Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Learn About America’s 50 States

May 5th, 2022

It’s Thursday, May 5, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

State Symbols USA

(statesymbolsusa.org/)

All grades, with parental supervision

If you are looking for an all-in-one website to concisely learn about state symbols, icons, mottoes, landmarks, and much more, then today’s website is the site for you.

After arriving at the link, there are few ways to explore the site:

  • Use the clickable state map at the center of the page to select a state.
  • Use the left hand side bar menu of the state names.
  • Use the right hand side bar menu to search for specific types of state symbols and icons.
  • Scroll down below the map and click on the images of specific categories such as capitals, coat of arms, flags, historic and iconic figures, holidays and events, museums, name origins, tartans, threatened species, and much, much more.
  • The upper menu on any page contains links to get back to the home page, search by state symbols, places and even includes a whole section for national symbols

If you select to research by state, after selecting the state, when the page loads there will be images of the various symbols and facts relating to the state. Select your topic of interest and discover a brief overview. Or you can use the sub-menu located above the images across the top to search for related information based on:

  • Symbols & Icons
  • Cities & Towns
  • Parks
  • Landmarks
  • Historical Markers

Navigating this ad-supported website with so many options makes short work of searching for specific information and the succinct text keeps even the most reluctant student interested. This is one website you will want to bookmark for all of your state study adventures.

Get Ready To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

April 28th, 2022

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Mexico For Kids: Fun Cinco De Mayo History, Lessons, & Activities!

All grades, with parental supervision

Cinco de Mayo is next week! The fifth of May marks the Mexican army victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, and represents Mexican independence from foreign intervention.

I thought it would be fun to provide you with a fiesta of websites across the curriculum that celebrate Cinco De Mayo including the history of the festival, arts and crafts, Spanish lessons, math activities, mariachi music, recipes, and more.

Cinco de Mayo: History Channel Video Presentation

The History Channel website offers videos about the Aztecs, Montezuma, Cortez, Mesoamerican pyramids, the Cinco de Mayo festival, and an archive of articles about every aspect of Mexican history and culture.

Cinco de Mayo Paper Dolls & Crafts

Print and create Cinco De Mayo crafts.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Learn to make Menudo, sopes, and more!

Cinco de Mayo Piñata

Learn the history of the Piñata get instructions on how to make a piñata.

Free Spanish Lessons

Cinco de Mayo is a great time to start Spanish lessons and at this website you can take free Spanish tutorials!

Listen to Paul Revere’s Ride!

April 14th, 2022

It’s Thursday, April 14, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

NPR: Listen to “Paul Revere’s Ride”

(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1231017)

Grade 5 & up, with parental supervision

April 18th is the anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride. In 1775, Revere rode by horseback to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. A quintessential moment in the American Revolution, it was depicted in the poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

At this website, National Public Radio offers a free audio recording of the poem that includes a discussion of the background of Revere’s ride, including the historical inaccuracies in the poem.

It may be helpful to read the poem as you listen to it recited. Read the poem online or print it out to read offline here.

Then, take a “Virtual Midnight Ride” with this interactive map.

Examine Historical US Documents with the National Archives

April 7th, 2022

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

National Archives and Records Administration: 100 Milestone Documents

(www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/list)

Grades 6 and up, with parental supervision

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include:

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

The Amazing History of Transatlantic Communication

March 31st, 2022

It’s Thursday, March 31, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/cable/contents.htm)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

Today’s website explores Canada’s historic part in transatlantic communications. You can hear the story of the official first transatlantic cable message (Queen Victoria to President Buchanan), as well as listen in on bits of history such as the distress call from the Titanic!

When you get to the archived site you will see a menu that includes:

  • Introduction – Get a brief overview of the history of the electric telegraph and why the locations of Canso and Hazel Hill on the Atlantic coast of Canada were critical to utilizing this technology.

  • Science – Learn about the invention of the telegraph and how the resin from the Gutta-Percha tree provided just the right properties for suitable insulation to waterproof underwater cables. Explore the science of telegraphy and discover Morse Code. Virtually examine the parts of a telegraph machine. Find out about other great inventions that were a result of the “Cable Era.”

  • History – Read an in-depth history of telegraphy and its socio-economic impact. Find out what the life of a telegrapher was like, and listen to some of the famous messages sent and received via telegraph – including the distress message of the ill-fated ship, Titanic.

  • Media Gallery – See photographs, watch video clips, and visit the sound studio to explore telegraphy.

  • Resource Center – Take a multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge of telegraphy, print out a fun telegraphy-themed word-search puzzle, and discover more links to Internet resources on telegraphy.

History of British Kingdoms for Kids

March 24th, 2022

David Nash Ford: History of Early British Kingdoms

(www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/)

All grades, with parental supervision

This website provides the history of the rise of Celtic nations and kingdoms (in what is now England and Scotland) after the end of the Roman occupation in the Dark Ages.

It’s divided into two parts:

1) The main site is for older students about ages 11 and up (grades 6-12) and beyond. Use the link above to access the main site.

2) There is also a section especially for kids ages 5-10 (grades K-5) that you can access through an alternate link that is posted below.

When you get to the main site you’ll see a menu of topics including:

  • Kingdoms – Learn the history and timeline of the early kingdoms and explore maps of the territories they occupied.
  • Arthur – A terrific account of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the many engaging legends.
  • Archaeology – See the ruins of ancient castles, abbeys, and churches and virtually examine artifacts.
  • Saints – Read the biographies of Celtic saints, and learn about their gifts and sacrifices.
  • Adversaries – Learn about ancient warring Celtic tribes.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to explore the topic in depth through text, illustrations, and pictures.

As mentioned above, just for youngsters, the site offers a Kids Page here: Early British Kingdoms for Kids

Fun, cartoon art illustrates the answers to questions about:

  • The Dark Ages
  • Why the Romans left Britain
  • Britons, Saxons, Scots, and Picts
  • King Arthur, the Sword in the Stone, and Arthurian legend
  • Other Famous Kings
  • Minstrels
  • Saints, Monks & Nuns
  • Life in Farms, Villages, and Towns
  • Christianity and Pagans
  • Runes
  • Weapons
  • Treasures

And much more! You’ll even find printable coloring pages!

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