Posts Tagged ‘climate’

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

September 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…
Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!
Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.
This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.
New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:
Grades 3-6:
* Let’s Study the Sun
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
* Simple Solar Cell Demo
Grades 7-12:
* Intro to Electricity
* Solar Cell Demo
* Explore Passive Solar Design
* Explore Photovoltaics
* Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
* Explore Fuel Cells
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab
The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

Geography Resources at Your Fingertips

July 10th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 10, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Geography World

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

This award-winning website will quickly become your first stop when looking for anything geography related. It serves as a portal to hundreds of other geography websites. When arriving at the home page, you will be pleased at the simplicity of the site and navigation. The home page is broken down into the following sections:
  • Geographic Information
  • Geography Games, Puzzles, Quizzes, Trivia
  • Geography World (contains information about the website)

Each of the above sections provide link lists based on topics such as:

  • Continent
  • Culture
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Books, Magazines, Toys
  • Weather / Climate
  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Erosion / Weathering
  • Population
  • Flags
  • Geography Games
  • Maps / Globes / Skills
  • And so much more!

After selecting your topic of choice, you are taken to another page with a list of links to websites relating to the topic.

At the top of the home page, there is also a small navigation bar broken down into the following tabs, each with their own dropdown menus for more navigation opportunities:

  • Home
  • Continents
  • Culture
  • Geography Information
  • Geography Fun
  • Other Topics
  • Geography World

Per the information on the website: “Geography World previews all listed links and reviews these links on a semi-annual basis to keep content fresh and current.” Keep this website handy by bookmarking it because you will want to come back to it again and again throughout your homeschooling years.

A Bear of an Adventure in Geography

April 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, April 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Geo-World from KnowledgeBears.com

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger KnowledgeBears.com website, Geo-World takes students on an entertaining and colorful interactive exploration of geography. When arriving at this link you are greeted by Winston Bear who explains to students how to navigate through his animated study to reach areas of interest. There are also navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen for visitor’s convenience. Featured areas of study include: 

  • World Maps – Select your continent of interest, then narrow down your exploration by selecting a country. Each country includes Quick Stats, Information, Pictures, Anthem, Map, and Links for further study.
  • World Music – Choose from these musical selections and gain an appreciation of the diversity of songs from around the world.
  • Print & Color – Using your browser print option, select continental outline maps to print. Each map also includes a “Passport Assignment” with instructions for students to color and label specific countries, cities, and other geological features.
  • Climates – Using the legend on the page, select a climate to learn more about through images and text. There is also a print option which opens a new window to print out the information as well as provides additional links to other websites for a more in-depth look at a particular climate.
  • Geo Games – Test your knowledge of locations in Canada, the United States, Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia with these simple interactive map games.

 

This website continues to evolve with new features being added regularly. When you are done learning in Geo-World, you will surely want to explore the other sections of KBears website such as: 

  • A to Z Animals
  • Dino Island
  • K-Sub 1
  • KB Farm
  • Science World
  • Game Factory

 

There is also a Teacher/Parent site available where you can find a selection a free printables to use for various subjects.

 

The ease of use and delightful animations make this website one that your students will want to come back to time after time.

Free Environmental Science Journals for Middle Schoolers

April 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Natural Inquirer

 

Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for grades 6-8, but there are aspects of these journals that will appeal to a much broader age/grade range. All children with parental supervision)

 

Happy Earth Day! This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with middle school students. Each article in every issue explains research being conducted on trees, wildlife, insects, and water.
Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. The article, as explained at the website, is “written in a way that scientists write when publishing their research in journals.” Topics include:
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Relationship Between Carbon, Photosynthesis, and Roots of Trees
  • Urban Forests
  • Tropical Biomes
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Natural Resources
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, information on the latest issue of “The Natural Inquirer,” and scrolling below that will reveal a few new free resources:
  • Download the first series of scientist cards and posters – These cards are an excellent tool for teaching students about different types of science and scientists and can be printed and used offline. There is also an accompanying lesson plan designed to encourage students to use their imagination and envision themselves as scientists while they explain and present their understanding of the Natural Inquirer Scientists’ Card Series to their peers.
  • A few items for Pre-K and 1st grade – Find coloring sheets and activity sheets available for Pre-K through 4th grade.

On the left side of the screen choose from the drop-down menu:

  • View & Order Issues: This is where you can access all the archived issues. Some issues are also offered in Spanish!
  • Education Resources: Put your cursor over this menu item to see a drop-down list by age group, that includes a glossary, games and activities, podcasts, slideshows, lesson plans and more that are themed around topics covered in various issues of “The Natural Inquirer.” This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources!

Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

Free Animated Science Videos

January 28th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, January 28, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Make Me Genius

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-7, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website based in India, was developed by a group of high school students in collaboration with teachers to offer free animated videos that explain science concepts in a way that is engaging and fun for students.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of science videos separated by grade range from 1-7 that cover a variety of science topics including: 
  • Hibernation and Migration
  • Weather and Climate
  • Water Cycle
  • Solar System
  • The Nervous System
  • 5 Kingdoms of Classification of Living Beings
  • Atoms & Molecules
When you’re through watching the videos, take a quiz to test your knowledge of what you’ve learned.

And just for fun, check out the Science and Nature based jokes that you and your children can enjoy and share.

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. 

 

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