Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Free Science Projects

February 28th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(www.homesciencetools.com/a/science-projects)

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

 

Today’s website  is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • High School
  • Earth and Space
  • Physical Science and Engineering

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Cartesian Diver – all about scuba diving and buoyancy
  • How your heart pumps – Make a pump using a jar, a balloon, and two straws.
  • Build a Solar Oven – Use solar power to cook food using a pizza box
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

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.

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

July 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSNucleus.org

(msnucleus.org/curriculum/curriculum.html)

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

 

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for Grades K-12.

Contents on today’s website is based on over 23 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.

The site now offers for free: 

  • Elementary Curriculum (K-6) — A complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Includes all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a description of the material “kits” so that you can assemble the materials needed on your own — or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via the website.
  • Secondary Curriculum (7-12) — These modules increase the knowledge from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction. Then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is loaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the words “Free Access.” A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades — or just go there directly by clicking here.

Biology Q&A

July 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades: Middle School, High School, and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas: 

  1. Bacteria
  2. Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  3. Fungi Kingdom
  4. Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 10th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

(animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Resources for grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology sponsors this amazing searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals that is also a science tool and virtual museum!

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a featured animal such as “Insects.” Click on the black arrows on either side of the photo to see the phyla represented including: 

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Mollusks
  • Reptiles

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with an introduction, and a menu on the right side of the page that allows you to explore: 

  • Pictures – See terrific photos of the creatures in this category. Click on any small picture to see an enlarged version.
  • Specimens – See photos of specimen collections by zoologists.
  • Classification – Explore the scientific names of animals including kingdom, phylum, and class. In some instances you can listen to the sound a creature makes, and see a map of its habitat. 

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Use the menu located on the left side of each page to explore:

  • Teaching Resources – This section offers special resources for K-12 and college educators including a MUST SEE parallel site called “BioKIDS” that contains curriculum for 5th and 6th graders. Here’s the direct link. There are additional links to resources especially for kids and teachers. You’ll also find a sample high school worksheet for learning about mammals, and some critical thinking exercises so your students “won’t believe everything they read on the Web.”
  • Special Collections – This section includes: 
    • Mammal Anatomy – provides detailed information about every aspect of animal anatomy.
    • Spinning Skulls – view QuickTime movies and close-up images of mammal skulls.
    • Frog Calls – listen to an array of frog calls used to attract mates and express distress.

Bookmark this site to return often.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena. As explained at the website:  “We believe that our research-based approach – incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing – enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. “To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. “As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, information on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Forces and Motion
  • Gene Expression
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Molecule Shapes
  • States of Matter

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Cutting Edge Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

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