Posts Tagged ‘social studies’

Explore the Music of the World

November 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daria Music – Homeschoolers

(www.dariamusic.com/homeschoolers.php)

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

 

Explore the world of music with folksinger, Daria, at this website.

Today’s link takes visitors to a page specifically addressed to homeschoolers with textural links to fun educational activities. Activities include:

  • Explore Instruments – Listen to the sounds and songs of a cajon, drum, guiro, shekere, washboard, didgerido, dulcimer, and guitar, then color the instrument online or learn how to make your own.
  • Songbook – Search through Daria’s songbook for lyrics to silly songs and foreign language songs.
  • Daria’s Travels – Learn about the places that Daria has traveled through slideshows and texts.

When you are finished with the Homeschoolers page, use the top navigation menu and select the Activities/Crafts link to find loads of DIY projects for making your own instruments using readily available materials. Visitors will also find loads of instrument coloring pages.

Use the menu below the header to choose to watch “Videos” of the performer’s songs, or select “Songs” then the “Silly Songs & Musical Jokes” link to learn some fun songs (some have audios) or read some goofy jokes.

Not only will this website be a nice addition to your music studies, but, because of its multi-cultural focus on instruments around the world, it will be beneficial to your social studies and geography studies.

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.

North Atlantic Vikings

October 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

(naturalhistory.si.edu/vikings/start.html)

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

 

Explore the saga of the North Atlantic Vikings with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Read the brief introduction and then select either the “View the Exhibit” or “Viking Voyage.” Once on the exhibit page choose the “Guided Tour” link in the upper menu or left sidebar to begin examining 9 artifacts in the collection and discover interesting stories about the pieces. From this page, the Viking Voyage can be selected in the upper menu. Choose either the Enhanced site or the standard site. Both versions present the same information, but the enhanced site automatically begins the audio/video features. Intended to be explored sequentially, use the map to journey to: 

  • Homelands
  • Western Isles
  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Markland and Helluland
  • Vinland
  • Land of Legend

Each page includes textural overviews, archaeological information, images, interesting Viking sagas, and historical facts. There are links to videos and animations, but we found that we were not able to play these. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting this website as there is a lot of other valuable information readily available for your studies.

There are also other educational resources available by selecting the “Learning Center” link. There is an online Teacher’s Guide, a downloadable Family Guide PDF with questions to answer and more, as well as links to other resources such as additional websites, vocabulary, Hnefatafl Board (an old Norse game), a Viking world map, and the Futhark Runic alphabets.

This website will be a nice addition to your list of social studies resources.

Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

September 9th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 9, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AHC-Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

(www.artistshelpingchildren.org/musicalinstrumentsartscraftstideashandmadekids.html)

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

 

This website provides free instructions on how to make your own musical instruments that will help everyone pass the time more happily.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page slightly to the menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • African Drums
  • Bells on a String
  • Bongo Drums
  • Bagpipes
  • Tambourines
  • Guitar
  • Cymbals
  • Didgeridoo
  • Maracas
  • Castanets
  • Kazoo
  • Rainstick
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • and many more!

Best of all, many of these instruments can be made by recycling things you’ll find around the house such as coffee cans, bottle caps, oatmeal boxes, paper plates, tissue paper, straws, combs, pie tins, etc.  

Not only that, many of the instruments offer cross-curricular connections with Social Studies. There are instruments for celebrating cultural holidays and religious festivals. 

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with information about the instrument, a materials list, and complete instructions with pictures. In some instances, you’ll find how-to video clips.

When you’re through making a joyful noise, be sure to check out the rest of the site that offers innumerable ways to express creativity.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

September 6th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(www.myvocabulary.com/)

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

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

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

  • Root Word Lesson – 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.
  • Subject 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.
  • Subject 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 “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
  • Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE 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.

Social Studies Online

July 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Social Studies Go

(www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/)

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

 

A Social Studies teacher created this ad-supported website to make social studies awesome and claims that it “brings to you the most complete Social Studies teacher resources in cyber space.”

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to find links to the categories that include U.S. History and World History. The U.S History page is broken down into three time periods and includes: 

  • Colonial America – Jamestown, Plymouth, The Mayflower, Colonial Life, Salem Witch Trials, Trouble over Taxes, Battle of Lexington and the American Revolution
  • Building America – Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812, Indian Wars, Battle of Little Bighorn, Westward Expansion, California Gold Rush, Slavery in America, Fugitive Slave Act, The Civil War, Nat Turner, Reconstruction, After Slavery, Industrial Revolution
  • Into the 21st Century – Immigration, Women Get the Vote, World War I, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Civil Rights, The Dust Bowl, Japanese Internment, Prohibition

The World History page also covers three time frames: 

  • Ancient History – Emperor Qin, Gladiators, Neolithic Revolution, Roman Empire, Greek Democracy, The Silk Road, Maya, Pompeii, Hammurabi’s Code
  • The Medieval World – Fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval Europe, Mongol Empire, Genghis Kahn, Mansa Musa, Islamic Golden Age, Black Plague, Samurai Japan, Marco Polo
  • The Modern World – Italian Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Age of Colonization, The Reformation, Mandela takes on Apartheid, Columbian Exchange, Scientific Revolution, Conquest of Mexico, The Berlin Wall, The French Revolution, Age of Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, World War I, Russian Revolution, World War II

Each topic includes text and images about the subject and some also include relevant videos, interactive tours, maps, and clickable image “stacks.”

There is a lot of great information available at this website for a lot of your history study needs.

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