Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Journey the Underground Railroad

March 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Underground Railroad – Escape from Slavery

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/)

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

 

Take an interactive journey along the Underground Railroad with this website presentation from Scholastic.

After reviewing the introduction, click the “Begin the Journey” link to start the interactive. Through the interactive activities and stories visitors can learn what it might have been like to have been a slave traveling along the Underground Railroad. As visitors follow the trail they will: 

  • Learn what life was like for a slave on the plantation.
  • The dangers of escaping slavery
  • Reaching safe places along the trail and the people along the way
  • Arriving in the north and freedom
  • Students can then “Tell the Story” using thought-provoking prompts.

Throughout the presentation, there are clickable links to more information and visitors can also select the ‘headphones’ icon to have the passage read aloud to them – a great option for younger students.


There are more activities available to expand this study. At the top of the page is a link to the Teacher’s Activity Guide. Once the page opens, scroll down to “The Underground Railroad Teaching Guide” to view helpful teaching notes. Back on the home page, visitors can: 

  • Read the Myths of the Underground Railroad.
  • Watch additional Slideshows about slavery, abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad.
  • Find more related Activities to do on and offline.
  • View Primary Sources including photographs, paintings, and posters.
  • Further reading book suggestions (Note: These are linked to the Scholastic store.)
  • Printables

There is a lot of information and activities available on this site that can easily translate into a whole unit study. 

Explore the World of Ancient Greece

March 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Greece

(carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/GREECE/welcome.html)

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

 

This interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University explores the world of ancient Greece.

After watching the introductory slide show, select your topic of interest:

  • Death & Burial – Discover what the Greeks believed about death and explore artifacts related to burials.
  • Victory & Conquests – Learn how athletics and being a warrior were closely related during the days of ancient Greece.
  • Gods, Goddesses & Heroes – Read the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses and just for fun, see how J. K. Rowling intertwined Greek mythology in her famous novels.
  • Animals Real and Imagined – Examine artifacts of animals both real and imaginary and their significance to ancient Greeks.
  • Greek Democracy – Explore the roots of democracy and how it helped form democracy in the United States today.

This website could make a good introduction into your ancient Greece studies or used as fun way to reinforce concepts taught.

Interactive Discoveries of the Romans

February 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 23, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discover the Romans

(www.nms.ac.uk/explore/games/discover-the-romans/)

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

 

Today’s website from the National Museum of Scotland provides visitors with interactive activities that explore Roman history.

Activities include: 

  • Land of the Romans – Using an interactive map, explore the land that the Roman Empire occupied in 150 AD.
  • Dress a Roman Soldier – Decide which garments and weapons were used by a legionary and an auxiliary soldier.
  • Build a Roman Fort – Add the buildings and walls to a Roman fort and discover the purpose of each and see some artifacts that might have been found in the buildings.
  • Latin Translator – Help translate a Latin inscription and learn some word meanings.

In addition to these easy-to-use interactives, there is a downloadable teachers’ pack with information and additional activities to dig deeper into Romans in Scotland. Please note that the activities in the teacher pack correlate to exhibits in the museum but parents can adapt for home use.

Today’s site makes a nice addition to your studies of the Roman Empire.

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Life Portraits of the American Presidents

February 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Presidents-Life Portraits

(www.c-span.org/series/?presidents)

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

 

Discover the lives of our American Presidents from Washington to Trump with this website from C-SPAN based on the Peabody award-winning series.

When arriving at today’s link, use the drop down menu on the left to select a President to learn a little about each one. Each ‘portrait’ includes: 

  • A portrait of the President
  • Personal information about him
  • Public service record
  • A “Did You Know?” section with a few interesting tidbits

The meat of this site is the full-length video documentaries (each one is 2 hours long) accessed when you select the link under the portrait. (Please note that at the writing of this review there are no videos yet for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump.) On each page visitors will find links to other related videos.

This website provides an excellent resource for your Presidential studies.

Groundhog Day History

February 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day History

(www.groundhog.org/about/history/)

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

 

Discover the history of Groundhog Day on this page of the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. At this page visitors will learn how the ancient Candlemas Day may have helped in the evolution of Groundhog Day.

Keep the learning going by discovering other “Fun Facts” about Groundhog Day by selecting the option on the upper menu under the “About” link. When your students are done learning the history of Groundhog Day, expand upon the topic by selecting other fun activities for all age levels under the “Teachers” section. Choose your grade level and find: 

  • Downloadable PDFs for puzzles, language arts activities, math worksheets, coloring pages, science fun, and more
  • Groundhog Day song lyrics sung to other holiday tunes
  • Recipe for Groundhog Day Cookies
  • Instructions to play games such as “Toss the Hog”, “SSHH! Silent Groundhog” and “Spring or Snow”

Punxsutawney Phil has been “predicting” the fate of spring since 1886. What will his prediction be this year?

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