Posts Tagged ‘culture’

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.

World Myths & Legends in Art

May 13th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 13, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Myths & Legends in Art

(archive.artsmia.org/world-myths/)

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

 

Explore the mythology surrounding 26 works of art with this website from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dig into your studies by selecting either “Art by Culture” or “Art by Theme.” Cultures include: 

  • African
  • Euro-American
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Western European
  • Ancient Greek and Roman
  • Japanese
  • Native American
  • Oceanic

Themes cover: 

  • Creation Myths
  • Myths explaining a practice
  • God Myths
  • Hero Myths
  • Myths with animal or beast characters

Once you have decided the direction you wish to take for your studies, you will be presented with various related artworks. Select the option you want to view the artwork, learn key ideas, read the story behind the piece, discover the background behind the piece, and answer discussion questions.

Vocabulary words in capital letters are scattered throughout that when clicked on provide pop-up window with definitions. Reveal the answers to discussion questions by clicking on the underlined, highlighted section.

Teachers will want to review the “How to use this site” link and the entire curriculum can be downloaded to use away from the computer by selecting the “Downloadable Curriculum” link.

Not only will this website be a great addition to your art appreciation class, but will provide a nice supplement to your world history studies.

The History of Alaska

March 30th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 30, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alaska History & Cultural Studies

(www.akhistorycourse.org/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

On March 30, 1867, then Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with the Russian Minister in Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska. This website from the Alaska Humanities Forum and funded by the National Endowments for the Humanities provides an online course created for high school students to discover the history, geography, and people of Alaska.

When arriving at the site, select either the “Student” or “Teacher” tab. If you select the student tab you will access the student material online. You can refine your search by a unit or a region. Units include: 

  • Geography
  • Alaska’s Culture
  • Russia’s Colony
  • America’s Territory
  • Governing Alaska
  • Modern Alaska

Regions are broken down into: 

  • Northwest and Arctic
  • Interior
  • Southwest
  • Southcentral
  • Southeast

Topics are further broken down into smaller units of study. Through text, images, and links for additional resources, information is presented in a well thought out manner.  

On the teacher tab, visitors will find the “Teacher’s Guide” and “Unit Instructional Guide” with valuable information for planning and implementing the course as well as pages to print for the student to complete while working through the course.

Although the target audience for this website is for Alaskan students, this site can be easily added to your study of the states.

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Explore the Ancient World

March 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ancient Web

(theancientweb.com/)

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

 

Today’s website provides information about ancient cultures, specifically designed with students and teachers in mind.

When you get to the site you will see some featured ancient cultures in the center of the homepage. Click on the links, and you’ll find that some open to pages providing a brief overview of a particular ancient culture, while others open to new websites containing an array of multi-media content including interactive maps and flash animations. Select “The Ancient World” option on the home page to reveal all of the ancient cultures featured at this site including those of: 

  • Arabia
  • America
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Persia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Spain

Again, this site provides a simple overview of some cultures, and more in-depth info on others. Even the links leading to pages with less content serve as great introductions that could springboard your child to further independent investigation. You will also find recommended educational resources (books, DVDs, etc.) for sale – but you are not obligated to purchase a thing.

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