Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Expand Geography Skills with Games

July 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GeoGames

(www.reachtheworld.org/geogames/Play-GeoGames.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Help students improve their geography skills by using the games at this website from Reach the World and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. While these games were meant for students in grades 3-5, younger and older students can reap the benefits of using this tool.

When arriving at today’s link, choose to either: 

  • Build Planet Earth
  • Map Countries and Cities

Using your mouse, drag and drop locations onto the globe. Activities are timed so students can try to beat their previous times with multiple practices. When you are finished, students can print out their maps.

Click on “Teacher Tools” on the sidebar for suggestions on how to use GeoGames to teach geography and for a lesson plan that includes downloads, vocabulary words, and more. There are even free apps for Android and IOS.

This game is easy to learn and fun to master. It is a nifty addition to your geography studies.

The History of Pasta

July 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pasta for All – History of Pasta

(www.pastaforall.info/wordpress/history-of-pasta/)

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

 

In recognition of Macaroni Day, today’s website explores the history of pasta and much more.

When arriving at the link, read the interesting story about the origins of pasta. Then use the upper menu to discover more. Hover over the “What is Pasta?” to find interesting: 

  • Pasta Fun Facts
  • Scientific findings about the health benefits of pasta
  • Pasta traditions and food facts from around the world.

Discover “The Truth About Pasta” to learn more interesting facts about its health benefits and how pasta is good for the earth. Learn more about “Nutritional Information” and dig into tempting “Recipes” from around the world.

In the “Resources” section, not only can you read the “Pasta for All” digital magazine, but also find the “Pasta for Children Around the World” curriculum with lessons, information, and recipes that can be easily integrated into your history and geography studies.

This website provides a delicious twist to add to your homeschool day.

Portable Atlas Online

July 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PAT – Portable Atlas

(ian.macky.net/pat/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for map images to use in your geography studies? Today’s website might just be the ticket.

When arriving at the site, use the yellow text links above the images to open a page to make your selections. Visitors can choose maps categorized by: 

  • Globes
  • Regions
  • Countries
  • U.S. States
  • World Maps
  • Canada Provinces
  • Australian States

Once you have made your initial selection, narrow down your choices by the options presented. Then you are able to either view the images online or download them to your computer. Because all of the images are in public domain, you are free to use them as needed.

There are some unique features to point out. On the “Globes” page there are animated GIFs of rotating planets – nice to use for planetary studies. The “World Maps” page allows for changes to the maps based on projection, size, color, hydrology, political and more. Once you have made your adjustments, click the link under the map to open in a larger window.

To save the maps on your computer, right click the image or link and use the “Save As” option. The “Regions”, “Countries”, “U.S. States”, “CA Provinces”, and “AU States” pages include zip files of the maps that can be downloaded to your computer.

PAT will be a wonderful addition to your homeschooling resources.

Famous Moments in Early America Videos

June 30th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 30, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archiving Early America: Videos

(www.earlyamerica.com/videos/)

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

 

This website archives Early American History. When you get to the site you can watch – for FREE – well-produced, short films of noteworthy events in early American history.

Each of the 8 films highlights a true story of historical significance using images from primary source documents such as engravings, woodcuts, portraits, and drawings to create the scenes. The movies include: 

  • The Ben Franklin Story
  • The Life of George Washington
  • Declaring Independence
  • Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution
  • The Shot Heard Around The World
  • The Treason of Benedict Arnold
  • The Real Face of George Washington
  • Molly Pitcher, An American Heroine

All of the films provide students with a better understanding of the people, places and events of this era. While you can watch the films at the website, you can also download them for a small fee. But that’s not all!

When you are through watching the films, explore the menu. You will find primary source documents, biographies of notable women in early American history, maps, music of the era, milestone events recounted through primary source documents, famous obituaries, biographies of famous early Americans, and a wonderful gallery of portraits of early Americans including John Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and much more.

This terrific site gets a ClickSchooling Award for combining modern technology with historical documents to create a multi-media website resource that will enhance the study of Early American History for students of all ages.

Where is. . .? Geography Game

June 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where is . . .?

(backpacker-adventure-club.de/geo/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This very challenging game from the Backpacker Adventure Club tests the player’s knowledge of the location of cities around the world.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page past the map to read a bit about the game. Click on the ‘city catalogue’ text link in the passage or “Cities” in the upper menu to see the countries and cities included in the game. Select the country, then the city and a page will open showing the location on a Google map image. This portion of the website would make a great review option prior to playing the game.

There are two modes of play: 

  • Standard – This mode is divided into levels that increase in difficulty and keeps track of your score.
  • Practice – no scores are kept in this mode and it uses all the cities in the game

To play, select your mode. When the game starts at the top of the map it asks “Where is:” then the city and country. The player has 10 seconds to find the location by clicking on the map. Next a pin will drop at the location you selected then the correct location and a pop up window appears stating the difference in distance in kilometers from your answer and the correct location. Click “ok” to move to the next location. When playing in the standard mode the ‘deviation’ kilometers the player receives is subtracted from a maximum allowed to determine the points earned. To start over, simply refresh the page.

This game will challenge even the most skilled geography fan.

Travel the Maryland Underground Railroad

June 16th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 16, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maryland and the Underground Railroad

(pathways.thinkport.org/flash_home.cfm)

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

 

This website from Maryland Public Television helps visitors gain a better understanding of the what the Underground Railroad was, how and why it was created, and its impact on the country.

When arriving at today’s link use the side bar menu to begin your journey through the use of interactives, audios, music, images, printables, and texts by selecting from:

  • About the Underground Railroad – 15 questions help students understand the terms and concepts related to the life of a slave and what led to the Underground Railroad movement
  • Following the Footsteps – an interactive chance to walk in the shoes of young slave and to determine what fate would befall you based on your decisions
  • Eyewitness to History – Explore first-person stories of slaves that traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom.
  • Figure It Out – Using “Think Sheets”, students use an interactive timeline to gather the data they need to answer questions related to slavery and Maryland.
  • Mapping It Out – Through the use of an interactive map, discover the geography, historical sites, and important places of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.
  • Secrets: Signs & Symbols – Discover the secret ways those involved in the underground railroad communicated with each other.
  • Create a Quilt Block – Create an online quilt block using this drag and drop interactive that when completed can be printed out.
  • Living History – a place where students can read and share stories about their connection to the Underground Railroad
  • Underground Railroad Library – Dig deeper with these additional resources.

Use the menu at the bottom of the window to locate even more valuable resources. Be sure to access the “Classroom Resources” to find teaching tips, links, lesson plans and activities as well as a teacher’s toolbox filled with a variety of helpful tools for helping your student get the most out of the website.

Also check out the “For Parents” section for tips, book recommendations, music collections, videos and more.

This website presents information in a memorable way and provides visitors with an in-depth study of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.

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