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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. 

 

Free Fun Weather Experiments for Kids!

January 3rd, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, January 3, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Weather Wiz Kids

Age Range: 6-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website was developed by a woman meteorologist to help kids understand the science of weather, and provides terrific explanations of natural weather phenomena as well as an archive of free, fun weather science experiments to do at home.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured highlights. Use the menu on the left side of the page to learn about:

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter Storms
  • Clouds
  • Rain & Floods
  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning
  • Wind
  • Temperature
  • Climate
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Weather Instruments
  • Weather Experiments (Click Here to go directly to the experiments page.)

You’ll also find weather games, flashcards, jokes, folklore, photos and more.

Free Online Science Labs!

October 23rd, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 23, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

SEED Science

Age Range: 10-18 (with parental supervision)

This website is sponsored by the non-profit foundation called SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), to support teachers, parents and other mentors with resources to help students learn about technology and science with regard to global issues, such as water, energy, climate change, and much more. SEED offers free science resources including informative articles, lab experiments, as well as math puzzles and games.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to explore:

*Articles – Enjoy science articles (that can easily be used as lessons) on topics such as: Air & Space, Earth Science, Health & Safety, Energy, Water, and more. Place your cursor over the topics to see a drop-down menu of related articles. All of the articles include fascinating information and are linked to experiments students can do to demonstrate the concepts covered in the articles.

*Laboratory – This online lab provides students with the materials list (includes common household items and materials available at a pharmacy or hardware store) and instructions for conducting experiments to learn more about Air & Space, Earth Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Properties of Liquids, and Energy. Click on any topic and see a drop-down menu of experiments. For example, students can build a personal seismograph or build their own star! There are Teacher’s Notes, as well as examples of results.

*Math Puzzles – Sharpen your math skills with fun puzzles and games that include arithmetic, probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, topology, logic, and more.

All of the resources are available in a variety of languages too, just look for the language menu at the top of the page.

You can also purchase science kits, books, and games from the online store, but no purchase is necessary to access the free resources mentioned above.

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

September 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

Age Range:  10 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. Designed for group learning, they can be easily tweaked for individual investigations.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and an icon menu of sample activities, and a special feature, “Fall Explorations with OBIS.”  If you click on that link, you’ll find some terrific activities that take advantage of the fall season.

Use the horizontal menu at the top of the home page and click on “Activities” to access the dozens of activity guides archived at this site that cover topics such as:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Predator-Prey Relationships  
  • Animal/Plant Interactions
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Climate

Click on any topic and a new page opens with an icon menu of the activity guides. Place your cursor over each icon to see a pop-up window with a brief description of the activity, the time it typically takes to complete, the recommended age range, and what size group the activity will accommodate. Click on the icon to open a new page that contains the lesson summary, learning outcomes, and the activity instructions in a downloadable pdf.

The activities are all designed to educate through fun, hands-on learning experiences and games in the great outdoors.

As I reviewed a variety of the activity guides, I saw the potential for use in the homeschool environment as either an activity for family learning, or as a resource for co-op classes and homeschool support groups.

 

Help Discover a New Planet & More!

September 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Zooniverse

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects and some retired ones. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Take Part” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include:

SPACE – View images of space from the Hubble Telescope, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the STEREO spacecraft, the Kepler spacecraft, and the Spitzer Space Telescope to help researchers with these projects:

  • How Do Galaxies Form?
  • Explore the Surface of the Moon
  • Study Explosions on the Sun
  • Find Planets Around Stars
  • How Do Stars Form?

CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.

HUMANITIES – Help scholars study the lives of ancient Greeks.

NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

You can also participate in “Experiments in Laboratory” that currently include: helping researchers review data about NASA Astronauts and Engineers living on an underwater base for 10 days; searching for life on another planet; and helping researchers describe music collections from various time periods.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Retired Projects” too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

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