Archive for the ‘science’ category

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)

Kids Do Ecology!

January 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Do Ecology (kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California offers this multi-media website for kids to teach them the science of ecology.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of choices that includes: 

  • Learn About Ecology – Get an introduction to the study of ecology, learn about endangered species, find out about careers in ecology, and enjoy interviews with ecologists.
  • Data Science – Discover the scientific method! Learn to analyze data and present results. Design your own ecology experiment.
  • World Biomes – Learn about the 5 major biomes including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. Discover the flora and fauna that thrive in each.
  • Marine Mammals – Meet Blue, Grey, and Humpback whales, a variety of dolphins, and sea otters!

Each section contains clickable links to information, videos, sound, and fun facts. You can also check out some classroom science projects and an assortment of links to other science websites.

Free Science Videos

January 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AsapSCIENCE

(www.youtube.com/AsapSCIENCE)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 7-adult; children with parental supervision. Some of the videos contain adult topics. See note below. Parents should preview the site and supervise Internet access.)

 

This is a YouTube channel where AsapSCIENCE offers free, short, entertaining videos that explain biological concepts. Created by two biologists, a new video is posted weekly and engages viewers with fast-paced and informative explanations accompanied by lots of entertaining and colorful illustrations.

When you get to the website the current video will launch on the screen. Scroll down the page to see the menu of archived videos on topics that include: 

  • The Science of Love
  • How Your Brain Works
  • Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg?
  • Zombie Apocalypse Science
  • The Moon Illusion
  • The Creation of Pearls
  • The Science of Superheroes
  • And Many More!

The presentations are designed to be informal and informative. The use of humor and some slang terminology, along with simple diagrams and silly pictures, is intended to make biology seem “cool,” making it more accessible to the general population.

NOTE: There are a number of AsapSCIENCE videos that are geared for older viewers and/or that have controversial topics including drugs, alcohol, hangovers, sex, contraception, bodily functions, etc. Since every parent has a different criteria for what is suitable content for any particular age-range, PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PREVIEW THE VIDEOS AND SUPERVISE ALL INTERNET ACCESS.

One more thing…YouTube contains random advertisements, and it allows viewers to post comments (that may contain offensive language). Again, parental supervision is advised. That said, there are plenty of videos in this archive that provide sound scientific explanations of topics that are appropriate for general audiences.

Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 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: 

  • 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
  • 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 and Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

Winter Solstice Science

December 15th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, December 15, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciJinks: What’s a Solstice

(scijinks.nasa.gov/solstice)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Winter Solstice will soon be here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth). It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is celebrated by various cultures and religions worldwide. But what exactly is a solstice?

At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs. This presentation includes information about: 

  • The Equator
  • Earth’s Axis of Rotation
  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Spring and Autumnal Equinox

When you’re through exploring the solstice page, use the menu to access mini-lessons and games that teach about: 

  • Weather
  • Hurricanes
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice
  • Tides and Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Satellites and Technology

And more!

Christmas Science

December 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, December 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Christmas Science

(www.science-sparks.com/2013/11/23/christmas-science/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve recently reviewed other parts of this website but we thought with the season upon us it would be appropriate to spotlight these 20 Christmas-themed science experiments. You’ll find experiments for the kitchen, the playroom and even outside. These are fun and there is something here that everyone will enjoy!

In the kitchen enjoy these: 

  • Create fizzing Christmas trees or gingerbread men.
  • Make lovely mint-flavored chocolate leaves and learn about changes of state.
  • Make some spiced apple cider and explore filtering at the same time.

In the playroom try: 

  • Making jumping snowmen or Christmas trees using static electricity.
  • How about a Christmas themed magnet or marble maze?
  • Designing some symmetrical Christmas trees.

Outside explore: 

  • Create wonderful ice ornaments.
  • Make a Christmas-themed Optical Illusion.
  • Work out how tall your Christmas tree is without measuring it.

There is much more here including activities for younger children. Bookmark this page and use it all through the holiday season.

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