Posts Tagged ‘hurricanes’

The Science of Weather for Kids (CSAW)

February 17th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Weather Wiz Kids

Age Range: 8-12 (approximately)

This fun, fascinating, and user-friendly website is designed to help kids learn all of the different types of weather and the science behind it. Created by a television meteorologist, it offers information through simple text and lots of helpful, colorful illustrations that answer two basic questions about various types of weather: “What is it?” and “What causes it?”

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some recent weather news stories. Then, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about:

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter Storms
  • Clouds
  • Rain & Floods
  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning
  • Wind
  • Temperature
  • Climate

You’ll also find information on weather safety, weather instruments, and weather folklore.

DON’T MISS THE WEATHER EXPERIMENTS! It’s on the menu, but here’s the direct link.

Get instructions for how to:

  • Make a Tornado
  • Make a Cloud in a Bottle
  • Make a Rain Gauge
  • Make Thunder
  • Make Lightning
  • Make Rain
  • Make Your Own Barometer
  • Make A Thermometer
  • And much more!

You can also see terrific weather photographs and learn what it takes to have a career as a meteorologist.

A big THANK YOU to ClickScholar Rebecca Holt for recommending this site — a ClickSchooling Award Winner (CSAW).

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Geography For Kids!

September 11th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 8 and up (non-readers will need assistance)

ClickScholar Maureen Morales suggested this website that provides kids (of many ages) with an introduction to 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 to the bottom of the page and click on the “Next Stop On Site Tour” arrow, or use the site map that lists all of the topics, 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 – Investigate Earth’s Biosphere and learn about ecosystems, food chains, natural resources, and recycling.
  • BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL (BGC) CYCLES – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, Iron, Phosphorus, and rocks.

You’ll also find information on climatology, weather, seasons, hurricanes and more!

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 biology, chemistry, and the cosmos.

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

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Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

June 5th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Free Social Science Videos From PBS NOVA

On this website, you can watch 39 different PBS NOVA videos for free online.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and the most recently added programs are featured on the page. Look on the right side of the screen to see a menu of topics covered by these films including:

  • Anthropology – Watch films about Israel’s Cave of Letters, Ape Genius, and the Lost Treasures of Tibet.
  • Disasters – Learn about doomsday Asteroids and Mass Extinction, and the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Earth – Explore Sand Dunes, Glaciers, Hurricanes, Lightning, etc.
  • Exploration – Crack the Maya Code and find out if MARS is Dead or Alive.
  • Flight – Discover the remains of Four-Winged Dinosaurs and find out what’s Missing in MiG Alley.
  • Health – Get information about the Flu, Aging, Animal Hospitals, Cancer, the Human Genome, Eating Disorders, Epigenetics, Life’s Greatest Miracle, Marathon Running, RNAi, Sleep, Stem Cells, and more.
  • History – Enjoy the story behind Absolute Zero, Papyrus from ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, and Sputnik.
  • Investigations – Meet an archeologist who is helping to rewrite the history of the Old West.
  • Nature – Learn about Fish Surgery, Frozen Frogs, Ants, and T.Rex.
  • Physics and Math – Watch films about robot swarms, a particle accelerator, coded sculpture, string theory and more.
  • Space – Find out about Hollywood aliens, the Monster of the Milky Way, and the 10th Planet.
  • Technology – View films about Artificial Life, Cars of the Future, Fuel Cells, Robots, Lab Meat, Solar Energy and more.

Click on any film of interest and a new page opens. The films are divided into chapters or segments for ease of viewing. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

This is a terrific resource to enhance learning – bookmark it to return often.

Singing Science!

April 15th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Singing Science Records

Age Range: 5-10 (The songs are geared for early elementary school-age children, however, there are aspects that the whole family can enjoy.)

What fun! ClickSchooling subscriber Cie Buschle recommended today’s website that offers free science songs!

As the website owner explains,

“As a kid my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. We played them incessantly. In February 1998, I found the LPs in my parents’ basement. I cleaned them up…burned them onto a CD…and encoded them into MP3, so now you can hear them on the web.”

When you get to the website you will see a menu of about 80 songs divided into subject categories that include:

  • Space Songs – Learn about The Milky Way, the Sun, Shooting Starts, Longitude and Latitude, the Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton, Friction, Gravity and more!
  • Energy and Motion Songs – Find out about Energy, Electricity, Engines, Kinetic and Potential Energy, Chemical Energy, and Atomic Energy.
  • Experiment Songs – Listen to songs that provide instructions on how to conduct experiments that teach about Magnets, Air, Shadows, Rock, Gems, Minerals, and more.
  • Weather Songs – Discover information about the Stratosphere, Wind, Clouds, Warm and Cold Fronts, Humidity, Hurricanes, Tides, Snowflakes, and other weather marvels.
  • Nature Songs – Learn about Leaves, Trees, Insects, Mammals, Fish, Birds, Silk Worms, and other natural wonders.
  • More Nature Songs – Sing along to songs that teach about Metamorphosis, How a Frog Becomes a Frog, Fossils, Why the Sky is Blue, Parts of a Flower and more.

Simply click on the version of the tune you want to download, wait a minute, and the song will begin to play. The lyrics are not included, but the performers annunciate very clearly. After just a listen or two – you’ll be able to sing along!

You’ll recognize some of the tunes as classics set with new lyrics. I sampled a few of the songs and was surprised at how much science language is included.

For example, in “Why Does The Sun Shine” the lyrics include these lines:

The sun is a mass Of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees.

And in “How Does a Frog Become a Frog?” the lyrics include this:

How does a frog become a frog
Squatting on a bump of a log
How does a frog become a frog
Instead of a big pollywog?

In the spring the frogs have mated
The females eggs were expelled
Then the male frog fertilized the eggs
and said farewell.

Soon the eggs were tiny embryos
The embryos became pollywogs…

The songs are typical of the 1950s-1960s era and are sure to bring a wave of nostalgia to those familiar with the innocence of those times – even though it was the “Atomic Age.” :) Parents, as always, should preview the songs to determine the suitability of the content for their own children.

Cie wrote:

“I listened to some and found them fun and hilarious. They are definitely dated, but I still think young kids will enjoy them and older kids will laugh at them while still learning. They can be listened to directly on the site, or downloaded if you are more ‘techno-savvy’.”

This is great stuff! Enjoy!

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Free Storm, Oceanic and Atmosphere Science Activities

February 26th, 2008

Recommended Website:
NOAA Research

Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for middle school students, but aspects of the site will appeal to students of all ages.)

ClickSchooling list member Cie recommended this website 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 on-line resources. You can also download FREE Student Activity Books and teaching materials 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.

Have fun!

Family Disaster Plan for Any Emergency

March 16th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Ready Kids

My thanks to Deanna Germany for recommending today’s website when she wrote, “This website helps your family prepare a disaster plan for just about any emergency. Having gone through Hurricane Katrina, my boys really were interested in this one.”

Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this website (designed with kids in mind) helps families plan and make a kit that will help them in any kind of disaster including tornadoes, earthquakes, fire emergencies, flooding, tsunami, hurricanes, and terrorism. Through the use of multi-media technology this website not only informs, it offers easy-to-follow emergency preparation plans. Just follow the steps and in no time at all, your whole family will be well-prepared for any disaster situation.

The unique aspect about this site is that it includes online, interactive games, puzzles, word searches and other suggested activities that will help kids (and parents) remember what to do in any given emergency. It includes really helpful downloadable/printable supply lists, safety guidelines, and more.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urges all Americans to: get a kit of emergency supplies; make a plan for what you will do in an emergency; and be informed about what might happen. Preparing for the unexpected makes sense — and this website will help you do just that.

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