Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Geography for Kids

May 21st, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com – Geography Resources

(www.education.com/resources/geography/)

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

 

This part of the larger Education.com website provides learning resources all about geography. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the information.

When arriving at the site, either use the image icons under the introduction to select the topic you wish to explore or use the left-hand menu to choose topics by grade level. Some of the topics are: 

  • Reading a Map
  • The Continents
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • 50 State Capitals
  • World Oceans
  • The 5 Great Lakes
  • Lines on the Globe
  • and so much more!

You can download a free worksheet and see related learning resources.

You can also use the top menu to sort by: Printable Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Hands-On Activities, and Printable Workbooks all related to geography.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

May 14th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FedFlix

(https://archive.org/details/FedFlix)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.

When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by Title, Topics and Subjects, Creator, or by date archived.

A sampling of topics we searched for included: 

  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as: 

  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Department of Defense
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center 
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • FDR Presidential Library 

  • And so many more!

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired. 

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Learn the history of falcons and see them live!

May 7th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rochester Falconcam

(rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/)

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

 

Watch Beauty and Dot.ca, two Peregrine Falcons that are nesting atop a tall building in downtown Rochester, NY.

When you get to the site, you can read a little introduction about Rfalconcam and the recent activity there. Then go to “Cameras” in the top menu bar to view Latest Pictures and Streaming Video. This website hosts regularly updated, live feed of the nesting box photos taken by the Falconcam (from a variety of angles). It provides live pictures of the endangered falcons as they prepare their nest, lay eggs, tend the eggs, hatch the eggs, and nurture and feed their offspring. 

The website also features educational materials for students and teachers. Under “Learn More” you’ll find: 

  • Education
  • History
  • Falcon Information
  • and more

You’ll find curriculum, a word search, information on Peregrines as well as the history of the falcons, and more. This is a spectacular opportunity for your family to learn more about endangered species and how Peregrine Falcons fit into the ecosystem. Follow all the action in the nest box on the Rochester Falconcam!

Free History & Geography Lessons & Activities

April 30th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Guide to Teaching World History & Geography

(www.studentsfriend.com/

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website was developed by a history teacher named Mike Maxwell whose mission is to make history and geography more meaningful to students by identifying important developments in world history and tying them to geography in a way that is memorable.

It offers a free, downloadable, comprehensive guide called the Student’s Friend that may be used in place of a history textbook, along with lesson plans, study guides, and other resources to enhance learning. The site has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education. 

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

  • Purpose – Learn more about the author and educational philosophy.
  • Teaching and Learning – Get the fundamentals of teaching and learning world history and geography. 
  • Teacher Tools – Get free lessons plans and activities. Students can explore important themes and issues and enjoy in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations and simulations. While designed for high school classroom use, the materials have been used by middle school teachers, college professors, and homeschool teachers worldwide.
  • Student’s Friend – A Concise World History – Access a free, concise narrative of world history and geography to use in place of a textbook. The Student’s Friend can be used online or download it for use offline. It’s divided into two parts: 
    • Part I – Prehistory through 1500 including: 
      • Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
      • Ancient India and China
      • Ancient Greece and Rome
      • The Early Middle Ages, 500 to 1000 AD
      • The Late Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
    • Part II – 1500 to the Present including: 
      • 1500s and 1600s, Early Modern World
      • 1700s, Enlightenment & Revolution
      • 1800s, Industrial Revolution & Imperialism
      • 1900 to 1950, World at War
      • 1950 to the Present, Cold War & Space Age
      • Current Issues, A Changing World Order

This is a remarkable resource, so bookmark the site to return again.

The History of Electronic Games!

April 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Video Game History

(www.museumofplay.org/about/icheg/video-game-history)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games is part of The Strong – a museum in Rochester, New York. ICHEG “collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.”

When you get to the site, you can explore: 

  • Game History
  • Video Game History Timeline
  • Key Moments in Video Game History PDF
  • Interpreting the History of Electronic Games

The timeline has the history of electronic games and delivery systems from the 1940s to the 2010s including: 

  • Pong
  • Space Invaders
  • Pac-Man
  • Donkey Kong
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Play Station
  • The Sims
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Minecraft
  • and more!

Just click on each decade in the timeline to learn about legendary games and game systems, along with their inventors including Will Wright, Ralph Baer, Don Daglow, and others. You’ll enjoy a brief textual history along with photographs.

When you’re through with the timeline, check out other parts of The Strong: the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and more! The gamers in your home are sure to want to take a field trip or family vacation to experience this museum in real time.

Geography – All 50 States

April 16th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2020, and time for Social Sciences  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

50States.com

(www.50states.com/us.htm)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported site is an amazing resource for learning all about the 50 United States.

When you get to the site you can link to a blank map of the United States and below that there are links to blanks maps of each of the States. Use the menu at the top to navigate the site that includes: 

  • State Facts – State trees, birds, song, flags, flowers, newspapers, quarters, and more
  • Colleges – Colleges, universities, business schools, nursing schools, and more
  • Study Tools – Links to sites for teachers, statehood dates, worksheets, flashcards, games, lesson plans, and so much more
  • Quizzes – State facts, state capitals, state trees, and state nicknames
  • Travel – Coolest architecture in America, the 14 best U.S. beaches, 12 interesting inventions made in the U.S., 10 strange state symbols, and more.

There is so much to learn about our states!

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