Posts Tagged ‘education’

Free science experiments, games and activities

January 7th, 2014

It’s Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
Kinetic City
Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses. By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either:

1) Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”

2) Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.

3) Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”. The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus and click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

My Favorite Holiday Virtual Field Trips!

December 20th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, December20, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

Spangler Candy Cane Factory

At this site you can take a virtual tour of the Spangler Candy Cane Factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

Christmas Tree Farm

Take a virtual tour to see how Christmas trees are grown from seedlings to mature trees. When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction followed by an index of the topics covered on the virtual tour. Click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin. Then, just follow the prompts to experience the entire tour.

Reindeer Farmers in Lapland

Take a virtual field trip to Lapland to see a reindeer farm! The 4-minute YouTube video from the BBC shows the herd and provides some information on the care and management of reindeer.

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is located in the state of Washington and you can take a virtual “Museum Tour” at their website through text and photographs (click on the photos to see larger images). Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Next” to read a short but fascinating history of nutcrackers complete with terrific photographs of varying designs from ancient times to present day.

BONUS: Track Santa!

Where is Santa right now? Find out by visiting this website, sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve.

Free Math Lessons from Khan Academy!

December 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, December 16, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Khan Academy

Age Range: 8-18 (grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

Many homeschoolers are fans of the non-profit Khan Academy that provides free, innovative, and engaging video tutorials on every strand of math and more. The brainchild of Salmon Khan (whose background is in math, computer science, and investment management), its goal is to provide a world-class education to everyone for free.

When you get to the site, click on “Learn” on the menu. A drop-down list of subjects will appear. Click on “Math” to find video lessons covering:

  • Arithmetic 
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Trigonometry 
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • SAT Preparation
  • Finance

You’ll also find informative courses in Science, Economics, Humanities, Computer Programming and more.

Mr. Khan’s explanations for his style of teaching is worth noting:

“I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him…I don’t think any corporate or governmental effort–regardless of how much money is thrown at the problem–can reproduce this.

“A lot of my own educational experience was spent frustrated with how information was conveyed in textbooks and lectures. There would be connections in the subject matter that standard curricula would ignore despite the fact that they make the content easier to understand, enjoy, and RETAIN. I felt like fascinating and INTUITIVE concepts were almost intentionally being butchered into pages and pages of sleep-inducing text and monotonic, scripted lectures. I saw otherwise intelligent peers memorizing steps and formulas for the next exam without any sense of the intuition or big picture, only to forget everything within a matter of weeks. These videos are my expression of how the concepts should have been expressed in the first place, all while not compromising rigor or comprehensiveness.”

Mr. Khan is succeeding in his mission.

In addition to the instructional videos, visitors can log in and do problems online for further practice and comprehension. The program keeps track of your work and indicates what you’ve mastered and what needs more work.

This website is a brilliant demonstration of how to use technology to deliver a better, more meaningful education to everyone.

Science Projects for Serious Students K-12

December 10th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ScienceBuddies.com

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

This ad-supported, non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century. You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Science

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Budddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is a comprehensive resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Astonishing World Math Meters!

December 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, December 2, 2013, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Worldometers

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website, run by an international team of developers and researchers, provides world statistics updated in “a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.” The site claims to have no political, governmental, or corporate affiliation, and was voted one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association (ALA).

When you get to the site you’ll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include:

*World Population – Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.

*Government & Economics – Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.

*Society & Media – Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on videogames, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.

*Environment – Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or the species that have gone extinct and more.

*Food – See the amount of food produced this year, the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.

*Water – See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.

*Energy – Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.

*Health – Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn’t result in educational questions and discussions – I don’t know what will. It’s a veritable springboard to learning through really fast addition. :) Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Foreign Language” component – scroll to the bottom of the page and you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukrainian.

Mayflower & Pilgrim Math Activities

November 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, November 18, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

In keeping with the holiday spirit, here are some Thanksgiving-themed math activities…

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: 5-11 (age range varies; with parental supervision)

Mayflower Math Activity 

This website offers a free printable math worksheet (pdf) that combines the history of the voyage of the Mayflower with math. Designed for grades 5-6, there are aspects that may appeal to younger and older students as well.

How to Draw the Mayflower Tutorial for Grades 2-5

Drawing requires students to use measurement math skills. This website offers a tutorial on how to draw the Mayflower.

You’ll also find a wide variety of Mayflower crafts that help children of all ages exercise their math skills and creativity at ArtistsHelpingChildren.org.  

Young children may enjoy Pilgrim Hat Math. Count the dots in one column and match them to the same number of Thanksgiving-themed items in another column.

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