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History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

(kids.usa.gov/index.shtml)

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

 

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Check Out the American History Calendar

September 22nd, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

American History Calendar

(americanhistorycalendar.com/)

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

 

This ad-sponsored website offers a free American History Calendar that highlights people and events of historic importance every day of the year. You can use it to springboard discussions and further learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the current week’s historic birthdays and events, along with an introduction and information about what you’ll find at the site. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • People Calendar – Features the birthdays of people of historic importance to American history including:
    • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
    • U.S. Presidents
    • U.S. Vice Presidents
    • First Ladies
    • Revolutionary People
    • 1812 War People
    • Civil War People
  • Events Calendar – Highlights the anniversary date of historic events that occurred during:
    • Revolution Era
    • State Ratifications
    • 1812 War Events
    • Civil War Events
    • World War II Events

Click on either calendar and a new page opens that displays the current month’s calendar. Birthdays and/or events are highlighted on it. Place your cursor over or click on those of interest to see more information, as well as a Google map indicating the location where the event took place. It’s enough to spark a short conversation or it may inspire you to research the person or event at your leisure.

The calendar is incomplete. It’s a work-in-progress and you are welcome to help improve the calendar by contributing information to it (see details at site).

The calendar is fully functional and free to site visitors.  Again, this is an ad-supported site. Ads are randomly generated and change.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site and supervise exploration of it.

Note: There is an option to “subscribe” to the calendar which allows you to download it, customize it, and synchronize it with other tech tools, calendars, and applications. It didn’t work properly when we visited and tried it, so it’s not clear to us if the subscription is free (and if so, if it requires registration), or if it’s fee-based.

UK, Ireland, and Europe Geography Games

September 8th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Toporopa

(www.toporopa.eu/en/)

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

 

Hone in on your geography skills with the interactive games on this website.

This sister site to the previously reviewed World Geography Games website focuses on the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe. Games include: 

  • Interactive maps in which the player identifies the location of given place for: 
    • Countries & capitals
    • Seas, islands, peninsulas, and straits
    • Mountains and volcanoes
    • Rivers and lakes
    • England
    • Scotland
    • Wales
    • Ireland and Northern Ireland
    • Cities
    • Regions, Boroughs, Counties, Council areas, Principal areas, and Districts
    • And more
  • Drag and drop the countries to the correct location on the map with the Countries puzzle.
  • Choose what country a flag represents.
  • Identify the countries of the European Union.
  • Locate countries that have a reigning monarch.
  • Pinpoint the countries that use the Euro as their official currency.

All the games are easy to play but challenging to master as the student commits the information to memory. 

History through Legends

August 25th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 25, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Best of Legends

(bestoflegends.org/index.html)

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

 

Today’s website is one woman’s creative endeavor to plot the historic trail of swashbucklers, dragon-slayers and other characters featured in ballads, fiction, fairy tales and film. Not only does it provide historic background for characters like Robin Hood and King Arthur, but it provides interactive access to primary source documents and current scholarly opinion through essays and reviews.

The site is filled with thoughtful historic commentary about the tales that have intrigued humans for hundreds of years and you can even read the stories in multiple versions and interpretations for free online.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction. Use the menu to explore categories of interest including: 

  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • Beowulf
  • Pirates & Privateers
  • Ballads & Broadsides
  • Swashbucklers & Fops
  • Fairy Tales
  • Shakespeare’s Stories
  • Sagas & Sea-Kings
  • Paladins & Princes
  • Poets & Painters
  • Erin & Alba

This is a truly remarkable archive. As always, parents should preview the site and the stories to determine suitability – remember, that even some fairy tales in their original form deal with potentially frightening issues of loss and death in addition to joyous and redemptive themes. While the tales will entertain older elementary and middle school students, the research is geared for high school ages and beyond. This site presents the history of legend and lore, and brings it alive with tales full of “romance, adventure and panache.”

Explore the Road to the White House

August 11th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

C-SPAN Classroom – Road to the White House 2016

(www.c-spanclassroom.org/Campaign-2016.aspx)

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

 

Explore the different aspects of the 2016 presidential election process with this website from C-SPAN Classrooms.

When arriving at the website, review the “Table of Contents” to choose from 10 main topics: 

  • Meet the Presidential Candidates
  • Candidates and the Issues
  • Political Parties
  • The Presidential Election Process
  • Electoral College
  • Campaign Finance
  • Campaign Ads
  • Polls
  • Debates
  • Voting

Each topic is further broken down into relative sub-topics. Click on the link for the page to scroll down to your point of interest.

Each section includes a key question which is explored through the use of videos, discussion questions, occasional printables, and other activities to increase the student’s understanding of the election process.

Students will not only learn about the candidates, their campaigns, and their stands on major issues, but they will also discover the history and role of political parties, polls, debates, the electoral college and much more.

Bookmark this website to come back to as the 2016 Presidential Race progresses. Information is updated regularly.

History Timelines

August 4th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – History Timelines

(www.softschools.com/timelines/)

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

 

If you are a fan of timelines, then this page on the larger ad-supported SoftSchools website will quickly become one of your favorites.

There are hundreds of timelines from which to choose covering topics such as: 

  • History
  • Biographies
  • Science
  • Presidents
  • U.S. History

When arriving at today’s link, choose a timeline from the long list. When it opens, there will be a brief description at the top and then a slideshow presentation of the events which is navigated through by clicking on the arrows on either side of the timeline. Below the slide show is a timeline graph that shows the location in time. Use the magnifying tools to expand the timeline below the slideshow. Underneath the slideshow timeline there is a horizontal version that visitors can scroll through to see all the information that is included. And for those who have their own blogs or websites, at the bottom of the page there is the html code to use the timeline on your site or perhaps in an education newsletter for your co-op.

There are a lot of great resources available at this site for all subjects and grade levels. You will want to be sure to save this website as one of your favorites.

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