Posts Tagged ‘medicine’

Virtual Tour of Museum of Quackery!

July 26th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, July 26, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Museum of Quackery

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

At this website you can explore questionable medical devices that have been used throughout history to cure human beings of all kinds of ailments (real or imaginary). Author and Curator, Bob McCoy has made it his life’s work to collect and exhibit these marvels at his virtual Museum of Quackery.

Some of the bizarre devices displayed include bloodletting devices, magnets, electropathy, phrenology, a radium ore revigator, and a shoe-fitting x-ray device! You will also find information on medical frauds that have been perpetrated on the American public, and get the real scoop on “health gurus” such as John Harvey Kellogg of breakfast cereal fame.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction with a link to a “Video Vaultwhere you can watch clips of Bob McCoy demonstrating and explaining several devices. Then, explore the menu of devices listed on the page.

This site would be hilarious if so many people hadn’t been duped into believing the claims attributed to the devices, and paying good money for bad medicine. Did you know that George Washington died of a throat infection in 1799 after being drained of 9 pints of blood within 24 hours! This is only one of many remarkable revelations you will find while exploring this site.

WARNING: Some of the devices featured may be frightening, confusing, or inappropriate for children. Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable.


Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

July 23rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, July 23, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple

Age Range: 7-15 (approximately, with parental supervision)

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include:

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website — or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts — great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.


Online Science Museum with Games!

June 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (About grades 4-12. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

This website, sponsored by the Science Museum in London, England, provides all kinds of fun and fascinating exhibits that allow you to explore many science topics including:

  • Physics and Math
  • Space
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Medicine and Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs to help you learn about:  

  • the human brain
  • steam
  • atomic clocks
  • Marie Curie
  • mass consumption
  • Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer
  • aviation
  • genes
  • the human life cycle
  • the inventor of the gas mask and the 3-way traffic signal
  • and much, much more!

When you’re through exploring the various “Subjects” use the menu  to explore:

  • People – Read the biographies of science personalities.
  • Museum Objects – See an archive of common and unusual things that science made possible.
  • Games – A fun array of interactive games that teach about science as they entertain.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit. 


Free Japanese Language Video Lessons & Worksheets!

June 8th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 8, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:


Age Range: 13 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting that offers free Japanese language lessons and cultural skills delivered through video tutorials, worksheets (with answer keys), and some activities.

This particular language program is called Irasshai, and was the nation’s number one Japanese language and culture distance learning course from 1996 through 2009. The language program is geared for high school and college students, as well as adults.  However, younger children may enjoy aspects of this program with adult assistance.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction.  Use the menu to access the lessons divided into:

*Japanese 1 – This section covers introductions, names, apologizing, numbers, school and work affiliations, identifying objects,  asking for permission, refusing a request, colors, expressing approval or disapproval, family members, using the telephone, food and mealtime etiquette, dates and events, calendar, leisure activities, customs, school subjects, sports, likes and dislikes, music, weather, clothing, shopping, community, and transportation.  There are lessons in reading and writing Japanese throughout the course.

*Japanese 2 – This section includes a review of Japanese 1 and new lessons in grammar and parts of speech, culture, family, pets, casual and formal speech, geography, location, hobbies, seasons and weather, trips/vacations, socializing, supermarket and prices, post office, numeric order, buying a gift, fruits and vegetables, cylindrical objects, expressing needs, health, anatomy, describing physical conditions, medicine, people’s personalities and physical characteristics, major life events, work occupations,  plans for the future, travel destinations and more.

Again, all of these lessons include video tutorials and worksheets (with answers).


Free Quality Science Lessons/Activities for K-12!

May 7th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 7, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science NetLinks

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

This ad-free website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provides free, quality science lessons, hands-on activities, printables, interactives, teaching aids, and links to science resources for grades K-12. All of the resources can be used online or printed to use offline.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured activities and resources.Click on “Lessons” located on the menu at the top of the page to access an archive of learning resources that cover:

  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Health / Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Technology

You’ll even find resources for Social Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, and Careers.

Click on “Tools” to find interactives that help you:

  • Explore 29 different structures in the brain with a 3D Brain App
  • Learn about anatomy by replacing missing body parts
  • Find out about the Lunar Cycle by putting the different phases of the moon in the correct order

Don’t miss the “Afterschool” section that offers free science experiments you can do at home to learn about geysers, classifying organisms, honeybees, forces, sound, gravity, and more.  

Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!


Native American Science Lessons & Activities

November 6th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites: See Below

Age Range: Varies

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history. Here are some science lessons and activities inspired by the same:

ThinkQuest: Native Americans in Science

At this website you’ll find a simple and very brief overview of the ways Native Americans have contributed to Astronomy, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics that is suitable for all ages/grades. Be sure to click on the image of the “Back Button” to find find similar lists of Native American contributions to Medicine, Invention, Art, the Military, and more.

After reading the above overview, try this activity:

Lesson: Can-Do Canoe

This free classroom lesson and activity (for ages 8-17 or grades 3-12) can be tweaked for homeschoolers. As explained at the website, “Explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load.” Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and discuss their findings.

And for those who are looking for content for more advanced learners…

Native American Science

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and several universities, provides a free university-level curriculum (that high school students and accelerated learners may also enjoy) that shows how Indigenous traditions are based on a solid understanding and description of natural phenomena. Topics include: Native and Western Views of Nature, Indigenous Research Methods, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Perspective, and more.

As explained at the website, “Our goal is to avoid romantic cliches and characterizations of Indian people and their traditional knowledge and to present this knowledge as well documented but different in approach from ‘Western science.’ These traditions are based on connection to the natural world, rather than separation from nature–in other words we are working with a science based on relationships, reciprocity and respect rather than solely on exploitation and economic concerns.”