Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Learn about Famous Homeschoolers

April 19th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 19, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FamousHomeschoolers.net

(www.famoushomeschoolers.net/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover well-known people who were homeschooled or who homeschooled their children with this site from Knowledge House and author Teri Ann Berg Nelson.

After reading the introduction and learning the definition of who is considered a “homeschooler,” use the left-hand side bar menu to explore lists of famous homeschoolers sorted by category: 

  • Artists – Claude Monet, Grandma Moses, Leonardo da Vinci and more
  • Athletes – includes Bethany Hamilton, Timothy Tebow, Michelle Kwan among others
  • Authors – on this list are Louisa May Alcott, J.R.R Tolkien, Mark Twain and many others
  • Composers – This list has 13 well-know composers such as Bach, Mozart, Irving Berlin, and John Phillip Sousa.
  • Educators – George Washington Carver, Charlotte Mason, and Noah Webster are included on this list.
  • Entertainers – Notable people on this list include Charlie Chaplin, Alan Alda, LeAnne Rimes, and many more.
  • Entrepreneurs – Among others, you will find Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Pulitzer, and Dave Thomas on this list.
  • Explorers – Daniel Boone, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Lewis and Clark and a few more make this short list.
  • Founding Fathers – See which signers of the Declaration and Constitutional Convention delegates homeschooled.
  • Inventors – Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and more make up this list.
  • Medical Practitioners – includes Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Albert Schweitzer as well as others
  • Military Officers – Joan of Arc, Stonewall Jackson, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton and more
  • Others – This list includes those not in the other categories such as Ansel Adams, Amelia Earhart, Frank Lloyd Wright, Darrell Waltrip, Will Rogers, Annie Oakley and many more
  • Presidents – includes most of our first 11 presidents as well as Lincoln, Johnson, Garfield, Cleveland, Wilson, and both Roosevelts
  • Religious Leaders – David Livingstone, Dwight L. Moody, John and Charles Wesley are notables on this list.
  • Scientists – There are many scientists on this list including Albert Einstein, Fred Hoyle, Isaac Newton.
  • Statesmen – included on this list are Davy Crockett, Patrick Henry, Winston Churchill and more.
  • Famous Parents – On this list you will find people who homeschooled their children such as Garth Brooks, Kirk Cameron, Michael P. Farris, Tim Hawkins, Chuck Norris, Jimmy Wales and many more.

Highlighted and underlined names on the lists are links to mini biographies of that person. This site could be a great starting point for your students to learn more about the lives of others who were homeschooled or homeschool just like them.

Free Geography Games

April 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – Geography Games

(www.softschools.com/social_studies/geography/world_geography/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Brush up on your geography skills with these online games from SoftSchools.com.

When arriving at the site select a game from the list of World Geography Games. Most games are quizzes or sorting games, but there are a few map skills games. Topics include: 

  • Countries
  • Bodies of water
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Islands and Peninsulas
  • Volcanoes
  • Continents
  • General Geography

Under the list of games is a section to learn geography facts such as: 

  • Wonders of the World Facts
  • National Landmarks Facts
  • Countries Facts
  • Mongolia Facts
  • Luxembourg Facts
  • Sierra Leone Facts
  • Nicaragua Facts
  • Iceland Facts
  • Pyramids Facts
  • Boreal Forest Facts
  • Sahara Desert Facts
  • The Great Barrier Reef Facts
  • The Aurora Facts

Each section is further broken down into another menu highlighting a more refined sub-topic.

This website can add some variety to your world geography studies.

Free Kids’ History Videos

March 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brookdale House – History Videos for Kids

(brookdalehouse.com/history-videos-for-kids/)

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

 

This section of the curriculum publisher’s website (Brookdale House) provides a collection of hundreds of YouTube videos to use to supplement your history studies.

The videos are sorted into four time period collections: 

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History

When arriving at today’s link, it is helpful to read through the information to understand what has been included in the collections as well as tips for watching.


Visitors can move between time periods using the right-hand menu or the home page of this section.


Once you have decided on a time-period to browse, use your mouse to hover over the images to see the name or content of the video. Click the image and the video player will open on the page. Click anywhere off the video to return to the page you were on. Types of videos include: 

  • Documentaries and re-enactments
  • Lectures
  • Songs for learning facts
  • Audio readings
  • Clips from modern events
  • And much more

While the selection of videos is targeted for elementary and middle school age students, they could easily benefit the older student as well.

As always, be sure to preview the videos for suitability for your family.

Explore the Oregon Trail

March 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 22, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Oregon/California Trail Center – Trail Basics

(www.oregontrailcenter.org/HistoricalTrails/OregonCaliforniaTrails.htm)

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

 

Take an adventure on the Oregon Trail with this website from The National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho.

Discover what life was like traveling on the more than 2,000-mile wagon trail from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon. Using the right-hand sidebar menu explore trail basics such as: 

  • The Trek West – Who were the people who traveled the trail and why?
  • The Starting Point – Learn a little about Independence, Missouri.
  • The Wagon – Understand the importance of a good wagon to make the trek.
  • Mules, Horses, or Oxen – Which animal was best suited to pull the trail wagons?
  • Supplies – What things were needed for life on the trail?
  • A Day on the Trail – Discover what a typical day on the trail may have been like.
  • Dangers – What types of threats did the pioneers face?
  • Indians – Learn about Indian interactions with pioneers.

When you have finished learning the basics through the texts and images, use the upper menu to learn more. Under Historical Trails, select “Pioneers Talk” to read journal excerpts from folks who traveled the trail in the 1850’s. Select “Local Trail Landmarks” to see various important locations along the path. Browse through the various “Links” options to learn more about the Oregon/California Trail, western history, and other local and regional travel.

Use this website to supplement your U.S. history studies of pioneers, western expansion, and more.

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

Learn more about Albert Einstein

March 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Einstein – Image and Impact

(history.aip.org/history/exhibits/einstein/)

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

 

Learn about the life and the scientific contributions of Albert Einstein with this site from the AIP Center for the History of Physics.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links to explore: 

  • Formative Years – Learn about Einstein’s family and his life as a child and young man.
  • The Great Works – 1905 – Read about his early discoveries including the theory of relativity.
  • World Fame – Find out how his discoveries transformed physics.
  • Public Concerns – Explore Einstein’s political and humanitarian views.
  • Quantum and Cosmos – Learn about more of Einstein’s theories.
  • Nuclear Age – Discover how Einstein’s formula E=mc2 was proved and used.
  • Science and Philosophy – Read about the struggles Einstein had balancing his science and his philosophies.
  • The World As I See It – An Essay by Einstein

Each section includes a few brief pages with related images and documents as well as links to other relevant information. This site is also available to download as a PDF for use offline. 

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