Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Sparticle.org

Age Range: 13-19 (middle and high school, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Brett suggested this website developed by Twin Cities Public Television with the support of 3M. This brand new, free web and mobile service is designed to improve teens’ understanding of and interest in science through a collection of the very best the web has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM).

As explained at the website, “You and your students can get answers to science questions, browse cool images, watch great videos, play fun games, and discover great hands-on activities. All of the content has been curated and vetted by a team of experts. Each topic has a mix of easy, medium, and challenging articles, and multiple videos. Sparticl can be used in the classroom, after school, and at home.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and some featured science videos, games, and articles. Use the horizontal menu near the top of the page to access the science behind:

*Living Things – Includes Life Science Basics, Mammals, Aquatic Life, Bugs & Worms, Retiles & Amphibians, Plants, Birds, and Microbes & Fungi.

*Matter & Energy – Learn Physics Basics, Chemistry Basics, Materials Science, Energy, Forces & Motions, Sound & Waves, Light & Electricity, and Particle Physics.

*Tech & Invention – Get the scoop on Gadgets & Inventions, Biotech, Computers, Engineering, and Transportation.

*Body & Brain – Explore the latest in Health & Medicine, the Human Body, Food & Nutrition, Genetics & Heredity, and Mind & Behavior.

*Earth & Space – Discover the Solar System, Universe, Dynamic Earth, Ecology & Environment, Biomes & Ecosystems, Oceans & Water, Atmosphere & Weather, Landforms & Geology, and Rocks & Minerals.

*Explore – Access the latest science News, learn about Dinosaurs & Fossils, Natural Disasters, Everyday Science, and much more!

This is a remarkable resource. Bookmark it to return often!

Virtual Field Trip to Avocado Grove!

September 27th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, September 27, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Avocado.org: Virtual Tour

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This avocado grower’s website offers a free virtual tour, “From Seedling to Supermarket” that explains how avocados are grown, harvested, and prepared for consumer consumption.

When you get to the site, the video will launch with an introduction. Then, you can select a stage in the avocado production process, and watch a video depicting it. The stages include:

  • Growing Stage (7 min video)
  • Harvesting Stage (2 min video)
  • Packing Stage (3 min video)
  • Ripening Stage (2 min video)
  • Shipping Stage (1 min video)

When you’re through watching the videos, use the menu in the left margin of the page to:

  • Explore the history of avocados
  • Grow your own avocado tree
  • Discover the varieties of avocados
  • Learn some “Fun Facts” about avocados

You’ll also find information on nutrition and some enticing avocado recipes to try.

Games Teach Global Issues to Youth

May 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, May 16, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Taking It Global

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

Taking it Global, is an organization founded by two Canadian teenagers to empower youth (defined as ages 13-30) to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges and engage in global citizenship to promote sustainability and peace. The website includes a small assortment of free, interactive, educational games that help young people learn about social studies. The games require good reading and comprehension skills.

Note:  Some of the games contain controversial subject matter, therefore, parents (as always) should preview the games and supervise Internet access.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of games that includes:

*Ayiti: The Cost of Life – This animated game teaches about the hardships of family life in rural Haiti.

*Geography Genius: Flags of the World – Match flags to their countries and learn about each country as you play the game.

*GRUB: Food Bytes – Match cards (not as easy as it may sound) to answer multiple choice questions on food production, systems, and nutrition throughout the world.

You’ll also find games that teach about the financial and health costs of Tobacco, HIV and AIDS prevention, and there are two games about Mental Health that included information on the causes of depression and suicide, ADHD, and pharmaceutical treatments. Again, parents should preview the games to determine suitability of content.

 

Free Egg-Science Activities!

March 26th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Spring Festivals are here! Eggs are everywhere in omelets to Easter baskets! Here are some fun ways to use eggs to learn science…

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

Discovery Education: The Good Egg Project

ClickScholar Fran recommended this website that offers free, downloadable egg-themed, lesson plans on agriculture and nutrition for grades K-5. Don’t miss the Farm-To-Table Virtual Field Trip – just click on the “View Archive” button to start the virtual tour.

Science Junction: Egg-Cellent Adventures

An egg is a very big cell. This website offers a couple of Life Science experiments to help you discover:

  • The Biochemistry of the Egg Shell
  • Diffusion and Osmosis in Animal Cells
  • The Flying Pizza Pan Egg Drop!

Steve Spangler Science: Amazing Egg Experiments   

You’ll find several fun experiments using eggs here – including ‘Squeeze an Egg Without Breaking It!”  When you get to this site, you’ll land on a page that requests you sign up to receive the free newsletter.  If you don’t want the newsletter, look for the “X” in the bottom right corner of the page – click on it to close the sign-up page and access the experiments.

Spinning Hard Boiled Egg Water Sprinkler

Science Frontiers website explains how to make hard boiled eggs act like water sprinklers — has something to do with gravity and centrifugal force.

Turn a Hard Eggshell Soft!

This eggs-citing experiment uses a little vinegar and a hard-boiled egg to get some amazing results.

Egg Experiments

A stay-at-home mom offers a Pinterest page of Egg Experiments (linking to a variety of websites) that she and her kids have tried or checked out. Good stuff.  :)

Science w/ Free Nutrition Lessons!

January 8th, 2013

It’s Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Nutrition for Healthy Kids

Age Range: 7-16 (There is something for most age/grade/ability levels,with parental supervision.)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that offers over 25 free “Nutrition Lessons” for homeschoolers that engage learners in discovering the science of nutrition. The lessons have been designed by a homeschool mom of five children as a thesis project to earn a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a professional background in healthcare.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an index of the Nutrition Lessons, divided into four units, that include topics such as:

  • Genetically Modified Foods
  • USDA Organic
  • Sweeteners – Splenda, Aspartame, High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Produce – Basic Botany of Edible Plants
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Meat – Life Cycles and Animal Husbandry
  • Dairy – What is Pasteurization?
  • Digestion
  • Nutrient Metabolism
  • Food Allergies
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • And Many More!

Just click on a topic of interest and a new page opens with the complete lesson. You’ll also find links to worksheets and quizzes for the lessons.

IMPORTANT: Some of the text in the lessons are hyperlinked to other websites that sell products (for example, Time4Learning homeschool curriculum). It’s not always easy to tell if a hyperlink leads to an example that is pertinent to the lesson, or is simply an ad. As always, parents should preview the material and supervise Internet use.

Free Cranberry Science Lessons & Activities!

November 13th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: Varies (Many of these activities are fun for the whole family!)

Cranberry Science

Penn State offers this science experiment designed for 4-H club members. Use cranberry juice to learn about pigments called anthocyanins in the fruit that gives the berries their red color. Try the experiment at this site to see how you can change the color of fruits!

Free Science Lessons Using Cranberries

This downloadable pdf provides information on cranberry nutrition and learning activities themed around the cranberry including a student activity sheet, writing ideas, word search, recipe, and more!

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers: Free Interactive Lesson Plans

At this website you can access free lesson plans that provide a standards-based discovery of the social heritage, science and technology of the cranberry agricultural system. Students engage in critical thinking as they learn about cranberries and manage their own cranberry marsh. You can also print out a FREE CRANBERRY ACTIVITY BOOK for kids.

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