Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Listen and Learn about Places in History

August 15th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 15, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Browse Through History – MrDowling.com

(https://www.mrdowling.com/)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

Mr. Dowling is a teacher who developed this website from his interest in history and the lessons he taught in the classroom. “Travel” and learn with him as he reads each lesson!

When you get to the ad-supported site, scroll past the ads to get to the 16 icons and click on a destination to learn about a variety of places including: 

  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Africa
  • India and the Himalayas
  • China
  • America Before Columbus
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • The Caribbean
  • And more!

Just click on an icon such as “Ancient Greece” and a new page opens with an introduction; and on the right side of the page are links to selections such as Greek Mythology, The Iliad and The Odyssey, Sparta, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great and more. The information is presented in user-friendly text enhanced by illustrations and photographs. Each lesson also has a link to an audio file of Mr. Dowling reading the lesson, so your child can follow along; and links to download additional resourses. Or you can look under Site Tools at the top of the page and click on Download Free Teacher Resources to see all the resources in one place.

Learn all about President Harry S. Truman!

August 8th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 8, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

(www.trumanlibrary.gov/education/student-resources)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website introduces students to the life and times of President Harry S. Truman. This guide was developed based on the most requested topics about Truman from students in elementary and secondary grades.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that provides biographical information accompanied by photos and text and all kinds of student activities to enhance learning about Truman’s presidency. The headings include:

  • Truman’s Early Life (1884-1922)
  • Truman Family
  • Early Political Career
  • Truman’s Presidency
  • Timelines

Once you’ve had a chance to explore the site’s contents, try your hand at the Games and Activities including secret codes, a maze, fill in the blanks, alphabetize, and more that test your knowledge of Truman and his presidency.

Explorer Hernando DeSoto – Videos & Activity Book

August 1st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 1, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hernando DeSoto in America Movies

(fcit.usf.edu/florida/movies/soto/soto.htm)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology offer a free series of QuickTime movies that are reenactments of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of Florida, which he claimed for Spain in 1539.

The seven QuickTime movies add up to twenty minutes of engaging information, presented in documentary style, that brings to life the story of the Spanish exploration of the Southeast United States from 1539 to 1542.

When you’re through watching the movies you can explore the rest of the site that contains more information on the history of Florida by clicking on “Main” at the top of the page.

Then, be sure to check out the DeSoto National Memorial website (courtesy of the National Park Service). It offers additional information on DeSoto and the history of Florida. Also, you can download a free Junior Ranger Activity Book on DeSoto with challenging activities in math, writing, reading, and science here. It was designed for students 6-12 years old, but may be of interest to your entire family.

Note: This is a big file and may take a minute or two to download. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click on the “Learn About the Park” on the DeSoto National Memorial website in the paragraph above, then “Kids & Youth,” then “Be a Junior Ranger.”

Take an American History Journey

July 25th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 25, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Journeys

(www.americanjourneys.org/)

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 one of National History Day’s 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.
  • 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.

Multimedia History of American Agriculture

July 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Growing A Nation: The Story of American Agriculture

(www.agclassroom.org/gan/index.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision. This was designed for middle and high school classrooms.)

 

This website provides a free multimedia social studies program that explores the history of American agriculture and how it has affected our lives today. It uses digital story telling to engage learners and help them understand that “the history of America is much more than just war battles.”  


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

  • Explore Multimedia Program – Launch or download the free program that is divided into four lessons delivered through a narrated video presentation (turn on your speakers): 
    • Lesson 1 – 1600-1929, Seeds of Change
    • Lesson 2 – 1930-1949, From Defeat to Victory
    • Lesson 3 – 1950-1969, Prosperity & Challenges
    • Lesson 4 – 1970-Present, Into a New Millennium
    • Classroom Resources – Access pdfs of the instructional units (lessons) along with activities and resources based upon primary source documents. You’ll also find options for assessment.
  • Historical Timeline – Explore the various eras of American agriculture including Economic Cycles, Farm Machinery & Technology, Crops & Livestock, Transportation, Agricultural Trade & Development, and Government Programs & Policy.
  • External Resources – Find more free lessons on agriculture including pest management, water quality, food safety, understanding wetlands and the environment, the history of cotton, cattle ranching, and more.

This program is designed for classroom use to stimulate discussions and promote understanding. There is lots of flexibility in the material that can be tweaked for independent study. It supplements any study of history and meets national standards.

American History Videos, Games, & Timelines

June 27th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 27, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun with History

(www.havefunwithhistory.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of the site)

 

This ad-supported website provides free videos, interactive games and activities, history timelines, and links to many other resources to bring history alive “for students, educators and all lovers of American History.”

When you get to the website you’ll see some features and highlights. First check out: 

  • History Movies – Watch video recordings by news reporters and eye-witnesses, as well as animations, documentaries, and films of people and events that shaped American history. Selections range from the 1895 Edison experimental talking movie to educational films from the 1950s. You’ll also find  history-themed television dramas, modern well-made documentaries, and even Hollywood movies.
  • Activities – Enjoy fun interactive games that teach about history while they entertain. Some games are hosted on the site, and some games are hosted on other websites. Topics include: 
    • The Boston Tea Party
    • Presidential Turkeys
    • Jamestown Online Adventure
    • Animated Atlas
    • Lewis & Clark Expedition Game

Then below the featured video, choose from: 

  • History Topics – Explore videos by topic including: 
    • Colonial America
    • Revolutionary War
    • Civil War
    • Pioneers & The Frontier
    • World War I
    • Great Depression
    • World War II
    • Space Race
    • Native Americans
    • African American
    • And many more!
  • People Timeline
  • Events Timeline
  • History in a Minute

This is a great resource for supplementing any study of history, or exploring your interest in various historical eras.

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