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Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

June 30th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

 

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 
  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.
This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Summer Solstice and Summer Projects!

June 16th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS Parents – Summer Science Projects

(http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/)

 

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. This year, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the 21st!
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Look at this nifty Sunrise and sunset calculator located at FarmersAlmanac.com for how many hours of sunlight you’ll get at your location.

PBS Parents, along with a wonderful article from Science Buddies, offer some fun summer projects for kids. When you get to the website enjoy reading the article and learn about fun summer projects like: 

  • Really Big Bubble Makers
  • Bird Feeders
  • Sun Prints
  • Newspaper Kites
  • Silly Putty
  • Salt/Cloud Dough
  • Ooblek/Slime/Gak/Flubber
Don’t stop there though! Continue by investigating the sidebar links to find: 
  • Science Milestones for Kids
  • More Science Activities
  • Science Games
  • Science Tips
There is a lot to explore at the top menu too. Start with the “education” button and return often for more ideas.

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

June 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 2, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Computer Science Unplugged

 

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free, downloadable lessons and activities to do offline that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Carnegie Mellon, and Google.
Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Use the menu to access the “Activities” that are available to download in PDF format, with full instructions, worksheets, and solutions that include:
  • Binary Numbers
  • Image Representation
  • Text Compression
  • Searching Algorithms
  • Sorting Networks
  • Programming Languages
  • Graph Coloring
  • Information Hiding
  • Cryptographic Protocols
  • Public Key Encryption
  • Human Interface Design
  • Modems Unplugged
  • and much more!
You’ll also find photos and videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

May 19th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

(http://www.outdoorbiology.com/)

 

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

 

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. Designed for group learning, they can be easily tweaked for individual investigations.
When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and an icon menu of sample activities. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the home page and click on “Activities” to access the dozens of activity guides archived at this site that cover topics such as: 
  • Animal Behavior
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Animal/Plant Interactions
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Climate
Click on any topic and a new page opens with an icon menu of the activity guides. Place your cursor over each icon to see a pop-up window with a brief description of the activity, the time it typically takes to complete, the recommended age range, and what size group the activity will accommodate. Click on the icon to open a new page that contains the lesson summary, learning outcomes, and the activity instructions in a downloadable pdf. The activities are all designed to educate through fun, hands-on learning experiences and games in the great outdoors.

As we reviewed a variety of the activity guides, we saw the potential for use in the homeschool environment as either an activity for family learning, or as a resource for co-op classes and homeschool support groups.

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activity Book!

May 12th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Websites (see below):

 

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.

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