Posts Tagged ‘Ancient Egypt’

Incredible History Game for Kids!

February 9th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 9, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC: History for Kids

Age Range: 8-14 (fun for everyone, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Cie reminded me that the BBC offers one of the most engaging history websites on the Net. They have archived all kinds of free, multi-media, interactive games that teach about famous historical events and people in world history while they entertain.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Ancient History – Play games that teach about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Iron Age, Vikings, and more. Can you resist the “Mummy Maker Game” in which you prepare a body for burial?

*World History – Learn the importance of world cultures including Africa, China, India, Mesopotamia, and South America. Find out how the Aztecs created a double-headed serpent, meet the first emperor of China, and explore the Indus Valley.

*British History – Play games to learn about The Battle of Hastings, the Tudors, the Victorian era, and run a city at the height of The Industrial Revolution.

You’ll also find games that teach about the history of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. And click on “Hands on History” to build your own castle or create your own cave art!

Bookmark this site to return often!

 

Explore The Great Pyramids of Egypt!

November 4th, 2011

Hi! It’s Friday, November 4, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
PBS NOVA: Pyramids

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

The tomb of Egyptian boy-King Tut was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360° panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore:

*Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.

*New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore.

If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.

 

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities (CSAW)

February 23rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, November 23rd, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ChildrensUniversity

Age Range: 6-12 (approximately, with info that may interest older students and adults)

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes:

*World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  
*Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.

*Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.

*Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.

*Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
 
*Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.

*Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

I focused on Language Arts for this review, but you can find great games and interactives on the Home Page that include the following topics:

  • The Body and Medicines
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Ancient Egypt
  • The Earth and Beyond
  • Teeth and Eating
  • Micro-organisms
  • The Brain and Senses
  • Talking Textiles

This remarkable site earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in combining technology with education, and providing it for free on the Net.
 

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Top Social Sciences Sites for 2008

January 8th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Social Sciences sites for 2008:

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Geography Thru Free Map Unit Studies!

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8)

This is one of the most frequently visited websites in the ClickSchooling archive. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis partnered with National Geographic on an exhibit called “MAPS: Tools for Adventure” that teaches kids about maps. The exhibit offers this companion website with FREE Unit Study guides in downloadable, printable, book-style format containing lessons about mapping. This is a thorough resource for teaching cartography.

Free Social Science Videos from NOVA

Age Range: 10-17 (Grades 6-12)

At this website you can learn all about social sciences by watching PBS NOVA videos for free. Topics covered by these films include: Anthropology, Natural Disasters, the Human Genome, ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, Nature, Physics, Space, Technology and more. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

Chicago History Museum: Great Chicago Stories

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12)

This ClickSchooling award-winner offers an engaging history of Chicago presented through historical fiction stories that are accompanied by lessons and activities, as well as investigations of museum artifacts. It’s a terrific example of educational technology at its best. Topics geared for grades 3-12 include the Great Migration, baseball, railroad transportation, hot dogs, abolition, public housing, immigration, labor, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, politics and more.

Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 8 and up (non-readers will need assistance)

This website provides an introduction to geography through earth sciences including the earth’s energy, structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and bio-geo-chemical cycles. Includes interactive quizzes and links to further resources.

Free Historical Paper Dolls! Paper Dali

Age Range: 5-12 (approximately)

A homeschool mom (who also happens to be a history buff and talented artist) created this site that offers FREE Paper Dolls based on historical people and events. Print out the variety of characters and make history come alive! You’ll find paper dolls for all of these historical themes: American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, King Arthur & Knights of the Round Table, Wild West, and Biblical Times. You’ll also find ideas and tips for use. Join the free mailing list to receive updates whenever new Paper Dali’s are added to the site.

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Free Historical Paper Dolls!

October 9th, 2008

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan came to my rescue today with this website recommendation and she helped write the review. Her husband, Ron, is a prolific singer/songwriter, and you can read more about him at the end of this review. :)

Recommended Website:
Paper Dali

Age Range: 5 – 12 (approximately)

A homeschool mom named Veronica Maria (who also happens to be a history buff and talented artist) created this site that offers FREE Paper Dolls based on historical people and events. Print out the variety of characters and make history come alive!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured theme – King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Click on the image or click on “free paper dalis” on the menu bar at the top of the screen. A new page opens with the entire paper doll collection waiting to be printed, colored, laminated and turned into “history manipulatives”! You’ll find paper dolls for all of these historical themes:

  • American Revolution
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • King Arthur & Knights of the Round Table
  • Wild West
  • Biblical Times

You’ll also find Paper Dalis themed around holidays as well. Nancy wrote, “I can picture students recreating events from bygone eras. The possibilities are endless – and yes, the boys like them, too!”

This site offers ideas and tips for use. For example, use the historical paper dolls to:

  • Decorate a lapbook or create notebooking pages
  • Use them for a writing prompt
  • Make a coloring book for a specific historic time period
  • Create a Flat Stanley or Flat Traveler
  • Make trading cards
  • And much more!

You can even join the free mailing list to receive updates whenever new Paper Dali’s are added to the site. This is a terrific resource that will enhance your studies and interests in history, social studies, language arts and play!

Nancy Hogan and

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
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******** ABOUT RON HOGAN **********

Ron Hogan is a prolific songwriter with rock, blues, and folk influences. In addition to songwriting, Ron also plays rhythm guitar as well as a Korg Sampler (KARMA). He has released 5 CDs over the last few years that are available at CDbaby.com and Itunes as well as other download sites. The links to these sites are on his MySpace page. Ron changes his song list on MySpace about once-a-week and sometimes includes Demo versions or NEW songs not included on the CDs – so visit often to hear all of the tunes!!!

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Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

June 5th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

On this website, you can watch 39 different PBS NOVA videos for free online.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and the most recently added programs are featured on the page. Look on the right side of the screen to see a menu of topics covered by these films including:

  • Anthropology – Watch films about Israel’s Cave of Letters, Ape Genius, and the Lost Treasures of Tibet.
  • Disasters – Learn about doomsday Asteroids and Mass Extinction, and the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Earth – Explore Sand Dunes, Glaciers, Hurricanes, Lightning, etc.
  • Exploration – Crack the Maya Code and find out if MARS is Dead or Alive.
  • Flight – Discover the remains of Four-Winged Dinosaurs and find out what’s Missing in MiG Alley.
  • Health – Get information about the Flu, Aging, Animal Hospitals, Cancer, the Human Genome, Eating Disorders, Epigenetics, Life’s Greatest Miracle, Marathon Running, RNAi, Sleep, Stem Cells, and more.
  • History – Enjoy the story behind Absolute Zero, Papyrus from ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, and Sputnik.
  • Investigations – Meet an archeologist who is helping to rewrite the history of the Old West.
  • Nature – Learn about Fish Surgery, Frozen Frogs, Ants, and T.Rex.
  • Physics and Math – Watch films about robot swarms, a particle accelerator, coded sculpture, string theory and more.
  • Space – Find out about Hollywood aliens, the Monster of the Milky Way, and the 10th Planet.
  • Technology – View films about Artificial Life, Cars of the Future, Fuel Cells, Robots, Lab Meat, Solar Energy and more.

Click on any film of interest and a new page opens. The films are divided into chapters or segments for ease of viewing. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

This is a terrific resource to enhance learning – bookmark it to return often.

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