Archive for the ‘science’ category

Free Online Biology Textbook

July 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Free Online Biology Textbook

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 8 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This book is written by a university biology professor, but will be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler, and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course.
One of our readers says: “It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”
There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as:
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • - and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain!

Science with Butterflies

July 8th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Children’s Butterfly Site

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!
When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include:

*Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. You’ll also find a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

*Frequently Asked Questions – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.

*Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!

*Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. There are even links to conservation programs that you can participate in as a citizen-scientist. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.

*Galleries – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.

*Teaching and Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

Energy Balance Curriculum

July 1st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Together Counts-Energy Balance Curriculum

 

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Together Counts describe themselves as a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind their program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. “Calories in, calories out.” Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015.
The Energy Balance 101 curriculum is designed to promote physical activity and inspire kids to be mindful of their daily energy balance for life. The activities provided are designed to be fun, playful, and motivational; age-appropriate and inclusive of all skill levels and abilities; and suitable indoors and out of doors. Although these activities are educational and nutrition- or fitness-oriented, they are more casual than a lesson plan and can be adapted to use at your own pace. Many encourage free-form outdoor play and teach fun games that incorporate physical activity. This resource is available in English and Spanish in a number of levels:
  • Pre-K
  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd – 5th grade

When you get to the Homeschool Headquarters page of the website, download the curriculum by clicking on your age-range preference in the middle of the page. Then go to the navigation menu at the top and click on “tips and tools” to find these 3 fun interactives designed to teach key Energy Balance concepts:

  • Power Up
  • The Anatomy of a Food Label
  • The Scales of Energy

And check out the blog to read articles about things like:

  • Family Fitness
  • Healthy Living
  • Meal Planning

Bookmark this site and come back often to get the most out of the information offered here.

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 10th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NAPPC: Pollinator Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, but there is information
that will fascinate all ages. See additional resource for older students
below. All children with parental supervision.)

 

What’s a pollinator? Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators – even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.
Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park. To better understand what is taking place, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities that include:
  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Creating and Finding Pollinator-Friendly Habitats in Your Area
  • Service projects as well as resources and links to more information

When you are through exploring the curriculum, to find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges visit http://pollinator.org/.

Click on “Useful Resources” on the menu to find links to even more lesson plans and suggested activities. You can also order free posters but you must pay the shipping fee.

Science U

May 27th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, May 27, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Science U

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a remarkable website that offers interactive exhibits to make science fun. The multimedia articles and activities are of a higher caliber than many websites designed for kids – so it will cause visitors to stretch a little and broaden their knowledge painlessly.
When you get to the site you will see that the menu is set up like a university campus. Click on the Observatory and learn about the solar system and space. Click on the Geometry Center and learn about fractals and tessellations. Click on the Library and discover information about the weather, seasons, plants and flowers and much more! The site is designed so that users can create their own animations as they experiment with new scientific concepts.
This website is one that can provide ongoing science curriculum supplements. Bookmark it and return often to take advantage of the many offerings. The site also has a “campus store” where you can purchase some of the materials and books recommended for further study in the activities section but there is no purchase necessary to use the free activities.

NASA’s SciJinks!

May 20th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, May 20, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SciJinks

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources.
When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Directly to the left, you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Weather – Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine and more.
  • Hurricanes and Storms – Find out how a hurricane forms. Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice – Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers”. Try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
  • Tides and Oceans – Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
  • Atmosphere – Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
  • Seasons – Learn why the Earth has seasons.
  • Satellites and Technology – Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
  • Space Weather – Learn how weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

You can also click on the horizontal menu near the top of each page that includes:

  • Fun & Games – A selection of fun games from the extensive menu described above.
  • Now I Get It – A selection of popular topics from the extensive menu including “What is the Scientific Method” along with ideas for a weather science project.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

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