Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Bridging World History

September 4th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Bridging World History

 

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger Annenberg Learner website, this portion of the website is a collection of 26 inquiry-based thematic units using videos, text, and interactive activities to help students discover world history. While the units can be used individually to supplement history studies, when used in their entirety and sequentially, they provide a complete chronological world history course.

Each of the lesson units include:

  • Videos produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting are usually divided into three segments, each focusing on a specific topic relating to the unit.
  • The Course Guide PDF not only provides instruction for using the unit but also can serve as the student workbook.
  • Online Text PDFs contain the reading material for the unit.
  • Learning Activities PDFs contain ideas for activities to be used by groups or individuals at various skill levels.

When arriving at the unit home page, use the left hand navigation bar to access the various components of the unit. In addition to the main study components, you will find:

  • References & Sources
  • Unit Audio Glossary
  • Related Units
  • Video Transcript

In the navigation bar beside the Bridging World History logo, be sure to check out the World History Traveler feature, an interactive that builds upon the lessons with the use of maps, images, documents, and texts. This tool can be used to focus in on particular events, places, or people or zooming out to see the larger picture of time and place.

Whether you are in need of supplemental material for your world history studies or looking for a full course, this website is definitely worth consideration.

Ancient & Modern Wonders of the World

August 28th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 28, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

 

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

 

Oh, you’ll be glad you visited this site! Most of us know that there are Seven World Wonders, but few can name them all.
At this site you will discover all seven, read about their history, and view artists’ illustrations of the wonders. When you are through exploring the ancient wonders you can click on a Geographic Map that shows you where they were located in relation to one another.

Then click on “Other Wonders” and discover more ancient wonders, along with Modern and Natural wonders too. In this section, you will find an illustration or photograph along with links that provide historical information – although in some cases (for example, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) there is simply a link to another photograph.

You can also click on Frequently Asked Questions to get some answers to questions about the wonders, and there are Related Links about archaeology and history that you might enjoy surfing as well.

This site won a “Top 5% of All Websites Award” and for good reason. Just viewing the wonders may inspire students of all ages to want to learn more about history.

Shock-ing Geography

August 21st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 21, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Shock-ing Geography

 

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

 

Learning geography can be fun with the use of this website. Using simple interactive maps, visitors can not only learn the locations of countries and states, but also study the physical geographical features of a location or explore the European historical world.
When arriving at the site choose locations from the political world, the physical world, or the historical world. After selecting a location a new window will open and the Shockwave driven map will load. You are then able to select a practice level:
  • Beginner – When you mouse over the map, the location name will appear in the upper corner.
  • Intermediate – A name of a location will appear in the upper corner and you need to click on the correct location. If you are correct the name will move to the location. If you need help finding the location select the “Show Me” button.
  • Advanced – Similar to the intermediate level, you need to find a location, but if you get it wrong, the program asks you to try again. If you do not know it, select the skip button.

When you are done with the practice session a score card appears with a percentage and how many were correct along with the option to try again or go back to the level selection window.

You may also select to take either an intermediate or advanced quiz. When selecting, the program does ask for name, professor and course name, but simply select “Take Quiz” to by-pass that.
To see a list of all the locations that are included in the activities, select the “Map list” text link beside the design and copyright information.
Be sure to bookmark this website to come back to time after time to build your geography knowledge skills.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Shine the Spotlight on History

July 31st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 31, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historical Spotlight

 

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

 

Gain insight into America’s pivotal historical events through the videos presentations and resources available at this website. Created by Dr. John Bianchi and Nicole Bianchi, the aim of this website is to “illustrate how competing ideologies have affected and continue to shape the development of the United States”.

When arriving at the home page of the website, use the navigation at the top of the page to select your destination. In the video section you will find such topics covered as:

  • Shay’s Rebellion
  • The American System
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression
  • And more
Each video page includes text of the video as well as images and bibliography of works sited. There is also the ability to post comments to the pages.

Under the Resources menu, find links to thought-provoking questions and resources to accompany the video presentations for further understanding of the topic.

When you select “Timelines” from the navigation bar, you will be able to choose from three currently available interactive timelines for the following time periods:

  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression

After you have visited the timelines, select the “Gettysburg Interactive Panoroma” to virtually explore part of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Interactively examine the field as seen from the Longstreet observation tower from Cemetery Ridge and the Emmitsburg Road.

Because, at this time, this is a fairly new website, you may wish to subscribe to the website to keep up to date on additions and news and receive a free copy of the ebook McCulloch vs. Maryland: The Extended Debate as well.

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