Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Narratives and Timelines for History

August 27th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 27, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historyworld

(www.historyworld.net/)

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

 

This website, written by Bamber Gascoigne from the United Kingdom, provides about 300 interactive world history narratives and over 10,000 events in searchable timelines. The narratives present information in a concise manner and contain in-text links to other topics. The timelines allow visitors to easily search for specific events relating to a topic during a specific time.

When you arrive at the website use the menu at the top to select whether you want to read “Histories”, explore “Timelines”, take a “Quiz”, or select “More . . .” to choose: 

  • Encyclopedia of Britain – Browse over 5000 entries on the history, culture, and life of Britain
  • Wellcome History of Medicine – Discover the history of medicine from the world’s largest medical charity
  • Places in History-Global – Explore the global-plotted Google Maps and see what events happened where
  • Places in History-Local – Examine this ongoing project using Google Maps to find exact positions of historical sites

When arriving at the “Histories” page, you can search alphabetically for historical topics across the globe from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism. Some narrations include images and the in-text links give visitors the opportunity to build on their understanding of events, people, and concepts.

After selecting “Timelines” from the menu, you are able to enter a specific topic and/or year into the search engine. Use the “Historyworld Timelines” text link under the search box to be taken to the “Single-Subject Timelines” page for a list of pre-set timelines. Timeline entries have clickable icons on either side of them that when selected open to Google search engine pages for relevant topics, associated images, related entries from Historyworld, links to other timelines, or Google maps.

There are currently two quizzes available to take: 

  • Quiz – Take this timed quiz to test yourself on your historical knowledge
  • ThenWhatNext – Challenge yourself to put people or events in the correct order.

This ad-supported website provides a great overview of history around the world without a lot of distracting bells and whistles.


(Note: Parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

Learn Esperanto! What’s That? Find Out!

August 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 22, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Esperanto!

(free-esperanto-course.net/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto – a language that was developed to help worldwide communication.

It is not spoken by any particular country or ethnic group; however, it has similarities to Latin, Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic, making it easy to read, pronounce, and spell.

It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn’t favor any particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Because you can learn the language quickly, kids can speak “Esperanto” around the house, as a sort of “secret language.” Sign up for the free course: it even comes with a tutor!

Some of the lessons include: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • The Alphabet
  • Salutations
  • Numbers
  • And more!

Each lesson has an explanation and then a quiz or exercise to practice what you’ve learned. This course won’t have you speaking fluent Esperanto by the end of the lessons, but it will have introduced you to the basic principles of the language.

[ClickSchooling] Free Crash Course in English Literature

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 5, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

[ClickSchooling] ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

May 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 23, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

(www.thoughtco.com/languages-4133094)

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

 

This site has a ton of resources “for both students and teachers of second languages, from basic vocabulary and grammar guides to advanced writing and conversation exercises.”

When you get to the website, choose from: 

  • English as a Second Language
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

You can read articles on history and culture, essential vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and so much more! There are even some teacher resourses like lesson plans under English as a Second Language and worksheets under French.

Breathtaking Exhibit About Native Cultures!

April 25th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Beauty Surrounds Us

(americanindian.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/exhibitions/BeautySurroundsUs-brochure.pdf)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision; young students may enjoy looking at the photographs in this collection)

 

This PDF, from the National Museum of the American Indian, presents a “breathtaking presentation of Native American art.”

Enjoy scrolling through the photos and reading the descriptions: 

  • Nurturing Identity – clothing
  • Recreation and Pastimes – objects used for games
  • Honor and Respect – items designating individuals of importance
  • Elegance of Presentation – adornment
  • Communication Through Sound – musical instruments
  • Tools of Existence – knives, arrows, tools, tool cases, bowls, etc.
  • Containing Culture – bags for holding things
  • Expressions of Movement – dancewear
  • Power of Transformation – masks
  • Design as Identity – traditional/indigenous designs and the incorporation of new materials and art forms

The point of this presentation is to increase appreciation for the beauty with which Native peoples have always had a natural desire to surround themselves.

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