Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

Herr’s Snack Factory Tour

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, September 18, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Herr’s Snack Factory Tours

(www.herrs.com/snackfactorytours/VirtualTours.html)

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

 

Take a short break from your studies to view 3 short slide shows (about 4 slides each) about a few of Herr’s snack products.

Choose from: 

  • Chip Manufacturing Virtual Tour
  • Pretzel Manufacturing Virtual Tour
  • Tortilla Chip Manufacturing Virtual Tour

But don’t let the length of the tours keep you from visiting this website. There is a lot more to learn here. When you are finished with your tours, use the sidebar menu to select “About Herr’s”. Through a brief time-line format, learn the interesting history of this Pennsylvania born company that began with the desire of a 21-year-old man to create quality snack foods. You can also learn how Herr’s strives to be a good steward of our natural resources by checking out the “Ecology Awareness” page. Find yummy recipes using snack foods by selecting “Recipes” under the “Product Info & Recipes” link.

If you are lucky enough to live in the Nottingham, Pennsylvania area, you can schedule a free tour to see the factory in action.

This website provides a good example of a family-owned business that should inspire and encourage children to pursue their dreams at any age.

Free Daily Audio Science Lessons for Kids!

July 14th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far: 
  • Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
  • Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
  • Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
  • Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
  • Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.

But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

May 19th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

(http://www.outdoorbiology.com/)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. Designed for group learning, they can be easily tweaked for individual investigations.
When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and an icon menu of sample activities. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the home page and click on “Activities” to access the dozens of activity guides archived at this site that cover topics such as: 
  • Animal Behavior
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Animal/Plant Interactions
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Climate
Click on any topic and a new page opens with an icon menu of the activity guides. Place your cursor over each icon to see a pop-up window with a brief description of the activity, the time it typically takes to complete, the recommended age range, and what size group the activity will accommodate. Click on the icon to open a new page that contains the lesson summary, learning outcomes, and the activity instructions in a downloadable pdf. The activities are all designed to educate through fun, hands-on learning experiences and games in the great outdoors.

As we reviewed a variety of the activity guides, we saw the potential for use in the homeschool environment as either an activity for family learning, or as a resource for co-op classes and homeschool support groups.

Free Virtual Science Boxes

April 29th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 29, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

My Science Box

 

Age Range: 5-22 (Grades 1-College, children with parental supervision)

 

This website developed by a California Science Teacher provides free access to hands-on, classroom tested, science lessons for a wide grade range.
The site uses the concept of a virtual “teaching box” to organize the activities and lessons. In a classroom environment, a “teaching box” is a cardboard box that contains an assortment of materials, lesson plans, resources, and assessments for teaching a particular topic. The virtual teaching boxes at My Science Box are designed to provide you with everything you need to teach a unit of science in areas such as:
* Biology/Life Science
* Cell Biology
* Chemistry
* Earth Science
* Ecology
* Genetics
* Geology
* Human Biology
* Physics
* Technology and Engineering

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu on the left to review the lessons offered by grade level including K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college. Or explore the lessons by scientific concept (as described above). The lessons are also sorted by:

* Classroom Activity
* Labs and Projects
* Curriculum Unit
* Field Trip (for destinations in San Francisco Bay Area)
* Computer Activity

Most of these lessons and activities can be tweaked for use at home or by a homeschool support group or co-op class.

You can also simply click on the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access “Curriculum Boxes” that offer lessons and activities for MIDDLE SCHOOL students in grades 6-8 on:
*Ecology – Habitats, ecosystems and population change
*Watersheds – Watersheds, wetlands, erosion and the San Francisco Bay
*Geology – Rock cycle, geologic time, and Earth history
*Genetics & Evolution – DNA, genes, evolution & adaptation
*Plate Tectonics – Sea floor spreading, volcanoes, and earthquakes
*Physiology – Cell biology, plants, animals, and the characteristics of life
Click on any box and a new page opens with a variety of lessons and activities to teach that particular topic.
Because the teacher who designed this site lives and works in California, the lessons are aligned with the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. They are designed to “actively engage students in observing, experimenting, discovering, discussing, and building models during both ‘lecture’ and ‘lab’ sections.”
Almost every lesson can be printed out for use offline. Just click on the words “Printer-friendly version” at the bottom of each lesson page.

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.

Geography for Kids & Everyone Else!

December 19th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 19, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website helps kids (of many ages) learn about geography through earth sciences.

This is brought to you by the geniuses who developed Chem4Kids and Biology4Kids, that we’ve featured previously on ClickSchooling.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll half way down the home page and click on the “Next Stop On Site Tour” arrow, or use the menu to explore:

*EARTH ENERGY – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.

*EARTH STRUCTURE – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.

*ATMOSPHERE – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.

*HYDROSPHERE – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.

*BIOSPHERE – Learn about our living world including ecology, ecosystems, food chains, soil, water, climates, energy, erosion, oxidation, and how it all interacts to support life.

*CLIMATES – Explore weather, climates (polar, subtropical, tropical), seasons, clouds, hurricanes and monsoons, and check out the instruments used to measure the force and effect of it all.

*BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL (BGC) CYCLES – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, Iron, Phosphorus, and rocks.

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

This is a terrific resource. I recommend you bookmark it to return often.

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