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Math Biographies, History, & More!

October 15th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Monday, October 15, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MacTutor History of Math Archive

Age Range: 10 and up (Some of the trivia will appeal to younger students, with parental supervision.)

This website archives the biographies of famous and not-so-famous mathematicians, including a “Mathematicians of the Day” feature. It also maintains an index of the history of various math strands like Numbers, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as the history of math in various cultures such as those in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, China, India, America and more.

When you get to the site, simply use the search tool or the menu on the left of the screen to access:

*Biographies Index – Read the life stories of mathematicians through the ages.  Search for names alphabetically, or search various time periods from 500 AD to the present.

*History Topics Index – Click on links to learn about mathematics in various cultures from Ancient Babylonia to the Mayan culture to present day America.  You can also learn the history of various mathematical topics such as Algebra, Analysis, Numbers, Number Theory, Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Astronomy, and more.

*Famous Curves Index – Learn the history of various math curves such as the Cartesian Oval, Devil’s Curve, Fermat’s Spiral, Involute of a Circle, Newton’s Parabolas, Serpentine, Talbot’s Curve, Watt’s Curve, the Witch of Agnesi, and more.

*Mathematicians of the Day – Find out which mathematicians were born (and who died) every day of the year. Bookmark the site, and check it daily. The entire year is archived here – look up your birthday and see what mathematician was born on the same day as you!

This site offers a unique way to engage students in the study of mathematics, and a way to further explore math for those who simply can’t get enough of it.

Free “Myth In Art” Curriculum

September 29th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, September 29, 2012 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: World Myths & Legends in Art

Age Range: 11 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts sponsors this website that offers a free, downloadable curriculum and website presentation titled, “World Myths & Legends in Art.” It presents stories and folk lore from cultures around the world that have inspired artists to give them visual form.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and four icon menus that include:

*Art by Culture – View myth-inspired artwork from cultures in Africa, China, Ancient Egypt, Western Europe, Ancient Greece, Japan and more.

*What is Myth – Read an introduction to myth, and learn why they are such compelling stories for artists to depict.

*Art by Theme – Explore the artistic creations of art themed around myths about creation, gods, heroes, animals, or beast characters.

*View All Art – Click on icon images of the 26 works of art displayed on the site, and learn more about the artwork as well as the myth or legend that it depicts.

*Compare and Contrast – This is an interactive online essay activity. Students select two works of art from the presentation and write a short essay comparing and contrasting them.

Before you dive in, it may help to read “How to Use This Site” that is located on a tiny horizontal menu bar below the main selections. There, you will also find a link to the free, “Downloadable Curriculum to use offline. It’s a remarkable resource in art history and appreciation that is divided into a series of lessons and includes discussion questions. If you have middle and high school age children, this could be a terrific learning tool for the whole family to use together. 


History in the Movies!

May 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, May 10, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
History in the Movies

Age Range: 10 and up (parents should preview and supervise)

Do you supplement history studies by watching historical films like epics, biopics, period pieces, and true-life stories? Films set in the past can help students visualize a particular era or period in time – but are they historically accurate? At this website, university history professor, Cathy Schultz, Ph.D., comments on the accuracy of over 50 historical films.

This site is an archive of Ms. Schultz’s syndicated newspaper column in which she explains if history really happened the way it is depicted in films. It’s a terrific resource that can enhance the use of films to further learning.  

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and some featured news items and headlines. Use the vertical menu “Film List” on the left side of the page to locate a film of interest. NOTE: The movies include a variety ratings from PG through R. Some of the film titles include:

  • 300
  • The Alamo
  • The Aviator
  • Cinderella Man
  • DaVinci Code
  • Dreamgirls
  • Elizabeth: the Golden Age
  • Flags of our Fathers
  • The King’s Speech
  • Last Samurai
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • National Treasure
  • Oliver Twist
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2
  • Walk the Line
  • We Are Marshall

Click on any film title and a new page opens to the article that exposes the truth and the fiction depicted in the movie.

Don’t miss “Resources for teaching with historical films” that is directly above the “Film List” on the menu. You’ll find links to more sites that list and discuss historical films. In fact, one of the links leads to content by Paul Halsall of the University of North Florida who provides questions to ask as you watch and review a film including:

  • What seems to be accurate in the film? What sources are you using to assess accuracy?
  • What liberties does the film take with the past? Why?
  • What, if any, modern point is the film trying make?

By the way, ClickScholar Cie recommended” an ad-supported entertainment and reference website that provides a free directory of historical movies indexed according to “Time Periods” including:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Middle Ages
  • Viking Age
  • British Empire/Europe
  • American History

Just click on a time period and a new page opens with a menu of movie titles. Each listing includes information about the film along with a video clip or trailer. Movies on this list are rated from G to R.

Again, this is a helpful resource for finding movies to supplement history studies. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet access.


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:

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.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling