Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Building Detroit: Frontiers to Factories

June 21st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 21, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Detroit Historical Society: Building Detroit

(apps.detroithistorical.org/buildingdetroit/)

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

 

With this website from the Detroit Historical Society, discover the rich history of Detroit, Michigan and learn about the decisions that were needed to be made to take it from a frontier town to a thriving city.

While the information on the site was created to use with third graders, older students will enjoy using it as well. Be sure to have your Adobe Flash turned on to use the interactives.

When arriving at today’s link, there are three options available: 

  • Building Detroit The Game – With this clever game, make decisions through the history of 5 generations of your “family” that help shape the future of the virtual Detroit.
  • Timeline of Detroit History – Explore the history of Detroit from 1600 through 1901 with this interactive timeline filled with interesting information and images.
  • Building Detroit Lessons – eighteen well thought out lesson plans covering six time periods. Plans are downloadable and have supplemental materials.

In addition to these resources, select the “Detroit Historical Society” logo in the upper right of the screen to be taken to the main website and locate the “Learn” link in the menu to locate the: 

  • Teacher Portal – more lesson plans for all grade levels as well as information about their outreach program and field trips
  • Encyclopedia of Detroit – Search for information for just about anything regarding Detroit.
  • The Arsenal of Democracy – Discover historical locations of some of the cities’ most important factories.
  • History Resources – links to other history websites

And to add even more interest to your study, select the “Collections” option and then the “View The Online Collection” button. From here, either use the search engine to locate something specific, or browse videos, images, and objects by selecting the option in the upper menu.

This is a fabulous website not only for your Michigan state studies but also American history.

Sea History for Kids

June 14th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 14, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sea History for Kids

(seahistory.org/kids/)

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

 

Set sail on an adventure to discover the history of the sea with this website from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Using the colorful icons at the top of the page, visitors can explore: 

  • Animals – Learn about all kinds of animals and historical stories about them.
  • People – Discover sailors, pirates, explorers, and more.
  • Vessels – Have a look at the vessels of the sea past and present and much more.
  • Archaeology – Dig into nautical archaeology.
  • Careers – Explore a variety of occupations related to the sea.
  • Games – Download PDF crossword puzzles.
  • Discover More – Dive into the language of the sailors of yesterday, explore navigational tools, discover the science and art of the sea and much more.

Each topic provides colorful images, interesting text and a “Did You Know?” section for further investigation.

Older students and adults will also find a lot more maritime history by selecting the home icon at the top of any page. Hover over the “Resources” link on the main menu to research a vessel, learn about historic ships, browse the Sea History site index, see marine art in their store, and discover links to other maritime image collections.

This site will enrich your American history studies by allowing students to more deeply examine how the seas have played a part in our history.

Free History Resources

June 7th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 7, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

School History

(schoolhistory.co.uk/)

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

 

Today’s United Kingdom-based website offers a tremendous amount of FREE resources for learning (interspersed with occasional plugs to purchase software programs or membership to the site).

The site can be navigated in several ways. Use the blue, horizontal menu across the top to access free lessons, games, and quizzes based on time period, or use the grade-range menu to sort the activities according to the student’s age. You can also click on any topic of interest that is featured on the landing page. Among the resources you will find: 

  • Links – Get over 1,000 links to history websites sorted first by the age- or grade-range they are suited for, and then divided into topic categories such as Aztecs, Magna Carta, Spanish Armada, Industrial Revolution, etc.
  • Lessons – These are illustrated lessons with short text, hyperlinked vocabulary/definitions, and captivating tone, yet the material is not at all frivolous. You can learn a lot here!
  • Resources – downloadable .pdf worksheets and PowerPoint presentations. This is a LARGE collection, well organized by age and topic, annotated, and well done. Many of these were created by teachers. Definitely worth a look!
  • Interactivities – Here are opportunities to show what you know. Fill in online diagrams, write an essay, or make a cool storyboard with your choice of several colorful backgrounds and characters to complement your text!
  • Games – The rest of this site is great, but it’s ok to admit that this game section is the REALLY fun part! Here you will find such games as Penalty Shootout, Make Your Teacher Walk the Plank, One- or Two-Player HoopShoot, Beat da’ Bomb, and more! All of these exciting and highly motivational games have been customized by teachers and students, so there is an amazing collection of history questions you can choose from in order to beat these games!
  • Quizzes – Here you can find a variety of quiz types – matching, multiple choice, flash cards, word searches, and more – and again, an extensive list of topics.
  • Teachers – You can create your own content or questions for most of the interactivities, lessons, quizzes, worksheets, presentations, and other items found on this site! You can also access a vast collection of teacher helps, hints, and much more! Or go see what bits of wisdom and experience you can glean from history teachers in the forum!

Although you may need to dig around to locate the free resources, it is well worth the search. You could also opt to purchase a subscription to the website to access all the available information. You will definitely want to bookmark this incredible page and return often!

Discover the Ancient Americas

May 24th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 24, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas

(carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/AA/aaflashfront.htm)

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

 

Explore the cultures of ancient Central and South America with this interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

After the content on the home page loads select your topic of interest: 

  • What are the Ancient Americas? – Learn what this term means and explore an interactive timeline.
  • Who were the first Americans? – Discover the ancient civilizations of the American continents.
  • Why should I look at ancient things? – Understand why it is important to examine artifacts.
  • Mummies – Learn about the world’s first mummies made by the Chinchorros of Chile.
  • Extreme Geography – Explore the world’s driest coastal desert, longest mountain chain, and biggest rain forest.
  • Favorite Foods – Discover which of your favorite foods first came from the ancient Americas.
  • Jaguars – See why the people of the ancient Americas were in awe of the jaguar and learn about other animals they would depict artistically.
  • Camel Cousins – Learn about the camelid family and its importance to ancient America.
  • Before Columbus – Who were the people of pre-Columbian America?
  • Writing in String – What is khipu and how was it used?
  • The Ballgame – Examine the roots of modern day ball games.
  • Piercing and Painting – What did body painting and piercing represent?

Each topic sets out to explain a “Did you know?” question with text, interactive images, maps, and activities. Be sure to check out the link, “For Your Teacher,” at the bottom right of the home screen for lesson plans, teacher guides, and more.

Add this website to your list of resources for your ancient civilization and world history studies.

Imperial War Museums Learning Resources

May 17th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 17, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Imperial War Museums

(www.iwm.org.uk/search/learning-resources)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

Explore lessons and artifacts for World War I through present day conflicts involving Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth with this website from the five museums and historical sites that make up the IWM (Imperial War Museums).

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find teaching resources regarding a specific topic. Along with each study unit title, there is a suggested Key Stage level (grade level), as well as an indication as to which war the resource covers. Most lessons present information in a question and answer format along with either images or videos. Some also include downloadable Powerpoint presentations as well as some additional resource PDF downloads.

But this page is only a small part of the learning adventure. Select the “Menu” link at the top of the page, then choose from either one of the following to continue learning: 

  • Stories – Learn about the photographs, artwork and histories of the World Wars, Cold War, D-Day, the Holocaust, Contemporary Conflict, Cabinet War Rooms, Battle of Britain, Afghanistan, Gallipoli, Fashion, and the Home Front.
  • Our Collections – Dive into the almost 800,000 items in the museums to discover Art and Design, Books and Publications, Documents, Exhibits, Film, Photographs, Sound Archive, War Memorial Register, Lives of the First World War, American Air Museum at IWM Duxford and much more.

If you happened to live in the UK, be sure to check out the “Schools” and “What’s On” links for more information about the educational opportunities available with a visit to one of the museums.

Be sure to bookmark this site as it is a valuable resource for your history studies.

Explore Ancient Civilizations

May 10th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 10, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Civilizations

(www.ancientegypt.co.uk/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This extraordinary set of websites from the British Museum allows you to explore three ancient civilizations.

When you get to the first site, you can learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

The two other sites are:

  • Ancient India – Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley. There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the history of India through the ages.
  • Ancient China –  Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or Challenge.

  • Story – Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the section on Buddha, the story begins, “There was once a king named Suddhodana…” These are well-written and engaging and the photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment! Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small new pop-up windows.
  • Explore – Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture and topic you select.
  • Challenge – Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don’t miss it! This is where you can get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return to explore each one as time permits.

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