Posts Tagged ‘Vikings’

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.

Journey through Anglo-Saxon Life & Death

June 29th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 29, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anglo-Saxon Discovery

(anglosaxondiscovery.ashmolean.org/index.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford provides young students a look into Anglo-Saxon life through interactive activities illustrated by children.

Using either the upper menu bar or the student illustrated images, navigate through the site to learn about:

  • Anglo-Saxon Arrival
  • Anglo-Saxon Life
  • Anglo-Saxon Death
  • Anglo-Saxon Kings and Kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire
  • Edward Thurlow Leeds and Archaeology

Each page presents questions to be answered. Click on the question to be taken to another page with clickable answers (and/or more questions). Just as in our real-life studies where many questions lead to more questions, this website also presents information in a layered manner, with answered questions often leading to more questions and clickable information links.

Also available using the menu on the right side of the page are: 

  • Teacher Resources – standards, objectives and outcomes as well as sample lesson plans, printable companion activity sheets, and more
  • Games and activities – when we clicked this link the page had broken image links, but click on the text links to reach the following: 
    • How much do you know about the Anglo-Saxons?
    • Games
    • Activity Sheets
    • A few more ideas
  • Links – more websites related to Anglo-Saxon study
  • Meet the Vikings – mini-unit on Vikings like the larger Anglo-Saxon unit
  • Picture Gallery – student illustrations of Anglo-Saxons, archaeologists, and more
  • Virtual Gallery – items in the Leeds Gallery of the museum
  • Ashmolean Museum – takes visitors to the main museum

(Note that the Archives and Artefacts link was not working at the time of this review.)

The brief texts and fun illustrations from students makes this website appealing to younger students and therefore may keep them more engaged in the learning.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/languages/words/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, children with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Take an American History Journey

July 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 2, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Journeys

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring National History Day’s 2004 theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 
  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents. You can view the images for free – or purchase high-quality reproductions.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.
Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

History for the Appetite

September 18th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 18, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cookit! History Cookbook

 

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

 

A ClickScholar in Virginia shares this appetizing history website sure to get your tummy rumbling. Part of the larger Cookit! website which is dedicated to improving students’ “skills, understanding and enjoyment of food and healthy eating”, this portion of the website encourages the discovery of food preparation, diets, and its effect on health and daily life throughout history.
When arriving at the site choose from the following time periods:
  • Prehistoric (15000BC – 42)
  • Romano-British (43 – 409)
  • Saxons & Vikings (410 – 1065)
  • Normans / Medieval (1066 – 1484)
  • Tudors (1485 – 1602)
  • Stuarts (1603 – 1713)
  • Georgians / Regency (1714 – 1836)
  • Victorians (1837 – 1901)
  • Edwardians and World War I (1901 – 1918)
  • Interwar Years (1918 – 1939)
  • World War II (1939 – 1945)
  • Postwar / Modern (1945 – 1985)

Through the use of video podcasts, recipes, and picture galleries, in addition to informational texts relating to life, food, and health facts during the time period, visitors will gain a better understanding of the importance of food in history. Learn about the evolution of food preparation, try period recipes, discover how the dinner table and the kitchen has changed, and how all of these things have contributed to the life-styles and health of people throughout time.

When you are finished exploring the History Cookbook, be sure to check out the Activities tab for more learning activities related to food, as well as the Teaching area tab for even more resources and guidance in using the whole Cookit! website.

This website is a wonderful (and tasty) addition to your history studies sure to have your children asking for second helpings.

Interactive Viking Voyage of Discovery

January 30th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, January 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NOVA Online -The Vikings

 

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

 

What kid is not fascinated by the stories of Vikings? In 2000, PBS aired a 2-hour NOVA program exploring the less barbaric side of the Norsemen. Take an interactive voyage of discovery through this companion website and gain a better understanding of the Viking world.

Put your oars of exploration in the waters of learning with these topics: 

  

  • Explore a Viking Village by viewing video ‘walk throughs’ of a 1:30 scale model of a medieval Viking village in Sweden.
  • Who Were the Vikings? This question and others are answered wonderfully in a Q&A session with Dr. William Fitzhugh, who gives a better view of what Vikings were really like.
  • Examine the Secrets of Norse Ships, their construction, and how many different types of Viking ships have been discovered.
  • The Viking Diaspora examines the settlement of the Vikings in other lands with the aid of a clickable map.
  • Write Your Name in Runes and learn the meaning of each letter of the Viking alphabet using the interactive feature.
  • Build a Tree-Ring Timeline and discover how scientists have used this method to determine the date of the remains of Viking ships.
 

And because this is a simple to navigate but thorough website, further your Viking studies by examining the other recommended resources.

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