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[ClickSchooling] Experiments & Activities for National Chemistry Week

October 17th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ACS: National Chemistry Week

(www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html?_ga=1.263860047.250502132.1491251064)

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

 

National Chemistry Week takes place next week, October 22-28, 2017 and the American Chemical Society provides all kinds of free, fun ways to celebrate chemistry at their website. (Get a head start on the fun!)

The program is designed to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry. The theme for this year is “Chemistry Rocks.” You can: 

  • Enter a contest – Illustrated Poem Contest
  • Read the current issue of “Celebrating Chemistry” – includes some activities and experiments along with educational articles
  • Learn more under Educational Resources.

Then on the side bar, check out Explore Chemistry. There you’ll find experiments, games, activities, and information such as: 

  • What is chemistry?
  • Periodic Table
  • Adventures in Chemistry
  • This Week in Chemical History
  • What’s That Stuff? Chemistry Behind Everyday Products
  • Reel Science — science in classic movies

And more!


Happy Chemistry Week!

Science In A Pond

September 26th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 26, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Microscopy-UK.org: A Virtual Pond Dip

(tinyurl.com/7l2sm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website allows you to virtually explore pond life and all of the amazing microscopic critters that live there!

When you get to this site you will see a picture of a collection jar with pond water and lots of unusual creatures in it along with

instructions on how to begin your investigation.

Click on any one of the items in the jar, and a new page opens with detailed information about it. You’ll examine:

  • Protozoa
  • Algae
  • Copepod
  • Paramecium
  • Amoeba
  • Hydra
  • Water Flea
  • Rotifers
  • Ostracod

If you click on the words “Pond Life Identification Kit” in the introduction, a new page opens with a terrific guide that will help you identify pond life – and it provides instructions on how to collect microscopic pond life from freshwater ponds wherever you live.

There are links to websites that use multi-media tools for extensive study of pond life as well.

Use the horizontal menu tab at the top of the page to explore an archive of microscopy including: 

  • Intro – Read the history of the microscope, find out how to buy a microscope, explore insects, botany, and marine life.
  • Museum – Explore the “Micropolitan Museum” that includes incredible photos of specimens from freshwater and marine environments. Check out “The Insectarium,” and “The Botanical Garden” too.
  • 3-D Images – Don’t miss this incredible archive of 3-D computer models of insects, flowers, bacteria, viruses, and much more!

This is a great tool to help you begin microscopic examinations with your children/students – even if you don’t own a microscope or have a real pond in your neighborhood.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 16th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 16, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arte a scuola

(arteascuola.com/)

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

 

Italian art teacher, Miriam Paternoster, shares hundreds of art lessons for middle school aged students which can be easily adapted for older students on this ad-supported website.

Use the upper menu to select from: 

  • Drawing – felt-tip-pen, pastels, pencils
  • Painting – acrylic or watercolors
  • Art Techniques – arts & crafts, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, printing
  • Clay – hand building clay, slab clay, throwing clay, ceramic decoration
  • Paper & cardboard – cardboard, collage, pop-up
  • Art & Technology – computer art, photography, video, web
  • Teaching – educational system, events & exhibition, and History of Art

Almost all of the lessons include instruction and photographs of the process. Please note that some projects may require a printable template that the site owner is selling, but you can pass on these projects or adapt for your class or you may wish to support the site with your purchase.

Visitors will want to bookmark this website as content is added on a regular basis.

Art History Resources

August 26th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 26, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art History Resources

(arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html)

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

 

A professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College developed and maintains this website that is an AMAZING resource for exploring artwork in all of its mediums, by all cultures, throughout time.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that divides the artwork into eras, specific countries and cultures, and certain mediums including: 

  • Prehistoric Art
  • Mesopotamian Art
  • Egyptian Art
  • Greek Art
  • Roman Art
  • Art in Late Antiquity
  • Art in Early Europe
  • Islamic Art
  • Early Medieval Art
  • Gothic Art
  • Renaissance Art in Italy
  • Renaissance Art in Europe
  • Baroque Art
  • 18th Century Art
  • 19th Century Art
  • 20th Century Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Asian Art
  • African Art
  • Americas & Oceania Art
  • Prints & Photographs

There is even a directory of art museums by country!

Simply click on a link of interest, and discover text and photographs that show and explain the art, the artist, and its significance. There are hyperlinks within the text and resources for further exploration.

The Secret Life of Machines

August 8th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 8, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Secret Life of Machines

(www.secretlifeofmachines.com/index.shtml)

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

 

Engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin developed a series of cartoons with simple explanations about how machines work.

Tim’s unique take on explaining the mystery behind the mechanisms, resulted in a TV series that allowed him to further develop the explanations with more in-depth cartoons. These cartoons are featured on today’s archived website. When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and then a menu of cartoon topics that includes: 

  • cars
  • central heating systems
  • electric lights
  • fax machines
  • internal combustion engines
  • refrigerators
  • sewing machines
  • telephones
  • televisions
  • vacuum cleaners
  • video recorders
  • washing machines
  • word processors
  • and many more!

Click on any one and enjoy reading the cartoons that explain how these machines work.

They made a series of videos from the cartoons that demonstrate the history and inventions of modern conveniences and other
machines. They are really fun to watch and are housed by the    
Exploratorium website (www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/SLOM/).

9 Animal Names in Cantonese for Kids

July 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 22, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museums Liverpool – Learn Cantonese

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/chinese-language/index.aspx)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades Pre-K-5, with parental supervision)

 

From the larger National Museums Liverpool website, we found this quick-stop page to learn how to say and write the names of nine animals in Cantonese.

This page is easy to use. Simply select one of the nine images of a piece of art work representing an animal, read a bit about the relevance of the animal in Cantonese culture and then select to either “Write” or “Listen”. When selecting “Write”, visitors can follow along with the animation to write the animal name. Select “Listen” to hear the name spoken in Cantonese.

Animals include: 

  • Bull
  • Rabbit
  • Chicken
  • Cat
  • Horse
  • Dog
  • Elephant
  • Monkey
  • Pigeon

When you have finished learning these nine words, continue exploring the other kids’ activities for other subjects including art, history and science. 

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