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Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activity Book!

May 12th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Inquiry In Action

 

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately,with parental supervision)

 

Check out this website where you can download Inquiry In Action – a free book of activities that teach chemistry and physical science published by the American Chemical Society.
When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction, a list of the most popular activities, and a review of chemistry fundamentals. Look for the words “Get The Book” to download the entire book in pdf format for free. You can also use the book online. Just click on “View the Activities” and a new page opens with the table of contents outlining all seven chapters that include: 

1. Molecules in Motion – Students conduct experiments with M&M’s in water to answer a set of questions based on their observations.

 

2. Physical Properties & Physical Change in Solids – Compare the properties of four different household crystals to the properties of an unknown crystal.

 

3. Physical Properties & Physical Change in Liquids – Investigate the behavior of liquids on various surfaces.

 

4. Dissolving Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Explore the different factors that affect the solubility of solids, liquids, and gases.

 

5. Chemical Change – Experience the evidence of chemical change such as production of a gas, change in temperature, color change, and formation of a precipitate.

 

6. States of Matter – Consider how heating and cooling affect molecular motion.

 

7. Density – Explore the concept of density through the familiar experiences of sinking and floating.

 

Inquiry In Action offers the flexibility to pick and choose experiments based on your area of interest. It’s a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

Recycle Soda Bottles for Science Experiments!

May 5th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 5, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

It’s getting warmer outside and it’s soon to be soda pop season! Recycle your soda bottles to use for science experiments.
SODA BOTTLE SCIENCE – Use liter soda bottles to create liquid fireworks, a bubble machine, and waltzing raisins. Don’t miss additional experiments on this site that use liter soda bottles to explain density of liquids, how to simulate a lung, and find out how lava lamps work.

BOTTLE BIOLOGY – Get instructions on using soda bottles to make terrariums and other biological wonders.

MENTOS AND DIET COKE – Enjoy this fantastically fun experiment using Mentos candy and Diet Coke to make unbelievable geysers!

BUILD A SODA BOTTLE BIOREACTOR – Learn about composting using a soda bottle as a bioreactor.

BUILD A FRUIT FLY TRAP – Capture fruit flies in this soda bottle science experiment.

Free Middle School Chemistry Lessons!

April 28th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 28, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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ACS: Middle School Chemistry

 

Age Range: 11-14 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

The American Chemical Society offers free, downloadable Chemistry lessons for grades 6-8, that align with state standards. The multimedia lessons really illustrate the concepts and make them accessible to a wide variety of learning styles and aptitudes.
When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of five of the most popular lessons plans that include: 
  • Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons (from Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding)
  • Finding Volume – The Water Displacement Method (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • What is Density? (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • Why Does Water Dissolve Salt? (from Chapter 5: The Water Molecule and Dissolving)
  • The Periodic Table (from Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding)
You can also download ALL of the lessons from Middle School Chemistry in English or Spanish for free. Book mark this site and return often.

Aww…”ZooBorns” Baby Animals!

April 14th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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ZooBorns

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website has the latest news on animal babies from zoos and aquaria worldwide – and boy are they CUTE!
When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured news story on the most recent birth of a baby animal at a zoo, for example, the birth of a baby White Rhino born at the Tel Aviv Zoo in Israel. Then, use the sidebar menu to search for baby animals from aardvarks to zebras. Have you ever seen a baby anteater, eel, or wombat? They’re all here! Click on any critter on the menu and a new page opens featuring pictures, information about the animal, a link to the website of the zoo where the baby was born, and in some cases – you’ll even find videos!

You can also search by zoo – and see the baby animals that were born at your local zoo.

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!
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