Posts Tagged ‘fungi’

Dig These Free Geology and Paleontology Lessons

January 14th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


The Paleontology Portal


Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey and others, this website offers a free “portal” to resources and interactive lessons that help students learn geology and paleontology

At the website, select from one of the following destinations


  • Exploring Time & Space – Discover the geology and paleontology of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Fossil Gallery – View fossil images of plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and more.
  • Famous Flora & Fauna – Click on an interactive map to learn about significant North American fossil finds.
  • K-12 – This section is a TREASURE TROVE of links to interactive resources that help students fully appreciate paleontology by exploring plate tectonics, geologic time, and fossil records.  Don’t miss the fun and informative interactive called “What Did T. Rex Taste Like?”  Enjoy lessons that encourage creative thinking and writing skills: 
    • The Life Story of a Fossil (for grades 6-8)
    • A Cross-Country Trip in the Old Days (for grades 6-12)
    • PaleoEnvironmental Booklet (for grades 6-12)


You’ll also find links to resources for careers in paleontology, information on how to collect fossils, links to museums you can visit with fossil collections, and read bios and interviews with paleontologists and geologists.


Navigating this website is simple and fun, making this a wonderful starting point for those interested in paleontology.

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.


Virtual Field Trip to New Zealand!

June 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, June 14, 2013, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

TeAra: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual field trip to New Zealand by browsing a multi-media encyclopedia and learn all about it’s history, landscape, flora, fauna, people, industry, and culture.

When you get to the site, you’ll see rotating featured stories and an icon menu leading to over 700 illustrated, interactive stories on various aspects of New Zealand such as the landscape, the Bush, tribal life, natural wonders, and more.

Or, browse the “Encyclopedia of New Zealand” near the top of the home page and explore the stories and biographies archived at the site. You’ll learn about New Zealand’s people, art and culture, birds, climate and weather, disasters and hazards, economy, farming, geology, government, history, insects and spiders, mammals, plants and fungi, reptiles, sea life, sports, trees and forests, and much more

Within each individual theme or topic there are lots of subcategories of fascinating scope and detail. You could really spend hours virtually exploring this unusual and remarkable country. Bookmark this one, as there’s no way to see it all in just one visit. 


Science w/ Animals, Plants, & Fungi!

April 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, April 16, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:


Age Range: 5-18 (with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Cie suggested this terrific website, sponsored by a wildlife non-profit organization, that allows students to learn about 15,000 of the world’s endangered species through photos and videos along with scientific information on what makes them special and why we should protect them. 

You’ll also find free teaching resources, lesson plans, and learning activities for students in K-12.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and clickable menus to discover endangered:

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Invertebrates (Terrestrial and Marine)
  • Plants & Algae
  • Fungi (including lichen)

Scroll down the page and find links to “Kids” games, along with “Teachers” resources including lessons and activities for students ages 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, and 16-18.

This site is well-designed and easy to navigate. Bookmark it to return often.

Fun Science News for Kids of All Ages!

February 7th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, February 7, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Science News for Kids

Age Range: 9-14 (with parental supervision; young children may enjoy aspects of this site)

The Society for Science & The Public in Washington, D.C., sponsors this free, ad-free, award-winning online publication for kids. It offers current and interesting science news stories accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities and resources for further learning.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured science news stories. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore:

*Atoms & Forces – Read an assortment of fascinating articles that teach about chemistry, physics, and light and radiation. Topics cover: Self-cleaning clothes, why DEET confuses
mosquitoes, the speed of neutrinos, and much more! 

*Earth & Sky – Learn about the Earth, environment, pollution, space, and weather. Discover a “ghost lake,” find out how scientists are mapping dark matter, and learn about the link between air pollution and rainfall.

*Humans & Health – Find out how genes help to explain the loss of ancient civilizations, learn about brain behavior and how babies “read” lips, and discover why fats encourage overeating.

*Life – Discover urban agriculture, learn about the amazing things animals do, explore dinosaurs and fossils, enter the weird world of microbes, fungi and algae, and find out how plants “talk”. 

*Tech & Math – Be amazed at the science game-changers in computers and electronics, find out how many times to shuffle a deck to improve the odds of winning “Old Maid,” discover how
lasers can identify the country where a gemstone was mined, and see the cars of the future.

Don’t’ miss the mini vertical menu on the top right side of the home page. Click on “Educators,” “Parents,” or “Kids” to find many more helpful resources and activities.