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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great FREE Social Studies Site

Here is a great Social Studies site for the kiddos.

Age Range: 8-18

These videos are surprisingly fun to watch, well-made, and highly informative. Many have full transcripts available. They are all YouTube videos, so they are less than six minutes each. Even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of them, they are still good launching points for discussion and further study.

When you get to the site you'll see the featured videos including one that explains Daylight Saving Time! Just click on it and a new page opens. IMPORTANT: Scroll down the page a little to click on the image and launch the video. The full transcript is printed below the video screen.

Once you understand Daylight Saving Time, go back to the home page. You can click on more of the featured videos that include:
  • *What are Continents - A humorous look at how many continents there really are, and why.
  • *The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England (You may want to watch this one more than once.)
  • *The True Cost of the Royal Family
  • *How Scotland Joined Great Britain
  • *History of the Union Jack (British flag)
  • *Gerrymandering Explained
  • *Coffee - Go ahead and enjoy a hot mug of "Joe."
You'll also find non-videos that include:
  • Various maps of the United States - graphics and commentary
  • Ayn Rand Loves Torture (for the intensely curious) - Find out the number of times each word occurs in "Atlas Shrugged," a book by Ayn Rand.
Note: As always, parents should preview the site and the videos to determine suitability of content, and supervise all Internet use.

You may have to scroll down to view some videos. Much of these you can find also on the YouTube site. This site is a FREE site.
To view this site please click the link below:

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