Posts Tagged ‘social studies’

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.

Literacy Games and more!

June 10th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Literacy

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website with resources for teachers and homeschoolers offers a variety of literacy games and activities.

Some of the games and activities include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and more sorted by subject (arts, foreign languages, math, science, social studies), articles, and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

Become a History Detective

January 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 2, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

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

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past… they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.”

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington and Concord
  • Constitution Controversy<
  • Antonio a Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Free Lessons On Antarctica!

December 5th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, December 5, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classroom Antarctica

(https://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Antarctic Treaty was signed on December 1, 1959 assuring peaceful use of the continent by all nations. At this website by the Australian Antarctic Division, you can access free lessons about Antarctica to stimulate interest in Social Studies, Science, and Math through real world applications.

When you get to the site you can choose the grade level on the left side of the screen, or pick a topic from the right side. Since we review Social Studies topics on Thursdays, we looked at Geography, History, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Some of the topics include: 

  • Antarctica: Twilight zone
  • Living in Antarctica
  • Who owns Antarctica?
  • Traveling to Antarctica in the 20th century
  • Naming the new icebreaker

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a series of lessons about it. The lessons include links to pictures, videos, downloadable PDFs, illustrations, and more. There is so much to learn here about Antarctica!

Free Literature Study Guides

December 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are: 

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Math and More with Advent Calendars

December 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, December 2, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Woodlands Junior Advent Calendar

(projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/index.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this United Kingdom website you can access a free, interactive, educational Advent Calendar that provides information on how Christmas is celebrated in countries worldwide.

Math and social studies are combined here in an engaging presentation the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Scroll down to the calendar and click on December 1st – the dates are jumbled on purpose we suppose so it can be used every year. A new page opens that begins an exploration of how Christmas is celebrated in….well, you’ll have to visit the site to find out!

Be sure to follow the instructions, answer the questions, and click on the links throughout the presentation to experience the full scope of what is offered here. Then, bookmark the site so you can return to it each day in December to see what the calendar unfolds.

Oh, and don’t miss the menu on the left side of the screen where you can learn all kinds of facts and trivia about Christmas traditions and customs.

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