Archive for the ‘science’ category

YouTube Zoo and Much More!

June 11th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lil’ Fingers: YouTube Zoo

(www.lil-fingers.com/games/zoo/index.php)

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

 

Designed by a computer usability professional, Lil’ Fingers is a friendly website for the littlest computer users with free animated and narrated storybooks, interactive educational games, coloring pages – and a terrific archive of over 100 animal videos in their YouTube Zoo! 

This site was designed with young children in mind, but the animal videos can be enjoyed by folks of all ages. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of “Animal Zones” including: 

  • African Region – See lions, eagles, hyenas, and more.
  • Asia Adventure – View bears, hornbills, monkeys, and porcupines.
  • Polar – Check out penguins, polar bears, reindeer, and a walrus.
  • Elephant Jungle – Watch camels, capybaras, elephants, guanacos, etc.
  • Forest Fun – Observe birds, owls, okapis, river otters, etc.
  • Outback – Watch koalas, kangaroos, a monitor lizard and more!

As explained at the website, “All videos have been reviewed to not include animals mating, killing or bodily functions.” Plus, because you watch the videos on this website, you don’t have to be concerned about shielding your kids’ eyes from inappropriate comments that are sometimes posted by random visitors on the YouTube site. Some of the videos are no longer available but there are so many animals to choose from you’ll be sure to find something you’re interested in.

When you’re through watching videos, be sure to use the vertical menu on the left side of the screen to access the animated and narrated storybooks, play interactive computer games that teach as they entertain, and print out coloring pages that include the alphabet, numbers, shapes, animals, events, and much more!

This is an ad-supported website. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Mendel’s Pea Experiment

June 4th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

(www.sonic.net/~nbs/projects/anthro201/)

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

 

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

The Physics of Baseball

May 14th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Physics of Baseball

(www.laserpablo.com/baseball/baseball.htm)

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

 

This website was created by a retired high school physics teacher with a passion for baseball. At his website, he offers many free activities, lessons, and video clips that teach the physics of baseball.

When you get to the site, you can watch three video presentations/interviews that were broadcast on networks (PBS, etc.) including:

  • The Physics of Baseball
  • The Science of Home Runs
  • Out of the Park – The Physics of Baseball (includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide)

Then, continue the learning with the free, downloadable links to activities/worksheets (pdf) that explore the physics of baseball including: 

  • Anatomy of a Homer
  • Anatomy of a Pitch

You’ll also discover links to numerous free resources that further explore the physics of baseball.

Biographies of Scientists

May 7th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 7, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

(scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by: 

  • Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
  • Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
  • Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
  • Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.
  • Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Choose the letter, then click on any name, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture (if available) and bio. References are provided as well.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and we only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

Science with Leonardo da Vinci!

April 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Da Vinci – The Genius

(www.mos.org/leonardo/)

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

 

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, invented the diving bell, and designed the airplane, helicopter and parachute. The Museum of Science, Boston offers this free online exhibit with activities and lesson plans to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of da Vinci. As the site says, “Though this site was designed to be most appropriate for students in grades four through eight, many of the activities can be adapted for younger or older students as needed.”


When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Da Vinci – The Artist – Browse his paintings, and learn about techniques of linear perspective. Become Leonardo’s virtual apprentice to play with size and distance and investigate aerial perspective.
  • Da Vinci – The Inventor – Explore Leonardo’s fascination with machines and how they work including wheel and axles, pulley, screw, lever, gears and more. You’ll also learn about Leonardo’s interest in gadgets. Use your imagination to sketch a gadget and invent a useful machine. Take a quiz to see if you can identify Leonardo’s machines from his sketches.
  • Da Vinci – The Scientist – Learn about his curiosities.

Other activities include: Find out how to do “mirror writing” and generate a hypothesis about da Vinci’s reasons for writing backwards. And make sure you check out the Teaching Tips.

This is an engaging online presentation that demonstrates how Leonardo da Vinci creatively applied the scientific method in every aspect of life.

Pond Scum Science

April 9th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ron’s Pond Scum

(www.silkentent.com/gus1911/RonPond.htm)

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

 

This website provides a virtual exploration of the critters living in pond scum.

When you get to the site, simply click on the links in the text to see remarkable photographs and learn about:

  • protozoan
  • paramecium
  • actinopods
  • vorticella
  • anchor worms
  • fly larvae, amoeba
  • water mites
  • algae
  • and other single-celled and multi-celled oddities

All of this comes to you courtesy of a retired Computer Systems Analyst named Ron DeAngelis. Several years ago, he set up an outdoor fish pond and became interested in micro pond life. He bought a good microscope and when he discovered he could take excellent pictures with a digital camera, “Ron’s Pond Scum” was born!

Ron gets emails from students all over the world, as well as from frustrated parents who confide that without Ron’s website, their child would never have finished his or her science project.

Ron’s Pond Scum is a terrific way to explore the life teeming in pond water without getting wet. It’s a great supplement to any science curriculum. 

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