Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Language Arts Videos, Songs, Worksheets, Flashcards, & More!

June 7th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun Teaching

(www.havefunteaching.com/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of free, fun resources to teach and learn Language Arts (and Math, Science, and Social Sciences) through videos, songs, worksheets, flashcards, and more. Created by an elementary school teacher for classroom teachers, it provides an archive of free resources (and also some to purchase) to engage and educate kids in grades K-6.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of resources that are offered on the site. For this review, we were specifically interested in seeing what they offered for Language Arts, and discovered the following resources: 

  • Worksheets – Under “English” you’ll find printable worksheets that offer practice in grammar and parts of speech such as adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. You’ll also find worksheets for Phonics, Reading and Writing. Click on the topics to find an extensive menu that provides practice sheets in everything from basic alphabet to reading comprehension, spelling, and more.
  • Activities – Get printable crossword puzzles, word searches, and even reader’s theater scripts (so you can act out some favorite books).
  • Tools – Create your own worksheets, word lists, Flash Cards: Print them out to practice grammar, common and proper nouns, phonics, and vocabulary including synonyms and antonyms.
  • Music – You’ll find downloadable songs and lyrics that help kids learn grammar, phonics, and even a song for learning strategies for taking reading comprehension tests! Also, watch video lessons that teach about nouns, similes, subjects and predicates, and more.

Bookmark this site and use it as a year-round supplement to learning elementary subjects, or just have fun exploring the games, puzzles and activities with your kids.

Geography for Kids

May 25th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 25, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsGeo.com

(www.kidsgeo.com/index.php)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This part of the larger ad-supported KidsKnowIt Network provides an online geography textbook for kids.

When arriving at the site, either use the left-hand menu or the image icons under the introduction to select the chapter you wish to explore. The nine chapters include: 

  • Chapter One – Hello Earth
  • Chapter Two – Describing Our Planet
  • Chapter Three – Our Atmosphere
  • Chapter Four – Atmospheric Temperatures
  • Chapter Five – Atmospheric Pressures
  • Chapter Six – Atmospheric Moisture
  • Chapter Seven – Atmospheric Disturbances
  • Chapter Eight – The Hydrosphere
  • Chapter Nine – The Biosphere

Each chapter is broken down into individual related topics. Each topic provides text and images to explain the concept as well as an occasional interactive activity for the student to do. On the right-hand menu, there are additional links to games, worksheets, educational movies, music, as well as links to other KidsKnowIt websites. Teachers can browse these links to find additional extension activities to go along with the geography text book.

Back on the Geography & Geology for Kids home page, scroll a little further down to find the geology text book to expand your studies. Chapters for the geology course include: 

  • Chapter One – Examining The Soil
  • Chapter Two – Earth, Rocks, And Landforms
  • Chapter Three – The Earth Inside Out
  • Chapter Four – An Introduction To Erosion
  • Chapter Five – Erosion By Water Processes

This site provides a good spine for most geography and geology classes for elementary students.

Free State Study Resource

May 18th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 18, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The US50

(www.theus50.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website is a one-stop location for information about all of the 50 states.

When arriving at the site, use the map to locate the state of choice. When the page opens you can then use the links to find concise information about that state including: 

  • History and famous people
  • State symbols, seal, flag, quarter, license plate, flower, stamp, and more
  • Geography & Maps
  • Outdoor activities such as: 
    • Tourism
    • Governors
    • Cities
    • Colleges

And much more. There are even online trivia quizzes for each state to test your knowledge and links to other state related websites. Also on the home page, scroll below the map to find links to an image of the Declaration of Independence, a downloadable audio of the national anthem, and fast facts study guides which include printable outline maps of the states, and mailing addresses to the state governors and tourism offices.

This site is bookmark worthy and a great place to get general information for all of your state studies.

A Sailor’s Life

May 11th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 11, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Sailor’s Life For Me

(www.asailorslifeforme.org/index.php)

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

 

Do you have what it took to be a sailor aboard Old Ironsides? With the interactive activities at this website from the USS Constitution Museum visitors will not only learn what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800’s but also the role the USS Constitution and its sailors played in the War of 1812.

Discover the life of a young sailor as you: 

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name Old Ironsides.
  • Discover how Old Ironsides remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
  • If you play the game well, you’ll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on “Sail To Victory” and start playing the game right away. As you play, you’ll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is a lot of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on “Educator Resources” link at the top of the home page for lesson plans and more. When on this page, look at the bottom and select the “Family Activities” link to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include: 

  • Speaking in Colors – Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!
  • Word Search – Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!
  • Ship’s Biscuit Recipe – Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.
  • Constructing Constitution – Construct your very own USS Constitution.
  • Ready? Aim. Fire! – Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, “This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!”

Discover the History of American Air Travel

April 20th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America By Air

(airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/america-by-air/online/index.cfm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This comprehensive website from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum explores the history of American air travel through articles, pictorial presentations, and interactive activities.

When arriving at today’s link, visitors can use the upper menu or the image map to choose from: 

  • Fly Across America – See what was involved in traveling from New York to San Francisco, California during different time periods with this interactive map.
  • Online Exhibition – Dig deep into aviation history and technology with articles and images.
  • Objects & Images – Examine more than 300 images of planes, people, maps, documents, and much more.
  • Activities – Interactive activities that include: 
    • The Well-Dressed Pilot – Appropriately dress a time-period pilot.
    • Contact Flying – As an airmail pilot, navigate your route using landmarks.
    • A Pilot’s Personality – Examine documents to discern airmail pilot Bill Hopson’s personality.
    • Travel Agent – Using travel advertisements decide which way you would like to travel – by plane, train, or ship.
    • Around the World in 18 Days – Arrange Herbert R. Ekins’ journey around the world by either arranging the various aircraft he used in the correct order or make a newsreel arranging videos, images, and maps into a video timeline then add the appropriate audios.
    • At Your Service – Discover the amenities that were available on a 1950’s DC-7.
    • Stewardess Requirements – See if you would have met the requirements to become a stewardess in the 1950’s.
    • Baggage Claim – Match the luggage to the correct passenger based on its contents.
    • A New Generation of Leaders – Read mini biographies about the early leaders of the airline industry.
    • Today’s Jets – Learn about modern day jets and then try your hand at identifying them.
    • Air Routes – Explore the changes of commercial air routes for some major airlines.
    • Arline Ticket Price Meter – You are given $300 for an airline ticket. Choose options to make your ticket affordable.
    • Fly the Mail – Fly the mail from New York to Cleveland, Ohio making decisions along the way to reach your destination in a timely manner.
  • Stories – Visitor submitted stories about air travel
  • In the News – A few news articles relating to air travel
  • Behind the Scenes – Museum articles about the exhibits

There is so much to do and see at this website you will most certainly want to bookmark it to come back time and again.

Walk through Time with History Games

April 13th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Walk through Time

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/games_index.shtml)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The archived Walk Through Time website is from the BBC television series of the same name. While geared for ages 7-9, it provides entertainment and education that the whole family can enjoy about the following eras in history: Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian, and the 1950’s.

As explained in the Teachers/Parents section, “The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Odd-One-Out Games – Choose an era in history. A picture of a typical street scene or home setting appears on the screen. Your job is to detect what items in the picture do not belong in the scene and send it through “The Time Tunnel.”
  • The TimeStrip – This offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in different eras of history.
  • What Came First? – A randomly generated series of pictures from various historical eras are presented on the screen. Your job is to put them in chronological order.
  • In Living Memory – This section provides a guided activity that encourages kids to interview relatives or neighbors and create a living history of their lives.
  • Print and Do – Printable activities to do offline that explore historical eras.

All of the games and activities can be used to enhance the study of Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian or post WWII history. They can also be used as a starting point for a lesson about the lives of men, women and children during different historical eras. Use it to discuss the differences in people’s lives based on their place in society (i.e., from peasants to kings). These activities are also great conversation starters and can generate discussion about changes in living conditions, work, transportation, clothes, food, architecture, and technology through time.

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