Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

World History for All

August 30th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 30, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World History for Us All

(worldhistoryforusall.ss.ucla.edu/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

World History for Us All is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA that offers free, online, and downloadable history lessons organized into manageable pieces that present world history “as a single story rather than unconnected stories of many civilizations.”

These lessons are designed for classroom use but can be tweaked for use in a homeschool environment. Unschoolers may enjoy the resources as well.

Easily navigate this site to get an overview of lesson plans by selecting the “Teaching Units” tab at the top of the website. Scroll down to the table below the “Organization and Index” section to select a unit of study. Or quickly go directly to your desired lesson online by selecting from the menu bar displaying the eras.

The Teaching Units are divided into three categories: 

  • Panorama Teaching Units – Gives an overview of an entire era of history in just a few lessons that include PowerPoint presentations.
  • Landscape Teaching Units – Breaks down a specific era into 2-7 lessons focused on a historical development within that era.
  • Closeup Teaching Units – Further breaks down specific world history topics by time-frame and subject matter.

Eras of study include: 

  • History, Geography, & Time
  • Big Era One – Humans in the Universe -13 Billion – 200,000 Years ago
  • Big Era Two – Human Beings Almost Everywhere – 200,000-10,000 Years Ago
  • Big Era Three – Farming and the Emergence of Complex Societies – 10,000-1000 BCE
  • Big Era Four – Expanding Networks of Exchange and Encounter – 1200 BCE-500 CE
  • Big Era Five – Patterns of Inter-regional Unity – 300-1500 CE
  • Big Era Six – The Great Global Convergence – 1400-1800 CE
  • Big Era Seven – Industrialization and Its Consequences – 1750-1914 CE
  • Big Era Eight – A Half Century of Crisis – 1900-1950 CE
  • Big Era Nine – Paradoxes of Global Acceleration – 1945-present CE
  • Past and Future – Reflecting on the Past, Thinking about the Future

When viewing the online lessons, links are available to access the associated Panorama, Landscape and Closeup Teaching Units as well as the downloadable PDFs of the lessons which include the complete unit lesson plans, handouts, and necessary resource lists. 

This growing collection of chronological world history lessons make short work of your world history planning as it is all done for you.

Learn about Napoleon

August 16th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 16, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS Empires: Napoleon

(www.pbs.org/empires/napoleon/home.html)

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

 

This website from PBS based on the 2000 four-part series provides information, lesson plans, interactives and more that can be used to supplement your study of French statesman and military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte.

While the lesson plans are designed to be used with the video series, they may be adaptable to work in your classroom without them or some libraries may have the videos available to their patrons. Don’t let not having access to the series stop you from checking out this site as it still provides some valuable learning material.

When arriving at the home page, look for the 4 thumbnail images in the middle of the page. Select one of these images to visit the page for information about: 

  • The Man and the Myth – Learn about Napoleon’s life in Youth and Family Life, Tyrant or Hero, and Self-Made Myth
  • Napoleon and Josephine – Discover their Courtship & Marriage, The Emperor & Empress, and Crisis & Divorce
  • Politics in Napoleon’s Time – Understand The French Revolution, Politics and the People, The Fall of Napoleon’s Empire and Napoleon’s Legacy
  • Napoleon at War – Dig into Campaigns and Battles, Napoleon’s Tactics, The Soldier’s Life, Weapons and Units of the Grand Armée

Each section provides a few illustrations and informative text about the topic.

Also available at the site is an interactive timeline accessible by selecting the Timeline link in the left-hand menu. Choose the Classroom Materials to locate the lesson plans.

In the Special Features section visitors can send a Napoleon E-Postcard, download a Napoleon screensaver, review responses to perspective questions about Napoleon, or watch RealPlayer video clips from the series. For those with older browsers that still allow Java to run, check out the Waterloo Interactive Battlefield Simulator game. Unfortunately, this game did not load for us using the most recently updated versions of Chrome or Firefox.

While this is an older resource site, there is still a lot of good information to use in your classroom.

Free Quality Science Lessons/Activities for K-12

August 14th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science NetLinks

(sciencenetlinks.com/)

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

 

This ad-free website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provides free, quality science lessons, hands-on activities, printables, interactives, teaching aids, and links to science resources for grades K-12All of the resources can be used online or printed to use offline.


When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured activities and resources. Click on “Lessons” located on the menu at the top of the page to access an archive of learning resources that cover: 

  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Health/Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Technology

You’ll even find resources for Social Sciences, Mathematics/Statistics, and Careers.

Click on “Tools” to find interactives that help you: 

  • Explore 29 different structures in the brain with a 3D Brain App
  • Learn about solar and lunar eclipses
  • Find out about the science of the Olympic winter games

Don’t miss the “Afterschool” section that offers free science experiments you can do at home to learn about geysers, classifying organisms, honeybees, forces, sound, gravity, and more.  

Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

Make the Dirt Fly: Panama Canal History

August 9th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Libraries: Make the Dirt Fly

(www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Make-the-Dirt-Fly/index.html)

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

 

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914 creating a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries explains the history and process of undertaken to build the canal.

To enter the exhibition, click the home page image then read through the next few frames, using the red arrow on the right-hand side of the screen to move through the slides. After the first few slides, there will also be a map on the pages that can be used to move to different sections of the presentation. Topics covered include: 

  • Why Build a Canal?
  • Choosing a Route
  • Making the Dirt Fly
  • Waging War on Mosquitoes
  • Life in the Canal Zone
  • Civil Engineering
  • An Engineering Icon
  • Did you know?
  • Suggested Reading

Each topic includes informational text, relevant images that can be enlarged by clicking on them, quotes from people of the time, and additional facts relevant to the subject.

This site makes a nice resource for your history studies of building of the Panama Canal.

You Are There History Audios

August 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 2, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Internet Archive: You Are There

(archive.org/details/You_Are_There_OTR)

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

 

Family members of all ages can enjoy listening to these archived broadcasts of the “You Are There” radio program, but older students may have a better level of comprehension and retention.

“You Are There” is a series of about seven dozen or so radio broadcasts which aired from 1947 to 1950, each about half an hour long. More than 70 episodes are archived. Each episode is a fictional news report “live from the scene” of an important event in history.

As the reporter conducts interviews with famous people (and not-so-famous people) and you hear realistic sound effects, you can imagine that you have been transported back in time – and history is unfolding right before your very ears.

  • Listen in as Julius Caesar, Socrates, Captain Kidd, Maximilian, Joan of Arc, John Wilkes Booth, and others meet their end.
  • Re-live the famous battle at Thermopylae, the Alamo, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the storming of the Bastille, the battle of Gettysburg, the battle of Hastings, the fall of Troy, the defeat of Sitting Bull, and other exciting conflicts.
  • Witness the rise and fall of great leaders, the signing of pivotal documents and treaties, and important uprisings, trials, and discoveries.

Archive.org makes all of this available for free. When you reach this site, you may wish to wait a little while for the main page to load completely; a gray audio player appears near at the top of the play list of the screen. You can click on any title to play it directly from your browser.

In addition to legally and freely listening to these broadcasts online, you can also right-click on the titles to download them to your computer for listening later, then load them onto any device that plays mp3’s.

Cozy up on the couch with the family for a delightful listening adventure or listen as you travel away from home.

Explore Colorado State History

July 26th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 26, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UNCO – Doing History, Keeping the Past

(www.unco.edu/hewit/doing-history/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the history of Colorado with this website from the University of Northern Colorado.

When arriving at today’s link use the menu under the header to begin exploring: 

  • Indians
  • Trappers & Traders
  • Miners
  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Cities
  • 20th Century Colorado
  • Virtual Field Trips

Each topic is further broken down into sub-sections focusing on the people, places, lifestyles, occupations and more. Each section provides textural information along with images and relevant quotes.  

A nice feature of these units is there is a downloadable PDF available of the section that you can take along with you when you are offline. From the “Home” page, select the “Teacher Resources” link under the welcome section to locate downloadable Word documents of lesson plans and activities as well as other online resources.

This site would make a good addition to your Colorado state studies.

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