Archive for the ‘science’ category

Happy Birthday President Lincoln

February 12th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Abraham Lincoln Research Site

(rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln2.html)

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

 

Although we celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 18th this year, today, February 12th, is President Abraham Lincoln’s actual birthday.

Since we focus on science today, we found some interesting tidbits on this site about Abraham Lincoln related to science that you might not have known: 

  • Abraham Lincoln is the only president to have a patent – a Lincoln-devised device for freeing ships that had run aground in shallow water.
  • Find out how an 11-year-old girl convinced Lincoln to grow a beard.
  • Did you know that two of Lincoln’s sons, Tad and Willie, kept goats as pets at the White House?
  • See photos of Lincoln’s beloved mutt, Fido.
  • Then, get out your hankies and read the touching account of Lincoln’s encounter with three orphaned kittens on the eve of the final military advance of the Civil War.
  • Dry your eyes and read all about how a turkey, intended for dinner, became a presidential pet!

Make sure you check out the rest of the site – it is just so beautifully developed, with such thorough and engaging commentary, photographs, primary sources, and wonderful anecdotes about Lincoln.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 15-18, 2019.

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 Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, 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.

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 22, 20198, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jefferson Lab Science Series

(education.jlab.org/scienceseries/archive.html)

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

 

This website is sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The lab’s primary mission is to conduct research on the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator. In addition to its science mission, the Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Science Series” video titles including: 

  • What Every Dog Should Know About Quantum Physics
  • The Origin of the Elements
  • Adventures in Infectious Diseases
  • DNA: The Strand that Connects Us All
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Understanding Flight: A Physical Description of How Airplanes Fly
  • The Physics of Stock Car Racing from a NASCAR Champion’s Perspective
  • The Physics of Baseball
  • Comic Book Physics
  • Chemistry – It’s More Than Puffs and Bangs!
  • Radiation: What Is It and How Can It Affect Me?
  • Jellyfish: The Big Sting
  • From Acne to Suntans: Dermatology for the Teenager
  • And many more!

Each title has a brief description and a link you can click to watch the video online.

Wait! There’s more! When you’re through watching the lectures check out the Education Home section of this site that contains free resources including hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles and games. Look in the “Teacher Resources,” “Student Zone,” and “Games & Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

Winter Activities with Science

January 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Winter Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/WinterActivities.aspx)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, children with parental supervision)

 

At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The winter topics include: 

  • Animals in Winter
  • Bubbles
  • Earthquakes
  • Groundhogs and Shadows
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • Measuring Snow
  • Moon Watching
  • Stars
  • And many more!

These questions and activities should keep you busy for the rest of the season!

The Particle Adventure!

January 8th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 8, 20198, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Particle Adventure

(particleadventure.org/)

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

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors.

Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, Greek, Italian, German, Chinese, Polish, and more!

Click the “Go” button to begin one of the adventures: 

  • The Standard Model
  • Fireworks on the 4th of July
  • Accelerators and Particle Detectors
  • Exploring Unsolved Mysteries
  • Particle Decays and Annihilations

Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.

Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live.

In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to classroom activities and more.

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