Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

The Science of Cooking

April 4th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/)

Age Range: 6-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and a menu selection that includes: 

  • Eggs – Turn your kitchen into a lab and learn the scientific processes that occur when you cook eggs.
  • Pickles – Discover the ancient culinary craft of preserving foods in salt brine and vinegar and how it manipulates microbes in foods.
  • Candy – Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule and discover how different types of candy are made.
  • Bread – Take “Bread Science 101” that includes a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
  • Seasonings – Explore your senses through the world of spices.
  • Meat – Learn about fat, proteins, and collagen – and the molecular art of grilling.

This is the ultimate kitchen-science excursion – and fun for the whole family!

Sweet Visits to A Lollipop Factory, Fudge House and More

April 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, April 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lollipop Factory and Fudge House Virtual Field Trip

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/index.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website is part of the larger NSF Exploratorium website, The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking.

Today’s link provides two brief tours of: 

  • Kendon Candies in San Jose, California – Tour a lollipop factory.
  • Fudge House at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California – See how fudge is made.

When arriving at the link, find the “Behind the Scenes” section and select the text link for either the lollipop factory or the fudge house.

When you get to the lollipop factory page, you will see an introduction about Kendon Candies in San Jose, California – the largest lollipop producer in the United States. Click on the “next” buttons for a brief tour through text and photographs. OR, AND EVEN BETTER – watch the Quicktime or RealPlayer video on the first slide and see the lollipop-making process at the Kendon candy factory.

When you are through learning all about how to make lollipops, click on the “Candy Home Page” link at the bottom of the slide. That will take you back to the “science of candy” page where you can learn how to make candy at home, find out about the chemistry of sugar, and you can take a tour of the Fudge House in San Francisco!

When you have finished with your candy tours, select the “Science of Cooking” image link in the upper left. This will take you to the main menu of the website. Select the “Eggs” page and look for the “Visit a Farm” section to tour an organic egg farm in Petaluma, California.

These short but sweet virtual tours provide a nice overview of the locations. When you have finished your tours, be sure to check out all that the “Science of Cooking” website has to offer.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Calendar of Children’s Books

April 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

About.com – Calendar of Children’s Books

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

About.com is an ad supported website that was founded in 1996. First called The Mining Company, they slowly transformed into About.com.
They say they have nearly 1,000 Experts that write for About.com and are one of the most visited sites on the Internet with over 25% of the U.S. visiting each month. They help users discover, be inspired, and learn about topics ranging from parenting and healthcare to cooking and travel.
The About.com Calendar of Children’s Books is a treasure trove of resources available to help support students reading at any level all brought together in one convenient location. When you arrive on the monthly calendar page you’ll see the list of monthly reading themes. These themes are based on the seasons, various cultural and government named holidays and recognized social causes, sometimes a famous person or an author’s birthday, and so on. Scrolling down the page you’ll find some general reading help for each theme and recommended reading. Then the calendar for the month will outline in chronological order; any notable date or historical event or famous person’s birthday – anything that might give you a reason to pull out a book and read!

As a bonus, across the top of the page is a menu directing you to age appropriate help for parents of children ages 0 – 3, 4 – 8 and 9 – teens designed to help raise readers. There are articles and book recommendations for new and prospective parents, help for transitioning from picture to chapter books, resources for reluctant readers, and even recommended reading lists.

To give you a little taste of what awaits you at this wonderful website, here is a little clip of the April 2014 calendar.

Here are some books and tips to help you raise a reader who is enthusiastic about books. Learn about the importance of reading aloud to your child at every age, the value of audiobooks, and resources for locating exceptional books for elementary and middle school students.

Bookmark this calendar and come often. This is a great resource to visit for tips and ideas to keep your readers reading!

Science Projects for Serious Students K-12

December 10th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ScienceBuddies.com

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

This ad-supported, non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century. You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Science

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Budddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is a comprehensive resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Virtual Tour of Cranberry Bog w/ Free Activity Book!

November 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, November 22, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Take a virtual tour of a cranberry bog and get some fun, cranberry-themed learning activities for kids!

When you get to the website, you’ll see two video screens. The second video titled,” “Wisconsin Cranberries: Not So Wild Anymore” is the one that contains a terrific history of the cranberry and a thorough explanation of how the cranberry is grown, harvested, and prepared for consumption.

When you’re through watching the videos, don’t miss the incredible photo slide-show that you can access via the menu in the left margin of the page. The pictures give you a better view of the bogs than the videos, and the accompanying text explains what you are seeing.

Be sure to look on the menu to find the “For Kids” section where you can get a FREE downloadable and printable “Cranberry Activity Book that includes word searches, crossword puzzles, color-by-number and easy cranberry craft and cooking projects.

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