Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

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.

Traditions and Culture of Hispanic Americans

September 5th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life

(tinyurl.com/y5fnwk5y)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. The Scholastic website has put together a collection of resources to celebrate the occasion.

When you get to the site, you can read “A Brief Overview of Hispanic Heritage Month.” Then scroll a bit further down to “Quick Ideas” – two articles with ideas for two age groups on how to celebrate this month. Then see the links on the left for lesson plans and resources including: 

  • Exploring Countries
  • Art and Music
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Icons and Leaders
  • Book Resources and Lists
  • And more

Be sure to check out the “Related Resources” as well. This site is huge – bookmark it to come back for more!

Christmas Cookie History & More

December 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Cookie Curriculum

(whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm)

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

 

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Learn a fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times.

Read the history of all kinds of cookies: 

  • Anzac Biscuits
  • Biscotti
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fig Newtons
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Macaroons
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • and more.

It includes recipes too!

And here are more sites – see how many subjects you can incorporate into the act of baking cookies!

Christmas-Cookies.com:

Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

The Food Timeline: Christmas food history

Discover a variety of Christmas food traditions, including the baking of cookies, with this timeline featuring information, quotes and recipes from a variety of resources.

The Science Spot: Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery (Note: Geared for middle school and up.)

Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions here.

Welcome to the Family Table: Free Elementary Math Worksheets: Munchable Math-Christmas Cookies

Elementary students will enjoy these colorful downloadable PDF math sheets for practicing adding and subtracting 3’s.

Left Brain Craft Brain: Tangram Christmas Cookies

Make math yummy and fun with these wonderful tangram Christmas Cookies. Includes all recipes and instructions for making these simple, buttery confections as well as a downloadable printable template for cutting the dough for your tangram and more.

Family Education: Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

This website offers a FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

History Channel – Christmas

December 6th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History Channel – Christmas

(www.history.com/topics/christmas)

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

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides texts and videos relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the topics covered including: 

  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide
  • History of Christmas
  • History of Christmas Trees
  • Santa Claus

Videos (with commercials) are in each section so, parents, as always, will want to preview the material prior to allowing their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards.

If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

Native American Science Lessons & Activities

November 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native American Science

(nativeamericanscience.org/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history.

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and several universities, provides a free university-level curriculum (that high school students and accelerated learners may also enjoy) that shows how Indigenous traditions are based on a solid understanding and description of natural phenomena. Topics include: 

  • Native and Western Views of Nature
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Perspective
  • and more.

As explained at the website, “Our goal is to avoid romantic cliches and characterizations of Indian people and their traditional knowledge and to present this knowledge as well documented but different in approach from ‘Western science.’ These traditions are based on connection to the natural world, rather than separation from nature–in other words we are working with a science based on relationships, reciprocity and respect rather than solely on exploitation and economic concerns.”

And for the younger set, have them build their own canoe: Lesson: Can-Do Canoe

This free classroom lesson and activity (for ages 8-18 or grades 3-12) can be tweaked for homeschoolers. As explained at the website, “Explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load.” Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and discuss their findings.

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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