Posts Tagged ‘Milky Way’

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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Science Songs!

January 24th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Singing Science

Gather the kids around the computer for a fun science sing-along! List member Dora Moreland recommended today’s website. She wrote, “There are about 80 science songs that you can listen to or download. They are old and some are corny (but my kids love them!) and I think they are a real treasure for those of us who would hate to memorize what longitude is!”

Everything is easier to memorize when it’s set to music and that includes science facts and concepts. As the website owner explains in the introduction at the site, his parents bought these songs on records (circa 1950’s) and he and his sister listened to them incessantly. He has painstakingly loaded them to his website where you can listen online or download them onto CD.

When you get to the site you’ll see the brief intro followed by a menu of song titles sorted into subject categories that include:

  • Space Songs — Learn about the Milky Way, find out about shooting stars, hear the “Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton” and learn some physics laws along the way.
  • Energy & Motion Songs — Listen to songs about electricity, kinetic and potential energy, motion, and atomic energy.
  • Experiment Songs — Not only do these songs explain scientific concepts, they include experiments you can try at home. Learn about magnets, rocks, gems, minerals, rain, thunder, rainbows and more!
  • Weather Songs — You’ll sing about the stratosphere, how clouds are formed, the water cycle, hurricanes, and snowflakes.
  • Nature Songs — These ditties explain mammals, insects, plant parts, fish, rocks, birds, fossils, and even how a cow makes milk!

The only drawback of this site is that the song lyrics are unavailable. HOWEVER, the songs are sung so cleanly and crisply that you can hear and understand the lyrics with little effort. Because you can download the songs onto CD, you can take them anywhere — a great resource for carschooling! :)

StarChild for Young Astronomers!

October 8th, 2002

Recommended Website:
StarChild

This is a wonderful site for introducing kids to astronomy. Colorful, animated pictures and an audio option makes exploration of the universe fun and interesting. The site offers two levels of study for the same topics. So, beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are:

  • Solar System — A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)
  • Universe — Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
  • Space Stuff — Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space — along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up, and has been featured previously on ClickSchooling.

Science — The Power of 10

January 15th, 2002

Recommended Website:
Power of 10

Go immediately to this site for a remarkable experience! This website was recommended to me by list member, Debbie Eaton. It is simply spectacular. You are treated to a journey through the universe that starts with a view of the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then through the magic of magnification and the power of 10, you continue to move through space towards the Earth until you reach a tall oak tree. From there you move into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cells, DNA and finally, you are in the subatomic universe of electrons and protons. Each facet of the journey is 10 times smaller than the previous one – and it all takes place within a few minutes on your computer screen. (Note: When you get to the site, it takes a few minutes for the tour to begin – but be patient, it’s worth the wait.)

After the “tour” you can read about the powers of 10 and exponential notation. As you read the text, you can also click on “Perspectives: The Power of 10” to review other activities/lessons to further learning – it includes a virtual scanning electron microscope! You will no doubt want to explore the menu at this site as well – there is lots of great science information here.

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