Archive for the ‘science’ category

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Free Archeology Videos

July 17th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 17, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archaeology Channel

(www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/video-guide/video-guide-list)

Age Range: 10-17 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has free videos through which you can virtually experience the discovery of artifacts and monuments of civilizations from long ago.

NOTE: We were only able to review a sampling of the videos at this site. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the material to determine suitability of content for their own children.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of hundreds of free archived videos including: 

  • The Acropolis (Greece)
  • The Akha Way (Thailand)
  • The Anglo-American Project in Pompeii (Italy)
  • Anthropology Field Notes: Shipwrecks (Worldwide)
  • Egypt: Gift of the Nile (Egypt)
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings (New Mexico)
  • Hopi Fires (Arizona)
  • Machu Picchu Revealed (Peru)
  • Ping Yao (China)
  • A Viking Landscape (Iceland)
  • -and many, many more!

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can watch the video. There are also additional links to resources for further study (NOTE: not all of them are up to date).

This is really a remarkable resource website. Bookmark it to return whenever you need supplements for your social science curriculum, or just want to use the videos as a springboard to learning more about another culture, place, or civilization.

See How Glow Sticks Are Made

June 26th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

instructables

(www.instructables.com/id/Make-Glow-Sticks-The-Science/)

Age Range: All (All grades – everyone can enjoy aspects of this, with parental supervision)

 

Glow sticks are prevalent in stores at this time of year. We thought it would be fun to take a virtual tour of a glow stick factory. While we didn’t find an actual factory tour, we did find a terrific demonstration of how glow sticks are made.

When you get to this ad-supported website, you can watch a video of a chemist creating a variety of “glow stick” reactions in red, yellow, blue, green, and white. As he performs the experiments, he identifies the chemicals being used and explains the scientific reaction each produces. There are even graphs to illustrate the narration. This is a fascinating demonstration that is entertaining and educational.

Glow stick and chemistry fans will especially like this presentation.

The Sun

June 19th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 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.

NASA: Sun for Kids

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4a7kWb6Ro)

Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!

NASA: The Sun Song

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a358QLi4Wgs)

Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.

NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm7tfLvHmXA)

Watch a 28-second video showing the moon’s shadow over North America during last year’s solar eclipse.

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

May 29th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

(www.8planets.co.uk/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website has free scientific fact sheets containing “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies (Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy (Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.
 
Interestingly, we couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. We didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

Free Middle School Chemistry Lessons!

May 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ACS: Middle School Chemistry

(www.middleschoolchemistry.com/)

Age Range: 11-14 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

The American Chemical Society offers free, downloadable Chemistry lessons for grades 6-8, that align with state standards. The multimedia lessons really illustrate the concepts and make them accessible to a wide variety of learning styles and aptitudes.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of five of the most popular lessons plans that include: 

  • Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons (from Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding)
  • What is Density? (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • Finding Volume-The Water Displacement Method (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • What is a Chemical Reaction? (from Chapter 6: Chemical Change
  • Density of Water (from Chapter 3: Density)

You can also download ALL of the lessons from Middle School Chemistry in English or Spanish for free.

Bookmark this site and return often.

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