Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Explore History through Timelines

January 16th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 16, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore History through Timelines

(www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Lovers of timelines will thoroughly enjoy this simple-to-navigate and ultra-informative website.


Using the two sidebar navigation tools, hone in on the points of history you wish to survey. Discover the people and events covering a time span of 3,000 years. This website allows visitors to explore not only the events in history, but also the people and places of history. In addition to timelines for general history, events, and people, specific topics covered include: 

  • Science
  • Culture
    • Artists
    • Music
    • Writers
  • Religion
  • Politics

Once you have selected a particular timeline to view using the left-hand side bar, narrow down your timeframe using the right-hand sidebar. The entries within the timelines are clickable, providing additional topical information on the right hand sidebar.

In addition to the timelines, there is a selection of maps to geographically envision the seven periods of world history: 

  • Early Civilizations
  • Greek Colonization
  • Rome & Han China
  • Barbarian Invasions
  • Expansion of Islam
  • Mongol Empires
  • A.D. 1500-1800

An online, comprehensive, 250 chapter history text written by Frank Smitha that complements HyperHistory is also available for free through the link “Book Text”. (Please note that the “Book Text” link takes you to an external ad-supported website.)

Timelines are a valuable resource for putting history into perspective and you will find yourself bookmarking this site to come back to time after time.

Ingenious Music Activities!

October 26th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 26, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhilTulga.com: Music Through The Curriculum

(www.philtulga.com/resources.html)

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

 

Phil Tulga is a professional musician and music instructor. He has developed educational programs that weave music through the curriculum in almost every subject.

As a complement to his music programs, Phil has developed a series of FREE, interactive language arts, math and music activities that are available on his website. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes Language Arts and Math and Science. In the “Language Arts” section, get Phil’s tips for how to encourage a love of reading in your child. Then, use the innovative “Cucumber Pickle Machine” to show your kids how to make rhythmic meters by combining two and three syllable words! Phil uses the musical score of “Peter and the Wolf” to teach storyline components complete with story maps!

In the “Math and Science” section, Phil takes popular math manipulatives and enhances them with rhythm and music. You’ll find: 

  • Unifix Cube Drum Machine – This shows students how famous composers have used repeating patterns to create music. Students can make their own rhythm or drum patterns with popular Unifix cubes.
  • Pattern Block Rock – Song melodies are patterns of short and long sounds. In this activity, students compose and play their own rhythmic songs using geometric shapes.
  • Musical Fraction Bars – Mathematicians like Pythagoras discovered that musical pitches are derived from fractions. In this activity, students compose and play their own songs using Musical Fraction Bars. Not only that, you’ll find instructions for how to build a homemade musical instrument that is based on these fractions.
  • And more!

Don’t miss “Homemade Instruments” where you’ll find directions for making your own panpipes, water bottle xylophone, tubular Glockenspiel, and melodic tube drums!

Track Migrations and Seasons

October 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Journey North

(journeynorth.org/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website chronicles “one of the largest citizen science programs in North America.” You can become part of their scientific research team by observing, counting, and reporting the data back or just follow the migrations of many different creatures.

When you get to the site, learn about the migration of birds and more including: 

  • Hummingbirds
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Bald Eagle
  • Earthworms
  • Common Loons
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Whooping Cranes
  • Gray Whales
  • and many more

View maps and sign up to report your findings. Also under “Education” in the top menu, there are “Educator Planning Tools: 

  • Instructional Activities
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Reading Strategies
  • Inquiry Strategies

This is just chock-full of fascinating learning opportunities that kids are sure to enjoy.

Symphony Orchestra for Kids

October 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 5, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DSO Kids

(www.mydso.com/dso-kids/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

DSO Kids is the educational music site for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in Dallas, Texas. The site offers a wide variety of free music appreciation activities for kids!

You’ll find an introduction to famous composers and their music, lessons that teach you how to build your own instrument, practice tips for playing instruments, and more. There is also a great teacher resource section on the site that includes a huge database of archived music appreciation lesson plans that you can download and print out for use at home including: 

  • Families of Instruments Listening Maps
  • Meet the Composers Scavenger Hunt
  • The Role of the Conductor
  • Puppet Theater
  • Music Can Tell a Story
  • The Character of Instruments
  • Music and Motion
  • Meet the Percussion Instruments
  • and more!

This is a great resource to learn all about music!

Animated Historical Maps of War

August 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 22, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps of War

(www.mapsofwar.com/)

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

 

Put on your thinking caps! This incredible website provides free animated maps showing historical time lines in a period of about 90 seconds! They are sure to spark interest in historical events and lots of conversation.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured maps. For example, one of the most popular maps at the site is called “Imperial History of the Middle East” that presents an animation of who has controlled the Middle East over the course of 5,000 years of world history. 

Click on the featured maps to dive right in, or click on “Maps” at the top to find a menu of various maps presented on the site including: 

  • March of Democracy
  • History of Religion
  • Leadership and War
  • Pressure Vault
  • Signs of Occupation

When you are done there, be sure to click on “Library” at the bottom to find a selection of links to multimedia war maps on the Net. Includes topics such as: 

  • The Western Front, 1914 – 1918
  • The Darfur Tragedy
  • Global Migration – Map depicts flow of migrants and money worldwide

Although the subject matter (war) is grim, the historical perspective presented through these dynamic maps is sure to spark thought and discussion.
 
Note: This site is supported by randomly generated Google Ads. In addition, there are links to maps on other websites that we have not reviewed. AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE EXPLORATION OF THIS SITE AND USE OF THE INTERNET.

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

July 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, July 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

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

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery Pike
    • Long’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
  • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

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