Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

(www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=81)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include: 

  • Mathematics for Young Learners
  • Number Sense
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. 

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including: 

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
  • And more!

Ancient Greece for Kids

January 12th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 12, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Ancient Greece

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/greece/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, part of the larger University of Manchester UK children’s website, takes primary school-aged students on an interactive exploration of the history of ancient Greece.

Using the side bar menu, begin your journey by selecting from the following: 

  • Explore Ancient Greece – Use the interactive map to learn more about the city-states of Greece such as Syracuse, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Athens, and Lesbos.
  • A timeline of ancient Greece – “Travel through time to discover the treasures of Ancient Greece” with this colorful and informative timeline.
  • Greek Religion and the gods – Dig into the stories of the Greek gods including Athena, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus and more.
  • The Ancient Olympics – Click on the correct city in Greece where the Olympics where held to learn about the games, rules, and even how to make your own “Olympic Torch”.
  • The Greek Alphabet & Language – Learn the Greek alphabet then play click-and-drag games to practice what you have learned.
  • Test Your Knowledge – Take the interactive multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of ancient Greece.
  • Catapult – Have some fun seeing how far you can sling a rock with this online game.
  • Ride the chariot – Race your chariot around the track with this fun (but a bit challenging) game. (Hint: when trying to turn, your chariot needs to be in motion – you may need to hold the up and the right or left arrow at the same time.)

When you have finished your ancient Greece studies, click “Home” in the upper menu and continue the learning by exploring the other interactive programs available.

Tour Tocqueville’s 1831 America

July 15th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, July 15, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Democracy in America

(xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/)

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

 

Today’s website provides the full text (that you can read online or print out to read offline) of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville – one of the most influential works on the politics and culture of America in 1831-1832.

As the website introduction explains:

What he saw there, who he talked with, what he read and overheard, became the stuff of his analysis of our nation’s essential nature and probable destiny. And almost everything he saw and heard has, of course, simply vanished…. Cincinnati is no longer a frontier boom town and the trackless wilderness of Tennessee has been comfortably suburbanized and malled along with the rest of the country….

And so we’re attempting to construct a virtual American ca. 1831-32…. based on Tocqueville’s itinerary, on his and his friend Beaumont’s letters and journals, on contemporaneous accounts of other foreign visitors, and on a variety of examples of material culture of the period, mostly paintings and engravings. It also holds explorations of Women’s Place at the time, of attitudes toward race and color, towards religion, and towards everyday life.

Democracy in America gives keen insight to life in the United States in the early/mid-19th century.

In addition to the text, the site offers an interesting VIRTUAL TOUR of Tocqueville’s America in 1831, through featured textual excerpts, illustrations, pictures, and more. It’s a great way to preview the book and get a peek at American culture over 150 years ago. The virtual tour alone provides an interesting social studies lesson.

When you get to the site you will see a map in the center of the screen. Above it is a link to the full text of the book and an introduction to the website.

A menu surrounds the map. The Virtual Tour is the first link on the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. It is followed by links to various other highlights based on the book including: 

  • Red, Black & White: Race in 1831
  • Everyday Life in 1831
  • American Religion in 1831
  • American Women: 1820-1842
  • and much more.

This is a fascinating historical account of life in America that sheds light on our past while illuminating the stark contrasts to present day America. After exploring the site, you can’t help but speculate what the future will bring.

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.

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