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Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jefferson Lab Science Series

(education.jlab.org/scienceseries/archive.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab’s primary mission is to conduct research on the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator.

In addition to its science mission, the Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more! 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Science Series” video titles including: 

  • The Origin of the Elements
  • Adventures in Infectious Diseases
  • DNA: The Strand that Connects Us All
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Understanding Flight: A Physical Description of How Airplanes Fly
  • The Physics of Stock Car Racing
  • The Physics of Baseball
  • Comic Book Physics
  • Chemistry – It’s More Than Puffs and Bangs!
  • Radiation: What Is It and How Can It Affect Me?
  • Jellyfish: The Big Sting
  • From Acne to Suntans: Dermatology for the Teenager
  • And Many More!

Each title has a brief description and a link you can click to watch the video online.

Wait! There’s more! When you’re through watching the lectures check out the Education Home section of this site that contains free resources including hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles and games. Look in the “Teacher Resources,” “Student Zone,” and “Games and Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors.

When you get to the site, you will see a brief introduction that explains that you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude, journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.” When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 

  • Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:
    • Animal Vision
    • Eclipses
    • Cameras and Photography
    • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
    • 3D Images & Holograms
  • Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
    • Newton’s Prism Experiments
    • Refraction of Light
    • Microscope Magnification
    • Optical Illusions
    • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 5-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources.

Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master. 
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires all lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

Experiment on Flies

August 19th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HHMI: Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

There’s an online virtual lab where you can experiment with flies. Eeeew!” It’s true! The Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab provides you with the virtual tools you’ll need to learn about the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. What are transgenic flies? As the website explains:
“Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated. After making the glowing fly, you will use it to explore basic principles of circadian biology and genetics.”
When you get to the site, read the introduction that explains the basic steps and learning objectives. You’ll see the virtual lab on the left side of the page, where you can begin to conduct your experiment. You will be prompted by text in the gray tip window and light purple arrows that point the way.
As you begin the experiment, your lab “Notebook” will automatically open on the right side of the page showing detailed information as you progress through the experiment. You’ll see hyperlinks in the notes – click on them to learn more.
If some of the scientific terminology, tools, or concepts are unfamiliar, use the “Resources” tab on the menu to access a glossary that defines the words, as well as a photo-directory of the various equipment used in the lab.
There are quiz questions in each phase of the experiment and you can check your results by clicking on the “Quiz” tab on the menu.
This is a fascinating use of technology that replicates lab science experimentation.

3-D Geometry, Math Interactives and More!

June 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Monday, June 23, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Learner.org: Interactives

 

Age Range: 5-Adult (Grades K-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website’s mission is to “Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools.” They focus on the teacher as a learner, as well as the student as a learner.
You’ll be impressed by the “Geometry 3D Shapes” presentation that provides free multi-media activities about three-dimensional shapes. Students learn about the mathematical properties of polyhedrons, cubes, prisms, cylinders and pyramids and how to calculate their surface area and volume. Because instruction is presented in 3-D format it makes it much easier to visualize and understand.
When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of learning interactives for Math, Science, Language, History, and Art. Under “Math Interactives” use the search feature to locate “Geometry 3-D Shapes”. Click on it and a new page opens where the presentation begins. When you are through with geometry, try “Math In Daily Life,” “Metric Conversions,” and “Statistics” designed for grades 6-12.

Then, check out:
  • Science Interactives – Designed for grades 7-12, this has amazing presentations on physics, DNA, the Periodic Table, Volcanoes, and more.
  • Language Interactives – This offers literature explorations and even a “Spelling Bee” for all grade levels.
  • History Interactives – Discover what life was like during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
  • Arts Interactives – Head to the “Cinema” and manage the production of a film.

Bookmark this site, as you just can’t see it all in one visit.

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