Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Calendars through the Ages

January 10th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 10, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calendars through the Ages

(www.webexhibits.org/calendars/index.html)

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

 

Part of the larger WebExhibits online museum from the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, this website examines the origins and history of calendars.

When arriving at today’s link, use the upper menu to decide what topic you would like to explore: 

  • Years & Months – Learn about the astronomical events on which a calendar is based then use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the astronomy of calendars, see a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon within a given month, the history of our calendar, terms used, and more.
  • Various Calendars – Discover the differences in the Gregorian calendar (which most of us use) and the Chinese, Christian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Mayan, Roman, and other calendars past, present, and future.
  • Our Week – How did the 7-day week come to be? Where did the names of the days come from? What other connotations are associated with the days of the week? These questions and more are answered in this topic.
  • Timeline – Not your typical history timeline, this is a timeline of interesting calendar facts.

Visitors will also notice on the main menu “Node View. From here you can navigate through a cloud map of the site to narrow your research.

With a new year upon us, this website provides an interesting look into the passing of time and a unique history study unit.

Holiday Social Studies Activities!

December 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funschooling

(www.franw.com/)

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

 

Learning takes on a life of its own at this website created by veteran homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski who provides terrific Christmas-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it.

Get ready to have some fun! When you get to the site you’ll see the calendar for December. Simply scroll down the page to read the activities for this week including: 

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • The First Day of Winter

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Continue to scroll down for:

  • December Activities
  • 25 Fun Activities You Can Do Inside, When It’s COLD Outside!
  • Fun Christmas Resources

Fran wrote, “In my world education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them.” Her website is testament to her point of view. Don’t miss it!

Christmas Cookie History & More

December 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Cookie Curriculum

(whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm)

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

 

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Learn a fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times.

Read the history of all kinds of cookies: 

  • Anzac Biscuits
  • Biscotti
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fig Newtons
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Macaroons
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • and more.

It includes recipes too!

And here are more sites – see how many subjects you can incorporate into the act of baking cookies!

Christmas-Cookies.com:

Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

The Food Timeline: Christmas food history

Discover a variety of Christmas food traditions, including the baking of cookies, with this timeline featuring information, quotes and recipes from a variety of resources.

The Science Spot: Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery (Note: Geared for middle school and up.)

Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions here.

Welcome to the Family Table: Free Elementary Math Worksheets: Munchable Math-Christmas Cookies

Elementary students will enjoy these colorful downloadable PDF math sheets for practicing adding and subtracting 3’s.

Left Brain Craft Brain: Tangram Christmas Cookies

Make math yummy and fun with these wonderful tangram Christmas Cookies. Includes all recipes and instructions for making these simple, buttery confections as well as a downloadable printable template for cutting the dough for your tangram and more.

Family Education: Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

This website offers a FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

History Channel – Christmas

December 6th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History Channel – Christmas

(www.history.com/topics/christmas)

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

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides texts and videos relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the topics covered including: 

  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide
  • History of Christmas
  • History of Christmas Trees
  • Santa Claus

Videos (with commercials) are in each section so, parents, as always, will want to preview the material prior to allowing their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards.

If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

The CIA for Kids!

November 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CIA for Kids

(www.cia.gov/kids-page)

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

 

When you think about the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), “kids” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. So, you may be surprised to see what they offer for children on their “Kids’Zone” page.

Find out about the history of the CIA and what they do including how they use dogs and pigeons to gather intelligence. You can also try your hand at breaking a secret code!

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the right side of your screen that includes: 

  • K-5th Grade – Click on this link and a new page opens with a brief introduction to the CIA for younger elementary grade students. Look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes an opportunity to learn all about the CIA Seal, find out about the CIA K-9 Corp (kids will love reading the personal stories of 23 different “spy” dogs), and get a bird’s eye view of the CIA (includes info about how carrier pigeons help the CIA).
  • 6th-12th Grade Homepage – Click on this link to access info designed for older students including: 
    • Who We Are & What We Do – Includes a more in-depth look at the mission, structure, and the operations of the CIA.
    • Getting a Job at the CIA – Explains the qualifications one must have to work for the CIA.
    • Operation History – When you click this, don’t miss “one of the most secret museums in the world” to take a virtual tour of the CIA museum and its artifacts. More advanced students might like to read the “History of American Intelligence” and “The History of the CIA” – in-depth looks at the history of the CIA from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Of particular interest for older students are the spy biographies which can be accessed by clicking “The CIA Hall of Fame.” Here you will find several U.S. presidents (including George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and George Bush), Nathan Hale, Harriet Tubman, and even a heroic spy who, with several names and only one leg, was the only female ever to earn the Distinguished Service Cross, one of the highest honors issued by the U.S. military.

Once you’ve checked out the grade-specific sections, have some fun by clicking on “Games” on the menu. Junior spies of every age, will have fun with a CIA puzzle, word find, and trying to decipher a secret code.

As always, parents should preview this material to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animaps

(www.animaps.com/#!home)

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

 

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family. 

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include: 

  • Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
  • Show the journeys of the explorers.
  • Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
  • During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
  • Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
  • Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

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