Posts Tagged ‘Milky Way’

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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