Archive for the ‘science’ category

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

March 31st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Cells Alive!

 

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

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. It was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. When you get to the site, use the menu to explore categories that include:

*Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.

*Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.

*Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.

*Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

You can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content.

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

Free Insect Learning Guides for Kids

March 24th, 2015

 

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

 

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SaveNature.com: Discover Insects

 

Age Range: K-6 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by SaveNature.org provides free, downloadable Learning Guides to help kids understand insects and their importance to ecosystems and the diversity of life on Earth.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu of Learning Guides that include information on rainforests, coral reefs, and hummingbirds as well as:
  • Insect Activity Sheets – Get an insect coloring page, make your own “Insect Lab,” learn to classify arthropods, get bug recipes for dry-roasted insects and chocolate chip chirpies, discover the biodiversity in your own backyard and more!
  • Insect Fact Sheets – Print out terrific scientific facts and info on a variety of bugs that include:
    • Honey Bee
    • House Cricket
    • Monarch Butterfly
    • Termites
    • Yellow Mealworm Beetle
    • Bumble Bee
    • Madagascar Hissing Roach
  • Other Arthropod Fact Sheets – Download and print out info on:
    • American Brown Recluse Spider
    • California Tarantula
    • Orb Weaver Spiders
    • Sowbug, Pillbug
    • Western Black Widow
    • Scorpion
    • Millipedes/Milpies bilingual
You can also read articles and watch short video clips about insects too!

One of the BEST Science Websites!

March 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Light-Science.com

 

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

 

Light-Science.com delivers biographies of scientists, chemistry and physics news, information about inventors and their inventions, fun science projects, and interesting articles punctuated with experiments that improve knowledge about biology, the human body, technology, animal kingdoms, and environments. It’s all done in a “light” manner — that is, the material is written in a way that informs while it entertains.

The site has material for ALL ages. They do offer a special section for kids — but much of the material in other sections of the site is fascinating and would interest kids too. So, we recommend (as always) that parents preview the material to determine what sections of the site have suitable content for your kids’ interests, needs, and abilities.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction followed by some featured science articles. Use the menu on the left to go directly to areas of interest that include:
  • Animals — Find out if brown recluse spiders have gotten a bad rap and learn why the hammerhead shark’s head is in the shape it’s in. Learn about Prairie Dogs, Bats, Eels, Ring-tail Cats and find out if Polar Bears are in danger of becoming extinct.
  • Biographies — Learn about the lives and work of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, inventors and other science-types.
  • Biology — Read some really fascinating and curious articles answering questions such as: Can green pond scum suffer jet lag? Can scientists make mice “glow” using a firefly protein? Do tiny bugs inside of mealybugs have bugs inside of them? Can honey heal wounds?
  • Chemistry — Discover how scientists trap hydrogen gas in ice cages, find out why it’s no coincidence that turning animal skins into hides is called “tanning,” and find links to REALLY COOL chemistry sites that kids of all ages will enjoy.
  • Kids To 12 — Find terrific articles with fun activities that help kids understand scientific concepts and principles through topics such as: The International Space Station, Newton’s Laws of Gravity, Light, Sound, Comets, and even learn about mirages.
  • Science Experiments — This is geared for all ages and includes unusual fare such as the Chinese water torture experiment, making cave stalactites and stalagmites, creating flash dancers with static electricity, making cryogenic roses, and links to all kinds of fun science websites with more projects.

You will find similar fascinating fare on General Science, Physics, Quantum Physics, Geology and more. There are fun facts and interesting side bars throughout the site that will boost your knowledge of science and the world.

Bookmark this one as you’ll want to return often.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 20th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

 

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

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 13-16, 2015.
This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com 

Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Fun Creative Chemistry Activities

January 13th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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CreativeChemistry

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

A chemist in the United Kingdom created this website for students, teachers, and those who are simply interested in chemistry. It offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.
When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu that includes links to all kinds of practical guides and worksheets, info on balancing equations, chemistry-themed word searches, concentration games, and more.

You’ll also find:

  • Fun Practical Activities – Get instructions for anodizing, blueprinting, dyeing, fingerprinting, fire writing, flame tests, and how to conduct a urine analysis.
  • Interactive Crossword Puzzles – Do chemistry-themed crossword puzzles that teach and reinforce knowledge about chemical families, acids, alkalis, chemistry apparatus, metals and ores, rocks, and organic chemistry.
  • Impossible Mission Quizzes – Race the clock to answer multiple choice questions about chemistry including acids and alkalis, metals and reactivity, oil and air, aqueous and organic, and more.
  • The Molecule Warehouse – Play with animated molecular models to better understand organic chemistry. You can move, rotate and resize them, and learn about tetrahedral molecules, trigonal bipyramidal molecules, octahedral molecules, isomers of organic compounds and much more.

If that sounds the least bit intimidating, just explore the site for a bit and you’ll become comfortable with those concepts in no time!

Most of the activities come with a downloadable PDF, pictures and instructions too. There are great science experiments and lessons for you to learn all about chemistry.

And Don’t Miss “Fun Stuff” with old-school style games like breakout, hangman, and Tetris.

Track Santa’s Sleigh!

December 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 23, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NORAD Tracks Santa

 

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

 

Track Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve! Those wacky scientists at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.
Not only that, they provide lots of pre-Christmas Eve activities just for kids including: 
  • Visit Santa’s Kids’ Countdown Village – Visit this website each day in December to receive updates from the North Pole and discover surprises (activities like word searches and crossword puzzles).
  • Watch Holiday Cheer Videos – Watch videos created by students to celebrate Santa. And on December 24th visit NORAD’s site to see the video feed from Santa Cams positioned around the world.
  • Track Santa with Your Mobile Phone – On December 24th use “Google Maps for Mobile” to track Santa’s location worldwide.
  • Track Santa Through Google Earth – On Christmas Eve head to the NORAD site to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth.
  • About Santa – Watch a video of Santa reciting, The Night Before Christmas. Read FAQs about Santa and NORAD. Find out how many cookies Santa eats on Christmas Eve.
  • About NORAD – Find out why NORAD tracks Santa and how they do it!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!
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