Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Geography Lessons and Study Tools

May 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 3, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Bee – Study Corner

(www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/)

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

 

This website from National Geographic is meant to provide study tools for the National Geographic Bee, “an academic contest for students in grades 4-8”, but the resources provided can be used to supplement your geography studies for the whole family.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find: 

  • Lesson Plans – Discover lesson plans and activities focused on the geography of the United States and the continents, the oceans, world geography, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • GeoBee Challenge – Test your knowledge with the online, multiple-choice quiz.
  • Geo Bee Challenge App – For those with IOS or Android smart devices, download the free GeoBee Challenge App which includes not only the multiple-choice round, but also a map challenge as well as bonus rounds where a picture of a location is provided and the player must find the location on an interactive map.
  • Kahoot! – Gather the kids around the computer with your smart devices and the free Kahoot app and play a competitive multiple-choice game together. Choose from 15 interesting geography topics.

When finished exploring these options, head on over to the National Geographic Education page for a lot more teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and more games as well as reference materials, mapping tools, and much more.

This bookmark-worthy website will make an excellent resource for all of your geography studies.

History Lessons with Primary Sources

April 26th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

DocsTeach

(www.docsteach.org/)

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

 

This mobile friendly website provides access to thousands of primary resources from the National Archives to use throughout your history studies.

In addition to this, this site also provides activity lessons, guides to using primary resources, and much more. If you would like to save and share primary resources and create your own activities as well as gain access to hundreds of more educator-created activities, you can register on the site for a free account.

To begin looking for resources, when you arrive at the home page, scroll a little to find the bar with three selection options: 

  • Explore – Use the keyword search engine to search the primary source database or browse by time period or document type including textual document, photograph, video, audio, artwork and artifacts, or poster.
  • Discover – Locate created activities and lessons similarly to searching for a source but visitors can further refine search results to grade level, thinking skill, and activity type.
  • Create – In order to create an activity or lesson, you will need to register for a free account. Once this is done, use the tool to make your own lessons, add elements, create instructions for students and teachers, and much more. There is a functionality to share your lessons with your students and others as well as have students email you their responses to questions and view those responses in a log in your account. This is a powerful tool for creating your own activities to use in your classroom.

This website provides many of the tools, instruction, and resources you might need to have to use primary resources in your classroom.

Learn about Famous Homeschoolers

April 19th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 19, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FamousHomeschoolers.net

(www.famoushomeschoolers.net/)

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

 

Discover well-known people who were homeschooled or who homeschooled their children with this site from Knowledge House and author Teri Ann Berg Nelson.

After reading the introduction and learning the definition of who is considered a “homeschooler,” use the left-hand side bar menu to explore lists of famous homeschoolers sorted by category: 

  • Artists – Claude Monet, Grandma Moses, Leonardo da Vinci and more
  • Athletes – includes Bethany Hamilton, Timothy Tebow, Michelle Kwan among others
  • Authors – on this list are Louisa May Alcott, J.R.R Tolkien, Mark Twain and many others
  • Composers – This list has 13 well-know composers such as Bach, Mozart, Irving Berlin, and John Phillip Sousa.
  • Educators – George Washington Carver, Charlotte Mason, and Noah Webster are included on this list.
  • Entertainers – Notable people on this list include Charlie Chaplin, Alan Alda, LeAnne Rimes, and many more.
  • Entrepreneurs – Among others, you will find Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Pulitzer, and Dave Thomas on this list.
  • Explorers – Daniel Boone, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Lewis and Clark and a few more make this short list.
  • Founding Fathers – See which signers of the Declaration and Constitutional Convention delegates homeschooled.
  • Inventors – Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and more make up this list.
  • Medical Practitioners – includes Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Albert Schweitzer as well as others
  • Military Officers – Joan of Arc, Stonewall Jackson, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton and more
  • Others – This list includes those not in the other categories such as Ansel Adams, Amelia Earhart, Frank Lloyd Wright, Darrell Waltrip, Will Rogers, Annie Oakley and many more
  • Presidents – includes most of our first 11 presidents as well as Lincoln, Johnson, Garfield, Cleveland, Wilson, and both Roosevelts
  • Religious Leaders – David Livingstone, Dwight L. Moody, John and Charles Wesley are notables on this list.
  • Scientists – There are many scientists on this list including Albert Einstein, Fred Hoyle, Isaac Newton.
  • Statesmen – included on this list are Davy Crockett, Patrick Henry, Winston Churchill and more.
  • Famous Parents – On this list you will find people who homeschooled their children such as Garth Brooks, Kirk Cameron, Michael P. Farris, Tim Hawkins, Chuck Norris, Jimmy Wales and many more.

Highlighted and underlined names on the lists are links to mini biographies of that person. This site could be a great starting point for your students to learn more about the lives of others who were homeschooled or homeschool just like them.

Free Geography Games

April 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – Geography Games

(www.softschools.com/social_studies/geography/world_geography/)

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

 

Brush up on your geography skills with these online games from SoftSchools.com.

When arriving at the site select a game from the list of World Geography Games. Most games are quizzes or sorting games, but there are a few map skills games. Topics include: 

  • Countries
  • Bodies of water
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Islands and Peninsulas
  • Volcanoes
  • Continents
  • General Geography

Under the list of games is a section to learn geography facts such as: 

  • Wonders of the World Facts
  • National Landmarks Facts
  • Countries Facts
  • Mongolia Facts
  • Luxembourg Facts
  • Sierra Leone Facts
  • Nicaragua Facts
  • Iceland Facts
  • Pyramids Facts
  • Boreal Forest Facts
  • Sahara Desert Facts
  • The Great Barrier Reef Facts
  • The Aurora Facts

Each section is further broken down into another menu highlighting a more refined sub-topic.

This website can add some variety to your world geography studies.

Free Kids’ History Videos

March 29th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Brookdale House – History Videos for Kids

(brookdalehouse.com/history-videos-for-kids/)

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

 

This section of the curriculum publisher’s website (Brookdale House) provides a collection of hundreds of YouTube videos to use to supplement your history studies.

The videos are sorted into four time period collections: 

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History

When arriving at today’s link, it is helpful to read through the information to understand what has been included in the collections as well as tips for watching.


Visitors can move between time periods using the right-hand menu or the home page of this section.


Once you have decided on a time-period to browse, use your mouse to hover over the images to see the name or content of the video. Click the image and the video player will open on the page. Click anywhere off the video to return to the page you were on. Types of videos include: 

  • Documentaries and re-enactments
  • Lectures
  • Songs for learning facts
  • Audio readings
  • Clips from modern events
  • And much more

While the selection of videos is targeted for elementary and middle school age students, they could easily benefit the older student as well.

As always, be sure to preview the videos for suitability for your family.

Explore the Oregon Trail

March 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 22, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Oregon/California Trail Center – Trail Basics

(www.oregontrailcenter.org/HistoricalTrails/OregonCaliforniaTrails.htm)

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

 

Take an adventure on the Oregon Trail with this website from The National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho.

Discover what life was like traveling on the more than 2,000-mile wagon trail from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon. Using the right-hand sidebar menu explore trail basics such as: 

  • The Trek West – Who were the people who traveled the trail and why?
  • The Starting Point – Learn a little about Independence, Missouri.
  • The Wagon – Understand the importance of a good wagon to make the trek.
  • Mules, Horses, or Oxen – Which animal was best suited to pull the trail wagons?
  • Supplies – What things were needed for life on the trail?
  • A Day on the Trail – Discover what a typical day on the trail may have been like.
  • Dangers – What types of threats did the pioneers face?
  • Indians – Learn about Indian interactions with pioneers.

When you have finished learning the basics through the texts and images, use the upper menu to learn more. Under Historical Trails, select “Pioneers Talk” to read journal excerpts from folks who traveled the trail in the 1850’s. Select “Local Trail Landmarks” to see various important locations along the path. Browse through the various “Links” options to learn more about the Oregon/California Trail, western history, and other local and regional travel.

Use this website to supplement your U.S. history studies of pioneers, western expansion, and more.

css.php