Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Go West with Lewis & Clark

May 14th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark

 

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic takes students on a brief interactive adventure in the 1800’s alongside the great explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
When arriving at the link, select the “Onward!” banner to begin. On the next page, after reading the brief introduction, you can choose to enter your name or just click the “Onward” button. Each slide poses a question with choices to be made about your journey. After making your choice, the next slide provides an explanation as to why or why not the choice is a good one. Select the “Did You Know?” icon for interesting pop-up fast facts relating to the current slide or choose the “Journal” icon to see brief journal entries from Lewis and Clark. There is also a map of your journey on the right hand side of the screen. Situations include: 
  • Gearing up for the Journey
  • Indian Dilemma
  • Baby on Board?
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Brave the Icy Mountains?
  • All Downhill From Here
  • Mission Accomplished
When you have finished going through the slides, click the “See where you’ve been!” text link to see a larger map of your journey. Then select the “Onward” text link to return to the main page. Select the “Onward” option again for the first slide, then check out these text links at the bottom of the slide for more information about Lewis and Clark: 
  • Meet the Crew – brief descriptions of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark
  • More about Lewis and Clark – resources and links to other websites about Lewis and Clark
This website makes an interesting introduction to your studies of Lewis and Clark.

Exploring Social Sciences with Peter Pan

May 7th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

May 9th is the birthday of Sir James Matthew Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Barrie was born in 1860. We thought an exploration of history and social sciences while commemorating the author’s life and his most famous work would be fun! There are several sites that have interesting facts and features which turns this particular ClickSchooling recommendation into a sort of unit study.

Discover the History of Mexico

April 30th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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MexicanHistory.org

 

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

 

Discover the rich history of Mexico with the help of this ad-supported website.
When arriving on the homepage visitors will find the page divided into the following time periods: 
  • Pre-Columbian Mexico
  • Cortes and the Spanish Conquest 1517-1521
  • Colonial Mexico 1519 – 1821
  • Mexican War of Independence – Republic of Mexico – Mexican-American War – French Intervention – Porfiriato
  • Mexican Revolution – Modern Mexico
Each section is further broken down with images and brief text links to specific topics within those time periods. Each topic page provides relating informative text, images, maps, and videos. Some topics of interest may include: 
  • Mayans
  • Aztecs
  • Teotihuacan
  • Cortes
  • First Mexican Empire
  • Santa Anna
  • Mexican American War
  • The Cristero War
And much more.
Also found near the bottom of the home page are links to other resources to use with your study of Mexico such as: 
  • Mexican History Maps
  • Mexican History Time Lines
  • Mexican History News
  • Other Links
There is a lot of information on this website to contribute to your study of Mexico.

United Stated History for Kids

April 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Historama

 

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

 

This ad-supported UK website presents American history uniquely by connecting important events with the presidencies during which they occurred.
When arriving at the link above, there are brief explanations about the site content and then you are able to select your topic of interest.
Information is broken down by the following: 
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Eras
    • 1790-1800: The New US
    • 1801-1828: Evolution Era
    • 1829-1841: Jacksonian Era
    • 1841-1850: Westward Expansion
    • 1850-1865: Secession Era
    • 1860-1865: Civil War Era
    • 1866-1881: Reconstruction Era
    • 1881-1913: Maturation Era
    • 1913-1928: WWI & Prohibition
    • 1929-1945: Depression & WWII
    • 1945-1989: Cold War Era
    • 1990 – Present: The Modern Era
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Important Time Periods and US Events
    • The Wild West
    • The Cowboys
    • Big Business and Corporations
    • Urbanization in America
    • Immigration Laws History Timeline
    • Labor Unions History
    • Women’s suffrage
    • Gilded Age and Era
    • Social Darwinism
    • Industrialization in America
    • Black Segregation History
    • Black Segregation Timeline
    • The Progressive Movement
    • 1800’s Child Labor
    • Black Populism
    • Populism in America
    • The Conservation Movement
    • Inventions & Inventors Timeline
    • Nativism in America
    • US Facts about WW I
    • Environmentalism History
    • Black History People & Events
    • The Roaring Twenties
    • Harlem Renaissance
The home page, as well as most of the other main pages at this site, also includes a 12-minute slide-show-like video overview of the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama. After selecting your main topic of choice, information is presented in bite size pieces with many sub-topics hyperlinked (which are identified by blue, underlined text links) to even more in-depth informational pages. Many of the pages include more video presentations about the President in residency during the time period.

To return to the home page, you will need to find the text link or button “US American History” which usually is found below the first paragraph on the page. You may also wish to use the American Historama Sitemap to more quickly locate the sub-topics within each era to locate specific pages.

If you are looking for a concise, no ‘bells and whistles’ approach to American history, this website may be just what you need.

(Please be sure that you assist younger children when navigating this website as it is ad-supported and there are a few text linked ads as well as image ads on most pages. But the value of the content should outweigh this nuisance.)

The History of the Titanic

April 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Titanic Interactive

 

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

 

During her maiden voyage, the British passenger liner, RMS Titanic, sank into the North Atlantic Ocean the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives that fateful day. This interactive website from the History Channel explores the building of the ship, the disaster that sank her, and the aftermath.
When arriving at the site, visitors can select from the following: 
  • 1909 – Birth of the Titanic – Learn about the designing and building of the Titanic through historical photographs and a tour of the ship that includes cutaway illustrations and images.
  • 1912 – The Disaster – Uncover the causes of the sinking of the Titanic with animated video and pictures taken by passengers and witnesses of the ship and the rescue effort.
  • 1913 – The Aftermath – Understand how people dealt with the news of the Titanic disaster through the stories of the survivors and learn how the event changed the maritime industry.
  • Titanic Route Map – Explore the interactive map with “Hotspots” linked to a timeline.
  • Timeline of Events – Discover the timeline of the Titanic from the laying of its keel in Belfast, Ireland, March 31, 1909 to the burial of many of the victims at Halifax cemeteries on May 3, 1912.
With brief, informative text, images, and videos, this website not only explores the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic but provides insight into the passengers and crew before, during, and after the catastrophe.

Discover Ancient Egypt

March 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Discover Ancient Egypt

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Take an interactive adventure and explore an ancient Egyptian tomb and much more with this website presented by the National Museum of Scotland.
Choose from 6 interactive presentations: 
  • The Three Pyramids
  • Egyptian Tomb Adventure
  • Land of the Egyptians
  • Dress like an Egyptian
  • Egyptian hieroglyphics
  • Temple stores game
After making your selection, follow the easy-to-follow instructions to move through the presentation. Through the various interactive maps, images, games, informative text, and more, students will learn about:
  • The country of Egypt
  • How ancient Egyptians prepared bodies for the afterlife
  • Egyptian tombs
  • Egyptian clothing
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Supplies needed by craftsmen of the day
This website makes a fun addition to your ancient Egypt studies.
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