Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Free Ground Water Science Activities & Lessons

May 16th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundwater Adventurers

(www.groundwateradventurers.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, archives free lessons and activities (housed on other websites such as the EPA, USGS, etc.) designed to help students learn the science behind ground water, which makes up “90% of all available fresh water in the world.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured items. You may want to explore them, but to get right to the activities and lessons for grades K-12, use the left sidebar menu to view: 

  • Brain Ticklers – This section is divided into grade ranges K-3, 4-8, and 9-12, and includes information on ground water, the water cycle, drought, wells, and conservation, along with puzzles, games, coloring pages, and more.
  • Water Experiments – Students in grades K-12 can try experiments designed to teach about ground water including making an aquifer model in a cup or a hydrogeology experiment on surface water-ground water interactions.

Back on the home page, click on Information for Teachers where you can find links including: 

  • Classroom Materials
  • Lesson Plans
  • Reference Tools

There are a lot of links to activities in this archive, and most of them work. We did find a few that led to error messages, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent from using the many resources available at the site. 

Explore the Amazon Rain Forest

January 6th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, January 6, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazon Interactive

(www.eduweb.com/amazon.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)


Take a virtual trip to the Amazon Rain Forest! The site’s description says it all: “Explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities. Learn about the rainforest and the Quichua people who call it home. Discover the ways in which the Quichua live off the land. Then try your hand at running a community-based ecotourism project along the Río Napo.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a short introduction and a menu that allows you to quickly get familiar with the geography of the Amazon. This short interactive overview is perfect for introducing the topic of the Amazon with colorful graphics, illustrations, photographs and brief, interesting text. Find out: 

  • Where the Amazon is located
  • How much rain falls there
  • Who lives there
  • How they make a living
  • Learn about conservation efforts and coffee growing

Next, imagine you are one of the indigenous people of the Amazon and try your hand at planning and managing sustainable ecotourism. What impact will it have on the land and the people – what risks and benefits are involved?

This is a terrific and thought-provoking exercise that all members of the family can enjoy.

Be an Energy Hog Buster!

June 28th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

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

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the .pdf Energy Hog Busting Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!
  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.

Fun Science with Bird Games & Activities

February 16th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Audubon: Just For Kids

(web4.audubon.org/educate/kids/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

The National Audubon Society’s mission is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” At their website, they offer a kids’ section filled with games and activities that teach children about birds and other animals.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of activities that include: 

  • Green Scene – Solve riddles that test your knowledge about ecology as it relates to air, health, water, energy, land, and wildlife.
  • The Game Place – Play games that teach about bird species and their songs, as well as bird migration.
  • Video & Live Cams – Enjoy live streaming from cameras trained on a Hummingbird nest and Barn Owl nest. Watch a variety of wildlife video clips that include a bat, bobcat, cougar, fox, hawk, and more!
  • State Bird Department – Do you know the name of your state bird? Find out here!

When you’re through exploring the “Just For Kids” section of this site, use the menu at the top of the screen for more in-depth information on birds, conservation efforts, and more.

Fun, Interactive Science Games

November 10th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, November 10, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Engaging Science

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

 

This website is sponsored by a teacher enrichment program in British Columbia, Canada that is supported by several science museums. It offers free, innovative online games that introduce classroom students to Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science.

Turn on your speakers when you go to the site to hear the robot narrator explain how to access and play the games. You have the opportunity to select games from three science museums: 

  • Vancouver Aquarium – Play “Wild Wetlands” to find out why conservation of wetlands is so important, and play “What A Mouthful” to learn how a fish’s body shape relates to how it feeds.
  • HR MacMillan Space Center – Learn about the phases of the Moon in “It’s Just a Phase,” and discover geological processes in “This is your Life.”
  • Science World – Explore the electrical conductivity of everyday objects in “Current Affairs,” and experiment with sound in “Make a Note.”

This multi-media site makes learning science fun!

Discover the High-flying Aviator Lindbergh

May 21st, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Charles Lindbergh – An American Aviator

(http://www.charleslindbergh.com/)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Charles Lindbergh began his courageous flight in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20, 1927, securing his place in history as the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. This comprehensive website examines not only this flight but also the other events and achievements of one of America’s most famous aviators.
When arriving at this website, begin by reading an excerpt from the May 21, 1927 New York Times article about the flight. Then use the left sidebar menu to examine Lindbergh’s life through articles, documents, images, videos, audios and much more. Some of the many topics to explore include: 
  • The Flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
  • Guggenheim Tour
  • Biographies of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
  • Maps
  • Airmail Pioneer
  • Gliders
  • Orient
  • America First
  • Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  • Awards
  • Lindbergh’s contributions to rocketry, conservation, and cardiology
  • PDFs of FBI files
And much, much more. There are also a few downloadable lesson plans, additional website links, and Amazon links to books for further study.
This website is an excellent resource for an in-depth study of the man, aviator, innovator, and American legend.
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