Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

History Channel – Christmas

December 11th, 2014


It’s December 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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History Channel – Christmas


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


The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides videos and texts relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today. When arriving at the link you will find two sections, “Christmas Videos” and “Christmas in Depth”.
In the “Christmas Videos” section you will find short videos (usually 2-4 minutes long) covering such topics as Christmas history, food, traditions, decorations, and even a 3-minute video about strange Christmas Traditions.
In the “Christmas in Depth” section, not only are there a few more short videos but there is also informative text to further build upon what is presented in the videos. Topics covered include:

  • History of Christmas (includes video)
  • History of Christmas Trees (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide (includes video)
  • Santa Claus (includes video)
  • Christmas Traditions, Past and Present
  • 7 Historical Events that Took Place on Christmas
  • Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
  • Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25?
  • Christmas by the Numbers Infographic
  • Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve: An American Tradition
  • Mincemeat: It’s What’s for (Christmas) Dinner

As always, parents will want to preview videos and material prior to allow their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards. If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

Hundreds of Hands on Crafts for Kids

March 29th, 2014


It’s Saturday, March 29, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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Hands On Crafts for Kids


Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Heidi Craft sent us this wonderful website for review. This website is the online home to the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids. Not only will visitors find hundreds of educationally reinforced craft projects with easy-to-follow instructions, but also episodes of the Hands On Crafts for Kids show are available for on-line viewing each week.
Some of the craft projects also include YouTube videos. Current series topics cover: 
* The Artist In You!
* More Crafting Every Day projects!
* Crafting Every Day
* Crafts around the World
* Living Things
* Skills for Life
* Back to Basics
* Cultural Traditions of the Islands
* 5,4,3,2,1 – 5 projects, 5 steps, 5 ingredients
* Crafting in the USA
* Back In Time
* Camp Hands On
* Crafts Around The Earth
* Crafting Together
* Crafts Around The World 1
* Curriculum Crafts

A small sampling of the fun projects available includes:

* Paleolithic Cave Painting
* Japanese Printing Technique – Gyotaku Fish Shaped Prints
* Impressionistic Landscape
* A sock-arm puppet
* Create glop or blubber
* Peruvian Bead Necklace

There is an ever growing list of great projects and ideas that can be easily integrated into your studies. You will surely want to bookmark this site to come back to often.

High School World History Resources

August 1st, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, August 1, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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World History Sources

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12)

This website, sponsored by The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, provides an archive of reviews and links to websites containing primary sources for teaching world history at the high school level that reflect three specific approaches (as quoted from the website):

1) An emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation;

2) A focus on contacts among different societies and the economic, social, and cultural consequences of those contacts;

3) An attentiveness to “global” forces that transcend individual societies or even societies in mutual contact-forces such as technology diffusion, migration, disease transmission, extension and realignments of trade routes, or missionary outreach.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Finding World History – Read scholarly reviews of and get links to primary source documents for Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, the Pacific Basin and more. Plus you’ll find links to primary sources for specific eras in world history such as:

  • Classical Traditions, Religions & Empires, 1000 BCE-300 CE
  • Emergence of the First Global Age, 1450-1770
  • An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
  • The World Since 1945: Promises & Paradoxes

*Unpacking Evidence – Leading world history scholars provide guidance to using primary sources including music, images, maps, newspapers, and personal accounts.

*Analyzing Documents – Examine multi-media case studies that show how to interpret primary sources and put them into historical context.

*Teaching Sources – Review examples of how high school students and teachers use primary sources for learning history.

The idea is to learn to utilize resources that provide meaningful context to world-wide historical people, places, and events.

Bookmark this site to return whenever you need good reference material to supplement your understanding of world history.


India’s Festival of Holi

March 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, March 22, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Pitara Kids Network: Holi

Age Range: 5-13 (approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

This ad-supported website was developed by entrepreneurs, journalists, curriculum developers, and educators in India and “was born out of the recognition that education is not an end in itself. That it has a higher goal – of helping our children become intelligent human beings. Intelligent and sensitive to their immediate social-political-cultural-ecological surroundings.”

The website offers all kinds of free games and activities to encourage learning, including terrific information on the spring festival in India called, “Holi.”  In 2013, Holi will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 27th.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the culture, customs and traditions of India. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. The information is slightly outdated as it says that Holi is on March 9-10. The festival changes dates annually. As mentioned previously, in 2013 it will be celebrated on March 27th. Explore the menu below the welcome message that includes:

*Holi: The Colours of Spring – Read about the history and meaning of the festival.

*Where Holi is the Talk of the Town – Find out why Holi is “the day when the world turns upside down.”

*The Song of Hori or Happiness – Read about the Hindu myths and legends about Holi. (Note: There is a game on this page that I couldn’t open and review. I’m not certain if it’s part of the page, or an ad.  If you can open it, preview to determine suitability of content.)

*Holi is for Children – Read a woman’s recollection of Holi and how her family celebrated when she was a child.

*Holi’s Here – If you’ve read all of the articles above, take the quiz to test your knowledge of Holi. Taking the quiz is education all by itself. Whether you answer correctly or incorrectly you receive an informative explanation.

This site offers a peek into Hindu beliefs, traditions, and legends associated with the festival of Holi in India. Some of the customs and beliefs may seem strange and puzzling, but they present a good opportunity for discussion and greater understanding of the people and countries of our world.

The site also offers many games and activities that I did not review. Plus, random ads are generated on each page of the website. Therefore, as always, parents should preview to determin suitability of content and supervise all Internet activity.

Free Game & Curriculum on History of Detroit!

January 10th, 2013

It’s Thursday, January 10, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Building Detroit

Age Range: 8 and up (with parental supervision, non-readers will need assistance)

The Detroit Historical Society sponsors this website that provides free curriculum, an interactive timeline, and a fun interactive game focused on the geographic, economic, historic, and cultural events in Detroit from 1600 to 1901. The presentation highlights the history of Native Americans, military occupation, fur trading, economic and population growth, industrialization, and the Underground Railroad, as well as the influence of French, British, Spanish, and Dutch explorers and immigrants.

When you get to the site, you can select from three items on the menu that include:

*Building Detroit: The Game – Play a game that allows you to help build the city of Detroit over five generations. As you progress through the game, you’ll learn about people and events of historical importance.

*Detroit History – Explore an interactive timeline that covers events from 1600-1901.

*Curriculum – Get free lessons plans in social studies and English language arts. Designed with third grade classroom students in mind, it can be enjoyed by a wider age/grade range and tweaked for homeschool use. The lessons are divided into six sections as follows:

  1. Before 1701 – Learn about the Native Americans who inhabited the area and explore Anishinabeg culture and oral traditions.
  2. 1701-1760 French Detroit – Meet French explorers and learn about the French fur trade.
  3. 1761-1796 British Detroit – Find out about Pontiac’s Rebellion, life in British Detroit, and the American Revolution.
  4. 1796-1825 Early American Detroit – Meet people of historical importance to Detroit, and learn about the great fire of 1805.
  5. 1825-1865 Boomtown Detroit – Discover how Detroit became a city, and its role in the Underground Railroad.
  6. 1866-1901 Industrial Detroit – Learn how Detroits natural resources led to its industrialization.

History of Holidays!

December 13th, 2012

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 13, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites: See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

The holidays are here and I thought you might enjoy learning about their origin and history, as well as some of the customs associated with them.

The History of Christmas offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas Tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols
This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, click here.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Kwanzaa
At this site, you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.