Archive for the ‘science’ category

Free Ground Water Science Activities & Lessons

May 16th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundwater Adventurers

(www.groundwateradventurers.org/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, archives free lessons and activities (housed on other websites such as the EPA, USGS, etc.) designed to help students learn the science behind ground water, which makes up “90% of all available fresh water in the world.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured items. You may want to explore them, but to get right to the activities and lessons for grades K-12, use the left sidebar menu to view: 

  • Brain Ticklers – This section is divided into grade ranges K-3, 4-8, and 9-12, and includes information on ground water, the water cycle, drought, wells, and conservation, along with puzzles, games, coloring pages, and more.
  • Water Experiments – Students in grades K-12 can try experiments designed to teach about ground water including making an aquifer model in a cup or a hydrogeology experiment on surface water-ground water interactions.

Back on the home page, click on Information for Teachers where you can find links including: 

  • Classroom Materials
  • Lesson Plans
  • Reference Tools

There are a lot of links to activities in this archive, and most of them work. We did find a few that led to error messages, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent from using the many resources available at the site. 

Science Lessons & Activities for ages 5 and up

May 9th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Understanding Science

(undsci.berkeley.edu/)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (with funding by the National Science Foundation) provides this website that endeavors to provide fun, accessible, and free resources that accurately communicate what science is and how it really works.

The activities here are designed to improve students’ ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.

When you get to the website you’ll see a variety of ways to get started. Explore the website or jump right into the lesson called “Understanding Science 101.”

Look for “For Teachers” as well. Use the grade level key below it. Click on a grade level and a new page opens. Scroll to “Getting Started” and below it, click on “Sample Starting Activities.” Here is just a example of what is available in each grade level: 

  • K-2 – Exploring Liquids is an activity in which students use their senses to investigate and observe three liquids. They see, hear, touch, smell, and taste to collect data and to ask and answer questions. This lesson can be used to introduce how scientists work. Students share knowledge, observe, draw and record, explain their reasoning, and ask additional questions.
  • 3-5 – Tennis Shoe Detectives has students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints and what they can tell us. This activity provides a good opportunity to clarify the difference between the observations we make and our interpretations of those observations.
  • 6-8 – Exploring Bouncing Balls – In this lesson, students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce (i.e., their bounciness or elasticity). The point of the activity is not necessarily to have students arrive at a precise explanation for the phenomena they are investigating, but to provide students with an opportunity to participate in and reflect on the process of science.
  • 9-12 – The Checks Lab – Students construct plausible scenarios to explain a series of bank checks. As students examine additional canceled checks, they revise their original hypotheses with new evidence. In the process, they learn how human values and biases influence observation and interpretation.
  • 13-16 –  Umbrellaology – Based on a classic philosophical exercise (Somerville, 1941), students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas. Their task is to determine whether or not umbrellaology represents science.

In addition to the sample activities, you’ll also find tips for assessing your student’s ability, tips for teaching science, and a variety of more free lessons as well.

There is a great deal of free content here. Bookmark the site to make return visits.

3D Geography

May 6th, 2017

 

A note from The ClickSchooling Team:


We had a little mix up this week and missed Thursday’s Social Science review – so here it is today, Saturday, May 6, 2017, instead.

 

Recommended Website:

3D Geography

(www.3dgeography.co.uk/)

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

 

If you are looking to add some great hands-on geography projects to your class, then this website created by a group of teachers with a passion for geography is great place to start.

From the home page, browse through the many project types to:

  • Create geography models of globes, volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, settlements, weather, mountains, coasts, and more.
  • Use paper craft templates to make printable models, animals, international theme models, and flags to color.
  • Build 3D maps.
  • Make volcano models with great ideas for exploring the world of volcanoes.
  • Construct pop up models of a river drainage basin, the Beaufort Wind force scale, and population density.

But the resources don’t stop there. Visitors will also find: 

Geography pictures and diagrams

  • Videos
  • Blank maps
  • Map quizzes
  • Diorama ideas
  • Animal fact posters
  • Word search puzzles
  • Geography worksheets
  • Flag activities
  • And much more.

This website is overflowing with beautifully presented information about all things geographical and provides multiple ways to search using the upper and sidebar menus. Topics are broken down into bite-size pieces making this website student-friendly as well. Bookmark this one for sure to come back to time and time again. 

Drinking Water Science!

May 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids’ Stuff

(www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Environmental Protection Agency offer this website that has many FREE, interactive as well as downloadable PDF files that contain games, lessons, activities, and experiments that teach kids in grades K-12 about water. From the water cycle to filtration of drinking water, kids get an education on all aspects of water including underground wells and water treatment facilities.

All of the information is accompanied by colorful animations and illustrations making it very inviting to students. When you get to the site you will see 2 categories: For Kids and For Teachers separated by grade levels. Choose the level you are interested in to see the games and activities for that level.

When you are through exploring the menu items, click on “Other Stuff for Kids” on the left side bar. A new page opens with links to resources for additional lesson plans and activities such as: 

  • Homework resources
  • Student awards and contests
  • Games, quizzes, and more
  • Videos about the environment

Note: A few of the links are dead on the main page – but there is plenty of accessible info, notably the EPA pages and the USGS Water Education pages with many free lessons, coloring pages, and downloadable activities.

View Active Eagles’ Nests

April 25th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dollywood Nest Cams

(www.eagles.org/eagle-nest-cams/dollywood-nest-cam/)

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

 

At this website you can virtually visit two live bald eagles’ nests at the American Eagle Foundation’s (AEF) Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Cameras are trained on the nests providing live footage of the action in the nests.

The first nest belongs to Independence and Franklin, who are waiting for their eggs to hatch. The eggs were laid about 4 weeks ago at time of publication – and incubation takes about 35 days. Eaglets will remain in their nest until they are approximately 5 weeks of age. The second nest belongs to Eleanor and Mr. Roosevelt, whose 2 eaglets hatched on April 11 and April 13, respectively.

If this sparks interest in learning more about Bald Eagles, the National Eagle Center website has lesson plans categorized by grade level. Visit the National Eagle Center website here(www.nationaleaglecenter.org/lesson-plans/)

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

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