Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

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.

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

April 15th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com/)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also was the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen. Scroll down to “Why Study Shakespeare“? to start.

Back at the top, use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the trivia question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschooling families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

Hands-On Biology Activities

February 4th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, February 4, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Serendip – Biology

(serendipstudio.org/sci_edu/waldron/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website that offers FREE hands-on activities for teaching biology to middle school and high school students.

These activities were designed by a graduate student of the Biology Department at the University of Pennsylvania who notes, “The expression ‘hands-on, minds-on’ summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities — namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts.”

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction followed by the lessons with Student Handouts and Teacher Preparation Notes available in either PDF or Word formats. (You can also access the activities by clicking on the “Table of Contents” menu on the right side of the screen.) The activities cover a broad range of biological topics and are presented in one *possible* effective sequence for learning biology. Here is a sample of activity titles: 

  • Is Yeast Alive?
  • Introduction to Osmosis
  • Photosynthesis Investigation
  • Mitosis, Meiosis and Fertilization
  • Dragon Genetics
  • DNA
  • Moldy Jell-O
  • Regulation of Human Heart Rate
  • How do we Sense the Flavors of Food?
  • And so much more!

As noted at the website, most of the activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies. Sources for the equipment and supplies you’ll need are provided in the printable “Teacher Preparation Notes.”

Social Sciences Via Free Documentary Films

November 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Top Documentary Films

(topdocumentaryfilms.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grade 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers access to free, high-quality documentaries that you can watch online. This is essentially an archive of links to documentaries housed at other sites such as YouTube.

The content is well-organized making it easy to find and watch educational films covering diverse topics such as: 

  • Art & Artists
  • Biography
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Health
  • History
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • And much more

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured and recommended documentaries. Use the menu tab at the top of the page to browse the documentaries and learn more about the site. (NOTE: AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

Bookmark this terrific resource to use again and again.

Learn more about Albert Einstein

March 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Einstein – Image and Impact

(history.aip.org/history/exhibits/einstein/)

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

 

Learn about the life and the scientific contributions of Albert Einstein with this site from the AIP Center for the History of Physics.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links to explore: 

  • Formative Years – Learn about Einstein’s family and his life as a child and young man.
  • The Great Works – 1905 – Read about his early discoveries including the theory of relativity.
  • World Fame – Find out how his discoveries transformed physics.
  • Public Concerns – Explore Einstein’s political and humanitarian views.
  • Quantum and Cosmos – Learn about more of Einstein’s theories.
  • Nuclear Age – Discover how Einstein’s formula E=mc2 was proved and used.
  • Science and Philosophy – Read about the struggles Einstein had balancing his science and his philosophies.
  • The World As I See It – An Essay by Einstein

Each section includes a few brief pages with related images and documents as well as links to other relevant information. This site is also available to download as a PDF for use offline. 

Holiday History

December 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday History

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

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

 

Explore the history of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with these websites.

The History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website.


The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when we visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

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