Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

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.

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 21st, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

The 60 Symbols of Astronomy & Physics

January 24th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sixty Symbols

(www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic website offers FREE videos about physics and astronomy featuring experts from The University of Nottingham, who explain the strange letters and squiggles (many more than 60 of them) used by scientists.

As explained at the website, “Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos by experts from The University of Nottingham. It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and we sometimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.” Here’s some of what you’ll see: 

  • Click on “E” for energy and see an Einstein doll on a swing as a demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
  • Click on the symbol for the planet Venus (looks like a hand mirror) and learn all about it. You’ll also learn the history of the symbol and it’s use as the universal symbol for women.
  • What has a symbol of a cat got to do with physics? Visit the site, click on the cat and find out!

When you get to the site you’ll see the table of Sixty Symbols (and then some). Click on any one and a new page opens where a video launches that explains it. They are wonderfully engaging and educating.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 8th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

(www.amnh.org/ology/)

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

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. On the left of the screen, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum along with links to other resources.

In the center of the main menu, explore some of the fields of science. There will be links for games, stories, hands-on activities and videos

  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.
  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.

There are many engaging educational games and activities to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

Calendars through the Ages

January 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calendars through the Ages

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger WebExhibits online museum from the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, this website examines the origins and history of calendars.

When arriving at today’s link, use the upper menu to decide what topic you would like to explore: 

  • Years & Months – Learn about the astronomical events on which a calendar is based then use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the astronomy of calendars, see a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon within a given month, the history of our calendar, terms used, and more.
  • Various Calendars – Discover the differences in the Gregorian calendar (which most of us use) and the Chinese, Julian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Mayan, Roman, and other calendars past, present, and future.
  • Our Week – How did the 7-day week come to be? Where did the names of the days come from? What other connotations are associated with the days of the week? These questions and more are answered in this topic.
  • Timeline – Not your typical history timeline, this is a timeline of interesting calendar facts.

Visitors will also notice on the main menu “Node View”. From here you can navigate through a cloud map of the site to narrow your research.

With a new year upon us, this website provides an interesting look into the passing of time and a unique history study unit.

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