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Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Sparticle.org

Age Range: 13-19 (middle and high school, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Brett suggested this website developed by Twin Cities Public Television with the support of 3M. This brand new, free web and mobile service is designed to improve teens’ understanding of and interest in science through a collection of the very best the web has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM).

As explained at the website, “You and your students can get answers to science questions, browse cool images, watch great videos, play fun games, and discover great hands-on activities. All of the content has been curated and vetted by a team of experts. Each topic has a mix of easy, medium, and challenging articles, and multiple videos. Sparticl can be used in the classroom, after school, and at home.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and some featured science videos, games, and articles. Use the horizontal menu near the top of the page to access the science behind:

*Living Things – Includes Life Science Basics, Mammals, Aquatic Life, Bugs & Worms, Retiles & Amphibians, Plants, Birds, and Microbes & Fungi.

*Matter & Energy – Learn Physics Basics, Chemistry Basics, Materials Science, Energy, Forces & Motions, Sound & Waves, Light & Electricity, and Particle Physics.

*Tech & Invention – Get the scoop on Gadgets & Inventions, Biotech, Computers, Engineering, and Transportation.

*Body & Brain – Explore the latest in Health & Medicine, the Human Body, Food & Nutrition, Genetics & Heredity, and Mind & Behavior.

*Earth & Space – Discover the Solar System, Universe, Dynamic Earth, Ecology & Environment, Biomes & Ecosystems, Oceans & Water, Atmosphere & Weather, Landforms & Geology, and Rocks & Minerals.

*Explore – Access the latest science News, learn about Dinosaurs & Fossils, Natural Disasters, Everyday Science, and much more!

This is a remarkable resource. Bookmark it to return often!

Color – Science, History, & Symbolism for Kids!

September 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 14, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ColorMatters.com: For Kids

Age Range: All (The kids section of this site is geared to ages 6-12.)

At this website, real-life Color Professor J.L. Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color. The topics are quite unusual and include:

*How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.

*Why Are School Buses Yellow? - Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.

*Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.

*Color Matters for What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism & Emotions
  • The Body
  • Design & Art
  • Business & Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Inventions & Inventors!

September 5th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 5, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ThinkQuest: Greatest Inventions

Age Range: 10-18 (about middle school and high school, with parental supervision)

This website traces the path of man through history via the greatest Inventions of all time and the biographies of their inventors.

Click on the link above and it will take you to the sitemap that provides some clues on the best way to navigate the site. You’ll discover:

*Timelines – See how people evolved from the invention of the printing press in 1450 to modern inventions like the DVD.

*Inventions – Learn about some of the greatest inventions that have improved the quality of life for people and discover why Greek philosopher Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.

*Inventors – Meet the great inventors who created tools and devices to improve the quality of life.

*Interactive – Try your hand at solving and playing the interactive puzzles and games. They require some of the specialized knowledge about inventors and inventions you’ll learn at the site.

You’ll also find links to all kinds of other websites that have resources about inventions and inventors to further learning.

I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking the virtual “Guided Tour” of the site, as it gives you a birds-eye-view of what you can learn here.

Video Safari with Free Lesson Plans!

August 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 16, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

JungleWalk.com: Animal Movies

Age Range: 4-18+ (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual safari by watching thousands of movie clips of all kinds of animals – and much more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of the featured animal and next to it is a menu of movie clips. Just select the one you want to watch, click on it, and a new page opens where you can watch the videos.

Use the menu on the left side of the home page to watch videos on Vertebrates including:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Bears
  • Wolves
  • Elephants
  • Monkeys
  • Giraffes
  • Birds
  • Sharks
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Fish

Then, continue to explore the menu to watch movies featuring Invertebrates such as:

  • Insects
  • Arachnids
  • Worms
  • Crustceans
  • Sponges
  • And more!

But wait – that’s not all!

GET FREE ANIMAL LESSON PLANS! Look at the menu at the very top of the screen and click on “Lesson Plans” to access animal related activities for different grade levels that are accompanied by slide shows with relevant animal photographs, video, and audio clips.

Note: You can listen to over 7,000 recordings of animal sounds at this site as well. Here’s the direct link:

http://www.junglewalk.com/sound/Animal-sounds.htm

Bookmark this site to return often.

 

Virtual Field Trip to New Zealand!

June 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, June 14, 2013, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

TeAra: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual field trip to New Zealand by browsing a multi-media encyclopedia and learn all about it’s history, landscape, flora, fauna, people, industry, and culture.

When you get to the site, you’ll see rotating featured stories and an icon menu leading to over 700 illustrated, interactive stories on various aspects of New Zealand such as the landscape, the Bush, tribal life, natural wonders, and more.

Or, browse the “Encyclopedia of New Zealand” near the top of the home page and explore the stories and biographies archived at the site. You’ll learn about New Zealand’s people, art and culture, birds, climate and weather, disasters and hazards, economy, farming, geology, government, history, insects and spiders, mammals, plants and fungi, reptiles, sea life, sports, trees and forests, and much more

Within each individual theme or topic there are lots of subcategories of fascinating scope and detail. You could really spend hours virtually exploring this unusual and remarkable country. Bookmark this one, as there’s no way to see it all in just one visit. 

 

Animal History & Biology for K-12!

May 21st, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

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: http://www.biokids.umich.edu/. 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.

 

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