Posts Tagged ‘environmental science’

Free Environmental Science Journals for Middle Schoolers

April 22nd, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Natural Inquirer

Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for grades 6-8, but there are aspects of these journals that will appeal to a much broader age/grade range.)

Happy Earth Day! This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with middle school students. Each article in every issue explains research being conducted on trees, wildlife, insects, and water.

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. The article, as explained at the website, is “written in a way that scientists write when publishing their research in journals.” Topics include:

  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Relationship Between Carbon, Photosynthesis, and Roots of Trees
  • Urban Forests
  • Tropical Biomes
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Natural Resources
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research.

All of the issues are archived and available for free. You can view them online, or download and print out to use offline, or you can order the issue and have it delivered to your home. If you select the home-delivery option, you have to register and provide your mailing address.

BUT WAIT — THERE’S MORE! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, information on the latest issue of “The Natural Inquirer,” and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

  • View & Order Issues — This is where you can access the archived issues. It’s also the place to register if you want the “home delivery” option.
  • Education Resources — Put your cursor over this menu item to see a drop-down list that includes a glossary, games and activities, podcasts, slideshows, lesson plans and more that are themed around topics covered in various issues of “The Natural Inquirer.” This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources!

Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to many times to explore the vast content.

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Science Buddies!

September 2nd, 2008

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Time4Learning is an internet-based curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8. The owner, John Edelson, wrote an article titled “Accidental Homeschoolers” that some of you may enjoy reading. The article includes a link to a “free guide” for homeschoolers with advice on how to avoid mistakes in an initial curriculum buying spree, and how to build an appropriate mix of activities for learning each day. To read the free article visit Homefires at: Time4Learning


Recommended Website:
Science Buddies

ClickScholar Katie suggested this website, sponsored by The Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation, that provides over 700 FREE science projects that students can select and customize according to their area of interest. Katie wrote:

“My daughter (the public school holdout) has a science project due. Her teacher sent home this full page of tiny print detailing what is required for the ‘simple’ project. It’s based on the Scientific Method. I’m thinking, ‘What’s the Scientific Method?’ So, to help my daughter, I googled it and discovered Science Buddies.”

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured sections that include: Science Fair Project Ideas, Student Resources, and Teacher Resources. Just click on the links in those sections or use the menu bar at the top of the screen to access the content on this user-friendly site.

Under “Science Fair Project Ideas” click on the interactive “Topic Selection Wizard.” As Katie wrote, “There’s a short questionnaire to fill out that will help you find topics that are actually within your child’s area of interest. Once you get to suggested topics, you can read through and email the ideas to yourself so you don’t lose the them in your bookmarks. There are some really interesting and fun projects!” Topics include:

  • Physical Science – Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Electricity & Electronics, Physics, and more!
  • Civil Engineering – Computer Science, Energy & Power, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more!
  • Life Science – Biotechnology, Genetics & Genomics, Human Biology & Health, Mammalian Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, and Zoology.
  • Behavioral & Social Science – Human Behavior and Sociology.
  • Earth & Environmental Science – Geology, Ocean Sciences, Weather & Atmosphere, and more.
  • Math & Computer Science — Genetics & Genomics, Pure Mathematics, Video & Computer Games, and more.
  • Other – Cooking & Food Science, Music, Photography, Digital Photography & Video, Sports Science, and Video & Computer Games.

Click on any one to find hands-on scientific investigations that engage students because they address their specific area of interest and eliminate the hassle of doing a science project. Each Project Idea includes a description of the subject matter, references, Internet-based public domain tools and/or real-time scientific data, and provides suggestions for experiments.

You will also appreciate “The Science Fair Project Guide” – an online encyclopedia that explains how to conduct science research and projects (with a detailed explanation of the Scientific Method). As the website explains, “It includes step-by-step guidance, actual sample assignments, photos of science fair projects, tips for success, and self-grading checklists for students.”

Don’t miss “Ask an Expert” – a monitored, online forum staffed by volunteer scientists and talented science students who help students anywhere, on a drop-in basis, with their project questions.

You can also subscribe to the Science Buddies free newsletter and you can get a free science poster (have it mailed or download in pdf) too!


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Interactive Algebra and Calculus Lessons, and Many More Subjects Too!

April 23rd, 2007

Recommended Website:


Age Range: 11 and up (readiness for Algebra or Calculus)

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education has made a fantastic
resource available for free for individual high school and college students
to further their education.

When you get to the site, the subjects can be selected from the menu at the
left. For each subject, you can either select a specific topic or, if you
are using one of the textbooks included in their data base — you can find a
lesson that correlates to a specific section in your book.

If you select any topic from “Algebra,” you are in for a treat. A curtained
stage opens and reveals illustrations and problems to try; to your left a
small column appears with the script of the lesson. Read along as you are
taught step by step, lesson by lesson, with an opportunity to practice each
piece of information as you go. These high-quality multimedia interactive
lessons constitute a complete high school level course — all for FREE!

But there’s more! Other courses currently available are Calculus, Physics,
Biology, US History, AP US History, Environmental Science, Government, and
even Religion!

Bookmark this one. There is enough under any one of these subjects to keep a
high school or college student engaged and learning for a good long time.
Check back often as this new site is still growing.

Social Sciences in One Clean Sweep!

May 25th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Clean Sweep U.S.A.

This website was recommended by ClickSchooling list member Karen Hoover who wrote, “I found a broken mercury thermometer while cleaning today. I was searching for mercury disposal sites on the Internet when I came across this fun educational site on waste in the environment called, “Clean Sweep USA.” It is geared for grades 4-8. The lessons have great information displayed in a fun and colorful way, with activities, simple games to play, downloadable lesson plans, links and more.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

  • Garbage Pizza – Provides an overview in municipal waste management.
  • Waste Watchers – Evaluate waste prevention solutions as the best option for waste management.
  • Compost Office – Learn about composting as a way to reduce landfill volume while providing soil supplementation.
  • Recycling Rules – Understand the recycling process and why it’s worth the extra effort.
  • Energy To Burn – Discover how to use trash as a source of energy.
  • Landfill Lounge – Identify the parts of a landfill, their function, and construct a model of a sanitary landfill.

This is a fun, interactive way to learn about waste control and its impact on the environment.

Science in the Garden — and FREE peas to get you started!

March 15th, 2004

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Spring is almost here – and it’s a great time to plant a garden. Gardens help kids learn all kinds of science including botany, entomology, environmental science, conservation, recycling, and much more! Here are a few kids’ gardening sites to get you started…

Recommended Websites:

Kids’ Gardening

The granddaddy of the kids’ gardening sites – this one has an entire book for parents to read online about how to get kids interested in gardening as well as garden design, themes, plants, maintenance, safety, projects and more. Not only that, at this site you will find tons of info on school gardens (some of which can be tweaked for homeschools) and curriculum tie-ins to math, science and literature. You will also find some freebies here too – along with an online store to purchase gardening tools and supplies.

Gardening With Kids

This is a simple website that contains all of the basics from preparing the soil and planting, to watering, weeding, and harvesting.

Garden Fun – Kids

This site emphasizes fun with gardening. It offers info on how to develop a child’s first garden, recommendations for easy seeds that spout fast (kids don’t often like to wait), and garden project ideas – like growing a cucumber in a Coke bottle! There are both indoor and outdoor gardening projects and fun activities with plants for kids at this site.


The National Garden Bureau has designated 2004 as the year of the pea, and they want to help kids learn about these legumes. At this site, you can request a free kit featuring pea seeds, recipes, and related curriculum ideas to be delivered in late March and early April 2004. Sign up while supplies last!

Environmental Science with Earth Dog!

March 2nd, 2004

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Recommended Website:
Earth Dog

This is a great site for younger children PreK-6, and it carries many scientific facts and activities about renewable energy sources that will interest older students as well. It begins with a story about a junkyard dog who, through a series of misadventures, discovers the dangers of pollutants and is transformed into a crusader for clean air and water and a healthy environment for all living creatures. The story uses large text, and the animated pages are colorful — although a little patience is necessary as they download.

After reading the story, use the menu bar at the bottom of the screen to access a variety of options. You can click on a facts page that explains various types of renewable energy resources including solar, wind, and hydro power. You can also click on an activities page that contains links to science sites with activities for exploring energy and sustaining the environment — including some unusual ones (like building your own watershed) developed by Weekly Reader. There is also a games page that looks to be a promotion for a CD/ROM educational computer game.

For kids who really get into Earthdog’s mission to save our environment, there is a letter to the press that can be printed out and used to send to various media urging them to promote environmental health and safety, there is a contest and a club to join, there are links to environmental groups, and links to other websites with environmental information and activities for kids.

P.S. Listen to and sing along with free, downloadable Homeschool Rallying Songs.