Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Teach British History with 100 Objects

June 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 22, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching History with 100 Objects

(www.teachinghistory100.org/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

Using 100 objects from museums in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and from the British Museum, this website strives to help teachers to teach “the new national history curriculum in England.” But nonresidents of England can reap the benefits of this website as well as it provides a wonderfully unique way to explore British history.

On the home page, there are several ways to begin exploring the objects. Items can be sorted and displayed by: 

  • Key Stages – in the US these are like grade levels (approximate equivalents are: KS1 = 1-2, KS2 = 3-6, KS3 = 7-9)
  • History curriculum topic – Events, people, time periods
  • Date – specific time frames
  • Places – include Africa, Americas, Asia, Britain, Europe, Oceania
  • Theme – Beliefs and ideas, Conflict, Empires, Rules and rulers, Social and personal life, Technology and arts, and Trade and contact

You can use a combination of these search methods to narrow the selections down. Once you have input your desired search selections, images of all available objects meeting that criteria will populate on the page. Select the object image and the page will open. On the object page, there will be a larger image of the item, a brief description and much more information about the object including where it was from, what period, culture, what material it was made from, its dimensions and more. Use the right-hand sidebar menu to dig deeper by selecting: 

  • About the object – more in-depth details about the item
  • A bigger picture – explanation of the objects purpose and similar items
  • Teaching ideas – ways to use the item to explore history
  • For the classroom – Download the image and related images and find links to activities.

All the items have downloadable PDFs of all the information and images for the objects.

Add this website to your “go-to” list for British history.

Explore the History of Arkansas

June 15th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 15, 2017, and time for Social Sciences
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

(www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/)

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

 

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union and became the 25th state. This website, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, is a comprehensive resource to explore the history, geography, and culture of Arkansas.

When arriving at the homepage, read through the introduction and click the Arkansas Overview text link as a great starting point to learn about the state. Many entries on this page are hyperlinked to more in-depth articles. Also on the homepage is “Photo of the Day” and “A Day in Arkansas History” that provide interesting tidbits to pique the visitor’s interest to dig deeper.

Use the upper menu to browse entries: 

  • Alphabetically
  • By Category (such as Art, (Folklore and Folklife, Government and Politics, Land and Resources, Recreation and Sports, Religion, Science and Medicine, and much more)
  • By Type (Event, Group, Person, Place, and Thing)
  • By Time Period
  • By Race & Ethnicity
  • By Gender

Or search items by Media and browse Galleries that include: 

  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Audios

You can also “See what’s new” as this website is continually updated with new items.

Throughout the different entries there are also links to applicable lessons plans. Or, in the uppermost menu, select the “Resources” link and along with a list of other web-based resources for Arkansas history, there are links to teacher resources and lesson plans.


This is an excellent website for our Arkansas ClickScholars to use for their state history courses and for anyone interested in learning about our 25th state.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

Language Arts Videos, Songs, Worksheets, Flashcards, & More!

June 7th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun Teaching

(www.havefunteaching.com/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of free, fun resources to teach and learn Language Arts (and Math, Science, and Social Sciences) through videos, songs, worksheets, flashcards, and more. Created by an elementary school teacher for classroom teachers, it provides an archive of free resources (and also some to purchase) to engage and educate kids in grades K-6.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of resources that are offered on the site. For this review, we were specifically interested in seeing what they offered for Language Arts, and discovered the following resources: 

  • Worksheets – Under “English” you’ll find printable worksheets that offer practice in grammar and parts of speech such as adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. You’ll also find worksheets for Phonics, Reading and Writing. Click on the topics to find an extensive menu that provides practice sheets in everything from basic alphabet to reading comprehension, spelling, and more.
  • Activities – Get printable crossword puzzles, word searches, and even reader’s theater scripts (so you can act out some favorite books).
  • Tools – Create your own worksheets, word lists, Flash Cards: Print them out to practice grammar, common and proper nouns, phonics, and vocabulary including synonyms and antonyms.
  • Music – You’ll find downloadable songs and lyrics that help kids learn grammar, phonics, and even a song for learning strategies for taking reading comprehension tests! Also, watch video lessons that teach about nouns, similes, subjects and predicates, and more.

Bookmark this site and use it as a year-round supplement to learning elementary subjects, or just have fun exploring the games, puzzles and activities with your kids.

Geography for Kids

May 25th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 25, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsGeo.com

(www.kidsgeo.com/index.php)

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

 

This part of the larger ad-supported KidsKnowIt Network provides an online geography textbook for kids.

When arriving at the site, either use the left-hand menu or the image icons under the introduction to select the chapter you wish to explore. The nine chapters include: 

  • Chapter One – Hello Earth
  • Chapter Two – Describing Our Planet
  • Chapter Three – Our Atmosphere
  • Chapter Four – Atmospheric Temperatures
  • Chapter Five – Atmospheric Pressures
  • Chapter Six – Atmospheric Moisture
  • Chapter Seven – Atmospheric Disturbances
  • Chapter Eight – The Hydrosphere
  • Chapter Nine – The Biosphere

Each chapter is broken down into individual related topics. Each topic provides text and images to explain the concept as well as an occasional interactive activity for the student to do. On the right-hand menu, there are additional links to games, worksheets, educational movies, music, as well as links to other KidsKnowIt websites. Teachers can browse these links to find additional extension activities to go along with the geography text book.

Back on the Geography & Geology for Kids home page, scroll a little further down to find the geology text book to expand your studies. Chapters for the geology course include: 

  • Chapter One – Examining The Soil
  • Chapter Two – Earth, Rocks, And Landforms
  • Chapter Three – The Earth Inside Out
  • Chapter Four – An Introduction To Erosion
  • Chapter Five – Erosion By Water Processes

This site provides a good spine for most geography and geology classes for elementary students.

Free State Study Resource

May 18th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 18, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The US50

(www.theus50.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website is a one-stop location for information about all of the 50 states.

When arriving at the site, use the map to locate the state of choice. When the page opens you can then use the links to find concise information about that state including: 

  • History and famous people
  • State symbols, seal, flag, quarter, license plate, flower, stamp, and more
  • Geography & Maps
  • Outdoor activities such as: 
    • Tourism
    • Governors
    • Cities
    • Colleges

And much more. There are even online trivia quizzes for each state to test your knowledge and links to other state related websites. Also on the home page, scroll below the map to find links to an image of the Declaration of Independence, a downloadable audio of the national anthem, and fast facts study guides which include printable outline maps of the states, and mailing addresses to the state governors and tourism offices.

This site is bookmark worthy and a great place to get general information for all of your state studies.

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