Archive for the ‘science’ category

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

September 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

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

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…
Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!
Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.
This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.
New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:
Grades 3-6:
* Let’s Study the Sun
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
* Simple Solar Cell Demo
Grades 7-12:
* Intro to Electricity
* Solar Cell Demo
* Explore Passive Solar Design
* Explore Photovoltaics
* Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
* Explore Fuel Cells
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab
The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

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

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

Experiment on Flies

August 19th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HHMI: Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

There’s an online virtual lab where you can experiment with flies. Eeeew!” It’s true! The Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab provides you with the virtual tools you’ll need to learn about the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. What are transgenic flies? As the website explains:
“Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated. After making the glowing fly, you will use it to explore basic principles of circadian biology and genetics.”
When you get to the site, read the introduction that explains the basic steps and learning objectives. You’ll see the virtual lab on the left side of the page, where you can begin to conduct your experiment. You will be prompted by text in the gray tip window and light purple arrows that point the way.
As you begin the experiment, your lab “Notebook” will automatically open on the right side of the page showing detailed information as you progress through the experiment. You’ll see hyperlinks in the notes – click on them to learn more.
If some of the scientific terminology, tools, or concepts are unfamiliar, use the “Resources” tab on the menu to access a glossary that defines the words, as well as a photo-directory of the various equipment used in the lab.
There are quiz questions in each phase of the experiment and you can check your results by clicking on the “Quiz” tab on the menu.
This is a fascinating use of technology that replicates lab science experimentation.

High School Biology Games & Quizzes!

August 12th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

zeroBio

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a website that was designed for science students in grades 9-12. It doesn’t contain full curriculum, but it does contain some really interesting and fun interactive quizzes, games and puzzles to practice what one usually learns in high school biology classes. Just by doing the activities you can test your knowledge of a subject or learn the material for the first time. (It’s very possible younger students would enjoy some of these activities and it would serve as an introduction to the kind of material they are expected to learn in the upper grades.)
When you get to the site you will see a welcome message. There is a drop-down menu you can use at the bottom of the page to navigate the site – but it may be easier to just use the click-through menu on the left and right sides at the top of the screen. You can access games and quizzes on genetics, molecule identification, and even a dissection lab!

JetStream – Online Weather School

August 5th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 5, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NWS: JetStream – Online School for Weather

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This National Weather Service website with extensive content and free lessons and activities is designed to help everyone learn the science of weather.

When you get to the site you’ll see a satellite picture featuring an aspect of today’s weather somewhere in the world. Read the brief introduction and then use the menu to explore:

  • The Atmosphere – Learn about radio signals, air mass, air pressure, and air flow. Make your own barometer. Find out about Earth’s water cycle.
  • The Ocean – Taste the salinities of various bodies of water around the world. Make homemade ice cream and ocean currents. See the differences in the light and dark sides of the “moon”.
  • Global Circulations – Discover the seasons. Calculate the circumference of the earth. Demonstrate that convection is the original source for our wind.
  • Synoptic Meteorology – Learn about types of clouds. Watch rain drops grow by coalescence. Determine the location of cold and warm fronts.
  • Thunderstorms – How much water is in a cloud? Find out about updrafts and the effect on rain and hail. Estimate the size of hail.
  • Lightning – Determine the distance to a lightning strike.
  • Tropical Weather – Learn about the extent of winds in quadrants around a hurricane.
  • Weather on the Web – Find your local weather forecast and news.
Click on any topic and follow the lesson plans in the order they are presented or use the “Lesson Plan Overview” on the menu to access a specific area of interest.
Explore the “Topic Matrix” that provides a great view of the topics covered including Doppler radar, remote sensing, and much more! Don’t miss this! Click on “CoolStuff Activities” to get access to puzzles, word searches, concentration games, and printable coloring pages all themed around the weather!
The information contained in JetStream can be used in the way that suits you best. This is a terrific resource – bookmark it and return often!

Ice Cream Science

July 29th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 29, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)


Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. We thought it might be fun to learn science through ice cream!

  • Chemistry.About.com At this website you will find instructions for a science experiment for making ice cream in a baggie. In addition to the recipe, learn the science involved in making ice cream including:
    • Why do we add salt to the ice?
    • Why do we shake the mixture?
    • What is the freezing point depression? 

 

 

 

  • Ice cream themed learning activities. This is not science but this site offers ice cream themed Literacy and Math activities - you’ll also find ideas for ice cream themed games!

 

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