Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

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!

Free Middle Ages Interactives!

April 9th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 9, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Middle Ages

(www.learner.org/series/interactive-the-middle-ages/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This multi-media, interactive presentation on the Middle Ages was developed for High School students. It’s designed in such a way, that you can briefly touch on the topics or explore them in-depth.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message. Click “Enter” and a new page opens with a menu that includes: 

  • Feudal Life – Learn about the feudal system, nobility, serfs, and The Magna Carta.
  • Religion – Explore Catholic cathedrals including Amiens and Notre Dame, learn about monastic life and pilgrimages.
  • Homes – Take a virtual tour of a medieval village and compare the living quarters of noblemen and peasants.
  • Clothing – Find out what kind of clothing was worn by peasants and nobles. Get information on the textiles of the medieval period.
  • Health – Get information on hygiene, disease (including the Black Death), and medieval medicine and remedies.
  • Arts & Entertainment – Find out how art and music developed from religious liturgy. View some hunting-themed tapestries.
  • Town Life – Read about trade and the marketplace in medieval Europe, as well as town governments.

In each section you’ll find links to further learning resources as well.

Ancient Greece for Kids

April 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 2, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ancient Greece

(tinyurl.com/v8emd6x)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, part of the larger University of Manchester UK children’s website, takes primary school-aged students on an interactive exploration of the history of ancient Greece.

Using the side bar menu, begin your journey by selecting from the following: 

  • Explore Ancient Greece – Use the interactive map to learn more about the city-states of Greece such as Syracuse, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Athens, and Lesbos.
  • A timeline of ancient Greece – “Travel through time to discover the treasures of Ancient Greece” with this colorful and informative timeline.
  • Greek Religion and the gods – Dig into the stories of the Greek gods including Athena, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus and more.
  • The Ancient Olympics – Click on the correct city in Greece where the Olympics where held to learn about the games, rules, and even how to make your own “Olympic Torch”.
  • The Greek Alphabet & Language – Learn the Greek alphabet then play click-and-drag games to practice what you have learned.
  • Test Your Knowledge – Take the interactive multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of ancient Greece.
  • Catapult – Have some fun seeing how far you can sling a rock with this online game.
  • Ride the chariot – Race your chariot around the track with this fun (but a bit challenging) game. (Hint: when trying to turn, your chariot needs to be in motion – you may need to hold the up and the right or left arrow at the same time.)

When you have finished your ancient Greece studies, click “Home” in the upper menu and continue the learning by exploring the other interactive programs available.

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