Posts Tagged ‘biology’

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!

Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

Free, Easy Peasy English Lessons for PreK-12 & More

August 9th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool

(allinonehomeschool.com/)

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

 

At this website, you can access FREE, Internet-based curricula for grades PreK-8. (See more about high school, grades 9-12 below.)

This curricula was compiled by a homeschool mom, is meant to be college preparatory, and has a Christian point of view (but can be used and/or adjusted as needed by people of all faiths and beliefs).

Because today is Language Arts day at ClickSchooling, we focused on the English lessons for this review, but you will also find free curriculum for: 

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Computer
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • PE/Health
  • Science (Biology, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry)

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then scroll down the menu to find Language Arts. Click on any grade level and a new page opens with 180 days (the standard school year) of lessons. The lessons contain links to free resources and materials on other websites such as books, poems, grammar, writing instructions, and printables, etc. You’ll find everything you need to provide instruction and deliver the curriculum to your children.


To access the free high school curriculum, visit the companion website, Easy Peasy All-In-One High School (http://allinonehighschool.com). The high school curriculum includes Bible, English, History, Humanities, Math, Science (with Labs), PE/Health, Electives, etc.


As explained at the website, “You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies if you choose to do the experiments and art projects, but all of the reading materials, etc. are all free and online. My hope is to enable families to continue homeschooling no matter their life circumstances.”

Online Biology Book

August 1st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 1, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Online Biology Book

(www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/biobooktoc.html)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a free biology textbook with illustrations online.

This is written by a university biology professor, but may be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course. As one of our readers put it, “It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”

There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as: 

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • DNA
  • Plants and Their Structure
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • – and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain.

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.

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