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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.

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.

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

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

Recommended Website:

Sparticle.org

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!

London Science Museum Online!

August 13th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (There is more content here for older elementary through high school grades. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

This website is an online version of the Science Museum in London, England. When you get to the site you’ll see some featured exhibits that you can explore. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page to view the different science SUBJECTS offered including:

  • Physics and Math
  • Space
  • Transport
  • Current Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Everyday Things
  • Medicine & Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs of exhibit pieces.

You can also use the vertical menu to explore:

*People – Read the biographies of men and women who have advanced science, technology, engineering, and medicine throughout human history.

*Museum Objects – Discover science artifacts of yesteryear.

*Games – Access an arcade of online games that improve science literacy.

*Science News from Antenna – Listen to broadcasts about the latest science innovations.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never be able to experience the volume of content here in just one visit. 

 

Try Science with Experiments & Adventures!

August 6th, 2013

It’s Tuesday, August 6, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Try Science

Age Range: 5-18 (Designed for grades K-12, with parental supervision.)

Sponsored by the New York Hall of Science, this website provides science activities for families worldwide. If offers a search engine that helps you find local science museums, nature centers and botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and more. Best of all, when you get to the site you can explore the three main features that include:

*Experiments – Enjoy fun and engaging online and offline science activities in Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Space Sciences, Technology & Engineering, Chemistry, Social Sciences, Medicine and Health, and more!

*Field Trips – Use the search engine on the home page to find science-themed field trip destinations near you. Or, take a video field trip to enjoy interactive exhibits at five different science museum.

*Adventures – If your kids enjoy video games, they’ll love this feature that allows them to become virtual Star Trek cadets and explore engineering at the Starfleet Academy. They can also virtually compete in the Extreme Challenge that includes seven courses in four sports – mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and snowboarding. Apply the science behind the sport to beat the challenge time and earn each course medal.

Be sure to click on “The Teacher Page” to get tips for using the site with students and to access “PowerUp” an environmental 3-D Game that “allows students to experience the excitement and the diversity of modern engineering while saving the earth from disaster.”

These fun hands-on science activities are based on national science and mathematics education standards to promote science literacy through four key ideas:

  1. Science education is for every child.
  2. Science is around you in your life every day.
  3. Parents and families can make a huge difference helping their children with science education.
  4. Science is a lot of fun!

 

Summer’s Worth of Printable Math Activities!

July 15th, 2013

It’s Monday, July 15, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Actvities

Age Range:  7-11 (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this PBS website that’s a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains:

“In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.”

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include:

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns.
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel –  Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shawdow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

 

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