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Free Environmental Science Journals for Middle Schoolers

April 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Natural Inquirer

 

Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for grades 6-8, but there are aspects of these journals that will appeal to a much broader age/grade range. All children with parental supervision)

 

Happy Earth Day! This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with middle school students. Each article in every issue explains research being conducted on trees, wildlife, insects, and water.
Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. The article, as explained at the website, is “written in a way that scientists write when publishing their research in journals.” Topics include:
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Relationship Between Carbon, Photosynthesis, and Roots of Trees
  • Urban Forests
  • Tropical Biomes
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Natural Resources
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, information on the latest issue of “The Natural Inquirer,” and scrolling below that will reveal a few new free resources:
  • Download the first series of scientist cards and posters – These cards are an excellent tool for teaching students about different types of science and scientists and can be printed and used offline. There is also an accompanying lesson plan designed to encourage students to use their imagination and envision themselves as scientists while they explain and present their understanding of the Natural Inquirer Scientists’ Card Series to their peers.
  • A few items for Pre-K and 1st grade – Find coloring sheets and activity sheets available for Pre-K through 4th grade.

On the left side of the screen choose from the drop-down menu:

  • View & Order Issues: This is where you can access all the archived issues. Some issues are also offered in Spanish!
  • Education Resources: Put your cursor over this menu item to see a drop-down list by age group, that includes a glossary, games and activities, podcasts, slideshows, lesson plans and more that are themed around topics covered in various issues of “The Natural Inquirer.” This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources!

Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

Free Listen-And-Read Books from Scholastic!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 5, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Teachers – Listen and Read

Age Range: 4-10 (For emerging and beginning readers, with parental supervision.)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this resource from Scholastic, where you can enjoy over 50 non-fiction, read-along books (covering a variety of school subjects) that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Veterinarian, Pediatrician, and Fire Fighter. Then the rest of the books are divided into subject areas that include:

  • Animals– Arctic Fox, Panda Bear, Bats, Frogs, Alligators, Nocturnal Animals, etc.
  • Science–  Explore Tide Pools, Weather and Meteorology
  • Environmental Studies– Includes the stories in the science section plus books on apples, trees, and Earth Day celebrations.
  • Social Studies/History/Government & Civics  – These 3 sections offer the same online books for kids to  learn about the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidents, Pilgrims, and Native Americans.

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page.  Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

Earth Day Activities & Leonardo’s Horse!

April 21st, 2011

Hi! It’s Thursday, April 21, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Leonardo’s Horse

Age Range: 12 and up (approximately with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this site)

ClickScholar Kristin recommended this website that provides the history of how in 1482, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned by the Duke of Milan, Italy, to construct the largest equine statue ever built. Leonardo’s full-scale clay model, that stood 24 feet high, was destroyed by French archers who used it for target practice.

Five hundred years later, an American pilot and art collector named Charles Dent decided that the colossal horse should be recreated as an expression of gratitude for the immense cultural, artistic, and scientific legacy of Leonardo and the Renaissance. He thought it should be given to the Italian people as a gesture of international goodwill and peace.

This website chronicles the fascinating history of how Dent accomplished his mission (and more!) and includes photographs of all stages of development.

The Horse, Il Cavallo, is faithful to Leonardo’s original drawings, and much like the Statue of Liberty, will stand for a thousand years as a symbol of friendship between nations.

After reading the history and viewing the photographs, use the menu at the top of the page and click on “The Seven Principles” to learn the seven character traits that made Leonardo da Vinci one of the most influential geniuses in history.

Don’t miss the links to other sites about Leonardo da Vinci too. Parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise internet exploration.

CNN’s Free Student News

May 7th, 2009

Recommended Website:
CNN Student News

Age Range 11-18 (Geared for Middle School and High School)

CNN sponsors this website that features a version of today’s headline-making news stories just for students. Students can watch the free video newscasts on current topics and listen to an editorial on “why it matters.” The site provides free resources, materials, and activities to further learning about current events, social studies, and history as well.

When you get to the site, a video about a current news story will launch. (Be sure to turn on your speakers, and use the control buttons below the video display to pause/play as needed.) Then, use the menu below the video screen to explore these offerings:

  • In The Spotlight — Links to online articles about other current news stories.
  • Quick Guide & Transcripts – Links to the featured news videos from the past 5 days, as well as transcripts.
  • Ten Questions & News Quiz — Take a quiz to see what you retain from the news stories you watched/read at the site.
  • Learning Activities — These are designed for classroom use to further learning and discussion about current topics in the news such as Swine Flu, Earth Day, Earthquakes, Women’s History, etc.
  • One Sheets — A one-page brief synopsis of facts about a particular news topic such as Daylight Savings Time, Black History Month, and Presidential Inaugurations.
  • Maps — Maps of countries in the news such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Great Barrier Reef, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc.

You can also sign up to receive via email the “CNN Student News Daily Education Alert” that notifies you of the top stories featured on CNN’s Student News. Just click on the “Daily Newsletter” icon next to the menu to subscribe.

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Free Environmental Science Journals for Middle Schoolers

April 22nd, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Natural Inquirer

Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for grades 6-8, but there are aspects of these journals that will appeal to a much broader age/grade range.)

Happy Earth Day! This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with middle school students. Each article in every issue explains research being conducted on trees, wildlife, insects, and water.

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. The article, as explained at the website, is “written in a way that scientists write when publishing their research in journals.” Topics include:

  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Relationship Between Carbon, Photosynthesis, and Roots of Trees
  • Urban Forests
  • Tropical Biomes
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Natural Resources
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research.

All of the issues are archived and available for free. You can view them online, or download and print out to use offline, or you can order the issue and have it delivered to your home. If you select the home-delivery option, you have to register and provide your mailing address.

BUT WAIT — THERE’S MORE! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, information on the latest issue of “The Natural Inquirer,” and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

  • View & Order Issues — This is where you can access the archived issues. It’s also the place to register if you want the “home delivery” option.
  • Education Resources — Put your cursor over this menu item to see a drop-down list that includes a glossary, games and activities, podcasts, slideshows, lesson plans and more that are themed around topics covered in various issues of “The Natural Inquirer.” This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources!

Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to many times to explore the vast content.

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FREE Earth Day Science Lessons & Activities (K-12)

April 21st, 2009

Recommended Website:
ThinkGreen.com

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

ClickScholar Paula Bruner suggested this website that offers a wide array of lessons and activities to help students learn about recycling and the environment. Waste Management, Incorporated and Discovery Education have teamed up to create videos, puzzles, interactives, links to websites and further resources to expand the mind and protect the planet.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu divided by age range:

  • Student Resources K-5 — Learn about the “Four Rs,” energy consumption, mineral resources, fluorescent lights, and more.
  • Student Resources 6-8 — Kick your environmental awareness up a notch, and learn about food waste, paper waste, renewable and non-renewable resources, landfills, and more.
  • Student Resources 9-12 — Watch videos that teach about environmental issues worldwide. Download information on landfills, bio-reactors, gas probes, groundwater wells, scientific waste management and more.

The quality of the videos and the downloadable lessons and activities will engage your students and have them thinking green in no time at all.

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Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website — fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.

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