Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Time Warp Trio

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)

 

Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

Geography Practice with Simple Games

January 8th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 8, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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AAAWhere

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Sister site to AAAMath and AAASpell, this website provides students with loads of geography practice through simple online quiz games and other study aids.
Students can choose from States of the United States or Countries of the World which are further broken down into geographic regions.
They can then select from multiple choice or short answer study options. Topics include: 
  • Country Location
  • National Capitals
  • National Flags
  • Map Identification of Names of States
  • Abbreviations of States
  • Capitals of States
  • Nicknames of States
  • And many different combinations of the above
Once arriving at the selected option, the student can first “Learn” about the region with maps and often time links to Wikipedia pages about the location. Then they can move down the page to the “Practice” section to test their location and identification skills. Next they can choose from 3 games to “Play”: Countdown, Give Me Time, or 20 Questions.

If you are looking for a simple tool to sharpen geography skills, this easy-to-navigate and use ad-supported website might just be the ticket to your destination.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

The History of Christmas Hymns and Carols

December 18th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, December 18, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 

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

 

This website provides the history behind Christmas music along with an extensive index of Christmas carols and hymns.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Below it is a way to search for a song alphabetically by title.

Below the alphabetical search box is a link to the “Full Index” of songs archived at this site. Use either method to find a song of interest, click on it, and the whole story behind the song – it’s history, tradition, who wrote the words and music, etc., is displayed.

Note: If you use the “Full Index” to search for a song, you will be surprised to see that the site includes not only the original song, but any subsequent versions or parodies of it as well. If you click on a song title – and it doesn’t look like the one you remember, go back to the index and search again for the original version of the song.

Once you are through exploring the history of individual songs, click on “History of Carols” on the menu at the top of the screen. There, you will find the history of the tradition of singing carols at Christmas from the Middle Ages through the Victorian era right up to 20th Century compositions.

History Channel – Christmas

December 11th, 2014

 

It’s December 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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History Channel – Christmas

 

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

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides videos and texts relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today. When arriving at the link you will find two sections, “Christmas Videos” and “Christmas in Depth”.
In the “Christmas Videos” section you will find short videos (usually 2-4 minutes long) covering such topics as Christmas history, food, traditions, decorations, and even a 3-minute video about strange Christmas Traditions.
In the “Christmas in Depth” section, not only are there a few more short videos but there is also informative text to further build upon what is presented in the videos. Topics covered include:
  • History of Christmas (includes video)
  • History of Christmas Trees (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide (includes video)
  • Santa Claus (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions, Past and Present
  • 7 Historical Events that Took Place on Christmas
  • Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
  • Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25?
  • Christmas by the Numbers Infographic
  • Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve: An American Tradition
  • Mincemeat: It’s What’s for (Christmas) Dinner

As always, parents will want to preview videos and material prior to allow their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards. If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

Native Words, Native Warriors

December 4th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, December 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Native Words, Native Warriors

 

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

 

American Indian “Code Talkers” contributed significantly to the war efforts of World War I and World War II. This website, a companion to the Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors, provides an in-depth lesson plan that explores the lives of Code Talkers.
When arriving at the link above, you are presented with an Overview of the Website that provides a brief description of what will be covered in this unit. Using the upper navigation bar, you may choose to work through the unit in a “Text-Only” version, but many students may prefer the Flash Version (link located at the end of the navigation bar.) In the Flash version, audio and images work together to present information along with additional text. Listen to real Code Talkers tell their stories throughout the presentation. Use the upper navigation on the flash page to move through the chapters, which include: 
  • Introduction: Code Talkers
  • Languages: Living the Culture
  • Boarding Schools: Struggling with Cultural Repression
  • Code Talking: Intelligence and Bravery
  • Coming Home: Strength through Culture
  • Survival: Hard Times and Racism
  • Recognition: Medals and Praise
As you work through the presentation, “code” words in the native language with the English translations are presented throughout. At the end of each chapter, there is an online workbook activity that students can do then print out for their records or thought-provoking questions to encourage further discussion. In the Code Talking chapter, students will use the Navajo’s Code Talker Dictionary online to write coded messages.

Visit the Gallery by selecting the link on the right hand side of the presentation window to view over 170 images.

You can always return to the text version of the chapters or return to the lesson plan by selecting the links under the presentation window. You may also wish to check out the Resources list for further study.

This website provides thorough and interesting insight into the world of Code Talkers.

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