Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Explore Baseball History with the Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Baseball Hall of Fame Explorer (http://baseballhall.org/explorer)

 

Age Range: All ages and grades (children with parental supervision)

 

Visitors will learn about game player greats such as: 
  • Babe Ruth
  • Hank Aaron
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Willie Mays
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Ty Cobb
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Randy Johnson
And so many more.

But the Baseball Hall of Fame does not simply celebrate great ball players. Umpires, managers, and baseball executives are also included. Discover the contributions to the history of the game for Hall of Famers such as: 

  • Hank O’Day – player, manager, umpire and scout for over 40 years in the National League
  • Bill Klem – affectionately known as “The Old Arbiter”, was the first umpire to wear a chest protector, and also one of the first to use visible arm signals to coincide with his calls
  • George Lee Anderson – a.k.a. “Sparky” Anderson is currently the only manager to win a World Series in both leagues
  • John J. McGraw – manager that led the Giants to 10 Pennants and 5 World Championships
  • Effa Manley – the female pioneer businesswoman and co-owner of the Newark Eagles, committed to baseball and civil rights
Visitors to the site can browse through the inductees or refine their search by using the several search fields. Select a Hall of Famer by clicking on their picture. Each page includes a mini-biography, images, and career statistics. Some also include links to other related items and videos.

Baseball is steeped in American history, and this website will sure to intrigue the sports fan in your home.

News For Kids

June 11th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 11, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DOGOnews.com

 

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

 

This website from DOGO Media provides visitors ages 5-13 with continually updated news articles featuring current events and interesting non-fiction content sure to keep them coming back for more time and time again.
When arriving at the link, visitors will find the latest articles. Articles can be sorted by age levels by selecting the “Grades” button in the upper right or articles can be sorted and searched by categories such as: 
  • Current Events
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Social studies
  • Did you know
  • Green
  • General
  • Entertainment
  • International
  • Amazing
  • Fun
  • Video
After selecting an article to read, you will also find colored icons above the article which, when selected, provide lesson plan suggestions for Common Core Standards and how the article meets the National Academy of Science Standards and the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. There are also icons with links to other grade level articles, links to puzzles, ways to share the article, and the option to print it out.

In addition to colorful images and sometimes videos accompanying the engaging news story there are comprehension questions, a critical thinking challenge question, vocabulary, and geography information.

If parents would like to sign up for a free teacher’s account, they can: 

  • Build lesson plans that use the news articles
  • Construct reading lists
  • Add favorite websites
  • Make an online class calendar
  • Encourage social learning
A free student’s account allows the student to: 
  • Design an avatar
  • Receive badges and points
  • “Follow other DOGO users”
  • Share thoughts about the articles
  • And more.
Be sure to bookmark this site and check back often as new content is added daily. This website not only provides an abundance of resources to use with your history studies of current events but also can be used to supplement your language arts studies.

When you are finished investigating this website, be sure to check out the other DOGO sites using the links in the upper menu.

Kool-Aid History

June 4th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 4, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kool-Aid History

 

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

 

Hot summer days mean thirst quenching drinks. Kool-Aid is a childhood favorite. History is always more interesting to kids when you can relate it to something they enjoy.
At the A Kool-Aid History website you can learn how an industrious 11-year-old boy, Edwin E. Perkins, whose mother encouraged him to turn his kitchen into a laboratory to experiment with flavoring extracts, eventually developed Kool-Aid drink mix. It’s a fascinating story that your kids will no doubt enjoy hearing while sipping a frosty glass of their favorite flavor of Kool-Aid. When you are through reading the history, visit the Kool-Aid Home Page for a menu of activities (and, yes, advertising promotions) designed to appeal to kids.

Free Geography Map Games

May 28th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 28, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Seterra (http://online.seterra.net/)

 

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

 

This website provides over 100 challenging geography map games that help students drill countries, states, regions, provinces, capitals, cities, bodies of water, mountains and much more.
When arriving at the link, select the language in which you would play the games. On the next page, choose from the game selections on the page sorted by geographic location. Once a game is selected, wait for the map to load and a timer will start. Hover your mouse over the map to reveal the location to find. Click on the correct location indicated on the map. If the correct location is selected it will turn a different color. If the wrong location is selected, the correct name will appear and you will need to try again. After you have tried incorrectly 3 times the correct answer is indicated with a flashing red dot which you need to select to continue the game. When you have completed the game a pop up window appears with your score and the time it took to complete. You can also select to post your score on Facebook or Twitter. Click ok, then use your back button or select the text link “Seterra Online – Free Map Quiz Games” to return the game menu.

In addition to the geographic locations of North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia, there are the following games in “The World” selection: 

  • Parts of the World
  • Large Countries
  • Islands
  • Mountains and Volcanoes
  • Oceans, Seas and Lakes
  • The 25 Largest Cities
  • Latitudes and Longitudes
  • The Solar System: Planets
This website can be used on your home computer or on your iPhone or iPad when you are on the go as long as you have an internet connection. Be sure to bookmark this one as a go-to resource for your geography studies.

Discover the High-flying Aviator Lindbergh

May 21st, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Charles Lindbergh – An American Aviator

(http://www.charleslindbergh.com/)

 

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

 

Charles Lindbergh began his courageous flight in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20, 1927, securing his place in history as the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. This comprehensive website examines not only this flight but also the other events and achievements of one of America’s most famous aviators.
When arriving at this website, begin by reading an excerpt from the May 21, 1927 New York Times article about the flight. Then use the left sidebar menu to examine Lindbergh’s life through articles, documents, images, videos, audios and much more. Some of the many topics to explore include: 
  • The Flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
  • Guggenheim Tour
  • Biographies of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
  • Maps
  • Airmail Pioneer
  • Gliders
  • Orient
  • America First
  • Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  • Awards
  • Lindbergh’s contributions to rocketry, conservation, and cardiology
  • PDFs of FBI files
And much, much more. There are also a few downloadable lesson plans, additional website links, and Amazon links to books for further study.
This website is an excellent resource for an in-depth study of the man, aviator, innovator, and American legend.

Go West with Lewis & Clark

May 14th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark

 

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

 

This website from National Geographic takes students on a brief interactive adventure in the 1800’s alongside the great explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
When arriving at the link, select the “Onward!” banner to begin. On the next page, after reading the brief introduction, you can choose to enter your name or just click the “Onward” button. Each slide poses a question with choices to be made about your journey. After making your choice, the next slide provides an explanation as to why or why not the choice is a good one. Select the “Did You Know?” icon for interesting pop-up fast facts relating to the current slide or choose the “Journal” icon to see brief journal entries from Lewis and Clark. There is also a map of your journey on the right hand side of the screen. Situations include: 
  • Gearing up for the Journey
  • Indian Dilemma
  • Baby on Board?
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Brave the Icy Mountains?
  • All Downhill From Here
  • Mission Accomplished
When you have finished going through the slides, click the “See where you’ve been!” text link to see a larger map of your journey. Then select the “Onward” text link to return to the main page. Select the “Onward” option again for the first slide, then check out these text links at the bottom of the slide for more information about Lewis and Clark: 
  • Meet the Crew – brief descriptions of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark
  • More about Lewis and Clark – resources and links to other websites about Lewis and Clark
This website makes an interesting introduction to your studies of Lewis and Clark.
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