Archive for the ‘science’ category

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!

Free Online Biology Textbook

July 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Free Online Biology Textbook

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 8 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This book is written by a university biology professor, but will be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler, and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course.
One of our readers says: “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
  • 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!

Science with Butterflies

July 8th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Children’s Butterfly Site

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!
When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include:

*Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. You’ll also find a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

*Frequently Asked Questions – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.

*Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!

*Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. There are even links to conservation programs that you can participate in as a citizen-scientist. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.

*Galleries – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.

*Teaching and Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

Energy Balance Curriculum

July 1st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Together Counts-Energy Balance Curriculum

 

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Together Counts describe themselves as a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind their program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. “Calories in, calories out.” Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015.
The Energy Balance 101 curriculum is designed to promote physical activity and inspire kids to be mindful of their daily energy balance for life. The activities provided are designed to be fun, playful, and motivational; age-appropriate and inclusive of all skill levels and abilities; and suitable indoors and out of doors. Although these activities are educational and nutrition- or fitness-oriented, they are more casual than a lesson plan and can be adapted to use at your own pace. Many encourage free-form outdoor play and teach fun games that incorporate physical activity. This resource is available in English and Spanish in a number of levels:
  • Pre-K
  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd – 5th grade

When you get to the Homeschool Headquarters page of the website, download the curriculum by clicking on your age-range preference in the middle of the page. Then go to the navigation menu at the top and click on “tips and tools” to find these 3 fun interactives designed to teach key Energy Balance concepts:

  • Power Up
  • The Anatomy of a Food Label
  • The Scales of Energy

And check out the blog to read articles about things like:

  • Family Fitness
  • Healthy Living
  • Meal Planning

Bookmark this site and come back often to get the most out of the information offered here.

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 10th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NAPPC: Pollinator Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, but there is information
that will fascinate all ages. See additional resource for older students
below. All children with parental supervision.)

 

What’s a pollinator? Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators – even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.
Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park. To better understand what is taking place, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities that include:
  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Creating and Finding Pollinator-Friendly Habitats in Your Area
  • Service projects as well as resources and links to more information

When you are through exploring the curriculum, to find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges visit http://pollinator.org/.

Click on “Useful Resources” on the menu to find links to even more lesson plans and suggested activities. You can also order free posters but you must pay the shipping fee.

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