Posts Tagged ‘geography’

Explore Ancient Civilizations

May 10th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 10, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Civilizations

(www.ancientegypt.co.uk/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This extraordinary set of websites from the British Museum allows you to explore three ancient civilizations.

When you get to the first site, you can learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

The two other sites are:

  • Ancient India – Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley. There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the history of India through the ages.
  • Ancient China –  Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or Challenge.

  • Story – Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the section on Buddha, the story begins, “There was once a king named Suddhodana…” These are well-written and engaging and the photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment! Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small new pop-up windows.
  • Explore – Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture and topic you select.
  • Challenge – Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don’t miss it! This is where you can get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return to explore each one as time permits.

Geography Lessons and Study Tools

May 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 3, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Bee – Study Corner

(www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is meant to provide study tools for the National Geographic Bee, “an academic contest for students in grades 4-8”, but the resources provided can be used to supplement your geography studies for the whole family.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find: 

  • Lesson Plans – Discover lesson plans and activities focused on the geography of the United States and the continents, the oceans, world geography, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • GeoBee Challenge – Test your knowledge with the online, multiple-choice quiz.
  • Geo Bee Challenge App – For those with IOS or Android smart devices, download the free GeoBee Challenge App which includes not only the multiple-choice round, but also a map challenge as well as bonus rounds where a picture of a location is provided and the player must find the location on an interactive map.
  • Kahoot! – Gather the kids around the computer with your smart devices and the free Kahoot app and play a competitive multiple-choice game together. Choose from 15 interesting geography topics.

When finished exploring these options, head on over to the National Geographic Education page for a lot more teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and more games as well as reference materials, mapping tools, and much more.

This bookmark-worthy website will make an excellent resource for all of your geography studies.

Free Geography Games

April 5th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – Geography Games

(www.softschools.com/social_studies/geography/world_geography/)

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

 

Brush up on your geography skills with these online games from SoftSchools.com.

When arriving at the site select a game from the list of World Geography Games. Most games are quizzes or sorting games, but there are a few map skills games. Topics include: 

  • Countries
  • Bodies of water
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Islands and Peninsulas
  • Volcanoes
  • Continents
  • General Geography

Under the list of games is a section to learn geography facts such as: 

  • Wonders of the World Facts
  • National Landmarks Facts
  • Countries Facts
  • Mongolia Facts
  • Luxembourg Facts
  • Sierra Leone Facts
  • Nicaragua Facts
  • Iceland Facts
  • Pyramids Facts
  • Boreal Forest Facts
  • Sahara Desert Facts
  • The Great Barrier Reef Facts
  • The Aurora Facts

Each section is further broken down into another menu highlighting a more refined sub-topic.

This website can add some variety to your world geography studies.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

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

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

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