Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Discover the Original Information Highway

August 13th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 13, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(tinyurl.com/y2ck6szq)

Age Range: 8-18 (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.

Discovering Antarctica

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 6, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discovering Antarctica

(discoveringantarctica.org.uk/)

Age Range: 7-15 (Grades 2-10, with parental supervision)

 

Take an interesting trip discovering Antarctica with this website from the Royal Geographical Society with IBG in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Using the menu, navigate to the different topics to explore which include: 

  • Introducing Antarctica – Imagining Antarctica; What, where, why?
  • Oceans, Atmosphere, Landscape – A changing climate; glaciation; ice, land and sea; atmosphere, weather and climate
  • Ecosystems and Foodwebs – Beneath the waves; Ecosystems
  • Science and Exploration – Journey South; Living in Antarctica Today; Pole to Pole; and more
  • Tourism – Destination Antarctica
  • Challenges – Antarctica Under Pressure; Sustainability; What future for Antarctica?

Each section has links on the right side for more info and teacher helps.

This is an excellent resource for your geography studies about the continent of Antarctica.

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.

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