Google maps.
There are currently two quizzes available to take:
  • Quiz – Take this timed quiz to test yourself on your historical knowledge
  • ThenWhatNext – Challenge yourself to put people or events in the correct order.

This ad-supported website provides a great overview of history around the world without a lot of distracting bells and whistles.

Harper’s Weekly for History

November 6th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 6, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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HarpWeek

 

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

 

Harper’s Weekly is considered an important primary resource chronicling the week-to-week life of America for the 56-year time period from 1857-1912. This website provides access to a user friendly indexed database of Harper’s Weekly. Visitors will find scanned images of the pages from the weekly as well as a transcript of those pages. Pages include the:
  • news stories
  • illustrations
  • cartoons
  • editorials
  • biographies
  • literature
  • advertisements

But it doesn’t stop there. There are educational extensions using Harper Weekly resources. Historical topics covered include:

  • The Civil War
  • The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
  • Presidential elections: 1860-1912
  • The Making of Modern America

The “Cartoon of the Day” is an interesting peek into the humor of the past. You will also find Simulation Games that include information to the teacher that explains how to implement the simulations and provides background information. Simulation Games include:

  • The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
  • The Civil War Illustrations Activity: Why Did the North Win the Civil War?
  • The Reconstruction Convention
  • The Ku Klux Klan Hearings

These are just a sampling of the educational activities available for use in your history studies. There are many more that you will want to check out for yourself.

*Please note that because Harper’s Weekly is a primary resource, some of the language from the time may be considered objectionable by today’s standards. As always, please preview this website material before allowing your children to use this resource.

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

October 30th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

 

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

What better way to best understand what happened during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 than through the primary source materials provided at this website. Published in partnership with the Scholars’ Lab of the University of Virginia Library and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, this website provides:
  • Documents & Transcriptions of court records, record books, personal letters, sermons, dairies and more
  • Historical Maps of Salem Village, Andover, and maps of witchcraft accusations
  • Archival Collections from the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Essex Institute Archive, and more
  • Contemporary Books online by Cotton Mather, Robert Calef, Increase Mather, John Hale, Samuel Willard, and George Lincoln Burr all pertaining to witchcraft and the trials.
  • Notable People provides biographical information and sometimes images about the people involved in the trials including the accused and the accusers.
  • Literary Works provide online texts from such authors as Hawthorne, Holmes, Longfellow, and others who wrote about witches in their works

Navigating through this unintimidating website is a breeze. You may read an “Overview of the Salem Witch Trials” or view the “Various Images of Salem Witch Trials” by selecting those on the sidebar menu as well as check out the “Media Reviews” of books and movies related to the topic.

This website is a great supplemental resource in your studies of the Salem Witch Trials.

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

October 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 23, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

 

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! (If you like these puzzles, you can download the software for free to use offline.)
  • 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.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

October 16th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 16, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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FedFlix

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.
When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by subject/keyword, by creator, alphabetically by title or author, or by when added to the site.
A sampling of topics we searched for included:
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as:

  • National Archives And Records Administration
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Department Of Defense
  • House Energy And Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Committee On Energy And Commerce

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired.

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

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