Archive for the ‘science’ category

Genetics for Kids!

October 10th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 10, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mendel for Kids

(web.pdx.edu/~cruzan/Kid‘s%20Mendel%20Web/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 2-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers “A Kid’s Guide to Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics.”  

Mendel was a monk who used garden peas to conduct heredity experiments upon which modern genetics were founded. This site serves as a starting place for introducing the concept of genetics to kids. It has some good basic information. When you enter the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • The Life of Gregor Mendel – Read a brief biography about Mendel’s life and work.
  • Pollination Station – This simple interactive allows kids to virtually cross-breed sets of plants and see the results.
  • Original Paper & Kid Translation – Read Mendel’s original notes on plant hybridization (in English or German), and then click on a link that explains the notes so kids can more easily understand them.

NOTE: Under ‘links’, we found only 2 are working: MendelWeb and Genetics Society of America.

Science With Fall Leaves & More!

October 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Made Simple: Autumn Leaves and Fall Foliage

(www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html)

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

 

It’s fall and kids everywhere are asking, “Why do leaves change color in the fall?” This site answers everything kids want to know about autumn leaves that includes scientific information, quick-and-easy science experiments, etc.

But wait, there’s more! Look at the menu at the top of the page and click on “Science Projects.” Here you’ll find links to projects using common household items that explore topics such as: 

  • What is static electricity?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • How do animals spend the winter?

Again at the top menu, click on “Articles.” There you’ll find information and activities on a variety of science subjects.
 
Also check out “Science Fair” with topic suggestions, project ideas, and more.
 
If you like what the site has to offer, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter for a fee and access even more science projects and resources.

Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

Science Experiments with Demo Videos

September 12th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 12, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Weird Science Kids

(weirdsciencekids.com/FunExperiments.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website strives to inspire children through interactive science experiments that encourage discovery, spark imagination, and develop scientific literacy. It offers an array of free, fun science experiments you can do at home – and many include a demonstration video along with the instructions!

When you get to site, you’ll see a menu of enticing science activities you can do or make such as: 

  • Fake Blood
  • Ink and Secret Messages
  • Lumpy Liquids and Squishy Solids
  • Snowstorm in a Can
  • Mentos Geyser
  • Floating Paper Clip
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Oobleck and Glurch
  • Silly Putty
  • Worlds Simplest Motor
  • Mold Science
  • Dry Ice Experiments
  • Flying Toilet Paper
  • Iron Extraction-Total Cereal
  • Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment
  • Build a Periscope
  • DNA Extraction
  • Make Rock Candy – and many more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with a materials list, instructions, pictures, illustrations, and in many cases – a video demonstration. You’ll also learn the science behind the experiment.

Free Cartoon Science Experiments

September 5th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hunkin’s Experiments

(www.hunkinsexperiments.com/default.htm)

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

 

This archived website has hundreds of cool cartoons that will have you conducting science experiments with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more! The creator, Tim Hunkin, trained as an engineer, became a cartoonist and television writer, and now builds interactive exhibits for museums.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of experiments grouped under headings such as: 

  • Food
  • Mathematical
  • Biological
  • Electrical
  • Sound
  • Hobbies
  • Clothes
  • Light
  • and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of experiments in that category. Click on an experiment to see a cartoon illustration with directions on how to conduct it. This is so whimsical and user-friendly, it’s sure to entice even the most reluctant scientist in your family.

Free Science News and More

August 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Youngzine.com

(www.youngzine.com/)

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu toward the right of the screen to access information about: 

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Our Earth
  • and more!

Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

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