Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

Free Crash Course in English Literature

July 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content.

After exploring the “Crash Course in English Literature,” use the menu to check out Green’s other Crash Courses: 

  • Crash Course in World History (42 videos)
  • Crash Course in Biology (40 videos)
  • Crash Course in Ecology (12 videos)
  • Crash Course in U.S. History (48 videos)

And lots more.

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

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.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t 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.

Biology Q&A

July 12th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades: Middle School, High School, and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas: 

  1. Bacteria
  2. Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  3. Fungi Kingdom
  4. Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

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.

Kids Do Ecology!

January 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Do Ecology (kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California offers this multi-media website for kids to teach them the science of ecology.

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

  • Learn About Ecology – Get an introduction to the study of ecology, learn about endangered species, find out about careers in ecology, and enjoy interviews with ecologists.
  • Data Science – Discover the scientific method! Learn to analyze data and present results. Design your own ecology experiment.
  • World Biomes – Learn about the 5 major biomes including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. Discover the flora and fauna that thrive in each.
  • Marine Mammals – Meet Blue, Grey, and Humpback whales, a variety of dolphins, and sea otters!

Each section contains clickable links to information, videos, sound, and fun facts. You can also check out some classroom science projects and an assortment of links to other science websites.

Interactive Biology Q&A

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, October 6, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Questions and Answers

(www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad supported website helps you easily build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu on the page to explore over 1,800 questions and answers divided into the following branches:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Diseases

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas: 

  1. Bacteria
  2. Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  3. Fungi Kingdom
  4. Viruses

Explore the site to satiate your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

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