Archive for the ‘science’ category

Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

Science Experiments with Demo Videos

September 12th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 12, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Weird Science Kids

(weirdsciencekids.com/FunExperiments.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website strives to inspire children through interactive science experiments that encourage discovery, spark imagination, and develop scientific literacy. It offers an array of free, fun science experiments you can do at home – and many include a demonstration video along with the instructions!

When you get to site, you’ll see a menu of enticing science activities you can do or make such as: 

  • Fake Blood
  • Ink and Secret Messages
  • Lumpy Liquids and Squishy Solids
  • Snowstorm in a Can
  • Mentos Geyser
  • Floating Paper Clip
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Oobleck and Glurch
  • Silly Putty
  • Worlds Simplest Motor
  • Mold Science
  • Dry Ice Experiments
  • Flying Toilet Paper
  • Iron Extraction-Total Cereal
  • Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment
  • Build a Periscope
  • DNA Extraction
  • Make Rock Candy – and many more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with a materials list, instructions, pictures, illustrations, and in many cases – a video demonstration. You’ll also learn the science behind the experiment.

Free Cartoon Science Experiments

September 5th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hunkin’s Experiments

(www.hunkinsexperiments.com/default.htm)

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

 

This archived website has hundreds of cool cartoons that will have you conducting science experiments with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more! The creator, Tim Hunkin, trained as an engineer, became a cartoonist and television writer, and now builds interactive exhibits for museums.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of experiments grouped under headings such as: 

  • Food
  • Mathematical
  • Biological
  • Electrical
  • Sound
  • Hobbies
  • Clothes
  • Light
  • and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of experiments in that category. Click on an experiment to see a cartoon illustration with directions on how to conduct it. This is so whimsical and user-friendly, it’s sure to entice even the most reluctant scientist in your family.

Free Science News and More

August 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Youngzine.com

(www.youngzine.com/)

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu toward the right of the screen to access information about: 

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Our Earth
  • and more!

Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

Online Biology Book

August 1st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 1, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Online Biology Book

(www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/biobooktoc.html)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a free biology textbook with illustrations online.

This is written by a university biology professor, but may be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course. As one of our readers put it, “It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”

There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as: 

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • DNA
  • Plants and Their Structure
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • – and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain.

Candy Science Experiments!

July 18th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Candy Experiments

(www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html)

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

 

This website was created by a mom who is a writer with a science background and her inquisitive daughter. Together they’ve developed an incredible archive of free science experiments you can conduct with candy

As explained at the website, this all began when her daughter asked a life-changing question: “What would happen if I put these Nerds in water?”
  
That first candy experiment led to many with results like these: “Drop a Warhead in baking soda water, and bubbles erupt. Leave a Skittle in water, and the S floats to the surface. Melt a Starburst, and shiny oil spots form.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of candy experiments. Click on any one and a new page opens with a list of materials needed and instructions on how to conduct the experiment. Try: 

  • Acid Test
  • Chocolate Bloom
  • Color Separation
  • Lifesaver Lights
  • Oil Test
  • ~And Many More!

Under “Resources” at the top of the page, access Printables and Websites to read blog entries, find links to articles about candy, and lots of other fun stuff.

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