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Fun Family Science Experiments

February 24th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, February 24, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciFun.org: Home Experiments

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website developed by a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, encourages science literacy by providing free, family-friendly science experiments that you can do at home
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of experiments that include:
  • Exploring Acids & Bases – Use an indicator made from red cabbage juice to determine whether household products are acids or bases.
  • Chemiluminesence – Examine the chemiluminescent reaction that makes a Lightstick glow in the dark.
  • Will A Bowling Ball Sink or Float? – The answer may surprise you.
  • Make a Rainbow in a Glass – with common liquids you can find around your house.
  • Build an Electric Motor – Just use wire, a couple of magnets, and a battery.
  • Things That Glow in the Dark – Discover what makes certain materials “glow” under a black light?
  • Needle Through A Balloon – Find out how to insert a needle into a balloon without popping it.
  • Collapsing Can Trick – Crush a can using only air pressure.
  • Egg in a Bottle – Even though the egg is bigger than the opening of the bottle, learn how to get it inside the bottle without touching it.

There are lots more! When you’re through experimenting check out the Home Page with links to an interactive Periodic Table of Elements and information on the Chemical of the Week and so much more!

An important note: You’ll also find science products for purchase, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the free science experiments.

All About Ludwig van Beethoven

February 21st, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, February 21, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

All About Ludwig van Beethoven

 

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

 

There are lots of websites that contain information about the great classical composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. The ad-supported site featured today is a good starting place for learning about Beethoven’s life and work.
When you get to the site use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 
  • Beethoven’s Life – Read his biography including information about his childhood and youth, his rise to fame, life in Vienna, and his final years. There is also a timeline of major events in the composer’s life.
  • Beethoven’s Music – This section provides a brief history of the composer’s works including his symphonies, sonatas, opera, concertos and overtures. If you would like to hear many of Beethoven’s works – download free Midi files here.
  • Free Sheet Music – Download free sheet music of Beethoven’s compositions including Fur Elise, The Moonlight Sonata, Ecossaise, Piano Sonata Op.27, and Piano Sonata Op.31.
  • Beethoven Resources – Read two documents written by the composer. One is the Heiligenstadt Testament in which he discusses his deafness, and the other is a collection of love letters.
  • Recommended Sites – (Link at the bottom of the web page) Find links to other great resources about Beethoven on the web.

Language Arts Games & More!

February 18th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 18, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

 

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

 

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as Between the Lions, Curious George, Super Why, Sesame Street, and Arthur.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as: 
  • Adjectives
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Rhymes
  • Spelling
  • Synonyms
  • Vocabulary
Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Math, Arts, and Social Sciences games. The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising. 

Make Your Own Science Toys!

February 17th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, February 17, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Toys

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, children with parental supervision)

 

This is not a fancy website and it is ad supported BUT, you will find instructions accompanied by illustrations and pictures, along with detailed explanations on how to make science toys at home. Many of the toys use household items or inexpensive materials (that you can purchase at your local drugstore or Radio Shack) to demonstrate fascinating scientific principles.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of toy instructions available at the website under the categories: 
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electrochemistry
  • Radio
  • Thermodynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Light and Optics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
Click on a toy title and a new page opens with complete instructions accompanied by illustrations and pictures, along with detailed explanations of the scientific principles behind each toy. This site also offers science kits for sale and a book chock-full of instructions for making dozens and dozens of scientific gizmos and gadgets. The activities at this site are terrific indoor projects for wintry days.

When you are through exploring all of the science toys, you may want to check out another page at this website that explains the ingredients in the things we buy – from bread to soap, glue, and hair conditioner.

Ingredients are explained and the chemical composition is given as well. It’s a fascinating look at what’s in the stuff people eat and use on a daily basis.

Make Bizarre Science Experiments

February 10th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, February 10, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Bizarre Stuff

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid-20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house – especially in the kitchen. That said, the creator of the site doesn’t guarantee all of the experiments will work or that they are all safe, so parental discretion and oversight is a must.
You will find experiments that include every branch of science including:
  • Gases and Liquids
  • Force, Motion, & Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature
  • Sound/Light
  • Electricity
  • Atomic
  • Chemistry
  • Life
  • Earth/Astronomy
  • Communications
  • and more!

Learn everything from how to cast animal tracks, to how to make a solar oven or a foxhole radio. It’s all here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

As with all science activities read through the list of “ingredients” and be sure you have what you need before convincing your child to try an experiment. Nothing dampens the scientific creative spirit more than not having the necessary materials to experiment in one’s kitchen laboratory.

Discover Ancient Greece

February 5th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 5, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The British Museum-Ancient Greece

 

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discover Ancient Greece with the help of this website from the British Museum
When arriving at the website, use the menu to choose from the 10 “Chapters”:
  • Acropolis
  • Athens
  • Daily Life
  • Festivals and Games
  • Geography
  • Gods and Goddesses
  • Knowledge and Learning
  • Sparta
  • Time
  • War

After choosing a chapter from the menu, you are taken to a general informational page outlining the topic. From the left hand menu select your learning avenue from:

  • Story – a narrative slide show with text and images provide more in depth instruction about the topic
  • Explore – online activities to dig even deeper into the subject
  • Challenge – interesting interactive activities that encourage applying what has been learned

To return to the home page at any given time, select the Ancient Greece image on the left hand menu. Teachers will especially want to check out the “Staff Room” link which will open a new window. Here is where visitors will find chapter overviews and links to chapter resources with background information about the topic, discussion ideas, and worksheets that can be printed from your browser.

This website is easy to navigate and is presented in a user friendly and interesting manner that encourages learners to explore and learn.

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