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Social Studies Online

July 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Social Studies Go

(www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/)

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

 

A Social Studies teacher created this ad-supported website to make social studies awesome and claims that it “brings to you the most complete Social Studies teacher resources in cyber space.”

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to find links to the categories that include U.S. History and World History. The U.S History page is broken down into three time periods and includes: 

  • Colonial America – Jamestown, Plymouth, The Mayflower, Colonial Life, Salem Witch Trials, Trouble over Taxes, Battle of Lexington and the American Revolution
  • Building America – Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812, Indian Wars, Battle of Little Bighorn, Westward Expansion, California Gold Rush, Slavery in America, Fugitive Slave Act, The Civil War, Nat Turner, Reconstruction, After Slavery, Industrial Revolution
  • Into the 21st Century – Immigration, Women Get the Vote, World War I, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Civil Rights, The Dust Bowl, Japanese Internment, Prohibition

The World History page also covers three time frames: 

  • Ancient History – Emperor Qin, Gladiators, Neolithic Revolution, Roman Empire, Greek Democracy, The Silk Road, Maya, Pompeii, Hammurabi’s Code
  • The Medieval World – Fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval Europe, Mongol Empire, Genghis Kahn, Mansa Musa, Islamic Golden Age, Black Plague, Samurai Japan, Marco Polo
  • The Modern World – Italian Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Age of Colonization, The Reformation, Mandela takes on Apartheid, Columbian Exchange, Scientific Revolution, Conquest of Mexico, The Berlin Wall, The French Revolution, Age of Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, World War I, Russian Revolution, World War II

Each topic includes text and images about the subject and some also include relevant videos, interactive tours, maps, and clickable image “stacks.”

There is a lot of great information available at this website for a lot of your history study needs.

Interactive US History Games

July 6th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission U.S.

(www.mission-us.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

When you get to the site select from the following games: 

  • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – “Puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.”
  • Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – “Players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the ‘free’ North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?”
  • Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey – “Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.”
  • Mission 4: City of Immigrants – “Players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.”
  • Mission 5: Up from the Dust – “Players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

Watch trailers of the games for an overview of each mission then click “Play Mission” to begin the game. 

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” that provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

Journey through Anglo-Saxon Life & Death

June 29th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 29, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anglo-Saxon Discovery

(anglosaxondiscovery.ashmolean.org/index.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford provides young students a look into Anglo-Saxon life through interactive activities illustrated by children.

Using either the upper menu bar or the student illustrated images, navigate through the site to learn about:

  • Anglo-Saxon Arrival
  • Anglo-Saxon Life
  • Anglo-Saxon Death
  • Anglo-Saxon Kings and Kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire
  • Edward Thurlow Leeds and Archaeology

Each page presents questions to be answered. Click on the question to be taken to another page with clickable answers (and/or more questions). Just as in our real-life studies where many questions lead to more questions, this website also presents information in a layered manner, with answered questions often leading to more questions and clickable information links.

Also available using the menu on the right side of the page are: 

  • Teacher Resources – standards, objectives and outcomes as well as sample lesson plans, printable companion activity sheets, and more
  • Games and activities – when we clicked this link the page had broken image links, but click on the text links to reach the following: 
    • How much do you know about the Anglo-Saxons?
    • Games
    • Activity Sheets
    • A few more ideas
  • Links – more websites related to Anglo-Saxon study
  • Meet the Vikings – mini-unit on Vikings like the larger Anglo-Saxon unit
  • Picture Gallery – student illustrations of Anglo-Saxons, archaeologists, and more
  • Virtual Gallery – items in the Leeds Gallery of the museum
  • Ashmolean Museum – takes visitors to the main museum

(Note that the Archives and Artefacts link was not working at the time of this review.)

The brief texts and fun illustrations from students makes this website appealing to younger students and therefore may keep them more engaged in the learning.

Teach British History with 100 Objects

June 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 22, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching History with 100 Objects

(www.teachinghistory100.org/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

Using 100 objects from museums in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and from the British Museum, this website strives to help teachers to teach “the new national history curriculum in England.” But nonresidents of England can reap the benefits of this website as well as it provides a wonderfully unique way to explore British history.

On the home page, there are several ways to begin exploring the objects. Items can be sorted and displayed by: 

  • Key Stages – in the US these are like grade levels (approximate equivalents are: KS1 = 1-2, KS2 = 3-6, KS3 = 7-9)
  • History curriculum topic – Events, people, time periods
  • Date – specific time frames
  • Places – include Africa, Americas, Asia, Britain, Europe, Oceania
  • Theme – Beliefs and ideas, Conflict, Empires, Rules and rulers, Social and personal life, Technology and arts, and Trade and contact

You can use a combination of these search methods to narrow the selections down. Once you have input your desired search selections, images of all available objects meeting that criteria will populate on the page. Select the object image and the page will open. On the object page, there will be a larger image of the item, a brief description and much more information about the object including where it was from, what period, culture, what material it was made from, its dimensions and more. Use the right-hand sidebar menu to dig deeper by selecting: 

  • About the object – more in-depth details about the item
  • A bigger picture – explanation of the objects purpose and similar items
  • Teaching ideas – ways to use the item to explore history
  • For the classroom – Download the image and related images and find links to activities.

All the items have downloadable PDFs of all the information and images for the objects.

Add this website to your “go-to” list for British history.

Explore the History of Arkansas

June 15th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 15, 2017, and time for Social Sciences
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

(www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/)

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

 

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union and became the 25th state. This website, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, is a comprehensive resource to explore the history, geography, and culture of Arkansas.

When arriving at the homepage, read through the introduction and click the Arkansas Overview text link as a great starting point to learn about the state. Many entries on this page are hyperlinked to more in-depth articles. Also on the homepage is “Photo of the Day” and “A Day in Arkansas History” that provide interesting tidbits to pique the visitor’s interest to dig deeper.

Use the upper menu to browse entries: 

  • Alphabetically
  • By Category (such as Art, (Folklore and Folklife, Government and Politics, Land and Resources, Recreation and Sports, Religion, Science and Medicine, and much more)
  • By Type (Event, Group, Person, Place, and Thing)
  • By Time Period
  • By Race & Ethnicity
  • By Gender

Or search items by Media and browse Galleries that include: 

  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Audios

You can also “See what’s new” as this website is continually updated with new items.

Throughout the different entries there are also links to applicable lessons plans. Or, in the uppermost menu, select the “Resources” link and along with a list of other web-based resources for Arkansas history, there are links to teacher resources and lesson plans.


This is an excellent website for our Arkansas ClickScholars to use for their state history courses and for anyone interested in learning about our 25th state.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

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