Archive for the ‘science’ category

Science with Butterflies

July 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s Butterfly Site

(www.kidsbutterfly.org/)

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

 

This website, a project of the Butterfly and Moth Information Network, 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. And here’s a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle/lesson.

  • FAQs – 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. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.
  • Photographs – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.
  • Teaching & 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.

Interactive Science Games for Kids

June 27th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 27, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Schools Online

(web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now. The University of Illinois Extension offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games, click on any one to play-and-learn including: 

  • The Great Plant Escape – Discover the mysteries of plant life.
  • Where Your Food Comes From – Tons of interactives to find out the origins of chocolate, pineapples, bananas, peanuts, rice, coffee, tea and much more.
  • Riding the Winds with Kalani – Investigate the science of weather and what impacts it including the sun, seasons, clouds, precipitation and more!
  • Let’s Talk About Insects – Find out the definition of an insect, learn about insect life cycles, and discover their importance to life on earth.
  • Shake, Rattle and Slide – Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Many of these games are actually entire websites hosted by the University of Illinois and not only include the games, but teacher guides, suggested activities to enhance learning, and links to other resources. Plus, many of the games are available in a variety of languages.  

In addition to the science games, you’ll also find games about nutrition, exercise, sports, and more.

Ask An Astronomer Videos & Lessons

June 13th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/index.html)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center answer kids’ questions about the universe in entertaining video format.

Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured videos. Below that is a menu of questions with video answers that include: 

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What will happen to the Earth when the Sun dies?
  • How do you discover an asteroid?
  • What is the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way?
  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?
  • What is a brown dwarf?
  • What causes an eclipse of the moon?

Once you’ve explored the videos, use the menu at the top of the page that includes: 

  • Cosmic Classroom – Find a wide spectrum of activities, experiments, and lessons that focus on infrared light.
  • Cosmic Kids – Learn to build your own model of the Spitzer Space Telescope, find out if people glow in the dark, enjoy a story about “What’s in Space?”
  • Image Galleries – A spectacular collection of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Videos – Not only will you find the “Ask An Astronomer” videos, but you can enjoy Spitzer Observatory animations, and a series of funny and informative educational videos about a variety of science and technology topics.
  • Cosmic Games – Play astronomy-themed online games including Concentration, Hangman, Word Search, and more!

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics

June 6th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA Glenn Research Center

(www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Want to learn more about aeronautics? Check out this archived section of the NASA website.

This site has lots of information on topics including: 

  • Aerodynamics & How Airplanes Work
  • Propulsion & Jet Engines
  • Wind Tunnels
  • Hypersonic Flow
  • Shock Waves and Compressible Aerodynamics
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Model Rockets
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Kites
  • Aerodynamics of Baseball and Soccer

And lots more.

Click on the index for each topic you are interested in — there will be a list of all the sub-topics available in that category. Or you can go directly to a guided tour where after you choose your topic you can use the ‘next’ button to move through the material. 


You can also download the entertaining and educational podcasts featuring “Orville and Wilbur Wright”.

Back on the home page, scroll all the way to the bottom and be sure to check out the links to Aerospace Resources and Free Software!

Science Experiments, Games, & More

May 30th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Planet Science

(www.planet-science.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, fascinating, and fun science activities, experiments, and games that will entice and engage the most reluctant scientist in your family

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured items and a menu that includes: 

  • Under 11s – Get free resources, articles, games and activities to learn about technology, chemistry, our world, our bodies, space, and more.
  • Over 11s – Enjoy articles, ideas, and activities for middle and high school students about the natural world, the human body, space, physics, technology, chemistry, and more.
  • Experiments – Get weird and wacky science experiments in biology, chemistry, technology, and the weather. Plus, you’ll find categories such as: Messy, Outdoors, and Magic Tricks!
  • Extras – Explore a selection of interesting science presentations and resources.
  • Weather Labs – Click on this link and a new site opens where you can engage in two challenges: 
    1. Check the accuracy of the weather forecast.

    2. Become a weather broadcaster.

You’ll also find tips for parents and teachers on how to make science enjoyable for learners of all ages.

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. 

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