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Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 23, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Kids

 

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

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.

When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics:

  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, February 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Science Spot

 

Age Range: 10-13 (designed for middle school students, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables (aligned with Illinois Learning Standards).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Daily Science Trivia – This is a fun tool that provides a series of questions on topics such as scientists, inventions, dinosaurs, weather, bats, health, chemistry and more. Print them out and use them to start conversations or test what you know.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t have time to follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

Language Arts Word Games for All Subjects!

December 18th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 18, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Wordduck.com

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

This ad-supported website provides free, interactive “Hangman” and “Word Search” games, themed around an array of educational subjects, that boost vocabulary and spelling skills in an engaging and fun way. Topics include:

  • Anatomy – bones
  • Animals – cats, dogs, dinosaurs, fish and more
  • Art – colors and famous artists
  • Astronomy – constellations
  • Chemistry – elements
  • Geography – U.S. States, World Countries
  • Geometry
  • History – U.S. Presidents
  • Literature – the classics
  • Music – classical composers, common terms, instruments, singers and groups
  • Mythology – Greek
  • Poetry – famous poets
  • Words – homonyms, onomatopoeia, oxymorons

You’ll also find a variety of just-for-fun topics such as cars, cartoons, comic book heroes, events, food, games, holidays, movies, sports, and television shows.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu bar at the top of the page to navigate the site. Or simply click on the “Dunk-A-Duck Hangman” or “Word Search” icons on the right side of the screen. A new page opens displaying the game screen. Use the menu on the left to select the subject or topic that will determine the vocabulary words used in the game. Then, set the difficulty level for easy, normal, or hard. Read the instructions and play the game.

As explained at the website, “What makes WordDuck.com truly unique is that we let our members create their very own word lists. This can be a valuable tool for educators, especially those teaching vocabulary or foreign languages.” To create your own word list you must register for membership – it’s FREE!

You do not need to register to play the games.

This is an engaging way to improve spelling and vocabulary – and just have fun with words!

History Books, Crafts, & Games for K-12

December 5th, 2013

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

Recommended Website
A Book In Time

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

Veteran homeschool mom, Carol Henderson, owns this website that she designed to help other home educators find interesting and fun “real” books about history and social studies along with timelines, maps, craft activites, and interactive history websites with games and more that enhance the study of World History and American History.

When you get to the site, use the menu to find:

*History Reading Lists – A chronological listing of the best fiction and nonfiction books for kids and teens about important people and events in the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, World Wars I & II, and The Present Era. Book titles are linked to site affiliates for ease of purchase. You can also look for the titles at your library.

*Crafts & Projects – Get craft activities that extend learning about any era in American and World history. You’ll find instructions for making Corn Husk Dolls, an Egyptian Pharaoh’s Death Mask, Origami Dinosaurs, A Knight’s Helmet, recipes for authentic foods of different historical eras, and much more! Some require purchase of materials to do the craft, which are linked to this site’s affiliates.

*Online Games – Get links to a terrific selection of online games (many hosted by museums) that boost learning about history and geography. Enjoy games about Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Greece, Rome, Israel, China, Japan, Incan & Aztec Empires, Middle Ages, Vikings, The Black Plague, Renaissance, Shakespeare, Victorian Era, and much, much more! The activities I visited were free or free with registration.

*Maps & Timelines – This section recommends some innovative ways for students to use maps and timelines as they study history. There’s a selection of books, kits, maps and timelines for sale, and also free instructions on how to make your own materials along with links to websites that provide free resources such as printable maps.

Most of the information at this site includes suggested grade levels from Kindergarten through High School. The site is well-maintained: I only found a few links that led to error messages which is unusual for a site with so much content.

ABookInTime.com is a fabulous resource for finding books and activities to supplement learning about history. You’ll want to return often.

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!

Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

July 23rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, July 23, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple http://www.tpt.org/newtons/

Age Range: 7-15 (approximately, with parental supervision)

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include:

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website — or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts — great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.

 

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