Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

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

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

Learn more about Albert Einstein

March 8th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Einstein – Image and Impact

(history.aip.org/history/exhibits/einstein/)

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

 

Learn about the life and the scientific contributions of Albert Einstein with this site from the AIP Center for the History of Physics.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links to explore: 

  • Formative Years – Learn about Einstein’s family and his life as a child and young man.
  • The Great Works – 1905 – Read about his early discoveries including the theory of relativity.
  • World Fame – Find out how his discoveries transformed physics.
  • Public Concerns – Explore Einstein’s political and humanitarian views.
  • Quantum and Cosmos – Learn about more of Einstein’s theories.
  • Nuclear Age – Discover how Einstein’s formula E=mc2 was proved and used.
  • Science and Philosophy – Read about the struggles Einstein had balancing his science and his philosophies.
  • The World As I See It – An Essay by Einstein

Each section includes a few brief pages with related images and documents as well as links to other relevant information. This site is also available to download as a PDF for use offline. 

Discover the History of Ohio

March 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ohio History Central

(www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Welcome_To_Ohio_History_Central)

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

 

Every year on March 1st, Ohio celebrates Statehood Day. However, there is some controversy as to the actual date statehood was confirmed. With this site from the Ohio History Connection, see why there is confusion and learn all about the history of Ohio.

When arriving on the welcome page of the site, read through the introduction and quick facts. Then either use the search engine in the upper menu to find specific information or select the “Browse” dropdown menu to search alphabetically, by category, topic, or time-period or use the timeline to view events sequentially. Topics covered include: 

  • African Americans
  • American Indians
  • American Revolution
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Business and Industry
  • Civil War
  • Climate and Weather
  • Communities and Counties
  • Education
  • Frontier Ohio
  • Government and Politics
  • Historic Sites
  • Military
  • Reform
  • Religion
  • Science and Medicine
  • Sports and Recreation
  • State Symbols
  • Statehood
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • World Wars

Feeling adventurous? Select the “Random Page” option and dig into a random topic. Concise text often accompanied by an image make this a great research site for your Ohio state history studies.

Learn the Legends of Tuskagee

February 22nd, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

American Visionaries: Legends of Tuskegee

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/intro.htm)

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

 

With this website from the National Park Service, explore the lives of American visionaries, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

When arriving at today’s link, read over the introduction then select which legend you would like to learn about. When the page opens either use the upper menu to navigate through the sections or follow in sequence of the presentation by selecting the “Next” link. When you are ready to learn about a different person(s), either use the upper menu or lower menus to make a new selection or select the “Exhibit Home” text link in the lower right of the page.

Along with brief texts there are historical images and pictures of artifacts as well as links to additional information. Also included in the Booker T. Washington online exhibit there are 360° virtual tours of his parlor and den at his home, The Oaks, in Tuskegee.

In addition to an overview and image gallery for each exhibit, visitors will also explore the following: 

  • Booker T. Washington: 
    • Up From Slavery
    • Personal Life
    • Building a University
    • Tuskegee Students
    • Influential Spokesman
    • The Oaks
  • George Washington Carver:
    • From Slave to Student
    • Desire for Knowledge
    • Arts and Crafts
    • A Great Teacher
    • Practical Researcher
    • Movable School
  • Tuskegee Airmen: 
    • Civilian Pilot Training
    • Training for War
    • Airmen in Combat
    • Motion Field
    • Support Personnel
    • Benjamin O. Davis

This website is a great addition to your Black History Month and American history studies.

Primary Source U.S. History Lessons

February 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach US History

(www.teachushistory.org/)

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

 

This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help teach U.S. History.

While its target audience is classroom teachers, most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “About Us” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes: 

  • American Revolution
  • Indian Removal
  • Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
  • Life in Antebellum America
  • Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
  • The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
  • War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • Westward Expansion

As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.

This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.

The American Presidency Project

February 8th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The American Presidency Project

(www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php)

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

 

Explore an internet archive of presidential documents at this website hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Per the information on the site the archive contains 128,921 documents and is growing regularly.

Once on the homepage, scroll down to see “Today in History” to read a highlighted presidential segment of the day. Below this is the comprehensive search engine. There are three search options where you can decide for what you are searching and refine your search by keywords, date, document category, and many other options. Or use the upper menu to browse: 

  • Data – Find statistical information relating to Relations with Congress, Popularity, Public Appearances, Growth of Executive Branch, Presidential Selection, State of the Union and Inaugural Address Charts, and Presidential Disability.
  • Documents – a large selection of presidential documents including messages and papers of the Presidents, daily and weekly compilations, weekly addresses, fireside chats, news conferences, executive orders, proclamations, economic reports, speeches, and much more
  • Elections – visual and statistical data relating to election results from 1789-today
  • Media – an audio and visual archive for presidents from Hoover to Obama
  • Links – links to Presidential Library websites

When viewing a document be sure to look over the entire page as there is often additional information in the right-hand side bar often including links to related audios or video.

Visitors may find themselves coming back to this website often throughout their entire history studies, so be sure to bookmark.

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