Archive for the ‘science’ category

The Science of Autumn Leaves Video

October 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Biology – Autumn Leaves

(kidsbiology.com/biology-videos/autumn-leaves/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

 

The KidsKnowIt Network (now part of Education.com) offers a series of free science videos, including the one featured in this review that explains the science of autumn leaves.

When you get to the site you’ll see the title “Autumn Leaves” and a video screen. Click on “Play” to launch the video to learn about: 

  • Autumn leaves and colors
  • Chlorophyll
  • Carotenoids
  • Anthocyanins
  • Tree types and their leaf colors

An animated host with a robotic voice narrates the video that explains why leaves change color in autumn. It’s a great introduction to the science of fall leaves and may springboard your child’s interest to learn more.

When you’re through watching the autumn leaf video, use the menu on the left side of the page to watch more free, educational videos on topics that include: 

  • Acids and Bases
  • DNA
  • Food Chains
  • X-Rays

And more!

Free Pumpkin Science Activities

October 16th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Pumpkin Science

(www.espsciencetime.org/PumpkinScience.aspx)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this site you will find a free set of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do with pumpkins at home.

You will find experiments with seeds, pumpkin weight, and learn to determine how a pumpkin grew by the direction of the stem and other clues, experiments in volume, and more.

At the bottom of the list of questions are two links to websites where you can go to find the answers to all of the questions posed on the list. Some cannot be discovered through experimentation, but must be found out through investigation on the Net.

One of the sites links to the terrific University of Illinois “Pumpkins and More” website with all kinds of information, resources, and activities for learning with pumpkins.

The other site, “The Pumpkin Nook”, is a commercial site that we have not reviewed. Parents, as always, should preview the sites to determine suitability of content and supervise Internet access.

Learn All About Chocolate

September 18th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 18, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All About Chocolate: Just For Kids

(archive.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/kids.html)

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

 

Learn how to pick cacao beans, ferment them, and process the beans into chocolate, and more.

When you get to the site, select from: 

  • Fun Facts – Several pages of interesting information
  • Manufacturing Chocolate from Seed to Sweet – Click on “Begin the chocolate-making process” (you’ll need Flash player). It will take several seconds for the program to load, but your patience will be rewarded when you click on the “enter” button, and follow the 12 interactive steps to see: 
    • How Cacao Trees Grow
    • Harvesting Cacao Pods
    • Fermentation
    • Drying Cacao Beans
    • Shipping the Beans
    • Roasting the Beans
    • Winnow the Beans
    • Grind the Beans
    • Mixing
    • Refining
    • Conching
    • Tempering
  • Chocolate Recipes for Kids – from cookies to clay
  • Cacao Crossword Puzzle
  • Chocolate Lover’s Word Find

Also don’t miss the menu items on the right side of the Just for Kids page including All About Chocolate and Educators Resources where there is a free, downloadable series of 12 lessons about chocolate and more.

This is a terrific website for learning all about chocolate!

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 11th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/)

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

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.

When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics: 

  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Free science experiments, games and activities

August 28th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kinetic City

(www.kineticcity.com/)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses.

By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either: 

  1. Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”
  2. Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.
  3. Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”.  The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus then click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

Tornado Science!

August 21st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 21, 2018, and time for Science  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Weather Wiz Kids

(www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website designed for kids, a meteorologist describes the science behind tornadoes including what weather conditions are required for them to form. It includes terrific information, pictures, links to free lesson plans, experiments, and more.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to read the text and see pictures and illustrations that explain what tornadoes are, how they form, and information on weather conditions associated with tornadoes such as: 

  • Funnel Clouds
  • Supercell Thunderstorms
  • Mesocyclones
  • Microbursts
  • Waterspouts
  • Hail
  • Gustnadoes
  • Landspouts
  • Dust Devils

You’ll also learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity and some Tornado Safety Tips. There are also links to FREE LESSON PLANS and Tornado Experiments that will enhance your children’s understanding of this dangerous weather phenomenon.

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