Archive for the ‘nature’ category

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

(www.murderousmaths.co.uk/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes: 

  • Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
  • Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
    • Finger Times Tables
    • Pascal’s Triangle
    • The Area of an Ellipse
    • Fibonacci and Nature
    • Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
    • Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
    • How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
    • And More!
  • Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

Visit the Micropolitan Museum

April 6th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, April 6, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Micropolitan Museum

(www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/micropolitan/index.html)

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

 

Take a unique virtual field trip into the world of micro-organisms with this site from the Micscape Magazine.

The curator of the online museum, Wim van Egmond, “has collected the finest microscopic masterpieces nature has ever produced.”

When arriving at today’s link, select from the four collections to begin your tours: 

  • The Freshwater Collection
  • The Marine Collection
  • The Insectarium
  • The Botanical Garden

When the collection page opens, click on the thumbnail images on the left to choose an exhibit, then choose the micro-organism to see amazing pictures and learn about the organism. Use your back button or the icons on the bottom of the page to navigate through the different collections. It takes a little work to navigate around but it is well worth it to see the artistic beauty of these life forms. 

Before leaving the site, click the home icon in the upper menu, then locate the “Questions and Answers” text link to find “tutorials for microscopists, beginners, and articles on how to get the best out of a microscope.” 

This website would be a wonderful addition for your science studies, so bookmark this page as new images are being added regularly.

Explore the Sites of Ireland

March 16th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, March 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Visit Tours – Ireland

(www.virtualvisittours.com/)

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

 

With this commercial website, explore the castles, towns, museums, and other sites of Ireland.

When arriving at today’s link, hover over the “Places to See” link in the upper menu, then refine your search by location and categories such as: 

  • Beaches
  • Castles
  • Caves
  • Churches and Monasteries
  • Historic Houses
  • Historical Sites
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Towns and Villages

And much more. 

When you have found a place to visit, click the title, image, or “Read More” link. When the page opens, read through the description then click on the 360° image. This will open the interactive image. Use the tool bar at the bottom of the image to move around the picture. Many locations include multiple images which can be found by selecting the stacked blocks icon. Use your browser back button to return to your previous page.
 
If you plan to visit Ireland, be sure to check out the “Places to Stay” and “Places to Eat & Drink” links in the menu for virtual tours of those locations.

Fractals & Patterns In Nature

March 12th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, March 12, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Dance of Chance

(argento.bu.edu/museum/)

Age Range: 8/15 (Grades 3-9, with parental supervision)

 

The Center for Polymer Studies collaborated with the Boston Museum of Science to develop this online exhibit of experiments and examples that helps students explore the exciting world of patterns in nature – especially fractals.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu of exhibits that include: 

  • Music of the Heart – Did you know that your electrocardiogram can be used to produce a unique melody? Listen to the “heartsongs” here and discover how they were recorded.
  • Metal Deposition – Watch a movie of copper sulfate electrodeposition viewed through a microscope. Find out what patterns zinc sulfate has in common with a snowflake.
  • Termites – Find out what their foraging trails can tell you about patterns in math including branches and fractals.

These are brief exhibits. If you want to learn more be sure to click on the links for “Fractals in Science Image Galleries” and “Exploring Patterns in Nature Curriculum Guides.” You’ll find free hands-on activities and laboratory experiments in a free complete curriculum that “encourage students to explore how fundamentally random microscopic events can give rise to fractal macroscopic patterns in nature.” Use it online or print it out to use offline an enjoy learning about topics such as: 

  • Fractals
  • Dimensions & Logarithms
  • Randomness
  • Pascal’s Triangle
  • Measuring Average Distances
  • Models of Fractal Growth
  • Biological Branching Patterns
  • Diffusion
  • Percolation in Nature
  • And much more!

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

(www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

In the 13th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents. 

Our suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too). 

After listening to the interview, head over to the introductory page that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

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