Posts Tagged ‘geology’

Exogeology Rocks!

September 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Exogeology Rocks!

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

Zoe, a teenager, created this terrific website with information on exogeology that combines the sciences of geology and astronomy in the study of planets, asteroids, moons, etc. She and her family were interviewed about unschooling in 2011 on the “Today Show.” The segment included information about Zoe Bentley’s passion for Exogeology. You can watch the Bentley Family’s segment on the “Today Show” here and see reactions to the piece.
To begin learning about Exogeology, use the menu under the headline “Things To Do” on the right side of the homepage that includes a definition of Exogeology, and other information about the site. You can also learn more about Zoe. You’ll find:

*Exogeology Rocks: Episodes/Meet Real Exogeologists – Watch Zoe’s on-camera interviews with exogeologists who explain what their work entails.

*How To Become An Exogeologist – Get information on what it takes to have a career in exogeology. Kids will find suggested activities and links to further information about:

  • NASA
  • Rock collecting
  • Dig-sites
  • Stargazing
  • Visiting geologic formations

*Games & Puzzles – Enjoy playing crossword puzzles, word searches, and jigsaw puzzles themed around geology, astronomy, and exogeology.

You’ll also find a photo gallery, a great list of resources to explore, and more! Read about about “Zoe’s Geo Party,” a trivia game she invented that involves weekly video clues that are posted on the site. Scroll down the page to see the archive of past clues and games.

This is an incredible demonstration of where interest-initiated learning and unschooling can lead, and may inspire your homeschooler or unschooler to explore their passions with the same gusto!

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.

Explore Nova Scotia

January 24th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, January 24, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Landscapes of Nova Scotia

 

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

 

Climb aboard for a virtual helicopter ride with Dr. Ralph (a.k.a. Air Wolf) to explore the scenic vistas and geological wonders of Nova Scotia.

Presented by the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia, Canada, this site takes the visitor on a picturesque trip through the province of Nova Scotia. Through the use of breathtaking aerial photographs and closer views of geological features, this site is a geologist’s gold mine of information. Some of the locations of exploration include:
  • Halifax Harbor and the Atlantic Uplands
  • Hants lowlands
  • Five Islands
  • Wittenburg Mountain
  • Gibraltar Rock
  • Lismore
  • Northumberland Strait coast and Cape George
  • Chedabucto Bay
  • Strait of Canso
  • Cape Breton
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • St. Georges Bay

 

For each ‘stop’ of your journey, the images are accompanied by informative text that not only gives visitors a geographical description of the destination but also provides an in-depth geological explanation of the stop. The “Summary for non-geologists” is perfect for the lay-person to develop an understanding of the geology of Nova Scotia

 

Before you finish your tour, be sure to stop by the “Passing Views” and “Vistas of the Month” pages for more splendid views of the land as well as the “Reading Material” and “Links” sections of the home page. 

 

Effortlessly navigate through this site and expand your knowledge of geology and Nova Scotia.

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.

Virtual Tour of Old Sturbridge Village, MA

November 15th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, November 15, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

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

Take a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home.  When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

*Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.   

*Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.   

*Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.      

*Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.   

*Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.   

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.

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!

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