Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

(www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm)

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

 

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. In the words of then President Franklin Roosevelt, it was “a date that would live in infamy”. This website from the National Park Service and from their “Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans” collection, helps students examine the events and history of Pearl Harbor and the memorialized USS Arizona.

After reading the introduction, scroll down to the “Table of Contents” which provides a linked layout of the lesson plan. Use the links in the layout to work through the plan. Concepts covered include: 

  • Setting the Stage: Historical Context – summary information about the purpose of the study
  • Locating the Site: Maps – Use the maps of Hawaii, Japan, the island of Oahu, and Pearl Harbor while working through the reading sections.
  • Determining the Facts: Readings – concise texts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Determining the Facts: Charts – Use charts to answer questions.
  • Visual Evidence: Images – pictures that can be used with the lesson plan
  • Putting It All Together: Activities – four extension activities for better understanding

On every page there are thought-provoking questions to help students analyze the information presented. Select the “Supplementary Resources” link for additional sites for further study.  


Add this website to your list for World War II history studies. 

Track Santa’s Sleigh!

December 5th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NORAD Tracks Santa

(www.noradsanta.org/)

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

 

Track Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve! Those wacky scientists at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Not only that, they provide lots of pre-Christmas Eve activities just for kids including: 

  • Visit Santa’s Kids’ Countdown Village – Visit this website each day in December to receive updates from the North Pole and discover surprises (activities like word searches and crossword puzzles).
  • Watch Holiday Cheer Videos – Watch videos created by students to celebrate Santa. And on December 24th visit NORAD’s site to see the video feed from Santa Cams positioned around the world.
  • Track Santa with Your Mobile Phone – On December 24th use “Google Maps for Mobile” to track Santa’s location worldwide.
  • Track Santa Through Google Earth – On Christmas Eve head to the NORAD site to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth.
  • About Santa – Watch a video of Santa reciting, The Night Before Christmas. Read FAQs about Santa and NORAD. Find out how many cookies Santa eats on Christmas Eve.
  • About NORAD – Find out why NORAD tracks Santa and how they do it!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Discovering Jamestown

November 30th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, November 30, 2017, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History is Fun: Jamestown Settlement

(www.historyisfun.org/sites/discovering-jamestown/index.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Take this “electronic classroom adventure” and discover the history of Jamestown, Virginia.

This website from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and made possible by Dominion & Dominion Foundation and John and Dorothy Estes provides lesson plans, images, and videos regarding Jamestown

Navigation of the site is a breeze. Use the sidebar menu in the image to select an option. When the new page opens, choose the desired plan, image topic or video. There are five lesson plans to choose from: 

  • The People of Jamestown: The English – Role Play
  • The People of Jamestown: The Africans – Using the Five Themes of Geography
  • The People of Jamestown: The Powhatan Indians – Categorizing Information
  • Voyage to Virginia: Keeping a Journal
  • Jamestown Legacy: Creating a Symbol

Each lesson plan is laid out similarly providing the objective, standards, materials list and links, additional resources, vocabulary list, teacher background information, procedural instructions, and a summary activity.

In the Image Galleries, explore pictures of The English, The Powhatan Indians, The West Central Africans and Maps. There are also five “Discovering Jamestown” videos to choose from: 

  • The English
  • The Powhatan Indians
  • The West Central Africans
  • Voyage to Virginia
  • Legacy

When you have finished with your adventure, select the Historyisfun.org link and browse the “Learn” tab on the menu to find more Jamestown Learning Resources.

Add this site to your list of resources for your colonial studies.

Colonial America for Kids

November 16th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Land of the Brave: Colonial America for Kids

(www.landofthebrave.info/)

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

 

Explore Colonial America with this ad-supported website from the U.K.

Information is presented with concise text, interesting images, maps, fast facts, and more. After reading over the generalized information relating to a topic, each section can be further investigated by selecting from a list of more specific material. Students can begin learning by selecting from the following general topics: 

  • Explorers & Discovery of America – from Leif Ericson to the colonization of America and all the explorers in between
  • Religious Beliefs & Religions – Learn about the Puritans, the various religions in the colonies, the Salem witch trials and more.
  • Important Original Documents – Explore primary source documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Sugar Act, state Constitutions and much more.
  • Revolutionary War & Battles – Discover the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
  • The Pilgrims & the Mayflower – Who were the pilgrims and the other people aboard the Mayflower?
  • Taxation in the Colonies – Examine the history of British Acts and taxation in the colonies.
  • Life in Colonial Times – Read about events that happened during colonial days and what it was like to live during that time.
  • Congress & Government – What was the government like during colonial days?
  • The First 13 Colonies – Dig into the history of the original 13 colonies.
  • Colonization, Trade & Colonialism – Explore the trade practices and commodities of colonial America as well as the colonization and colonialism that took place.
  • Famous Colonists & Patriots – Learn about the many important people of colonial days such as William Bradford, Captain John Smith, Thomas Hooker, Anne Hutchinson, Patrick Henry, the founding fathers and many more.

With so much information available, students will be able dig deep into colonial American history. 

(NOTE: As always, because this site is ad-supported, be sure to assist students while navigating around this website to avoid unwanted detours.)

Virtual Tour of America through Postcards

November 10th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour America Through Postcards

(www.postcardsfrom.com/t1/arcin.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website provides a virtual postcard tour of the United States. A husband-wife team documented their RV road trip visiting the capitals of all 50 states. He used his skills as a photographer and graphic designer to create the customized postcards. She is a former history teacher and writer who conducted interviews and collected “fun facts” to provide the educational content on the tour.

When you get to the site you will see a list of the states in the order they visited them. Click on a state and a new page opens displaying the unique photo-postcards. Then, click on the menu items above the postcard that say: 

  • Maps
  • Travel Tips
  • Stamps
  • Fun Facts

Those links will connect you to educational information about that state.

Don’t miss the “Just for Teachers” item on the sidebar menu for suggestions on how to use this site to encourage learning history, geography, and social studies.

If you dream of taking a similar journey, you’ll find a “Travel Tips” section at the site. The FAQs answer questions about how this couple funded their trip, since they quit their jobs to be on the road for almost three years. This is a fascinating and inspiring look at the United States.

Free Interactive Geography Games

September 28th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 28, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps.com – Education

(education.maps.com/games/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial map website features 14 free, interactive games that you can use to teach geography in an entertaining way.

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

  • Alienz! Map Game
  • US Capitals Map Game
  • Geographic Continent Map Game
  • Africa Map Game
  • Southeast Asia Map Game
  • USA Jigsaw Map Game
  • Crossword Map Game
  • USA & Canada Map Game
  • Latin America Map Game
  • Europe Map Game
  • Russia Map Game
  • Asia Map Game
  • Middle East & North Africa Map Game
  • Super Quiz Map Game

Click on any one and a new screen opens with instructions to launch the game. In most of the games you drag-and-drop a country or state into a regional map. In some, you answer questions to place a country or capital city on a map. All of them will challenge your knowledge of the locations of countries and capitals worldwide.

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