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Free Biology and Life Science

May 1st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology4Kids

(www.biology4kids.com/files/studies_scimethod.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website is sponsored by the same folks who created some of our favorite sites for kids such as Chem4Kids.com, NumberNut.com, and Physics4Kids.com.

This site offers a wide variety of free, engaging activities and quizzes to help kids learn and practice a variety of biology strands. And it’s not just biology for kids, it’s for everyone.

When you get to the website you will see the menu: 

  • Studies
  • Cells
  • Microbes
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Vertebrates

Click on any title and a new page opens that contains an introduction to that biology strand and, on most pages, a recommended activity and/or quiz. There is a lot to learn. Scroll down to the bottom and go to the site map to view the overwhelming amount of information available on Biology4kids.

Aww…”ZooBorns” Baby Animals!

April 17th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

ZooBorns

(www.zooborns.com/)

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

 

This website has the latest news on animal babies from zoos and aquaria worldwide – and boy are they CUTE!

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured news story on the most recent birth of a baby animal at a zoo. Then, use the sidebar menu to search for baby animals from aardvarks to zebras. Have you ever seen a baby anteater, eel, or wombat? They’re all here! Click on any critter on the menu and a new page opens featuring pictures, information about the animal, a link to the website of the zoo where the baby was born, and in some cases – you’ll even find videos!

You can also search by zoo – and see the baby animals that were born at your local zoo.

Science with Ladybugs!

April 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website, maintained by an entomologist, offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu under “Related Articles” to explore the site that includes: 

  • Facts About Ladybugs
  • Ladybug pictures
  • Ladybug Reproduction
  • Unusual Ladybugs

And more! You’ll also find the answers to questions such as: Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? and What Do Ladybugs Eat? And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered “beneficial” insects.

Egg Science

March 27th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 27, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Frontiers

(www.science-frontiers.com/sf119/sf119p13.htm)

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

 

The Science Frontiers website explains how to make hard boiled eggs act like water sprinklers – has something to do with gravity and centrifugal force.

And here are more sites that offer lots of interesting science resources related to eggs: 

 Make Soft-Shelled Eggs

This eggs-citing experiment uses a little vinegar and a hard-boiled egg to get some amazing results!

4-H Virtual Farm: Virtual Hatch Project!

4-H offers the opportunity to learn about embryology by reading about virtual embryonic development and incubation of a chicken egg.


When you are through learning all about the embryology of chicken eggs – you can see a virtual chicken egg hatch by going here. Very eggs-citing! (Note: PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE to determine suitability of content.)

Save the Estuary Online Game

February 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NOAA: Waterlife

(games.noaa.gov/oscar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They offer what NOAA refers to as a “serious” arcade-type game to learn the factors that produce healthy estuaries, food webs, and why estuaries are essential to all life on earth.

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

For more games, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the left hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. NOTE: Some of the links in the other sections did not work, but the games worked fine.

Make Bizarre Science Experiments

February 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen

(bizarrelabs.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid-20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house – especially in the kitchen. That said, the creator of the site doesn’t guarantee all of the experiments will work or that they are all safe, so parental discretion and oversight is a must.

You will find experiments that include every branch of science including: 

  • Gasses and Liquids
  • Force, Motion, & Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • Atomic
  • Chemistry
  • Life
  • Earth, Weather and Astronomy
  • Communications
  • and more!

Learn everything from how to cast animal tracks, to how to make a solar oven or a foxhole radio. It’s all here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

As with all science activities read through the list of “ingredients” and be sure you have what you need before convincing your child to try an experiment. Nothing dampens the scientific creative spirit more than not having the necessary materials to experiment in one’s kitchen laboratory.

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