Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Discover the Mayans

January 19th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 19, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mayan Kids

(www.mayankids.com/)

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

 

This is a terrific website all about the Mayan civilization that extended throughout Central America. Through fascinating facts, photos, illustrations and trivia tidbits, this site engages virtual visitors to this ancient world.

When you get to the site click “enter” and a new page opens. Use the icon menu at the top of the screen to explore:  

  • People – From eating “bug tacos” to doing math with a base-20 number system, the Mayans were innovative and captivating.
  • Places – Explore the rain forest, pyramids, and ruins that were home to the Mayans throughout Central America.
  • Beliefs – Learn about Mayan beliefs and ceremonies, gods and goddesses, and the Wizard of the Fatal Laugh.
  • Games – Try your hand at Mayan-themed word puzzles and match games.

Have fun!

Ancient Greece for Kids

January 12th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 12, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Ancient Greece

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/greece/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, part of the larger University of Manchester UK children’s website, takes primary school-aged students on an interactive exploration of the history of ancient Greece.

Using the side bar menu, begin your journey by selecting from the following: 

  • Explore Ancient Greece – Use the interactive map to learn more about the city-states of Greece such as Syracuse, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Athens, and Lesbos.
  • A timeline of ancient Greece – “Travel through time to discover the treasures of Ancient Greece” with this colorful and informative timeline.
  • Greek Religion and the gods – Dig into the stories of the Greek gods including Athena, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus and more.
  • The Ancient Olympics – Click on the correct city in Greece where the Olympics where held to learn about the games, rules, and even how to make your own “Olympic Torch”.
  • The Greek Alphabet & Language – Learn the Greek alphabet then play click-and-drag games to practice what you have learned.
  • Test Your Knowledge – Take the interactive multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of ancient Greece.
  • Catapult – Have some fun seeing how far you can sling a rock with this online game.
  • Ride the chariot – Race your chariot around the track with this fun (but a bit challenging) game. (Hint: when trying to turn, your chariot needs to be in motion – you may need to hold the up and the right or left arrow at the same time.)

When you have finished your ancient Greece studies, click “Home” in the upper menu and continue the learning by exploring the other interactive programs available.

Explore Presidential Inaugurations

January 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Our White House – Presidential Inaugurations

(ourwhitehouse.org/history-civics/inaugurations/)

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

 

On January 20, a new President will be inaugurated. Dig into the history and the process involved in US Presidential Inaugurations. Part of the larger “Our White House Looking In, Looking Out” website from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, this portion of the site provides interesting facts and activities to engage students’ interest in the presidency, elections, and inaugurations.

On this opening page, there are links and explanations to the meat of the material. There is even a downloadable “Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!” PDF to use offline in your classroom.

Topics explored include: 

  • Why Are Presidential Inaugurations Held on January 20th?
  • The Presidential Oath of Office
  • Americans Love a Parade
  • United by Voice and Vision: Thomas Jefferson’s First Inauguration, March 4, 1801
  • Come One, Come All! How Technology Transformed Inauguration Day
  • Inaugural Activities and Discussion Questions
  • Great Presidential Inauguration Websites

But the learning doesn’t stop with this one topic. This website has a lot more to offer. Use the upper menu to explore more about the White House, Presidents, First Ladies, Voting Rights, Campaigns and Elections, and so much more so bookmark this website to come back to time after time.

“Green” Grammar Lessons & More!

January 4th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 4, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maggie’s Earth Adventures

(www.missmaggie.org/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers lesson plans and interactive games in a variety of subject areas including five free grammar games that help kids learn about nouns, verbs, prefixes, suffixes, word endings, rhyming words, and how to edit written work. We are focusing on the Language Arts games for this review. The website’s objective is to educate children on environmental issues to protect and build a sustainable future for our planet. All of the games are themed around this objective.

When you get to the website you’ll see the icon, “Free Activities.” If you click on that, a new page opens where you can register (free) to receive the cross-curricular Maggie’s Earth Adventures Weekly Activity Packet (WAP) with lessons and games that will be delivered to your email inbox. 

Then, look at the main menu on the right side of the screen and click under “Have you played Maggie’s Games?” There are over a dozen games including: 

  • Super Match – Find words that rhyme.
  • Short Circuit – Match prefixes and suffixes with their meanings to prevent a computer short circuit.
  • Fish ‘Em Up – Catch word endings by determining if you have to double the consonant or change the y for the correct spelling.
  • Edit Dan’s Copy – Edit Dan’s work for errors in capitalization and punctuation.
  • Clean Up Your Grammar – In this game a virtual beach is littered with bad grammar. Help clean up nouns and verbs.

These games stand on their own as fun practice work for learning parts of speech, spelling rules, and other language arts skills. They are enhanced if you use the free lesson plans available by registering to get the free Weekly Activity Packs. By using the WAP, students will see the connectedness and relevance of language arts, math, science, geography,and social sciences to environmental issues.

By the way, some of the games are available in Spanish as well!

Christmas Traditions Around the World

December 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Traditions Around the World

(www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm)

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

 

Discover the multitude of Christmas traditions from all over the world with this page from the larger Santas.net website.

Learn: 

  • What is Twelfth Day, Sinterklass Eve, Ganna, Kwanzaa, Carols by Candlelight, the Little Feast, and other winter holidays
  • Who are Viejito Pascuero, Christkind, Pere Noel, Lan Khoong, Nisse, Julebukk and Father Christmas
  • What happens at Christmas in Bethlehem
  • What dates are Christmas holidays observed in other countries
  • What types of food are eaten especially for Christmas
  • How to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages
  • And much more.

With over 70 countries to explore, this website makes a great addition to your geography studies around the holidays.

Learn History through Poetry

December 8th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History for Kids

(www.history-for-kids.com/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Use the fun poems found at this ad-supported website from author S.K. Dinning to help your students remember various history stories.

Review the home page for information about the site and how to use it. Use the left-hand side bar menu to select from the history topic of interest: 

  • Ancient History
  • Middle Ages
  • British History
  • American History
  • Myths & Legends
  • Pirates

Once you have selected your topic, visitors will find a selection of titles that when clicked on take you to the poem. Included on each page are either a timeline of history facts or other interesting facts.

Also, using the right-hand menu, visitors will find some “Colouring” pages, suggested history board games and books, interviews with other writers, a gallery of artwork by kids, and some silly history jokes.

If you are looking for lighthearted ways to add some fun to your history studies, you will most certainly enjoy this website.

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