Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Calvin & Hobbes Math Comics & More

February 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, February 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Comic Math: Calvin & Hobbes

(www.comicmath.com/calvin-and-hobbes-math-comics.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides links to Calvin & Hobbes comic strips that mention math.

The idea is to make math more fun by providing math-related comics that engage students. This website is on a mission to create a complete directory of all math-related Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of links to C&H comics from 1985 to 1995. If you click on any of the links to comics, you’ll be taken to another site where the comic strips are archived. That site has random ads. Therefore, parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use. You may want to just print out some of the comic strips to share with your kids.
 
But there’s more to this site than meets the eye.
 
You’ll also find math-related comic strips from FoxTrot and Peanuts. Click here for the direct link. Careful! If you scroll up or down the page, you’ll find comics that are for more mature audiences and math majors. Some contain adult humor or language.
 
As you investigate the rest of this site, you’ll find blog posts by the site owner, who also happens to be a math tutor and author of some of the web comics. You can purchase comic books and cartoon guides at this site that teach math and other subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. You’ll also find a page that features videos of Vi Hart and her amazing math doodles, drawings, and songs.

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

January 30th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CELLS Alive!

(www.cellsalive.com/)

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

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cellsIt was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.


When you get to the site, click on a link of interest or scroll over “Contents” in the menu bar to explore categories that include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.
  • Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.
  • Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.
  • Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Explore” in the menu bar, you can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle (mitosis), watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content. 

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 16th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildscreen Arkive

(www.arkive.org/)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “Ark-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.

Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!

Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including: 

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • and more

Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on “Reptiles” and a new page opens where you can learn more about Galapagos marine iguana, and many more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as: 

  • Biology
  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

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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