Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Free Lessons & Activities on Puerto Rico

October 17th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 17, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Boricua Kids

(www.elboricua.com/BoricuaKids.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

October 18th, 1898, was the date that Spain turned over Puerto Rico to the United States’ control, a condition of The Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War. At this website, you’ll find free lesson plans and activities about the history, geography, and culture of Puerto Rico.

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction. Then use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • A Map of Puerto Rico
  • A Fact Sheet – Includes the national flower, bird, flag, capital, government, terrain, notable people, etc.
  • Tainos – Learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taino Indians.
  • Puerto Rico, U.S.A. – A brief history of Puerto Rico’s history with the United States of America.

Then, use the menu on the left to explore: 

  • Food – Get recipes for Coconut Kisses, Plantain Chips, and more!
  • Songs – Listen to Children’s songs such as “El Gato Y El Raton.”
  • Coloring Pages – Print and color symbols of Puerto Rico.
  • Coqui – Learn about Puerto Rico’s very tiny tree frog.
  • Rain Forest – Discover Puerto Rico’s tropical rain forest, El Yunque.
  • Lesson Plans – Free lessons, designed for classroom teachers, that cover Puerto Rican social studies, geography, history, and much more.

Print out quizzes, word search puzzles, coloring activities, and more!

History of the Great Chicago Fire

October 10th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 10, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Chicago Fire

(www.greatchicagofire.org/)

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

 

This site, sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University, provides a very in-depth look at the Great Chicago FireThe fire began on October 8, 1871, and by the time it was finally brought under control on October 10, 1871, more than three square miles of the city was destroyed claiming up to 300 lives and leaving one hundred thousand people homeless.

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction, then choose from the two main parts: The Great Chicago Fire or the Web of Memory. In The Great Chicago Fire section, you can read first-hand articles with images on the following topics: 

  • A Bird’s Eye View of Pre-Fire Chicago
  • The Great Conflagration
  • The Ruined City
  • Rescue and Relief
  • Queen of the West Once More

In the Web of Memory, you’ll find: 

  • The Eyewitnesses
  • Media Event
  • Fanning the Flames
  • The O’Leary Legend
  • Souvenirs
  • Commemorating Catastrophe

Be sure to check out the top menu including Touring the Fire and Special Features. There is so much to see here.

Learn about American Indian Code Talkers

October 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 3, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Words, Native Warriors

(americanindian.si.edu/education/codetalkers/html/index.html)

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


American Indian “Code Talkers” contributed significantly to the war efforts of World War I and World War II. This archived website, a companion to the Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors, provides an in-depth lesson plan that explores the lives of Code Talkers.

When arriving at the link above, move through the chapters, which include: 

  • Intro
  • Native Languages
  • Boarding Schools
  • Code Talking
  • Coming Home
  • Survival
  • Recognition

At the end of each chapter, there are thought-provoking questions to encourage further discussion. In the Code Talking chapter, students will use the Navajo’s Code Talker Dictionary online to write coded messages. 


This website provides a thorough and interesting insight into the world of Code Talkers.

Traditions and Culture of Hispanic Americans

September 5th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, September 5, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life

(tinyurl.com/y5fnwk5y)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. The Scholastic website has put together a collection of resources to celebrate the occasion.

When you get to the site, you can read “A Brief Overview of Hispanic Heritage Month.” Then scroll a bit further down to “Quick Ideas” – two articles with ideas for two age groups on how to celebrate this month. Then see the links on the left for lesson plans and resources including: 

  • Exploring Countries
  • Art and Music
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Icons and Leaders
  • Book Resources and Lists
  • And more

Be sure to check out the “Related Resources” as well. This site is huge – bookmark it to come back for more!

History Tour of the Erie Canal!

August 29th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 29, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History

(www.epodunk.com/routes/erie-canal/index.html)

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

 

At this site, learn about the Erie Canal: there’s an animated history tour complete with the music and lyrics of ‘Low Bridge, Everybody Down’ (The Erie Canal Song).

When you get to the site simply click on the button that says, “Launch Erie Canal Tour.” Then sit back, watch and listen as you see historical panoramic views of the canal and learn a bit about its history. At the end of the introduction you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Canal Tour – Visit the many towns along the waterway and learn about their history in connection with the canal.
  • History – You have several options that include reading different texts – one designed for kids, learning about historic recreational opportunities along the canal, viewing a timeline, and a bibliography for further study.
  • Panoramas – See panoramic views of each city along the canal.
  • Canal Songs – a wonderful selection of folk songs about the canal, including the Erie Canal Song mentioned above, and Buffalo Gals!

Your whole family can enjoy this site together – and don’t forget to sing a round of Canal Songs!

Animated Historical Maps of War

August 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 22, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps of War

(www.mapsofwar.com/)

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

 

Put on your thinking caps! This incredible website provides free animated maps showing historical time lines in a period of about 90 seconds! They are sure to spark interest in historical events and lots of conversation.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured maps. For example, one of the most popular maps at the site is called “Imperial History of the Middle East” that presents an animation of who has controlled the Middle East over the course of 5,000 years of world history. 

Click on the featured maps to dive right in, or click on “Maps” at the top to find a menu of various maps presented on the site including: 

  • March of Democracy
  • History of Religion
  • Leadership and War
  • Pressure Vault
  • Signs of Occupation

When you are done there, be sure to click on “Library” at the bottom to find a selection of links to multimedia war maps on the Net. Includes topics such as: 

  • The Western Front, 1914 – 1918
  • The Darfur Tragedy
  • Global Migration – Map depicts flow of migrants and money worldwide

Although the subject matter (war) is grim, the historical perspective presented through these dynamic maps is sure to spark thought and discussion.
 
Note: This site is supported by randomly generated Google Ads. In addition, there are links to maps on other websites that we have not reviewed. AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE EXPLORATION OF THIS SITE AND USE OF THE INTERNET.

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