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More Snowflake Science

January 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snow Crystals

(www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/)

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

 

We’ve featured this website by the geniuses at Cal Tech in the past. At this time of year, it’s well worth another look because it provides some great science explorations with snowflakes – and even explains how to make your own!

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction, a pitch for their book, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and then some terrific information on snowflakes that includes: 

  • Natural Snowflakes – Includes a photo collection with normal and unusual forms.
  • Designer Snowflakes – Watch videos of snowflakes growing in the laboratory.
  • Snowflake Science – Explore the “Snowflake Primer” to learn what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they grow in such diverse shapes.
  • Snow & Ice Activities – Get some unique projects you can do with ice and snow including making your own ice spikes (sort of like ice stalagmites) using distilled water and an ice cube tray in your freezer.

This is a fun and engaging website that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Gingerbread Science

December 19th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread House Design

(csip.cornell.edu/Curriculum_Resources/CSIP/Brechner/Brechner_Gingerbread.html)

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

 

Build a gingerbread house using the “Teacher’s Guide” from this site.

Problem-solving, creative thinking, and cooperation are all covered in this activity available in a downloadable and printable document from Cornell University. It was written for a middle school/high school class, but it can easily be done at home.

And here are some other gingerbread sites: 

The Science Behind the Invention of Gingerbread

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Gingerbread Science

Young children may enjoy the gingerbread tactile and sensory suggestions, along with weights and measurement activities suggested by preschool and early elementary grade teachers at this website.

Christmas trees are everywhere!

December 12th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

(www.nwchristmastrees.org/)

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

 

Christmas trees are everywhere! Use them to explore natural and environmental sciences — and learn a little about botany and agriculture along the way!

Check out: 

  • How to Care for Your Tree
  • How to Recycle Your Tree
  • About Christmas Trees

And if you live in the Washington State/Oregon area, you can search for the perfect tree. Each farm lists the kinds of trees they grow, their services and special features.

Track Santa’s Sleigh!

December 5th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

NORAD Tracks Santa

(www.noradsanta.org/)

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

 

Track Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve! Those wacky scientists at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Not only that, they provide lots of pre-Christmas Eve activities just for kids including: 

  • Visit Santa’s Kids’ Countdown Village – Visit this website each day in December to receive updates from the North Pole and discover surprises (activities like word searches and crossword puzzles).
  • Watch Holiday Cheer Videos – Watch videos created by students to celebrate Santa. And on December 24th visit NORAD’s site to see the video feed from Santa Cams positioned around the world.
  • Track Santa with Your Mobile Phone – On December 24th use “Google Maps for Mobile” to track Santa’s location worldwide.
  • Track Santa Through Google Earth – On Christmas Eve head to the NORAD site to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth.
  • About Santa – Watch a video of Santa reciting, The Night Before Christmas. Read FAQs about Santa and NORAD. Find out how many cookies Santa eats on Christmas Eve.
  • About NORAD – Find out why NORAD tracks Santa and how they do it!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Take a Journey to a Black Hole!

November 28th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

HubbleSite: Black Holes – Gravity’s Relentless Pull

(hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The Space Telescope Science Institute offers this terrific website that allows you to engage in a multi-media, in-depth inquiry into the astronomy and physics of black holes through animations and interactive experiments. Explore light, gravity, and the scale of our universe.

When you get to the site, watch a brief, narrated animation that provides information on how black holes are formed. Then, begin your virtual journey to a black hole through three interactive modules that include: 

  • Finding the Invisible – Locate and identify various objects in the universe such as a binary star, the Cygnus galaxy, the Andromeda spiral galaxy, the sun, the moon, the Milky Way, a quasar, a red giant, Saturn, the crab nebula and more. As each object comes into view, read more about it on the sidebar and by clicking on the “Learn More” button.
  • The Voyage – Learn about scales and distances by taking a virtual trip to a black hole. Find out about the objects you pass on your trip through space. Measure your speed and distance traveled. Get explanations of the concepts of lightspeed and lightyear. When you reach your destination, mouse over the black hole to learn about its features.
  • Up Close and Personal – Orbit a black hole and learn all about it. Try some interactive experiments and answer related questions.

You can also explore the “Black Hole Encyclopedia” and “Glossary” to learn even more.

Ask A Biologist

November 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ask A Biologist

(askabiologist.asu.edu/home)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site, from the School of Life Sciences of Arizona State University, is a “biology learning resource tool for students, teachers, parents, and life-long learners.”

When you get to the site, start at the right side bar where you’ll see a question and a link to the answer. Then you can link to more top questions like: 

  • Does brain size relate to intelligence?
  • How does eye color get passed from parents to children?
  • Is a Macadamia nut really a seed, or a nut?

You can also ask your own question using the “Ask a Question” link at the top. (Be sure to read the guidelines before you submit a question.)

In the Teacher Toolbox, you can search a topic by category, grade level or activity type. Also check out: 

  • Activities – Experiments, puzzles and coloring pages
  • Stories – Read or listen to one of the podcast shows.
  • Images – Look at things up close and guess what they are.
  • Links – Will help you find what you need on the Internet

There is extensive information here so bookmark this site to return often to get your biology questions answered.

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