Posts Tagged ‘hurricanes’

Free Storm, Oceanic and Atmosphere Science Activities

August 30th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science with NOAA Research

(www.oar.noaa.gov/k12/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website is provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using online resources.

You can also download FREE Student Activity Books and teaching materials (from the “Teacher” link) for each of the topics that include: 

  • El Niño – Find out about El Niño, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world.
  • Storms – Investigate hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning by tracking their courses and measuring their strength. Learn how weather is forecast.
  • Atmosphere – Investigate the origins and effects of global warming and the effects solar events have on the Earth.
  • Fisheries – Manage various species of fish after learning about what overfishing and the environment can do to commercial fishing.
  • Great Lakes – Interpret maps of winds, waves, and temperature. Learn about zebra mussels and how to control them.
  • Oceans – Take real measurements such as temperature and wave height and graph the changes. Also, find out about ocean currents.

Winter Solstice Science

December 15th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, December 15, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciJinks: What’s a Solstice

(scijinks.nasa.gov/solstice)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Winter Solstice will soon be here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth). It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is celebrated by various cultures and religions worldwide. But what exactly is a solstice?

At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs. This presentation includes information about: 

  • The Equator
  • Earth’s Axis of Rotation
  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Spring and Autumnal Equinox

When you’re through exploring the solstice page, use the menu to access mini-lessons and games that teach about: 

  • Weather
  • Hurricanes
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice
  • Tides and Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Satellites and Technology

And more!

NASA’s SciJinks!

May 20th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, May 20, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciJinks

 

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

 

This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources.
When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Directly to the left, you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Weather – Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine and more.
  • Hurricanes and Storms – Find out how a hurricane forms. Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice – Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers”. Try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
  • Tides and Oceans – Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
  • Atmosphere – Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
  • Seasons – Learn why the Earth has seasons.
  • Satellites and Technology – Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
  • Space Weather – Learn how weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

You can also click on the horizontal menu near the top of each page that includes:

  • Fun & Games – A selection of fun games from the extensive menu described above.
  • Now I Get It – A selection of popular topics from the extensive menu including “What is the Scientific Method” along with ideas for a weather science project.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

Geography for Kids & Everyone Else!

December 19th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 19, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website helps kids (of many ages) learn about geography through earth sciences.

This is brought to you by the geniuses who developed Chem4Kids and Biology4Kids, that we’ve featured previously on ClickSchooling.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll half way down the home page and click on the “Next Stop On Site Tour” arrow, or use the menu to explore:

*EARTH ENERGY – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.

*EARTH STRUCTURE – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.

*ATMOSPHERE – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.

*HYDROSPHERE – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.

*BIOSPHERE – Learn about our living world including ecology, ecosystems, food chains, soil, water, climates, energy, erosion, oxidation, and how it all interacts to support life.

*CLIMATES – Explore weather, climates (polar, subtropical, tropical), seasons, clouds, hurricanes and monsoons, and check out the instruments used to measure the force and effect of it all.

*BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL (BGC) CYCLES – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, Iron, Phosphorus, and rocks.

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

This is a terrific resource. I recommend you bookmark it to return often.

Free Fun Weather Experiments for Kids!

January 3rd, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, January 3, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Weather Wiz Kids

Age Range: 6-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website was developed by a woman meteorologist to help kids understand the science of weather, and provides terrific explanations of natural weather phenomena as well as an archive of free, fun weather science experiments to do at home.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured highlights. Use the menu on the left side of the page to learn about:

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter Storms
  • Clouds
  • Rain & Floods
  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning
  • Wind
  • Temperature
  • Climate
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Weather Instruments
  • Weather Experiments (Click Here to go directly to the experiments page.)

You’ll also find weather games, flashcards, jokes, folklore, photos and more.

Winter Solstice Science

December 20th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, December 20, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SciJinks: What’s a Solstice

Age Range: 8-13 (about grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

The Winter Solstice will soon be here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth). It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  The winter solstice is celebrated by various cultures and religions worldwide.  But what exactly is a solstice?

At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs.  This presentation includes information about:

  • The Equator
  • Earth’s Axis of Rotation
  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Spring and Autumnal Equinox

When you’re through exploring the solstice page, use the menu to access mini-lessons and games that teach about:

  • Weather
  • Hurricanes
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice
  • Tides and Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Satellites and Technology
  • And More!
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