Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Life Portraits of the American Presidents

February 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Presidents-Life Portraits

(www.c-span.org/series/?presidents)

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

 

Discover the lives of our American Presidents from Washington to Trump with this website from C-SPAN based on the Peabody award-winning series.

When arriving at today’s link, use the drop down menu on the left to select a President to learn a little about each one. Each ‘portrait’ includes: 

  • A portrait of the President
  • Personal information about him
  • Public service record
  • A “Did You Know?” section with a few interesting tidbits

The meat of this site is the full-length video documentaries (each one is 2 hours long) accessed when you select the link under the portrait. (Please note that at the writing of this review there are no videos yet for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump.) On each page visitors will find links to other related videos.

This website provides an excellent resource for your Presidential studies.

Groundhog Day History

February 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day History

(www.groundhog.org/about/history/)

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

 

Discover the history of Groundhog Day on this page of the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. At this page visitors will learn how the ancient Candlemas Day may have helped in the evolution of Groundhog Day.

Keep the learning going by discovering other “Fun Facts” about Groundhog Day by selecting the option on the upper menu under the “About” link. When your students are done learning the history of Groundhog Day, expand upon the topic by selecting other fun activities for all age levels under the “Teachers” section. Choose your grade level and find: 

  • Downloadable PDFs for puzzles, language arts activities, math worksheets, coloring pages, science fun, and more
  • Groundhog Day song lyrics sung to other holiday tunes
  • Recipe for Groundhog Day Cookies
  • Instructions to play games such as “Toss the Hog”, “SSHH! Silent Groundhog” and “Spring or Snow”

Punxsutawney Phil has been “predicting” the fate of spring since 1886. What will his prediction be this year?

Free Animated History Activity eBooks!

February 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animated Hero Classics Activity Books

(www.dscl.org/kids/nest-activity-resources/nest-activity-books)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides resources that combines Language Arts with History and Social Sciences! You may be familiar with The Animated Hero Classics Series that consists of 20 DVDs with inspiring and educational stories of men and women whose contributions made an impact on world history.

At this website, you’ll find the free companion “Animated Hero Activity Books” (pdf) that include word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Your child can learn interesting facts and trivia about each historical hero and heroine in the series, by reading and doing the activities in the downloadable e-books that include: 

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Beethoven
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Galileo
  • George Washington
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Helen Keller
  • Joan of Arc
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Louis Pasteur
  • The Maccabees
  • Marco Polo
  • Marie Curie
  • Pocahontas
  • Thomas Edison
  • William Bradford
  • The Wright Brothers

This is an engaging and entertaining way to introduce historical figures to your kids – and it may springboard them to want to learn more! It’s also a great way to supplement and/or review information about people of historical importance.

See the World through the Eyes of Children

January 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids World Travel Guide

(www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/)

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

 

Explore the world with this website written and maintained by children. Because the information presented was researched and presented by teenagers and young travelers, the content is not only engaging for young visitors, but is also a valuable resource for those who travel abroad with kids.

Current countries include: 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Spain

In addition to learning interesting facts about the country, its geography and people and colorful maps, discover kid friendly attractions. Use the sidebar menus to find more fun facts about flags, passports, the continents, oceans, geography and even Christmas around the world as well as travel tips, games, trivia, and quizzes.

Keep in mind that this site is created by teenagers and you may run across some typos. The manager of the website encourages visitors to let them know of any errors found. And if your students have a love for geography and want to build country pages to add, they are encouraged to contact them for information and support.

Free Language Arts Lessons & Worksheets

January 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LessonSnips

(http://www.lessonsnips.com/category/languagearts)

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

 

LessonSnips offers free multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

For the purpose of today’s review, we’re focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as: 

  • Identifying Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. 

Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

NOTE:  You must register to access the free materials on the ad-supported section of the site. You can also purchase a membership that will give you ad-free access as well as additional tools and resources.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and with just a tweak can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

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