Archive for the ‘nature’ category

Snowflake Science

January 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snowflake Science

(www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16170-snowflakes)

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

 

Gather the kids ’round the computer screen and head over to this website where you can explore a gallery of snowflake photos that “were taken by Kenneth Libbrecht of CalTech, using a specially-designed snowflake photomicroscope.”

See pictures of real snow crystals that fell to earth in northern Ontario, Alaska, Vermont, the Michigan Upper Peninsula, and the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Not only can you see some truly amazing images (from the simplest snowflake form to the most complex), the captions next to the pictures explain the science behind how these snowflakes were formed by Mother Nature.

When you get to the site you’ll see the first image in the series. Just click on the “next” button to view all 13 pages.

NOTE: When you’re through exploring the snowflake gallery, you can click on the “NewScientist” logo at the top of the screen. That will take you to the homepage of NewScientist.com. This is the companion website to “New Scientist Magazine” that was first published in 1956. The site serves as an archive of thousands of free articles on scientific research and development. WARNING: We did NOT review any content except the Snowflake Gallery – so parents AS ALWAYS should review the site to determine suitability of content.

Virtual Tours – Hunterdon County, NJ

December 15th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 15, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Tours – Hunterdon County, NJ

(www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/virtualtours.htm)

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

 

New Jersey became the third state on December 18, 1787. Visit one of its counties with these virtual tours.

Hunterdon County is located in western New Jersey and home to many trails and county parks. To begin taking your tours, either use the drop-down menu at the top of the page or select one of the images below the introduction. Locations include: 

  • County Arboretum
  • Charlestown Reservation
  • Cold Brook Reserve
  • Columbia Trail
  • Hoffman Park
  • Jugtown Mountain
  • Round Mountain
  • Town Hill Preserve
  • Tettertown Preserve
  • Wescott Nature Preserve

And many more locations. Tours include images of the location, wildlife, and other points of interest. Each image is accompanied by a textural description.

Select the “Home” link in the upper left to learn more about the county. Select the “Facts & Figures” link then “Fun Facts About Hunterdon” to explore its history and more.

Amazing Science Videos

November 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vega Science Trust

(www.vega.org.uk/video/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This archived website offers free videos on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of nature and the physical world.

When you get to the site you’ll see the video icon menu containing an archive of scientific videos which can all be viewed from this non-profit website. The videos cover a broad range of topics such as: 

  • Interviews with Scientists – Including Nobel prize-winners in the fields of physics, medicine, chemistry, and more.
  • Careers in Science – Interviews with a biochemist, ecologist, entomologist, food scientist, cosmologist, computer engineer, quantum chemist, robotics engineer and more!
  • Issues of Concern – Scientists and politicians discuss their primary world concerns including climate change, malaria, etc.
  • Masterclass Science Videos – Scientists share their personal views on key concepts and achievements as well as their approach to the scientific method. Topics include bird flight, life in space, and states of matter.
  • The Next Big Thing – Scientists discuss antimatter, cloning, defying death, energy, artificial intelligence, safety of mobile phones, nanotechnology, and “The Theory of Everything!”
  • Educational Resources – A selection of short instructional films (for school or home study use) on wind power, electricity, transistors, nanotubes, bucky ball workshops, states of matter workshops (solids, liquids and gases) and more.

Scientists guided the development of the videos so that the content is presented in a natural and engaging way that is intellectually challenging.

Free Nature Science Activity Worksheets!

October 24th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nature Detectives

(www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/)

Age Range: 0-11 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific United Kingdom nature education website from the Woodland Trust offers a variety of free worksheets with activity ideas designed to inspire outdoor learning.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of nature activities sorted by age: 

  • Age 0-2 Explore a new world
  • Age 3-5 Get muddy and run wild
  • Age 6+ Go on a real adventure

Simply click on a topic of interest and a new page opens where you can download and print the pdf file to do the activities offline. Also check out Fresh Air Fun – loads of ideas for family days out and outdoor fall fun.
 
There is a paid subscription program for residents of the U.K. but we can still enjoy the free activities to encourage learning about natural sciences.

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 30th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 30, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. Sign up to receive a daily email with vocabulary words. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

Eclipse Across America!

August 15th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA-Total Eclipse

(eclipse2017.nasa.gov/)

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

 

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental US. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event.

As the site explains: “On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.”

Check out the extensive menu beginning with these headings: 

  • Eclipse 101
  • Science
  • Activities
  • Education
  • Resources

If you are not near the path of the total eclipse, or some clouds roll in, you can connect to NASA’s Live Streaming Event. (www.nasa.gov/eclipselive) 

You can even share your own eclipse experience

“through imagery, video and artwork!” (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/flickr-gallery)

Don’t forget, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye.  (eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

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