Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Explore the History of the H.L. Hunley

February 11th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 11, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Friends of the Hunley 

(www.hunley.org/)

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

 

This is a beautifully appointed website about the history and recovery efforts of the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, a feat as important as the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. But on the same day, she and all of her crew members suddenly disappeared. What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? You can explore this mystery at today’s site.

At this website, learn about: 

  • The building, innovation, evolution, and design of the 
  • Hunley
  • Its contribution to the Civil War
  • Its crew
  • The recovery effort
  • The preservation of the submarine
  • And more!

Select the “Education” link to find online lesson plans for all grade levels. The text is geared for those who read well. Non-readers will undoubtedly enjoy the virtual tour of the submarine, and may find the recovery footage fascinating as well.

Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Lessons for Black History Month

February 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

January 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

(electronicfieldtrip.org/freedom/frontPage.html)

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

 

Discover the obstacles Americans faced to secure the freedoms we have today through games and activities provided by this website from Ball State University, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.

When arriving at today’s link, select either the “Students Start Here” or “Teachers Start Here” links. When selecting the teacher link, learn about the purpose of the website and how to use it in conjunction with your studies. There are lesson plans and additional activities available at the “Website and Classroom” link in the top menu that include topics such as: 

  • The Revolution
  • The Constitution
  • American Freedom

The student section of this website allows students to independently dig into this topic of American history through virtual game boards. There are 3 different game boards, covering different time periods: 

  • Colonial Edition – Learn about the early struggles for freedom from pioneers coming to America through the Revolutionary War.
  • Founders’ Edition – Take a look at the Constitution including its foundation to its operation today.
  • Citizens’ Edition – Discover the paths of freedom since the writing of the Constitution including women’s rights and civil rights.

Once the student enters their name to start a game, games are automatically saved as the student plays. Up to 10 games can be stored. To play students ‘spin the wheel’ and their piece is moved along the board. Depending on where the piece lands depends on what happens next. There are challenging mini-games to be played and the student earns points. The final goal of the game is not only to learn the information but to score as many points as possible. The board is complete when all the mini-games have been played. In order to open a different game board, students must work through the previous board. Throughout the games are videos, images, text, and more reinforcing the material.

Bookmark this website to use with your American history studies again and again.

Learning Fun with World Geography Games

January 21st, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

World Geography Games

(world-geography-games.com/)

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

 

Add some fun to your world geography studies with the help of this website.

Using colorful maps, students are asked to identify countries, states, cities, geographic features and more by clicking on the appropriate location or answer. Points are earned with each correct answer and it keeps track of how many tries it took to find the right place. There is a “give up?” option which, when selected, fills in all of the information on the map. If your student is new to the subject, we suggest selecting that option at the beginning to use as a study tool before playing the game. When the student thinks that they are ready, they can select the “play again” option. Game topics include:

  • Countries
  • Capitals
  • Flags
  • Continents
  • Earth
  • Atmosphere
  • Oceans
  • U.S. States
  • Seas
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Islands
  • Regions
  • Straits
  • Metropolitan Areas
  • Mountain Ranges
  • Mountains
  • Volcanoes
  • Deserts

This site provides excellent geography practice and is simple to navigate and play the games.

Discover the Philosopher of the Week

January 14th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Kid’s Philosophy Slam – Philosopher of the Week

(www.philosophyslam.org/week_fin.html)

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

 

The Kids Philosophy Slam is an annual philosophy essay contest for kids in grades K-12 (homeschoolers are welcome). The entry deadline for 2016 is March 4th and the topic is “Imagination or Knowledge: Which has a greater impact on society?”.

At their website you will find the entry rules – along with some resources that you can use whether you enter the contest or not.

To help kids ponder the really meaty questions in life, the website offers, “The Philosopher of the Week.” Each week the website highlights the biography of a philosopher, explains their particular view of the world, and offers discussion questions as well as links to other websites to get more information.

When you get to today’s website, you will see this week’s featured philosopher. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page you will find links to other philosophers that have been featured including Confucius, Camus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Locke, and Rousseau.

Philosophy isn’t a typical subject taught in elementary school or high school – but this site does a good job of making these thinkers and their thoughts available to students to help them unlock their own intellectual and creative potential.

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