Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Missouri State History for Kids

August 10th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 10, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri Secretary of State Kids Page

(www.sos.mo.gov/kids/default)

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

 

Missouri became the 24th state to be admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821. This website from the office of the Missouri Secretary of State gathers together loads of resources for your state study of Missouri.

At the kids’ homepage, there is a clickable list of links to: 

  • Games – online coloring pages, connect the dots, crossword puzzles, and more
  • Missouri History & Fun Facts – state symbols, famous people, a timeline, and other interesting topics
  • Missouri Government, A Brief Look – learn about the jobs of the state government

On the left-hand sidebar, select the Resources & Links to download PDFs in a virtual school packet that include full color brochures of the Missouri Government, A Brief Look, the Missouri State Capitol, the state flag, state symbols, famous Missourians, and the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. There are also links to other resources.

Add this website to your collection of state study sites.

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Discovering Ancient Egypt

July 27th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 27, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discovering Ancient Egypt

(discoveringegypt.com/)

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

 

Learn about ancient Egypt with this ad-supported website from Mark Millmore.

Through colorful illustrations, videos, and text learn about: 

  • Hieroglyphs – Explore hieroglyphic writing and the Rosetta Stone.
  • Typewriter – Use the online keyboard to type out a message in hieroglyphics and then email a link of your message to someone to check out your message.
  • Numbers – Practice ancient Egyptian mathematics and try to solve some math problems written in hieroglyphs.
  • Pyramids Temples – Read the brief introduction then use the right-hand menu to learn about the pyramids and temples of Egypt.
  • Temples in 3D – See how Mr. Millmore created 3D images and videos of the Egyptian temples.
  • Pharaohs of Egypt – Discover the kings and queens of Egypt.
  • Egyptian Gods – Learn about the Egyptian Gods.
  • Mummification – An overview of the mummification process
  • Newsletter – Archives of past newsletters
  • Egyptian Inventions – A brief list of the most well-known things invented by the Egyptians

There are also apps and software available for sale for IOS and PC located on various pages and at the “Discovering Egypt Shop” link.

This website provides a great overview of ancient Egyptian history.

Social Studies Online

July 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Social Studies Go

(www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/)

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

 

A Social Studies teacher created this ad-supported website to make social studies awesome and claims that it “brings to you the most complete Social Studies teacher resources in cyber space.”

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to find links to the categories that include U.S. History and World History. The U.S History page is broken down into three time periods and includes: 

  • Colonial America – Jamestown, Plymouth, The Mayflower, Colonial Life, Salem Witch Trials, Trouble over Taxes, Battle of Lexington and the American Revolution
  • Building America – Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812, Indian Wars, Battle of Little Bighorn, Westward Expansion, California Gold Rush, Slavery in America, Fugitive Slave Act, The Civil War, Nat Turner, Reconstruction, After Slavery, Industrial Revolution
  • Into the 21st Century – Immigration, Women Get the Vote, World War I, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Civil Rights, The Dust Bowl, Japanese Internment, Prohibition

The World History page also covers three time frames: 

  • Ancient History – Emperor Qin, Gladiators, Neolithic Revolution, Roman Empire, Greek Democracy, The Silk Road, Maya, Pompeii, Hammurabi’s Code
  • The Medieval World – Fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval Europe, Mongol Empire, Genghis Kahn, Mansa Musa, Islamic Golden Age, Black Plague, Samurai Japan, Marco Polo
  • The Modern World – Italian Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Age of Colonization, The Reformation, Mandela takes on Apartheid, Columbian Exchange, Scientific Revolution, Conquest of Mexico, The Berlin Wall, The French Revolution, Age of Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, World War I, Russian Revolution, World War II

Each topic includes text and images about the subject and some also include relevant videos, interactive tours, maps, and clickable image “stacks.”

There is a lot of great information available at this website for a lot of your history study needs.

Interactive US History Games

July 6th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission U.S.

(www.mission-us.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

When you get to the site select from the following games: 

  • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – “Puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.”
  • Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – “Players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the ‘free’ North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?”
  • Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey – “Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.”
  • Mission 4: City of Immigrants – “Players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.”
  • Mission 5: Up from the Dust – “Players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

Watch trailers of the games for an overview of each mission then click “Play Mission” to begin the game. 

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” that provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

Journey through Anglo-Saxon Life & Death

June 29th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 29, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anglo-Saxon Discovery

(anglosaxondiscovery.ashmolean.org/index.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford provides young students a look into Anglo-Saxon life through interactive activities illustrated by children.

Using either the upper menu bar or the student illustrated images, navigate through the site to learn about:

  • Anglo-Saxon Arrival
  • Anglo-Saxon Life
  • Anglo-Saxon Death
  • Anglo-Saxon Kings and Kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire
  • Edward Thurlow Leeds and Archaeology

Each page presents questions to be answered. Click on the question to be taken to another page with clickable answers (and/or more questions). Just as in our real-life studies where many questions lead to more questions, this website also presents information in a layered manner, with answered questions often leading to more questions and clickable information links.

Also available using the menu on the right side of the page are: 

  • Teacher Resources – standards, objectives and outcomes as well as sample lesson plans, printable companion activity sheets, and more
  • Games and activities – when we clicked this link the page had broken image links, but click on the text links to reach the following: 
    • How much do you know about the Anglo-Saxons?
    • Games
    • Activity Sheets
    • A few more ideas
  • Links – more websites related to Anglo-Saxon study
  • Meet the Vikings – mini-unit on Vikings like the larger Anglo-Saxon unit
  • Picture Gallery – student illustrations of Anglo-Saxons, archaeologists, and more
  • Virtual Gallery – items in the Leeds Gallery of the museum
  • Ashmolean Museum – takes visitors to the main museum

(Note that the Archives and Artefacts link was not working at the time of this review.)

The brief texts and fun illustrations from students makes this website appealing to younger students and therefore may keep them more engaged in the learning.

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