Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Huge American Speeches Database

October 12th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 12, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Rhetoric

(www.americanrhetoric.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website contains a huge database of over 5,000 speeches from a variety of resources covering a wide range of topics.

There are several options to search through the speeches. On the homepage, visitors can use the options available in the content of the home page or use the sidebar menu. If the “Online Speech Bank” option on the home page is selected, visitors can search alphabetically by speech name or the speaker(s), special events, recent additions, Speech of the Week, and more. Use the sidebar menu to search through categories such as: 

  • Top 100 Speeches
  • President Obama Speeches
  • President G.W. Bush Speeches
  • Movie Speeches
  • Figures in Sound (audio and video illustrations of figures of speech)
  • Christian Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of 9-11

Most speeches provide transcripts of the speech and many also provide audios and/or videos.

But this site does not stop there. It also provides information about the study of rhetoric as well as online quizzes

Bookmark this site not only for your history studies but also for language arts and speech classes.

North Atlantic Vikings

October 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

(naturalhistory.si.edu/vikings/start.html)

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

 

Explore the saga of the North Atlantic Vikings with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Read the brief introduction and then select either the “View the Exhibit” or “Viking Voyage.” Once on the exhibit page choose the “Guided Tour” link in the upper menu or left sidebar to begin examining 9 artifacts in the collection and discover interesting stories about the pieces. From this page, the Viking Voyage can be selected in the upper menu. Choose either the Enhanced site or the standard site. Both versions present the same information, but the enhanced site automatically begins the audio/video features. Intended to be explored sequentially, use the map to journey to: 

  • Homelands
  • Western Isles
  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Markland and Helluland
  • Vinland
  • Land of Legend

Each page includes textural overviews, archaeological information, images, interesting Viking sagas, and historical facts. There are links to videos and animations, but we found that we were not able to play these. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting this website as there is a lot of other valuable information readily available for your studies.

There are also other educational resources available by selecting the “Learning Center” link. There is an online Teacher’s Guide, a downloadable Family Guide PDF with questions to answer and more, as well as links to other resources such as additional websites, vocabulary, Hnefatafl Board (an old Norse game), a Viking world map, and the Futhark Runic alphabets.

This website will be a nice addition to your list of social studies resources.

Free Interactive Geography Games

September 28th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 28, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps.com – Education

(education.maps.com/games/)

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

 

This commercial map website features 14 free, interactive games that you can use to teach geography in an entertaining way.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that includes: 

  • Alienz! Map Game
  • US Capitals Map Game
  • Geographic Continent Map Game
  • Africa Map Game
  • Southeast Asia Map Game
  • USA Jigsaw Map Game
  • Crossword Map Game
  • USA & Canada Map Game
  • Latin America Map Game
  • Europe Map Game
  • Russia Map Game
  • Asia Map Game
  • Middle East & North Africa Map Game
  • Super Quiz Map Game

Click on any one and a new screen opens with instructions to launch the game. In most of the games you drag-and-drop a country or state into a regional map. In some, you answer questions to place a country or capital city on a map. All of them will challenge your knowledge of the locations of countries and capitals worldwide.

Congress for Kids

September 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Congress for Kids

(www.congressforkids.net/)

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

 

Discover the foundations of the U.S. federal government and how its actions affect our lives with this website from The Dirksen Center.

Using the side bar menu and through text, games, and quizzes, students can learn about: 

  • Independence – Examine how America came to free itself from British rule.
  • Constitution – Discover the history and meaning of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments.
  • Legislative Branch – Learn about the House of Representatives, the Senate, how laws are made and the power of the veto.
  • Executive Branch – Explore who makes up the Executive branch of government and their jobs.
  • Judicial Branch – Find out about the role of the Supreme Court.
  • Elections – Learn about voting procedures, political parties, National Conventions, campaigning, the electoral college and more.
  • Citizenship – Discover what it means to be a citizen of the United States.

Each section is broken down into smaller topics. Select the topic of interest, read over the information, then select the starred activity at the bottom or the “Learn More” link. Activities include crossword puzzles, word searches, cryptograms, quizzes and more that can be printed out using the print function of your browser. There are some online matching games and additional off-site activities that can be found by selecting the “Surf with Uncle Sam” block on the right-hand side of the page. We did find some links that led to dead ends but the majority of them did lead to other activities.

In addition to the main portions of this site, don’t forget to look at the sidebars for quick facts, “Things to Think About”, “Projects to Do”, and other “Online Learning Modules” to further expand your studies.

Maps, Mapping, GPS, and Geocaching

September 14th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 14, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps, Mapping, GPS, and Geocaching

(expressfreightfinance.com/resources/maps-mapping-gps-geocaching/)

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

 

Thanks to ClickScholar, Denise, and the kids at The Brenham Community Center in Texas for sharing this site from the Express Freight Finance website. At this page, visitors will not only learn how navigation tools are used in the trucking industry but will also be able to dig deeper into maps, GPS, and geocaching.

Check out the linked resources to find valuable information about: 

  • Maps – including national, interactive, weather, fuel, transportation maps and more
  • Mapping – Explore the history and fundamentals of cartography, mapping, and mapmaking.
  • GPS – Learn how Global Positioning Systems have evolved and changed how we travel and transport goods.
  • Geocaching – Discover the world of geocaching.

Please note that when a link is clicked, you will be taken away from this page so you will need to either use your back button to return to the page or you can right click the link and select the “Open link in a new tab” option.

This site would be a great addition to your geography resources.

California State History for Kids

September 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California Fact Cards

(factcards.califa.org/mainmenu.html)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for a starting place for your California state studies? This website provides a wealth of basic information about the state’s history.

On the home page, use the list of topics to search for information. Topics include: 

  • Indians
  • Explorers
  • Missions
  • Mission Life
  • Ranchos
  • Governors
  • History by the Decades

After the selected topic page opens, further refine your research by selecting the appropriate sub-topic. Most pages not only include a list of basic facts about the subject, but also include paragraphs with more in-depth information as well as an image. Because the information is presented in concise, bite-size pieces, students’ interest may be piqued to dig deeper on their own. In addition, each page is also printable for use offline using the “Print” link in the upper menu.

This site is simple to navigate and the text is written at the 4th-6th grade reading level making it an excellent resource for your elementary and middle school students to discover facts about California.

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