Posts Tagged ‘landmarks’

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

October 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 23, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

 

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! (If you like these puzzles, you can download the software for free to use offline.)
  • 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.

Games to Learn about Europe!

January 24th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, January 24, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

Europa.eu: Kids’ Corner

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)  

This website offers over 25  free, interactive games and activities to help kids learn about Europe and the European Union.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a brief introduction and two features followed by the menu of games. You can just scroll past the features, if desired, to access the games. The features include:

1) Check Out Your Rights – This is a separate section with games and activities designed to teach kids and teens about “The Rights of the Child.”  Since this is a controversial topic for some, parents (as always) should preview the website and supervise all Internet activity. 

2) The EU: What’s It All About – This section contains an interactive map of the European Union. Place your cursor over any country and a pop-up window appears with a few facts about the country. Click on a country and a window opens with more detailed information about the country’s history, geography, economy, and culture.

If you explore “The EU” section first, you’ll improve your chances when you play the games that cover topics such as:  

  • Countries and Flags of the European Union
  • History of Europe
  • Euro Coins and Notes
  • Famous Historic & Modern People
  • European Landmarks

Again, some of these activities require some basic knowledge of Europe and the European Union that you can learn in “The EU” section. You can also learn a lot through simple trial-and-error as you play the games. :)  

 

History Through Newspaper Headlines!

September 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 8, 2011 and time for History at
ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
HistoryBuff.com

Age Range: 10 and up (with parental guidance)

This non-profit website archives collections of original newspapers that recount the stories that created American history. Read articles that were written by reporters who lived at the time of the event. Many of these primary source documents include eye-witness accounts by every-day people, bringing history to life in a much more real and meaningful way than most textbooks do.

When you get to the site use the menu on the left of your screen to navigate topics that include:

*Newspaper Collecting – Get information on how to archive and preserve your own historical newspapers.

*Online Newspaper Archives – Explore newspapers from 1700 through 2004!

*History Buff Newsletter Archives – Read the back issues of this website’s companion newsletter with terrific historical information about people and events. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter – it’s delivered free to your email inbox!

*Historic Panoramas – Enjoy narrated panoramic views of historical landmarks – it’s like taking a virtual field trip!

Includes:

  • Colonial America
  • Daniel Boone Gravesite
  • Davy Crockett Childhood Home
  • Anna Jarvis Home
  • Abraham Lincoln Historic Sites
  • Thomas Edison Birthplace
  • ~ And more!

*Reference Libraries – Listen to audio clips of famous historic people such as P.T. Barnum, Teddy Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and more!  Read over 200 articles covering an array of topics such as baseball, the Civil War, Presidential Inaugurations, the Old West, and more.

*Primary Source Material – Read the newspapers, transcripts, and articles that chronicle American history.

*State Facts – Get the basics on every state in the Union. Learn about state capitals, birds, flowers, capitals, songs, governors, population, and more.

*Interactive Quizzes – Register a user name and password to take some online history quizzes. Test your knowledge of historical events, people, and places.

Bookmark this site and return whenever you want to enhance your history studies by reading the accounts of people who actually lived through it.

Virtual Field Trip To Statue of Liberty!

August 19th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 19, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Park Service: Statue of Liberty eTour

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a multi-media virtual tour of one of the world’s most recognized landmarks, the Statue of Liberty.

When you get to the site select High Speed or Dial-Up access, turn on your speakers, and enjoy the tour.

VERY IMPORTANT:  You won’t hear spoken words, so be sure to read the text to understand how to navigate and access all of the content here, including the video presentations at each stop along the tour. (Hint: be sure to click on the icons in the black frames.)

The e-tour includes:

  • A trip around the perimeter of Liberty Island in New York Harbor
  • The history of the statue’s design and significance
  • Statue Statistics – height, weight, materials used to make it, etc.
  • Engineering Techniques
  • Information on the statue’s torch and flame
  • How the image of the statue is used by marketers
  • Symbolism of the concept of liberty

This tour is sure to spark discussion about world history, immigration, politics, geography, liberty, and more.

Virtual Field Trip to See Salt Harvested!

July 22nd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, July 22, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Carfill.com: Cargill Salt

Age Range: 6 and up (approximately with parental supervision)

Take a virtual tour of Cargill Salt’s salt-harvesting operation on the San Francisco Bay. See ancient and modern techniques employed to make and refine over 650,000 tons of salt each year from bay water with the help of the sun and wind.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction.  Just follow it in chronological order by clicking on the directional links at the bottom of each page.  You’ll read interesting text and see clear photographs (click to enlarge for easy viewing). Or you can click on the menu to view any segment of the tour you’d like.  The tour includes:

*Solar Ponds – See the plant site where the salt is concentrated, crystallized and harvested.

*Evaporation Ponds – Through natural evaporation, water is drawn out of these ponds that are protected by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

*Salt Stacks – The bright, white salt stacks are familiar landmarks in the San Francisco Bay, serving as a navigational aid to commercial and private pilots.

You’ll also see and learn about the equipments used in the refinery, where salt is washed, processed and packaged.

When you’re through with the tour, be sure to click on the “Kids Pages” in the horizontal menu at the top of the page where you can learn:

  • How To Harvest Salt Yourself
  • How To Make A Mummy
  • Print Out Coloring Pages of Birds that Live in the Salt Marshes

Social Studies & Geography Games!

May 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, May 12, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
School Time Games: Social Studies

Age Range: 8-14  (about grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

What fun! This website offers a variety of free, multi-media, interactive games to help students learn social studies and geography. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

*Time Trip – Match events, landmarks, inventions, and fashions to their time in history.

*Explore Jamestown – Grab your shovel and compass to unearth clues from the past and avoid the many hazards settlers faced years ago in Jamestown.

*Titanic – Virtually excavate the Titanic’s hidden treasures.

*Coffee Tycoon – Run your own coffee shop, coffee stand, and coffee empire in this coffee simulation game.

You’ll also find geography games where you match names of states and countries to their position on maps.

Once you’ve explored the Social Studies menu, use the menu at the top of the page to find other terrific games for learning language arts, science, and math.

Note: This is an ad-supported website. In some cases, a random video advertisement may play before your game starts. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use.

 

 

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