Posts Tagged ‘biology’

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.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CSI: Forensic Science Interactive Games

(forensics.rice.edu/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and others, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series.

You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources. Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.

You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master.

Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “For Educators” to access: 

  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires a lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Online Visual Dictionary

October 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Visual Dictionary

(infovisual.info/en)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows: 

  • Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
  • Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
  • Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
  • Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
  • Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
  • Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

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