Posts Tagged ‘lab’

Science Lessons & Activities for ages 5 and up

May 9th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Understanding Science

(undsci.berkeley.edu/)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (with funding by the National Science Foundation) provides this website that endeavors to provide fun, accessible, and free resources that accurately communicate what science is and how it really works.

The activities here are designed to improve students’ ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.

When you get to the website you’ll see a variety of ways to get started. Explore the website or jump right into the lesson called “Understanding Science 101.”

Look for “For Teachers” as well. Use the grade level key below it. Click on a grade level and a new page opens. Scroll to “Getting Started” and below it, click on “Sample Starting Activities.” Here is just a example of what is available in each grade level: 

  • K-2 – Exploring Liquids is an activity in which students use their senses to investigate and observe three liquids. They see, hear, touch, smell, and taste to collect data and to ask and answer questions. This lesson can be used to introduce how scientists work. Students share knowledge, observe, draw and record, explain their reasoning, and ask additional questions.
  • 3-5 – Tennis Shoe Detectives has students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints and what they can tell us. This activity provides a good opportunity to clarify the difference between the observations we make and our interpretations of those observations.
  • 6-8 – Exploring Bouncing Balls – In this lesson, students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce (i.e., their bounciness or elasticity). The point of the activity is not necessarily to have students arrive at a precise explanation for the phenomena they are investigating, but to provide students with an opportunity to participate in and reflect on the process of science.
  • 9-12 – The Checks Lab – Students construct plausible scenarios to explain a series of bank checks. As students examine additional canceled checks, they revise their original hypotheses with new evidence. In the process, they learn how human values and biases influence observation and interpretation.
  • 13-16 –  Umbrellaology – Based on a classic philosophical exercise (Somerville, 1941), students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas. Their task is to determine whether or not umbrellaology represents science.

In addition to the sample activities, you’ll also find tips for assessing your student’s ability, tips for teaching science, and a variety of more free lessons as well.

There is a great deal of free content here. Bookmark the site to make return visits.

The Science of Cooking

April 4th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/)

Age Range: 6-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and a menu selection that includes: 

  • Eggs – Turn your kitchen into a lab and learn the scientific processes that occur when you cook eggs.
  • Pickles – Discover the ancient culinary craft of preserving foods in salt brine and vinegar and how it manipulates microbes in foods.
  • Candy – Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule and discover how different types of candy are made.
  • Bread – Take “Bread Science 101” that includes a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
  • Seasonings – Explore your senses through the world of spices.
  • Meat – Learn about fat, proteins, and collagen – and the molecular art of grilling.

This is the ultimate kitchen-science excursion – and fun for the whole family!

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 17-20, 2017.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Mad Scientist Experiments for All Ages

January 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 3, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab: Experiments

(reekoscience.com/category/science-experiments)

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here with parental assistance and supervision.)

 

This ad-supported website is a treasure trove of free, fun, and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone.

When you get to the site, there are 9 pages of science experiments that you can click on directly. Or you can hover your mouse over “Science Experiments” and click on the category of interest: 

  • Atomic/Electric
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry Experiments
  • Cohesion
  • Flotation
  • Geometry and Math
  • Inertia/Momentum
  • Light and Vision
  • Miscellaneous Science Experiments
  • Motion/Energy
  • Pressure
  • Sound and Vibrations

You’ll find a complete description of the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle or starting a fire with water – your whole family will have fun learning from the science activities at this site.

Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section where you will find puzzles, fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and science trivia.

Bookmark this site for access to science learning year ’round!

European Space Agency Kids Page

August 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 2, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

European Space Agency Kids Page

(www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, GIOVE-A, Ariane-5 and more!

There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Anousheh Ansari, Ulf Merbold, Christer Fugelsang, and Thomas Reiter. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu at the top of your screen to explore topics such as “Our Universe” and “Life in Space.”  As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; parts of the photo can be clicked to learn all about the planets (Pluto has not been demoted here), galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

From the main page you will also see a menu on the left of your screen with three items: “Lab,” “Fun,” and “News.” These sections contain interesting facts, sliding-panel puzzles, games, activities, things to build, animated cartoons, news items, and more. Each time you change topics, these sections may change, so be sure to keep checking them.

In the “News” section, don’t miss the word “More” at the bottom right-hand corner — this leads to the site archives with tons of fascinating articles and activities. 

There is too much here to explore in one visit, and this site is kept updated. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

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