Archive for the ‘science’ category

Science with Leonardo da Vinci!

April 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Science – Exploring Leonardo

(www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Designed with grades 4-8 in mind, with parental supervision. Students of all ages will enjoy aspects of this site.)

 

Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519. Born in 1452, he painted the Mona Lisa, invented the diving bell, and designed the airplane, helicopter and parachute. The Boston Museum of Science offers this free online exhibit with activities to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of DaVinci.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Inventor’s Workshop – Explore Leonardo’s fascination with machines and how they work including: 
    • Wheel and Axles
    • Pulley System
    • Screw
    • Lever
    • Gears

You’ll also learn about Leonardo’s interest in gadgets. Use your imagination to sketch a gadget and invent a useful machine. Take a quiz to see if you can identify Leonardo’s machines from his sketches.

  • Leonardo’s Perspective – Discover painting in the Middle Ages and learn about techniques of linear perspective.
  • Become Leonardo’s virtual apprentice to play with size and distance and investigate aerial perspective.
  • Leonardo: Right to Left – Find out how to do “mirror writing” and generate a hypotheses about da Vinci’s reasons for writing backwards.
  • What, Where, When? – Take a virtual tour of Italy in the 15th century and find out what life was like in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice.

This is an engaging online presentation that demonstrates how Leonardo da Vinci creatively applied the scientific method in every aspect of life.

Make Asteroids Collide with Earth!

March 29th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 29, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Impact Earth!

(www.purdue.edu/impactearth/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This is so cool! Purdue University sponsors this free, web-based computer program that lets you calculate the damage an asteroid would cause if it collided with Earth. You can customize the size, density, and speed of the incoming object, determine where it will land, and watch an animation of the asteroid’s crash course with our planet. Then find out  the catastrophic results of your efforts (if any).

When you get to the site, wait for the program to load. While you’re waiting, use the menu to learn about “Famous Craters,” read documentation about this project, and check out a short glossary of terms used in the program. Then, simply enter the parameters including: 

  • Projectile Diameter
  • Projectile Density
  • Angle of Impact
  • Velocity
  • Target (Water, Sedimentary Rock, or Crystalline Rock)
  • Distance from Impact

Finally, click on “Calculate Impact” to start the animation and see the results. If you’re not sure what to input, there are drop-down lists with suggestions you can use. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fascinating to try different scenarios to see if humanity survives your asteroid or suffers total annihilation.

Easter Science!

March 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education World – Easter Science

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/04/lp337-02.shtml)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Education World offers a myriad of age-appropriate cross-curriculum lesson plans. We are looking at Science today but this is certainly a resource to bookmark and return to often.

When you get to the webpage, scroll down to see a hands-on “eggs-periment” that teaches about density.

There are also ideas and activities to extend the lesson by introducing students to additional experiments to help demonstrate why people and things float more readily in Great Salt Lake than in most other bodies of water: 

  • Great Salt Lake Saltwater Density Experiment
  • Exploring Density
  • Great Salt Lake’s Buoyancy and Density
  • Bathtub Physics
  • More “Eggs-perimenting” Fun

And the fun goes on teaching other scientific concepts! (Appropriate grades for each experiment are indicated in parentheses.) 

  • Egg Magic (Grades PreK-3)
  • Eggs Don’t Break? (Grades PreK-3)
  • Egg Fun (Grades K-6)
  • Bouncing Eggs in Science (Grades K-8)
  • Egg Drop and Air Pressure (Grades 3-6)
  • The Shrinking Egg (Grades 3-8)
  • Make a Flying Wing (Grades 4-8)
  • Diffusion and Semi-Permeable Membranes (Grades 4-8)

Dissecting Daffodils!

March 1st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 1, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DaffodilUSA.org

(daffodilusa.org/about-ads/youth-program/)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the American Daffodil Society, offers free, downloadable botany lessons using daffodils, as well as a free “Daffodil Dissection Guide.”

There is terrific information that you can use to enhance learning the science of botany through the common daffodil flower. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of links including: 

  • Daffodil Dissection with Photos & Terms “Inner Secrets Revealed” – Two.pdf documents that contain photos and details to conduct a daffodil biology project. This is geared towards a classroom environment, but can also be conducted at home.
  • Daffodil Botany Drawing – Two drawings that identify the parts of a daffodil. Both of these drawing are used in American Daffodil Society judging schools. These drawings are also useful for horticulture biology coursework.
  • Crafts – Making Tissue Daffodils – A fun project that even adults have enjoyed making!
  • A suggested curriculum for school – Project based learning through Daffodils
  • And don’t miss the Daffodil Coloring Pages – Print out 13 pages depicting a variety of daffodils with information about each one. Assemble them all into a fun activity book for your kids – great for home learning or carschooling!

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 9th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 9, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.birdsource.org/gbbc/)

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

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 12-15, 2016.

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 website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website.

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.

Science with Manatee Cams & Curriculum!

February 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 2, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Save The Manatee

(www.savethemanatee.org/info.htm)

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

 

This website is sponsored by the non-profit “Save the Manatee Club” established by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet, and Bob Graham, a former U.S. senator and governor of Florida. It provides terrific, multi-media educational information on recovery and protection of the endangered marine mammals and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a welcome message with “Helpful Hints” on how to view it. Use the menu on the right side of the page to explore: 

  • Manatee Facts, Myths, & FAQs
  • Manatee Population, Migration, Rescue & Rehabilitation
  • Manatee Birth and Reproduction
  • Anatomy of the Florida Manatee
  • Links to Other Manatee Sites

IMPORTANT! Don’t miss “Cool Manatee Stuff” on the menu where you’ll find: 

  • Manatee Video & Sounds
  • Manatee PowerPoint Slide Show
  • An Educator’s Guide
  • Manatee Book List
  • Action Kids – Get involved to save the Manatee!
  • Manatee Web Cams – Watch live streaming of Manatees!
  • Free Manatee Coloring & Activity Book (pdf)
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