Posts Tagged ‘history’

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Free Valentine Science Activities

February 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

If you enjoyed the Valentine math activities yesterday, here are some Valentine’s Day science activities for today. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Exploratorium: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate

(http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/exploring_chocolate/) 


Examine the fascinating science and history of chocolate, including the chocolate-making process with a virtual visit to a chocolate factory. Find out about the latest research into the possible health effects of chocolate consumption.

Valentine Candy Science

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9bzSZhDGG0)

  

Watch this video to learn if Valentine candy will sink or swim; and more!

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/videos/feature_valentines.htm)

Watch a chemistry professor share some science insights about chocolate, roses, and relationships.

Groundhog Day History

February 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day History

(www.groundhog.org/about/history/)

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

 

Discover the history of Groundhog Day on this page of the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. At this page visitors will learn how the ancient Candlemas Day may have helped in the evolution of Groundhog Day.

Keep the learning going by discovering other “Fun Facts” about Groundhog Day by selecting the option on the upper menu under the “About” link. When your students are done learning the history of Groundhog Day, expand upon the topic by selecting other fun activities for all age levels under the “Teachers” section. Choose your grade level and find: 

  • Downloadable PDFs for puzzles, language arts activities, math worksheets, coloring pages, science fun, and more
  • Groundhog Day song lyrics sung to other holiday tunes
  • Recipe for Groundhog Day Cookies
  • Instructions to play games such as “Toss the Hog”, “SSHH! Silent Groundhog” and “Spring or Snow”

Punxsutawney Phil has been “predicting” the fate of spring since 1886. What will his prediction be this year?

Free Animated History Activity eBooks!

February 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animated Hero Classics Activity Books

(www.dscl.org/kids/nest-activity-resources/nest-activity-books)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides resources that combines Language Arts with History and Social Sciences! You may be familiar with The Animated Hero Classics Series that consists of 20 DVDs with inspiring and educational stories of men and women whose contributions made an impact on world history.

At this website, you’ll find the free companion “Animated Hero Activity Books” (pdf) that include word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Your child can learn interesting facts and trivia about each historical hero and heroine in the series, by reading and doing the activities in the downloadable e-books that include: 

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Beethoven
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Galileo
  • George Washington
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Helen Keller
  • Joan of Arc
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Louis Pasteur
  • The Maccabees
  • Marco Polo
  • Marie Curie
  • Pocahontas
  • Thomas Edison
  • William Bradford
  • The Wright Brothers

This is an engaging and entertaining way to introduce historical figures to your kids – and it may springboard them to want to learn more! It’s also a great way to supplement and/or review information about people of historical importance.

Rooms through Time

January 27th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, January 27, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DAR Period Rooms

(www.dar.org/museum/current-exhibition/dar-period-rooms)

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

 

Travel through time exploring the period rooms on display at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Continental Hall in Washington DC.

Each of the 31 scenes are sponsored by a different state organization of the NSDAR and depict 18th – 20th century: 

  • Parlors
  • Bedchambers and bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Dining rooms
  • Meeting rooms and halls
  • An attic playroom
  • A study
  • A library
  • And more

Explore each room with the 360° image either by letting the auto revolve rotate around the room or use your mouse to move around the room. Navigate to each room using the image strip under the room. When you are finished visiting each of the rooms, use the upper menu, hover over “Museum” then select “Online Exhibitions” to discover even more online museum exhibits such as: 

  • Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia
  • Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America
  • Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925
  • By, For, And Of the People: Folk Art and Americana in the DAR Museum
  • Telling Their Stories: Samplers and Silk Needlework
  • Artifacts of the Abolitionist Movement

The virtual tours on this website open the doors to conversation with your students about how the rooms of our homes have changed and/or remained the same through the centuries and provides a nice visual addition to your American history studies.

The 60 Symbols of Astronomy & Physics

January 24th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sixty Symbols

(www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic website offers FREE videos about physics and astronomy featuring experts from The University of Nottingham, who explain the strange letters and squiggles (many more than 60 of them) used by scientists.

As explained at the website, “Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos by experts from The University of Nottingham. It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and we sometimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.” Here’s some of what you’ll see: 

  • Click on “E” for energy and see an Einstein doll on a swing as a demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
  • Click on the symbol for the planet Venus (looks like a hand mirror) and learn all about it. You’ll also learn the history of the symbol and it’s use as the universal symbol for women.
  • What has a symbol of a cat got to do with physics? Visit the site, click on the cat and find out!

When you get to the site you’ll see the table of Sixty Symbols (and then some). Click on any one and a new page opens where a video launches that explains it. They are wonderfully engaging and educating.

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