Posts Tagged ‘experiments’

Ask An Astronomer Videos & Lessons

June 13th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/index.html)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center answer kids’ questions about the universe in entertaining video format.

Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured videos. Below that is a menu of questions with video answers that include: 

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What will happen to the Earth when the Sun dies?
  • How do you discover an asteroid?
  • What is the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way?
  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?
  • What is a brown dwarf?
  • What causes an eclipse of the moon?

Once you’ve explored the videos, use the menu at the top of the page that includes: 

  • Cosmic Classroom – Find a wide spectrum of activities, experiments, and lessons that focus on infrared light.
  • Cosmic Kids – Learn to build your own model of the Spitzer Space Telescope, find out if people glow in the dark, enjoy a story about “What’s in Space?”
  • Image Galleries – A spectacular collection of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Videos – Not only will you find the “Ask An Astronomer” videos, but you can enjoy Spitzer Observatory animations, and a series of funny and informative educational videos about a variety of science and technology topics.
  • Cosmic Games – Play astronomy-themed online games including Concentration, Hangman, Word Search, and more!

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Science Experiments, Games, & More

May 30th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Planet Science

(www.planet-science.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, fascinating, and fun science activities, experiments, and games that will entice and engage the most reluctant scientist in your family

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured items and a menu that includes: 

  • Under 11s – Get free resources, articles, games and activities to learn about technology, chemistry, our world, our bodies, space, and more.
  • Over 11s – Enjoy articles, ideas, and activities for middle and high school students about the natural world, the human body, space, physics, technology, chemistry, and more.
  • Experiments – Get weird and wacky science experiments in biology, chemistry, technology, and the weather. Plus, you’ll find categories such as: Messy, Outdoors, and Magic Tricks!
  • Extras – Explore a selection of interesting science presentations and resources.
  • Weather Labs – Click on this link and a new site opens where you can engage in two challenges: 
    1. Check the accuracy of the weather forecast.

    2. Become a weather broadcaster.

You’ll also find tips for parents and teachers on how to make science enjoyable for learners of all ages.

Mt. St. Helens Virtual Tour

May 19th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 19, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Adventure Earth Science Mt. St. Helens

(academic.greensboroday.org/~martint/AdventureES/StHelen/Home.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by 8th grade science teacher, Tim Martin, shares information and images of his trip to Mt. St. Helens in 2001.

Use the left-hand sidebar menu to begin your “Virtual Field Trips.” When arriving on the next page, scroll over the map to find locations to explore or use the side bar menu again to select your destination. Locations include: 

  • Johnston Ridge
  • Blast Zone Hills
  • Trail of Two Forests
  • Ape Cave
  • Lahar View
  • Lava Canyon

Most of the locations provide a manual slide show. Please note that when selecting to “Begin the Hike” or the “Explore” link the page opened to a message about using Internet Explorer but we clicked the “If you would like to proceed anyway, click here.” link and were able to successfully access the slides for the tour. The images include brief descriptions and information about the location. When you have finished with the tours, select the “Up” link to return to the home page. There are a few more links that visitors will also want to check out: 

  • May 18, 1980 – provides a brief article about the day Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980
  • Related Links – links to pages on the USGS website and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • For Educators – suggestions for experiments and demonstrations relating to volcanoes

Free Ground Water Science Activities & Lessons

May 16th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundwater Adventurers

(www.groundwateradventurers.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, archives free lessons and activities (housed on other websites such as the EPA, USGS, etc.) designed to help students learn the science behind ground water, which makes up “90% of all available fresh water in the world.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured items. You may want to explore them, but to get right to the activities and lessons for grades K-12, use the left sidebar menu to view: 

  • Brain Ticklers – This section is divided into grade ranges K-3, 4-8, and 9-12, and includes information on ground water, the water cycle, drought, wells, and conservation, along with puzzles, games, coloring pages, and more.
  • Water Experiments – Students in grades K-12 can try experiments designed to teach about ground water including making an aquifer model in a cup or a hydrogeology experiment on surface water-ground water interactions.

Back on the home page, click on Information for Teachers where you can find links including: 

  • Classroom Materials
  • Lesson Plans
  • Reference Tools

There are a lot of links to activities in this archive, and most of them work. We did find a few that led to error messages, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent from using the many resources available at the site. 

Drinking Water Science!

May 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids’ Stuff

(www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html)

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

 

The Environmental Protection Agency offer this website that has many FREE, interactive as well as downloadable PDF files that contain games, lessons, activities, and experiments that teach kids in grades K-12 about water. From the water cycle to filtration of drinking water, kids get an education on all aspects of water including underground wells and water treatment facilities.

All of the information is accompanied by colorful animations and illustrations making it very inviting to students. When you get to the site you will see 2 categories: For Kids and For Teachers separated by grade levels. Choose the level you are interested in to see the games and activities for that level.

When you are through exploring the menu items, click on “Other Stuff for Kids” on the left side bar. A new page opens with links to resources for additional lesson plans and activities such as: 

  • Homework resources
  • Student awards and contests
  • Games, quizzes, and more
  • Videos about the environment

Note: A few of the links are dead on the main page – but there is plenty of accessible info, notably the EPA pages and the USGS Water Education pages with many free lessons, coloring pages, and downloadable activities.

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

March 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.
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