Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Free Crash Course in English Literature

July 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content.

After exploring the “Crash Course in English Literature,” use the menu to check out Green’s other Crash Courses: 

  • Crash Course in World History (42 videos)
  • Crash Course in Biology (40 videos)
  • Crash Course in Ecology (12 videos)
  • Crash Course in U.S. History (48 videos)

And lots more.

Interactive Science Games for Kids

June 27th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 27, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Schools Online

(web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now. The University of Illinois Extension offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games, click on any one to play-and-learn including: 

  • The Great Plant Escape – Discover the mysteries of plant life.
  • Where Your Food Comes From – Tons of interactives to find out the origins of chocolate, pineapples, bananas, peanuts, rice, coffee, tea and much more.
  • Riding the Winds with Kalani – Investigate the science of weather and what impacts it including the sun, seasons, clouds, precipitation and more!
  • Let’s Talk About Insects – Find out the definition of an insect, learn about insect life cycles, and discover their importance to life on earth.
  • Shake, Rattle and Slide – Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Many of these games are actually entire websites hosted by the University of Illinois and not only include the games, but teacher guides, suggested activities to enhance learning, and links to other resources. Plus, many of the games are available in a variety of languages.  

In addition to the science games, you’ll also find games about nutrition, exercise, sports, and more.

Science Experiments, Games, & More

May 30th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Planet Science

(www.planet-science.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, fascinating, and fun science activities, experiments, and games that will entice and engage the most reluctant scientist in your family

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured items and a menu that includes: 

  • Under 11s – Get free resources, articles, games and activities to learn about technology, chemistry, our world, our bodies, space, and more.
  • Over 11s – Enjoy articles, ideas, and activities for middle and high school students about the natural world, the human body, space, physics, technology, chemistry, and more.
  • Experiments – Get weird and wacky science experiments in biology, chemistry, technology, and the weather. Plus, you’ll find categories such as: Messy, Outdoors, and Magic Tricks!
  • Extras – Explore a selection of interesting science presentations and resources.
  • Weather Labs – Click on this link and a new site opens where you can engage in two challenges: 
    1. Check the accuracy of the weather forecast.

    2. Become a weather broadcaster.

You’ll also find tips for parents and teachers on how to make science enjoyable for learners of all ages.

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 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 more pictures of 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 the page to explore the 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.

Printable Math Activities To Do Offline

April 24th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 24, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SMILE: Mathematics

(mypages.iit.edu/~smile/index.html)

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

 

This website archives lessons from the Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement (SMILE) program that trained teachers and educators in effective classroom and lesson presentations. Participants contributed tried-and-true lesson plans in Mathematics (as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for elementary and high school grades that you can print out and use for free.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and an icon menu. Click on the RED circle with the word “Mathematics” underneath it. A new page will open containing a menu of math lessons divided into the following categories: 

  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Patterns and Logic
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Recreational and Creative Math
  • Practical and Applied Math
  • Arithmetic
  • Graphs and Visuals
  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Miscellaneous

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with the objectives, a list of materials required, and instructions or strategies on how to present the lesson or activity. 

The lessons and activities are not obviously sorted by grade range – so you’ll need to read through the titles to determine which ones will be better suited for your particular child/student.

There are no bells and whistles here, and no multi-media enticements. This site just offers classroom-tested lessons and activities that you can print out and tweak for use offline at home.

Just FYI: We opened quite a few lessons and found an occasional “rogue” incomplete lesson. Don’t let that deter you from using this resource.

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.

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