Posts Tagged ‘social studies’

Count to 10 in Over 5000 Languages

January 14th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 14, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Numbers List

(www.zompist.com/numbers.shtml)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12. NOTE: This site was not designed with children in mind; however, some kids may enjoy learning to count to ten in another language with parental assistance.)

 

At this website you can learn to count from 1 to 10 in five thousand languages – as long as you can read and figure out word pronunciations from text. (There are no audio clips here.) Even for those who might have difficulty, just seeing the amazing number of languages spoken on this planet is a social studies and foreign language eye-opener!

When you get to the site, select a language family from the drop down menu. You can further refine the languages shown by million-speaker languages only, living languages only, and/or dead languages only and even see only numbers 1-5 to simplify the chart. Once you hit the “List” button, a table is created with the numbers from 1 to 10 written in the many languages included in the family. Click the links above the tool to learn about the language families for the numbers list and writing systems. Also select the “Sources” link to understand the symbols in the chart.

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Discover Countries Around the World

November 25th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 25, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ProjectExplorer.org

(projectexplorer.org/)

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

 

Bring the world to your classroom with the educational videos and material at this website from the non-profit organization, ProjectExplorer.

When arriving at today’s link, select your grade level then choose your desired location from across the world. A sampling of the video tours include: 

  • The song and dance of South Africa
  • A sugar shack in Canada to see how maple syrup is made
  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia
  • Teotihu├ícan pyramid in Mexico
  • Caves of Belize
  • See the Orang Utans in the Singapore Zoo
  • The food of Mumbai, India
  • Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica
  • The Caspian Sea
  • The BBC in England
  • And so much more.

Each video tour is accompanied by a diary-like entry providing more details and information.

To access the teacher lesson plans, you will need to register for free. Once you have confirmed your registration, select the “For Teachers” link in the upper menu. Then you can search for lesson plans by country or by subject. Lesson plans include objects, standards and benchmarks, rubrics, worksheets and more.

Bookmark this website to come back to time and again to supplement your geography and social studies.

Become a History Detective

November 17th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 17, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

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

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past” they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Colorado Doing History Virtual Tours

October 28th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 28, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Doing History Virtual Tours

(hewit.unco.edu/dohist/vftrips/themes.htm)

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

 

Take 11 different virtual field trips with this website from the University of Northern Colorado and The William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Studies Education.

Choose to visit: 

  • Colorado Indians
  • Georgetown’s Historic Stores
  • Georgetown’s Historic Houses
  • An 1860’s Farm
  • An 1890’s Farm
  • The Lebanon Sliver Mine
  • Denver’s Historic Lower Downtown
  • Denver’s Historic 17th Street
  • Denver’s Historic Civic Center
  • Denver’s Historic Uptown District

Once you have selected your tour, there are a few different ways to navigate the tours, depending on your selection. Some you click an image to begin, then use the “Next” text link to move to the next slide. Others bring up a group of images to choose from, then you can continue using the “Next” link. And there are a few that visitors use a map to choose locations. Once an image is pulled up, then click on it again to enlarge in another pop up window. When this window opens, learn more about the image by choosing either “About this stop” or “Preservation” from the lower menu in the frame.

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Click the “Doing History Site Map” text link and another pop up will appear. This brings up a chart that when you select the check mark a new browser window opens and you can dig deeper into: 

  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Indians
  • Miners
  • Cities
  • 20th Century
  • Archives
  • Ancient Pueblos

Here you will also find a link to Teachers Resources which include Lesson plans and more tips on using the website.

Bookmark this site to come back to during your Colorado state and American history studies.

Interactive and educational games

October 19th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Interactive Sites for Education – Language Arts

(interactivesites.weebly.com/language-arts.html)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

We found a quite a treasure on this website that describes themselves as a conglomeration of “all of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!” New activities for the 2016-17 school year were just added. They do say that “most of these activities are Flash based. This means that they will NOT work on iPads unless you are running an app that allows Flash to play such as Puffin”.

When you get to the page scroll down to investigate the games listed by skills like: 

  • ABC’s
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capitalization
  • Compound Words
  • Capitalization
  • Parts of Speech
  • And so much more!

This website has much more to offer in addition to Language Arts. Go to the home page to see a full list of their offerings – everything from learning about the elections to Math, Science, Social Studies, Brainteasers, Teacher Tools, Music, Art, Typing, Holidays and even games in Spanish!

Please keep in mind that each of these selections are links to individual websites. These interactive games, sites, and activities were not created by the owner(s) of this site. The content of the linked resources are the property of their respective creators. As always, parents should preview the content and supervise the use.

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