Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Read the Voyages of Henry Hudson!

June 18th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

(http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

June 22nd commemorates the day English navigator and adventurer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and 7 crew members were set adrift by mutineers during a failed expedition to find a fabled route to the Indies. They were never seen or heard from again. 


At this website, you can read a fascinating account of Hudson’s failed expedition to find the “Northwest Passage” as well as details about the mutiny, Hudson’s other voyages, his life as an explorer, and information on his times, contemporaries, and crew. This is a great way to integrate language arts with history and social studies!

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about Hudson’s: 

  • Early Years to 1607
  • First Voyage – 1607
  • Second Voyage – 1608
  • Third Voyage – 1609
  • Fourth Voyage – 1610
  • Aftermath – 1611-on
  • Maps of Voyages
  • Hudson Family Tree

It is helpful to read this account in chronological order.  

Click on “Short Story” to read a piece of historical fiction about Hudson. It was written by Canadian writer Ian Chadwick, the creator of this website. He also offers a compilation of the “Sources & Links” he used to create this work. You can read his bio too.

There are also links to the author’s “Home” page and other websites, but we did not visit these pages, and they are not included in this review. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site, determine the suitability of the content, and supervise Internet use.

Explore the World of Ancient Greece

June 11th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 11, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Greece

(carlos.emory.edu/htdocs/ODYSSEY/GREECE/home.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University explores the world of ancient Greece.

After watching the introductory slide show, select your topic of interest: 

  • Death & Burial – Discover what the Greeks believed about death and explore artifacts related to burials.
  • Victory & Conquests – Learn how athletics and being a warrior were closely related during the days of ancient Greece.
  • Gods, Goddesses & Heroes – Read the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses and just for fun, see how J. K. Rowling intertwined Greek mythology in her famous novels.
  • Animals Real and Imagined – Examine artifacts of animals both real and imaginary and their significance to ancient Greeks.
  • Greek Democracy – Explore the roots of democracy and how it helped form democracy in the United States today.
  • And more!

This website could make a good introduction into your ancient Greece studies or used as fun way to reinforce concepts taught.

History of the Yo-Yo

June 4th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 4, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Yo-Yo History

(http://www.yoyomuseum.com/)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Learn history through the world’s most treasured and enduring toy – the yo-yo! As June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day, we highlighted this virtual museum that contains yo-yo history, memorabilia, vintage and modern yo-yos, and articles about famous people in yo-yo history.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Use the menu on the left of the page to explore: 

  • Exhibits – See the online collection of collectible yo-yos, yo-yo memorabilia, and related skill toys.
  • Profiles & History – Read about yo-yo history and yo-yo hybrids. Learn about yo-yo manufacturers like Duncan, Fli-Back, Royal, and more. Enjoy the bios of yo-yo masters Dale and Valerie Oliver. Send in your own yo-yo history!
  • Patents & Resources – Read about yo-yo collecting as a hobby and see a list of yo-yo patents.

Get practicing your yo-yo skills!

Discover the High-flying Aviator Lindbergh

May 28th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 28, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Charles Lindbergh – An American Aviator

(http://www.charleslindbergh.com/)

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

 

Charles Lindbergh began his courageous flight in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20, 1927, securing his place in history as the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. This comprehensive website examines not only this flight but also the other events and achievements of one of America’s most famous aviators.

When arriving at this website, begin by reading an excerpt from the May 21, 1927 New York Times article about the flight. Then use the left sidebar menu to examine Lindbergh’s life through articles, documents, images, videos, audios and much more. Some of the many topics to explore include: 

  • The Flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
  • Guggenheim Tour
  • Biographies of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
  • Maps
  • Airmail Pioneer
  • Gliders
  • Orient
  • America First
  • Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  • Awards
  • Lindbergh’s contributions to rocketry, cardiology, and conservation
  • PDFs of FBI files

And much, much more. There are also a few downloadable lesson plans, additional website links, and Amazon links to books for further study.

This website is an excellent resource for an in-depth study of the man, aviator, innovator, and American legend.

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.

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