Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

The History of the Titanic

April 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Titanic Interactive

 

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

 

During her maiden voyage, the British passenger liner, RMS Titanic, sank into the North Atlantic Ocean the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives that fateful day. This interactive website from the History Channel explores the building of the ship, the disaster that sank her, and the aftermath.
When arriving at the site, visitors can select from the following: 
  • 1909 – Birth of the Titanic – Learn about the designing and building of the Titanic through historical photographs and a tour of the ship that includes cutaway illustrations and images.
  • 1912 – The Disaster – Uncover the causes of the sinking of the Titanic with animated video and pictures taken by passengers and witnesses of the ship and the rescue effort.
  • 1913 – The Aftermath – Understand how people dealt with the news of the Titanic disaster through the stories of the survivors and learn how the event changed the maritime industry.
  • Titanic Route Map – Explore the interactive map with “Hotspots” linked to a timeline.
  • Timeline of Events – Discover the timeline of the Titanic from the laying of its keel in Belfast, Ireland, March 31, 1909 to the burial of many of the victims at Halifax cemeteries on May 3, 1912.
With brief, informative text, images, and videos, this website not only explores the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic but provides insight into the passengers and crew before, during, and after the catastrophe.

Discover Ancient Egypt

March 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Discover Ancient Egypt

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Take an interactive adventure and explore an ancient Egyptian tomb and much more with this website presented by the National Museum of Scotland.
Choose from 6 interactive presentations: 
  • The Three Pyramids
  • Egyptian Tomb Adventure
  • Land of the Egyptians
  • Dress like an Egyptian
  • Egyptian hieroglyphics
  • Temple stores game
After making your selection, follow the easy-to-follow instructions to move through the presentation. Through the various interactive maps, images, games, informative text, and more, students will learn about:
  • The country of Egypt
  • How ancient Egyptians prepared bodies for the afterlife
  • Egyptian tombs
  • Egyptian clothing
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Supplies needed by craftsmen of the day
This website makes a fun addition to your ancient Egypt studies.

The Wives of Henry VIII

March 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

 

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

 

PBS has created this fun and historical site (a complement to a PBS program of the same name) that examines the life and times of Henry VIII through the biographies of his six wives.
The site is beautifully designed using the latest in multi-media resources. When you get to the site use the menu just below the 6 thumbnail photos of the wives including:
  • Meet the Wives – a timeline biography of each of the women who were married to the king.
  • Find a Wife – take the challenge to play matchmaker for King Henry VIII but be careful not to lose your head with a mismatch in this game.
  • Portrait of a King – examine the life of Henry VIII and its historical impact.
  • Tudor Times – explore the Tudor era of history.

The site is rich with resources and activities that will supplement any study of European history, and is most appropriate for middle grades and up. Find lesson plans and other activities by selecting “Classroom” on the left hand sidebar.

Learn about the Irish Potato Famine

March 5th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 5, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Irish Potato Famine

 

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

 

Take an interesting interactive tour of the Irish Potato Famine at this website.
When arriving at the site, select the “ENTER” text link in the middle of the screen and you are introduced to your bouncing personal guide, Splat, who will help you navigate through the pages. Read through the instructions and you will learn how easy it is to work through the site. After the instructional presentation, select from four locations in the village to learn about the 19th century potato famine: 
  • Rural dwelling
  • The work house
  • The school
  • The docks
When arriving at the location, after reviewing the introduction speech bubble, move your mouse around the picture to find hot spots to click. At these locations you are presented with more information in the form of speech bubbles, dairy entries, textual slide shows, images, videos, online activities and/or activity suggestions.

This website does a great job of teaching students about the basic causes and effects of the Great Famine.

U.S. Presidential Campaign History

February 26th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 26, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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4President.org

 

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

 

If you are looking for an interesting way to teach your students about past US Presidential election campaigns from 1960-2012, then this website is for you.
At this ad-supported website you will find: 
  • campaign logos and slogans
  • images of campaign posters
  • textual versions of the campaign brochures
  • television campaign commercial videos
  • text of announcements and acceptance of nominations
Navigating this website is a breeze. Simply select the campaign year of interest. Once the page opens you will see campaign banners in the middle of the page. Select a banner to view the text of the announcement or acceptance speech of a candidate for presidency. On the left side bar, find links to commercial videos or look at the poster images. Click on the brochure images in the right hand sidebar to read the text of that brochure.

It is quite interesting browsing through the information on this website and to see how the whole election campaign process and focus has changed over the years. You may wish to bookmark this website to visit again after the 2016 election.

American Presidential Studies Resource

February 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Miller Center

 

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

 

This website from the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, is your one-stop destination for your Presidential studies.
When arriving at this link you will find a grid of Presidential portraits. Simply click on the image of the President of choice and you are taken to the informational page for that President. Each page includes:
  • “Facts at a Glance” which provide snippets of biographical information in a concise manner
  • Essays on (PRESIDENT) and His Administration – Links to more in-depth information about the President
  • First Lady and other important members of the government at the time of Presidency – each linked to biographies
  • Presidential Speeches – links to texts of speeches. For Presidents after Herbert Hoover, there are also audios of speeches and after Eisenhower there are also videos
  • Scholarship and Speakers – a selection of Miller Center resources on the President
  • Scripps Library Reference Resources – “links to reference resources prepared by the Miller Center’s Scripps Library, designed to help students and scholars conduct their research quickly”
From the main page, you may select the “Speech Archive” button for quick access to all the Presidential Speeches. Select “Riding the Tiger” for a blog that examines current events through the “lens of history” and features resources from the digital archive of the Miller Center.

After selecting the “Presidential Classroom” on the main page, choose from either “Exhibits” or “Lesson Plans” for tons more supplemental materials and helpful classroom activities that allow students to dig deeper into U.S. history and government.

There is so much valuable information available at this website, neatly compiled for ease of use and navigation, that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

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