Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Virtually Tour an Egyptian Tomb

October 10th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, October 10, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: Tomb Tour

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California maintains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the west. They also have built a replica of a noble person’s rock-cut tomb that the public can tour at the museum – or virtually at their website.
When you get to the site you’ll see four extensive galleries of images:
  • Burial Practices, Afterlife and Mummies
  • Gods and Religion
  • Kings and Pharaohs
  • Daily Life, Trade, & Neighbors
You may select either “Image” or “Video” to view the items. When selecting “Image”, you will be taken to an interactive image to select the objects you wish to view. Hover your mouse over the image and informational text is provided. If you select “Video”, you can select an image in the first slide then a brief video presentation, complete with audio explanation, opens.

When you have completed your tour, go back to the landing page, and you can select “Explore” on the right sidebar menu to see an interactive timeline, more information about Egypt, and a whole series of recommended websites devoted to Egyptology.

On the Ides of March Explore Roman History

May 15th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, May 15, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC Primary History – Romans

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

 

March 15th is often referred to as the Ides of March and is most notably remembered due to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. on this date. This event is considered a turning point in Roman history. At this BBC website, explore what life and history was like in ancient Rome through text, images, videos, and activities. When arriving at the site, select an area to explore:

  • City of Rome
  • Rebellion
  • The Roman army
  • Leisure
  • Technology
  • Roman remains
  • Invasion
  • Roman defense of Britain
  • Roads and places
  • Family and children
  • Religion
  • Romans in Scotland

Each area above provides visitors with concise information about the topic, interesting photos to explore, brief videos to enhance your learning, a “Fun Facts” box with Roman history trivia, links to more websites relevant to the topic, and additional activities such as online quizzes and printable supplements.

Students will enjoy playing the interactive, online “Dig It Up: Romans” game where they virtually participate in an archaeological dig.

You will also easily find loads of Teacher’s Resources to help you expand and supplement your studies.

Whether you are doing an in-depth study of Roman history or simply looking for supplemental material for your own study, this website helps make the learning fun.

Explore History through Timelines

May 1st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, May 1, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HyperHistory Online

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

Lovers of timelines will thoroughly enjoy this simple to navigate and ultra-informative website. Using the two sidebar navigation tools, hone in on the points of history you wish to survey. Discover the people and events covering a time span of 3000 years. This website allows visitors to explore not only the events in history, but also the people and places of history. In addition to timelines for general history, events, and people, specific topics covered include: 

  • Science
  • Culture
    • Artists
    • Music
    • Writers
  • Religion
  • Politics

 

Once you have selected a particular timeline to view using the left-hand side bar, narrow down your timeframe using the right-hand sidebar. The entries within the timelines are clickable, providing additional topical information on the right hand sidebar.

 

In addition to the timelines, there is a selection of maps to geographically envision the seven periods of world history: 

  • Early Civilizations
  • Greek Colonization
  • Rome & Han China
  • Barbarian Invasions
  • Expansion of Islam
  • Mongol Empires
  • A.D. 1500-1800

 

An online, comprehensive, 250 chapter history text written by Frank Smitha that complements HyperHistory is also available for free through the link “Book Text”. (Please note that the “Book Text” link takes you to an external ad supported website.)

 

Timelines are a valuable resource for putting history into perspective and you will find yourself bookmarking this site to come back to time after time.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

April 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MyVocabulary.com

 

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.
The founders of MyVocabulary.com, Jan and Carey Cook, wrote, “We began our efforts to promote vocabulary comprehension using Latin/Greek word derivations in 1997. Our site now has 2500 pages of materials, worksheets and puzzles. More than 24,000 teachers and schools use MyVocabulary.com.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

*Root Word Lesson Plans – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.

*Thematic Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

*Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “avatar” to “vintner”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*Test Prep/Assessment – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Explore Ancient Ireland

March 6th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, March 6, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

In Search of Ancient Ireland

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Based on the three episode series presented by PBS, this companion website offers further exploration through interactive features, text, videos, and photos and examines Ireland’s myths and their impact on Western civilization.

 

Select from the following to begin exploring:

  • Cartographer’s Journey – Explore an interactive map to Ireland’s key historical sites.
  • Fortress Ireland – Discover how the geography of Ireland has played a role in its relationship with Europe and take a pictorial tour of Ireland. Watch a video clip of stone forts built by Irish kings.
  • Religion – Learn how Christianity has changed this formerly pagan land and view a video clip about St. Patrick.
  • Culture and Commerce – Understand what life was like in ancient Ireland.
  • Technology – Discover how new technology that came to Ireland during the Bronze Age impacted its economy.
  • About the Film – This page of the website is further broken down into sections. Video clips from the episodes can be found in the “About the Episodes” Section.
  • Resources – Dig deeper with web links for further study.
  • Lesson Plans – Check out the two lesson plans to use with middle or high school students that include overviews, standards covered, procedures for teachers, and more.

 

With the help of this website, visitors will journey through history and sort through the legends and myths to learn the truth about ancient Ireland.

Travel to the “Land Between Rivers”

February 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Dig deep into your study of Mesopotamia with this comprehensive and appealing website. Created with the help of Chicago teachers, The Oriental Institute and others, when you first arrive at this website you are welcomed with a brief introduction and then you can select your area of discovery:

* Life in Mesopotamia
* Interactives
* Learning Collection
* Teaching Materials

While exploring “Life in Mesopotamia”, the brief, yet informative text encourages a closer examination of the interactive images of the artifacts. Some of the topics covered are:

* The First Farmers
* Daily Life
* The First Cities
* The Role of Women
* Literature
* Mathematics and Measurement
* Art and Architecture
* The First Cities
* Religion
* The Invention of Writing
* Law and Government
* Science and Inventions

On the “Interactives” page, dig even deeper in your exploration with artifact image interactives, videos, and a fun virtual archaeological dig where the student collects and catalogs artifacts and then creates their own museum exhibit.
In the “Learning Collection”, take an in-depth look at the artifact images using the “Zoomify” software and encourage closer examination and understanding of the objects with the provided thought-provoking questions.
 
You won’t want to miss checking out the “Teaching Materials”. With helpful instruction on how to use the site in your classroom and downloadable PDF lesson plans for each of the topics covered, your Mesopotamia study will be complete! 

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