Posts Tagged ‘inventions’

One of the BEST Science Websites!

March 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Light-Science.com

 

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

 

Light-Science.com delivers biographies of scientists, chemistry and physics news, information about inventors and their inventions, fun science projects, and interesting articles punctuated with experiments that improve knowledge about biology, the human body, technology, animal kingdoms, and environments. It’s all done in a “light” manner — that is, the material is written in a way that informs while it entertains.

The site has material for ALL ages. They do offer a special section for kids — but much of the material in other sections of the site is fascinating and would interest kids too. So, we recommend (as always) that parents preview the material to determine what sections of the site have suitable content for your kids’ interests, needs, and abilities.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction followed by some featured science articles. Use the menu on the left to go directly to areas of interest that include:
  • Animals — Find out if brown recluse spiders have gotten a bad rap and learn why the hammerhead shark’s head is in the shape it’s in. Learn about Prairie Dogs, Bats, Eels, Ring-tail Cats and find out if Polar Bears are in danger of becoming extinct.
  • Biographies — Learn about the lives and work of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, inventors and other science-types.
  • Biology — Read some really fascinating and curious articles answering questions such as: Can green pond scum suffer jet lag? Can scientists make mice “glow” using a firefly protein? Do tiny bugs inside of mealybugs have bugs inside of them? Can honey heal wounds?
  • Chemistry — Discover how scientists trap hydrogen gas in ice cages, find out why it’s no coincidence that turning animal skins into hides is called “tanning,” and find links to REALLY COOL chemistry sites that kids of all ages will enjoy.
  • Kids To 12 — Find terrific articles with fun activities that help kids understand scientific concepts and principles through topics such as: The International Space Station, Newton’s Laws of Gravity, Light, Sound, Comets, and even learn about mirages.
  • Science Experiments — This is geared for all ages and includes unusual fare such as the Chinese water torture experiment, making cave stalactites and stalagmites, creating flash dancers with static electricity, making cryogenic roses, and links to all kinds of fun science websites with more projects.

You will find similar fascinating fare on General Science, Physics, Quantum Physics, Geology and more. There are fun facts and interesting side bars throughout the site that will boost your knowledge of science and the world.

Bookmark this one as you’ll want to return often.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Inventors Hall of Fame

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, you can read biographies of inventors and read all about their inventions as well. Pictures and illustrations accompany the text.
When you get to the site select “Inductees” in the upper menu bar. You can then choose to search by category such as: 
  • Last Name (listed alphabetically)
  • Year Inducted
  • Academic Institution
  • Company or Organization
  • State/Province
  • Country
After making your selection, a list of inventors will appear from which to choose. Select the “View Profile” beside the inventor’s name to read the biography and about the invention. There will also be some “Related Inductees” listed to continue your exploration.

This is a terrific resource site that you may want to bookmark. It is fun to browse – but there is so much information it’s hard to see it all in one visit.

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

Travel to the “Land Between Rivers”

February 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Dig deep into your study of Mesopotamia with this comprehensive and appealing website. Created with the help of Chicago teachers, The Oriental Institute and others, when you first arrive at this website you are welcomed with a brief introduction and then you can select your area of discovery:

* Life in Mesopotamia
* Interactives
* Learning Collection
* Teaching Materials

While exploring “Life in Mesopotamia”, the brief, yet informative text encourages a closer examination of the interactive images of the artifacts. Some of the topics covered are:

* The First Farmers
* Daily Life
* The First Cities
* The Role of Women
* Literature
* Mathematics and Measurement
* Art and Architecture
* The First Cities
* Religion
* The Invention of Writing
* Law and Government
* Science and Inventions

On the “Interactives” page, dig even deeper in your exploration with artifact image interactives, videos, and a fun virtual archaeological dig where the student collects and catalogs artifacts and then creates their own museum exhibit.
In the “Learning Collection”, take an in-depth look at the artifact images using the “Zoomify” software and encourage closer examination and understanding of the objects with the provided thought-provoking questions.
 
You won’t want to miss checking out the “Teaching Materials”. With helpful instruction on how to use the site in your classroom and downloadable PDF lesson plans for each of the topics covered, your Mesopotamia study will be complete! 

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, February 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Science Spot

 

Age Range: 10-13 (designed for middle school students, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables (aligned with Illinois Learning Standards).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Daily Science Trivia – This is a fun tool that provides a series of questions on topics such as scientists, inventions, dinosaurs, weather, bats, health, chemistry and more. Print them out and use them to start conversations or test what you know.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t have time to follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

Free Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

December 3rd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Energy Kids

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

This website, sponsored by the 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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