Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

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.

Pueblo Indian History for Kids

April 6th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Pueblo Indian History for Kids

(www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/introduction.asp)

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

 

Discover the history of the Pueblo Indians with this website from the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Targeted towards upper elementary and middle school students, students can easily navigate through the site using the timeline format and learn the chronological story of the Pueblo Indians. After reading the introductory information on the home page, click the link in either the upper banner or in the lower right hand corner to begin exploring using the timeline. On the timeline, you can chronologically examine the development of the Pueblo Indian Nation through the following time periods: 

  • Paleoindian – through 6000 B.C.
  • Archaic – 6000 – 500 B.C.
  • Basketmaker – 500 B.C. – A.D. 750
  • Pueblo I – A.D. 750 – 900
  • Pueblo II – A.D. 900 – 1300
  • Post-Migration – A.D.1300 – 1950
  • Modern Pueblo – A.D. 1950 – today

When arriving at the selected page, texts and images provide the student with an overview of the time-period. Throughout the pages, click on the blue highlighted words to learn vocabulary definitions or click the “Glossary” link in the upper left to see all the associated vocabulary. Each page, except for the Post-Migration page, includes links in the upper right for the time-period to: 

  • Explore a related interactive map.
  • Discover what food was eaten.
  • Learn about their housing.
  • See information about artifacts.

At the bottom of each page is a link to the “For Teachers” page that explains why to teach about Pueblo history.

This is a wonderful site that students can use on their own or with a teacher.

The History of Alaska

March 30th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 30, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alaska History & Cultural Studies

(www.akhistorycourse.org/)

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

 

On March 30, 1867, then Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with the Russian Minister in Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska. This website from the Alaska Humanities Forum and funded by the National Endowments for the Humanities provides an online course created for high school students to discover the history, geography, and people of Alaska.

When arriving at the site, select either the “Student” or “Teacher” tab. If you select the student tab you will access the student material online. You can refine your search by a unit or a region. Units include: 

  • Geography
  • Alaska’s Culture
  • Russia’s Colony
  • America’s Territory
  • Governing Alaska
  • Modern Alaska

Regions are broken down into: 

  • Northwest and Arctic
  • Interior
  • Southwest
  • Southcentral
  • Southeast

Topics are further broken down into smaller units of study. Through text, images, and links for additional resources, information is presented in a well thought out manner.  

On the teacher tab, visitors will find the “Teacher’s Guide” and “Unit Instructional Guide” with valuable information for planning and implementing the course as well as pages to print for the student to complete while working through the course.

Although the target audience for this website is for Alaskan students, this site can be easily added to your study of the states.

Resources for Women’s History Month

March 23rd, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

TIME for Kids: Women’s History Month

(www.timeforkids.com/minisite/womens-history-month)

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

 

March is Women’s History Month and this mini site from TIME for Kids provides some great resources for your studies.

Once arriving at today’s link, use the left-hand side bar menu to begin exploring. Through slideshows, videos, interviews, articles and more, dig deeper into topics such as:

  • Women’s History Milestones
  • Trailblazing Women
  • Celebrating Women’s History
  • Where Are the Women?
  • Suiting Up
  • Girls with Grit
  • Women Warriors
  • Meet the Marchers
  • The Role of the First Lady
  • The Fight to Vote
  • A Famous First
  • An American Hero
  • Following Their Dreams
  • Let Girls Learn
  • A Swimming Star
  • The Day Women Went on Strike
  • A Woman on the $10 Bill
  • Star Ballerina

Select the “Women’s History Month Printables” link to find some grade level sorted downloadable PDFs about: 

  • Women at Work (grades K-1)
  • A Way With Wildlife (grade 2)
  • Women in Science (grades 3-4)
  • Interview a Woman in Your Life (grades 5-6)
  • And more.

While TIME for Kids has additional subscriber-only resources, there is plenty of free material available that will add to your Women’s History Month studies.

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