Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Famous Moments in Early America Videos

June 30th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 30, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archiving Early America: Videos

(www.earlyamerica.com/videos/)

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

 

This website archives Early American History. When you get to the site you can watch – for FREE – well-produced, short films of noteworthy events in early American history.

Each of the 8 films highlights a true story of historical significance using images from primary source documents such as engravings, woodcuts, portraits, and drawings to create the scenes. The movies include: 

  • The Ben Franklin Story
  • The Life of George Washington
  • Declaring Independence
  • Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution
  • The Shot Heard Around The World
  • The Treason of Benedict Arnold
  • The Real Face of George Washington
  • Molly Pitcher, An American Heroine

All of the films provide students with a better understanding of the people, places and events of this era. While you can watch the films at the website, you can also download them for a small fee. But that’s not all!

When you are through watching the films, explore the menu. You will find primary source documents, biographies of notable women in early American history, maps, music of the era, milestone events recounted through primary source documents, famous obituaries, biographies of famous early Americans, and a wonderful gallery of portraits of early Americans including John Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and much more.

This terrific site gets a ClickSchooling Award for combining modern technology with historical documents to create a multi-media website resource that will enhance the study of Early American History for students of all ages.

Where is. . .? Geography Game

June 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where is . . .?

(backpacker-adventure-club.de/geo/)

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

 

This very challenging game from the Backpacker Adventure Club tests the player’s knowledge of the location of cities around the world.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page past the map to read a bit about the game. Click on the ‘city catalogue’ text link in the passage or “Cities” in the upper menu to see the countries and cities included in the game. Select the country, then the city and a page will open showing the location on a Google map image. This portion of the website would make a great review option prior to playing the game.

There are two modes of play: 

  • Standard – This mode is divided into levels that increase in difficulty and keeps track of your score.
  • Practice – no scores are kept in this mode and it uses all the cities in the game

To play, select your mode. When the game starts at the top of the map it asks “Where is:” then the city and country. The player has 10 seconds to find the location by clicking on the map. Next a pin will drop at the location you selected then the correct location and a pop up window appears stating the difference in distance in kilometers from your answer and the correct location. Click “ok” to move to the next location. When playing in the standard mode the ‘deviation’ kilometers the player receives is subtracted from a maximum allowed to determine the points earned. To start over, simply refresh the page.

This game will challenge even the most skilled geography fan.

Travel the Maryland Underground Railroad

June 16th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 16, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maryland and the Underground Railroad

(pathways.thinkport.org/flash_home.cfm)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from Maryland Public Television helps visitors gain a better understanding of the what the Underground Railroad was, how and why it was created, and its impact on the country.

When arriving at today’s link use the side bar menu to begin your journey through the use of interactives, audios, music, images, printables, and texts by selecting from:

  • About the Underground Railroad – 15 questions help students understand the terms and concepts related to the life of a slave and what led to the Underground Railroad movement
  • Following the Footsteps – an interactive chance to walk in the shoes of young slave and to determine what fate would befall you based on your decisions
  • Eyewitness to History – Explore first-person stories of slaves that traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom.
  • Figure It Out – Using “Think Sheets”, students use an interactive timeline to gather the data they need to answer questions related to slavery and Maryland.
  • Mapping It Out – Through the use of an interactive map, discover the geography, historical sites, and important places of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.
  • Secrets: Signs & Symbols – Discover the secret ways those involved in the underground railroad communicated with each other.
  • Create a Quilt Block – Create an online quilt block using this drag and drop interactive that when completed can be printed out.
  • Living History – a place where students can read and share stories about their connection to the Underground Railroad
  • Underground Railroad Library – Dig deeper with these additional resources.

Use the menu at the bottom of the window to locate even more valuable resources. Be sure to access the “Classroom Resources” to find teaching tips, links, lesson plans and activities as well as a teacher’s toolbox filled with a variety of helpful tools for helping your student get the most out of the website.

Also check out the “For Parents” section for tips, book recommendations, music collections, videos and more.

This website presents information in a memorable way and provides visitors with an in-depth study of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.

Dig into Big History

June 9th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 9, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Big History Project

(school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Professor of History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, David Christian, sponsored by Bill Gates, and maintained by the Big History Project LLC, this website provides an online, Common Core, C3, state and National World History Standards aligned course covering history from the Big Bang until now.

In order to access and use the course, visitors must register for a free teacher account. Once you have confirmed your registration and log in, be sure to go through the “Teaching Big History” unit to understand the scope and spectrum of the course and how to use it. The Teacher Guide PDF provides an excellent overview of the program and its implementation. Part of setting up your teacher’s account is to also set up your students by providing them with a special classroom code to join your “class”. Once they have joined your class, you as the teacher, will be able to use your admin panel to see their grades on their quizzes and tests, prepare your lessons, and much more. The teacher and student accounts have different views of the website. The teacher has access to all the admin tools as well as special notes within the units that are not visible to the student.

The types of content included in a unit include: 

  • lecture videos
  • text
  • activities, investigations, and projects
  • infographics
  • images galleries

The units of study include: 

  • What Is Big History?
  • The Big Bang
  • Stars and Elements
  • Our Solar System and Earth
  • Life
  • Early Humans
  • Agriculture and Civilization
  • Expansion and Interconnection
  • Acceleration
  • The Future

According to the information on the website, some schools use this course in place of a standard World History course. This must-see website provides everything you would need for a complete, 150-hour course of study.

News Literacy Lessons, Games, & Resources

June 8th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Newseum

(www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a companion to the Newseum in Washington D.C. What’s a “Newseum”? It’s a real museum (adjacent to the Smithsonian museums) with galleries, theaters, and exhibits “that offer five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology in hands-on exhibits.”

It takes visitors behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. This website offers free lessons and resources to promote language arts, social sciences, critical thinking, and civic responsibility.

The website provides an overview of the Newseum and it’s exhibits, including “Today’s Front Pages” that displays the front pages of daily newspapers worldwide in their original, unedited form. It’s a great way to get an idea of how news is featured and disseminated in any given country.

When you get to the site – you’ll see icon images of “Today’s Front Pages” from newspapers in North America (including every state in the USA), Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, South America, and Africa. Click on any one and the page gets larger so can read the entire front page.

The idea here is that reading worldwide headlines and front page stories may springboard learning and discussion of news events, history, journalism, and more.

When you are through reading the newspaper front pages, use the menu at the top of page to explore the rest of the site including: 

  • Education 
  • Exhibits
  • And more!

This is a great way to combine language arts with social sciences.

Bad Fads Museum

June 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 2, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:


Bad Fads Museum

(www.badfads.com/)

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

 

As the traditional school year comes to a close, classroom activities generally involve lighter fare. We thought we might try that approach with today’s ClickSchooling feature.

At today’s website you can explore history and social studies through taking a fun and nostalgic look at major fads – things that were popular during any given time in the modern era.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction and then a menu that includes Bad Fads in: 

  • Fashion – From Afro hairdos to Zoot Suits – The trends in hair, clothing and fashion accessories are listed here. Click on any one to see a photograph and read a fascinating historical (and sometimes political) explanation.
  • Collectibles – Find your favorites from Barbie Dolls and Beanie Babies to Pogs and Yo-Yos. Click on any one and find out who invented it and why it “caught on.”
  • Activities – Learn about the popularity of such pastimes as EST Therapy, Dungeons & Dragons, miniature golf, skateboarding, talking to plants, and sleeping on waterbeds. You can even find out the origins of the phrase “Kilroy Was Here!”
  • Events – Get the scoop on incredible, zany, and flat-out ridiculous crowd-pleasers such as dance marathons, flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, streaking, toga parties and more.

Everything we saw at this site was presented tastefully (even if the fad itself was the height of bad taste) and with general audiences in mind. Parents, as always, should preview the material to determine suitability. We think you will find that there is something wonderfully whimsical and educational in most of these bad fads that your family will enjoy.

It’s just this kind of quirky subject matter that can inspire curiosity and springboard a student to an exploration of multiple academic subjects. So, have fun and don’t be surprised at how much you learn.

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