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Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Thomas Edison – A Lifetime of Innovation

October 19th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 19, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thomas Edison – A Lifetime of Innovation

(www.schenectadymuseum.org/edison/index.htm)

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

 

October 21st is the anniversary of the incandescent lamp invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison. This website from the Schenectady Museum in New York explores the life and inventions of Edison and their impact on history.

Use the menu to the right of the main slideshow to select from these topics in the Edison Timeline: 

  • Early Life – Learn about Edison’s ancestors, early inventions, the phonograph and more.
  • Lighting – Explore the history surrounding the invention of the incandescent lamp.
  • After Lighting – Dig into the formation of the General Electric and other Edison business ventures and inventions.
  • Legacy of Invention – Discover groups that formed to commemorate Edison’s work.
  • Edison Classroom – Download PDF documents, artifacts, personal letters, publications and primary documents that illustrate the life and work of Edison to use for your studies.

Or select from three different interactive features: 

  • Adventures in Electricity – an online 1949 comic book “The Story of Light” from the Adventure Series by General Comics
  • Early Edison Film – black and white films including the 1922 silent films “A Day with Thomas Edison”, “Edison’s and Visit to Schenectady” as well as films with sound including “Edison and the AIEE”, “Thomas Edison at his Winter Home”, and the color educational film “The Principles of Electricity” and more
  • Identify Your Light Bulb – Think you have an old GE light bulb? Use this section to identify and determine the age of your bulb as well as learn about the evolution of the incandescent lamp and much more.

Throughout the informative pages there are hundreds of images to explore. This website provides a wonderful overview of the life of Thomas Alva Edison.

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.

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