Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

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.

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.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Online Resources: Math

(www.kidsolr.com/math/index.html)

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

 

Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects “from kindergarten to college”. 

We focused on the math pages today. Under “Math Resources”, there are 4 pages of links – click the red hand to move to the next page. Or you can go directly to these categories: 

  • Algebra
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percents
  • Calculus, Geometry, Integrals, Statistics, Trigonometry

At this site, you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for: 

  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link found on the home page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

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