Archive for the ‘science’ category

Virtual Cockroach Dissection!

October 14th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 14, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Orkin: Virtual Roach

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides a free, virtual lab dissection of the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) for the study of insect anatomy. As explained at the website, “Insects are a major component of every non-marine ecosystem on earth, placing Entomology at the core of agricultural, environmental and life science curricula.” The Virtual Roach is an auto-tutorial in insect anatomy that uses images from scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs and photomicrographs along with scientific terminology and references.

When you get to the site you’ll see the “Orkin” logo. To the right is a menu that allows you to select the views for the virtual dissection that include:

  • Exoskeleton – Head, Thorax, Abdomen, Habitus
  • Viscera – Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine, Excretory, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, and Respiratory systems

Click on any one to explore this fascinating virtual lab activity.

Directly above the main screen you’ll see the “Tabs” that include:
  • Index – See a list of all of the parts of the roach that are included in the virtual dissection.
  • Help – Don’t miss this – it briefly explains the features included in the tutorial and how to use them.

This is a terrific way to get familiar with insect anatomy and could be used as a pre-lab introduction or as a post-lab review tool should you decide to conduct a real dissection. Try not to say, “Eewwww!”

Tour of the Brain!

October 7th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 7, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Thinking Business: A Tour of Your Brain

 

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

 

This commercial website offers a FREE, multi-media virtual tour of the human brain. When you get to the site you will see an introduction/overview of the parts of the brain. Read all about it and then click on the links to continue the virtual journey into the brain. Learn about the various parts and what they do.
When you complete the tour, use the menu bar located directly below the “Tab” menu to explore:
  • Brain Facts – Fascinating tidbits about your brain that are sure to amaze you.
  • Brain Games – Test your knowledge of the brain. Challenge your brain with logic puzzles and a concentration match game. Test your memory and reflexes as well. Learn to sign the word “brain.

Exogeology Rocks!

September 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Exogeology Rocks!

 

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

 

Zoe, a teenager, created this terrific website with information on exogeology that combines the sciences of geology and astronomy in the study of planets, asteroids, moons, etc. She and her family were interviewed about unschooling in 2011 on the “Today Show.” The segment included information about Zoe Bentley’s passion for Exogeology. You can watch the Bentley Family’s segment on the “Today Show” here and see reactions to the piece.
To begin learning about Exogeology, use the menu under the headline “Things To Do” on the right side of the homepage that includes a definition of Exogeology, and other information about the site. You can also learn more about Zoe. You’ll find:

*Exogeology Rocks: Episodes/Meet Real Exogeologists – Watch Zoe’s on-camera interviews with exogeologists who explain what their work entails.

*How To Become An Exogeologist – Get information on what it takes to have a career in exogeology. Kids will find suggested activities and links to further information about:

  • NASA
  • Rock collecting
  • Dig-sites
  • Stargazing
  • Visiting geologic formations

*Games & Puzzles – Enjoy playing crossword puzzles, word searches, and jigsaw puzzles themed around geology, astronomy, and exogeology.

You’ll also find a photo gallery, a great list of resources to explore, and more! Read about about “Zoe’s Geo Party,” a trivia game she invented that involves weekly video clues that are posted on the site. Scroll down the page to see the archive of past clues and games.

This is an incredible demonstration of where interest-initiated learning and unschooling can lead, and may inspire your homeschooler or unschooler to explore their passions with the same gusto!

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 23rd, 2014

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Kids

 

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

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.

When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics:

  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

September 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…
Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!
Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.
This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.
New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:
Grades 3-6:
* Let’s Study the Sun
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
* Simple Solar Cell Demo
Grades 7-12:
* Intro to Electricity
* Solar Cell Demo
* Explore Passive Solar Design
* Explore Photovoltaics
* Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
* Explore Fuel Cells
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab
The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

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