Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Learning Fun with World Geography Games

October 1st, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 1, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Geography Games

(world-geography-games.com/)

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

 

Add some fun to your world geography studies with the help of this website.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • World Games
  • Africa Games
  • Americas Games
  • Asia Games
  • Australia & Oceania Games
  • Europe Games

Using colorful maps, students are asked to identify countries, states, cities, and more by clicking on the appropriate location or answer. Points are earned with each correct answer and it keeps track of how many tries it took to find the right place. There is a “give up?” option which, when selected, fills in all of the information on the map. If your student is new to the subject, we suggest selecting that option at the beginning to use as a study tool before playing the game. When the student thinks that they are ready, they can select the “play again” option. 


Game topics include:

  • Countries
  • Capitals
  • Flags
  • And more

This site provides excellent geography practice and is simple to navigate and play the games.

Tour Yellowstone Online

September 4th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, September 4, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yellowstone Net

(yellowstone.net/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Visit Yellowstone National Park! See and hear the geysers and wildlife! This high-tech site has video clips and pictures of every area of the park!

Use the upper navigation to: 

  • View Yellowstone webcams
  • Discover the geysers
  • Browse Yellowstone maps
  • See wildlife
  • Learn about the park geology and history
  • And so much more.

There is so much to explore on this website. Bookmark this one, and take an armchair tour of Yellowstone!

Explore the Castles and History of Wales

September 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 3, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Castles of Wales

(www.castlewales.com/home.html)

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

 

This non-profit, educational resource website created by Jeffrey L. Thomas features photographs and/or information relating to over 400 different medieval castles of Wales. Not only will visitors be able view images of the well-known and lesser known castles, but they can also learn about the castle builders and Welsh history.

When arriving at the site, you can read the introduction, and then use the upper text link menu to navigate through. Select “Main Menu” to easily arrive at areas of interest such as: 

  • Main Castle Index – Use the hyperlinked, alphabetized index of castles to quickly arrive at the castle you wish to visit.
  • Complete Castle Database – provides a larger annotated list of the castles in Wales, including those that no longer remain but have been mentioned in historical records
  • Castle Locator Maps – maps showing the locations of the major castles of Wales
  • Historical Essays – historical overviews, the evolution of the castle in Wales, and additional essays
  • Castle Builders – Discover the Welsh and Norman castle builders.
  • A Timeline of Medieval Wales and A Timeline of Welsh Castles
  • Castle Terminology – short definitions for terms associated with medieval castles, some of which are hyperlinked to examples
  • Abbeys & Other Religious Sites in Wales – includes a hyperlinked list of holy wells, abbeys, cathedrals, priories, and churches
  • Pre-Medieval & Other Historic Sites in Wales – a selection of other historical sites and monuments
  • Welsh Language Pages – In an effort to preserve the ancient Celtic language of Wales, some pages are available in Welsh. There are also a few links to Welsh language sites.
  • Drawings and Illustrations of Welsh Castles

And there’s so much more. This website would make an excellent resource for geography and history studies of Wales and castles.

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.)

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 7, 2020, and time for a Virtual Tour at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yellowstone National Park

(www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams.

Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Sounds, Videos, Virtual Tours, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

  • Photo Gallery – Campgrounds; Canyons and Rivers; Lakes and Ponds; Old Faithful Webcam Photos; and more
  • Sounds – Sound Library; Telemetry; Audio Postcards; and more
  • Videos – Experience Yellowstone; Upper Geyser Basin Tour; Archived Live Ranger Talks; and more
  • Virtual Tours – Video Walks; Map-Based Tours; and Story Maps
  • Webcams – one live-streaming and eight static webcams of the area

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “Educators” option located under “Learn & Explore” in the menu section for materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

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.

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