Posts Tagged ‘geography’

Learn about the Silver Rush of 1903

June 20th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 20, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Cobalt Adventure

(www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/cobalt/en/index.php)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision. People of all ages may enjoy aspects of this site.)

 

At this website you can virtually experience an early 20th century Silver Rush through interactive games and lessons that teach social studies, history and geography.

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

  • The Game – Select one of three real-life characters (an old prospector, a nurse, or a young shopkeeper) and head to Cobalt in Ontario, Canada to join the Silver Rush of 1903. This multimedia adventure (available in Flash or HTML) is different for each character, and there are 28 possible endings. After you’ve seen the results of any one decision you make for your character, you can choose “previous” to go back and choose again. At the end of each playthrough, you can click on “Actual Factual” to see what actually happened to the person you chose to be, plus plenty of other information about life in Cobalt at that time. (From the “Library” on the menu, all of the Actual Factuals are available; during gameplay, only the information pertinent to your most recent decision is available.)
  • Curriculum – Get four downloadable (pdf) lessons with ideas and activities designed to enhance what you learn from playing the game. Create a facsimile of a hand-colored postcard, write your own adventure story, use visual prompts to tell a story.
  • Library – Explore a photo gallery and view a collection of artifacts from the Cobalt Mining Museum that were used to create the multimedia game.

This game is available in English or French. If you want to view it in French, click “Francais” at the top of the home page.

TV SchoolHouse – Social Sciences & More!

June 13th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 13, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TV SchoolHouse

(tvschoolhouse.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, old-time, educational movies for a variety of subjects including social studies and geography!

The creator of this website, Chris Grahl, tried to cover as many of the subject areas he could find videos for. He used old educational films – some are highly informative, while others are just funny. Many fall somewhere in the middle. Most of these movies were made between 1940-1960. You can access them for free on a variety of subjects including: 

  • The Arts
  • Science
  • Home Economics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Safety & Careers
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Teacher’s Lounge

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of choices. Click on a film title and a new screen opens where you can watch the film. Note: You must click on the screenshot to start the movie. 

You’ll be treated to an entertaining educational extravaganza. Watch these with your kids because they will result in lots of laughs, great discussions, and engaging learning opportunities.

Creative Writing Worksheets & Much More!

May 29th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 29, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TLSBooks.com: Free Worksheets

(www.tlsbooks.com/languageartscreativewriting.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades Pre-K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a wide array of free, printable Language Arts worksheets that provide creative writing prompts and activities for students from preschool through sixth grade.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to see the creative writing worksheets that include: 

  • Themed Acrostic Poems – Use these worksheet outlines to write poetry about the seasons and months of the year.
  • Quotation Worksheets – Read a quote by a famous person from literature or history (i.e., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, etc.), and write about what it means to you.
  • Miscellaneous Creative Writing Worksheets – Write a story to go with a picture, and use worksheets with writing prompts. You can also print out stationery and thank you notes to use at will.

Be sure to use the menu in the left margin to access free Language Arts worksheets that help students learn and practice: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Handwriting
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Spelling

And do Word Search puzzles that teach prepositions, vowel sounds, literary terms, and more. A big plus to this site is that it also offers free worksheets for all of the following subjects: 

  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • And more!

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return often.

Geography with Google’s My Maps

May 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 23, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google’s My Maps

(www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?hl=en)

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

 

If you’ve ever visited Google Maps (or MapQuest or Yahoo Maps), you know that you can pan and zoom a world map from your computer. But did you know you can customize that map for your homeschooling?

My Maps requires a free Google account. The beauty of My Maps is: 

  • It’s free.
  • It’s easy.
  • Google stores it for you and provides a web address (a URL) so that you can share your map with friends or family.

When you get to the site, click the “Create New Map” button. (If you don’t have a Google account, it will prompt you to sign up.)

Here’s how it works: Once the map comes up, use the features on the map’s menu to customize it by adding colored pins and labels to it, draw lines on it, or even insert pictures. (Here’s a link to My Maps Help with more details on how to use the features.)

My Maps was very helpful last summer with information about specific California wildfires. The fire map also included info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

Once we started thinking about My Maps for homeschooling, the possibilities seemed endless: 

  • Label a map with events from your history studies.
  • Use the map as a quiz by putting questions onto it.
  • Share the map with other families in a reading group. When children complete a book, let them add a pin to the map indicating where the author was from or where the story took place.
  • Help young children trace routes to the grocery store or to Grandma’s house.
  • Use it as a diary for a family vacation.

And more!

Practice Math with Games

April 8th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 8, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Kids Games

(www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include: 

  • Space Shuttle Launch: You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
  • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
  • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
  • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
  • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
  • Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the walls and through the tunnel.
  • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

  • Alphabet
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Arts

And more!

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

March 14th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 14, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

(www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!

Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:

  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more!
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

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