Posts Tagged ‘geography’

Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Animaps

(www.animaps.com/#!home)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family. 

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include: 

  • Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
  • Show the journeys of the explorers.
  • Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
  • During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
  • Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
  • Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

Free Printable Math Worksheets & More

October 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, October 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidZone Math

(http://www.kidzone.ws/Math/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

KidZone is part of the DLTK family of ad-supported, educational websites. This review focuses on the Mathematics portion of the site, where there are plenty of free math worksheets and activities to print and do.

When you get to the site you’ll find: 

  • Math Games – online, timed Basic Facts addition, subtraction and multiplication quizzes (Good for any grade – improve basic skills)
    • Math Brain Teaser (Grade 3 and up) – very fun to try!
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – (practice your 2 times tables and 5 times tables)
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – Calculator – (practice using a calculator)
  • Free Printable Worksheets – You can select your desired grade level, theme (farm, jungle, ocean, holidays, and more), and activity type including:
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • Geometry
    • Word Problems

Many of the worksheets are different every time they load, for virtually unlimited practice sets. 

  • Other Links – These lead to sections of DLTK sister sites with supplementary fun coloring pages and activities to reinforce counting, number recognition, and other early math concepts.

When you are finished, be sure to explore the other areas of this site for printable worksheets relating to Language Arts, Science, Geography, and more.

Social Studies for Kids

September 27th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 27, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Social Studies for Kids

(www.socialstudiesforkids.com/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this ad-supported website right now! It offers tons of great resources about history, geography, government, different cultures and more that your kids will enjoy.

When you get to the site you will see a headline banner with the name of the website. Below it is a menu that will help you navigate through some of the website. Below the menu bar, you will discover the highlights currently featured at the site in Recent Events, History and featured trivia. For example, if you visited the site when this review was written, you would have seen a feature presentation on “Ancient Greece.”

Content you will find available on the site include:

  • Current Events – Get some insight on what’s taking place throughout the world.
  • Cultures, Holidays, Languages, Religions – an array of links to websites with activities, information, and resources to explore the world’s people and their customs and beliefs
  • Economics – The website description of this section says it best: “Economics is not just money. It’s businesses and how they work. It’s lemonade stands and how many dollars they take in. It’s toy collecting and baseball card collections. It’s taxes and allowances. It’s stocks and bonds. Economics is part of almost everything you could ever think about. Find out how by visiting the links on this page.”
  • Geography – You’ll find more than maps here. You’ll find links to websites with lessons and activities that help kids to have a better understanding of the world, and where they are in relation to the rest of it.
  • Government – Learn everything from how a bill becomes law in the U.S. to how other countries are governed.

You’ll also find selections that contain historical timelines, information on U.S. and World History, activities for learning about every state in the U.S., information about ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Wars, Archaeology, Sports, Explorers, and more. There are even teaching resources and other fun kid sites.

Use this website as a starting point for all your social studies schoolwork.

World History for All

August 30th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 30, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World History for Us All

(worldhistoryforusall.ss.ucla.edu/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

World History for Us All is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA that offers free, online, and downloadable history lessons organized into manageable pieces that present world history “as a single story rather than unconnected stories of many civilizations.”

These lessons are designed for classroom use but can be tweaked for use in a homeschool environment. Unschoolers may enjoy the resources as well.

Easily navigate this site to get an overview of lesson plans by selecting the “Teaching Units” tab at the top of the website. Scroll down to the table below the “Organization and Index” section to select a unit of study. Or quickly go directly to your desired lesson online by selecting from the menu bar displaying the eras.

The Teaching Units are divided into three categories: 

  • Panorama Teaching Units – Gives an overview of an entire era of history in just a few lessons that include PowerPoint presentations.
  • Landscape Teaching Units – Breaks down a specific era into 2-7 lessons focused on a historical development within that era.
  • Closeup Teaching Units – Further breaks down specific world history topics by time-frame and subject matter.

Eras of study include: 

  • History, Geography, & Time
  • Big Era One – Humans in the Universe -13 Billion – 200,000 Years ago
  • Big Era Two – Human Beings Almost Everywhere – 200,000-10,000 Years Ago
  • Big Era Three – Farming and the Emergence of Complex Societies – 10,000-1000 BCE
  • Big Era Four – Expanding Networks of Exchange and Encounter – 1200 BCE-500 CE
  • Big Era Five – Patterns of Inter-regional Unity – 300-1500 CE
  • Big Era Six – The Great Global Convergence – 1400-1800 CE
  • Big Era Seven – Industrialization and Its Consequences – 1750-1914 CE
  • Big Era Eight – A Half Century of Crisis – 1900-1950 CE
  • Big Era Nine – Paradoxes of Global Acceleration – 1945-present CE
  • Past and Future – Reflecting on the Past, Thinking about the Future

When viewing the online lessons, links are available to access the associated Panorama, Landscape and Closeup Teaching Units as well as the downloadable PDFs of the lessons which include the complete unit lesson plans, handouts, and necessary resource lists. 

This growing collection of chronological world history lessons make short work of your world history planning as it is all done for you.

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

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

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

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