Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

Geography for Kids & Everyone Else!

December 19th, 2013

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

Recommended Website:

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.

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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!

Biology Q&A

August 20th, 2013

H!  It’s Tuesday, August, 20, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

Age Range: 11 and up (Middle School, High School, and Beyond)

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.  

Note: This site is supported by Google Ads and other linked ads sprinkled throughout the text. They are a bit of a nuisance to navigation. For example, you might click on a link in a word expecting to find more info – only to discover an advertisement. The ads change randomly, so parental review and supervision, as always, is required.


Free Genetics Lessons, Experiments, & Worksheets!

May 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 14, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Learn Genetics

Age Range: 10 and up (with parental supervision)

This website, developed by the University of Utah, provides free lessons, experiments, activities, virtual labs, and worksheets designed to provide a basic education in the science of genetics.

When you get to the site, you can get a good introduction to the topics of DNA, genes, protein synthesis, heredity, traits, and life on a cellular level by exploring the “Basics.”  You’ll also see some new features and below it a menu that includes:

*Genetic Technology – Learn about stem cells, gene therapy, cloning, and gene-targeting technology.

*Virtual Labs – Swab your cheek and extract DNA from your cells! Use gel electrophoresis to discover how scientists work with tiny molecules they can’t see.  Perform a DNA microarray experiement to compare a healthy cell and a cancer cell.

*Epigenetics – Find out how factors from the environment alter gene expression.

*The New Science of Addiction – Take a physiologic and molecular look at what causes drug addiction.

*Variation, Selection & Time – Discover what molecular genetics tells us about natural selection.

*Genetics & Health – Explore the “Genetic Disorders Llibrary,” examine your family health history, and find out how medical treatment can be custom-fit to your genome.

You can also learn about the ecology of Utah’s Great Salt Lake and explore an archive of fascinating presentations on RNA, finding a gene on the chromosome map, mutations and genetic disorders, biological warfare, and much more.

Be sure to click on “Teacher’s Resources” located in the top, right corner of the home page. It will open the “Teach Genetics” website where you’ll find additional tools and resources for learning about genetics, bioscience, and health. There are free classroom activities and take-home activities to teach heritable traits, and you’ll find an extensive “Print-And-Go Lesson Plan Index.”  While this is designed for classroom use, it can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.


Free Crash Course in English Literature!

February 27th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, February 27, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Crash Course

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

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this new, 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 8 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 the topic of sex 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 (4 videos)

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

September 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

Age Range:  10 and up (approximately, 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, and a special feature, “Fall Explorations with OBIS.”  If you click on that link, you’ll find some terrific activities that take advantage of the fall season.

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 I reviewed a variety of the activity guides, I 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.