Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

Free Science Activities & Videos

January 31st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 31, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Siemens Science Day

(www.siemensscienceday.com/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 4-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides some terrific science lessons, activities and tools. It will also inspire scientific curiosity – not only for kids, but even for parents who aren’t keen in science.

This site is designed for grades 4-6, but don’t let that stop you from exploring what the site has to offer with younger and older students. NOTE: You do have to register to download the lessons in pdf format and to watch the videos. Registration is free and requires the email address and phone number of your school along with information about what subjects and grades you teach. As home educators, we simply supplied a school name (make one up if you don’t already have one), home address, and checked off that we teach all grades and subjects.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it is a menu of lessons and fun activities divided into three categories: 

  • Earth Science – Learn about weather, measure the effects of elasticity, and map the ocean, etc.
  • Life Science – Explore the 5 senses, learn the difference between fruits and vegetables, discover how scientists classify organisms, etc.
  • Physical Science – Construct a spectroscope and observe the spectra of various sources of light, discover how different materials absorb solar energy, and use paper chromatography to separate the colors in dyes used to color candies, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you will find: 

  • A brief summary and the objectives of the science lesson/activity
  • A “Download” button to access the lesson in pdf format
  • A video screen where you can watch a video about the lesson
  • A difficulty rating from 1-5 (easy to hard).

Download and fill out a certificate of completion when through.

So, gather the kids around the computer to watch fascinating film clips and learn about the classification system, the three types of matter, parts of a plant cell, the properties of acids and bases, and much more!

Science Postcards

November 8th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Postcards

(www.sciencepostcards.com/)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website from New Zealand encourages development of scientific exploration through children’s literature. The idea is to read one of the recommended books, and then the “teacher” sends a “Science Postcard” themed around that book title to a student. Upon receiving the postcard, the student is inspired to engage in a science activity that relates to the book they just read. The science activity is downloadable/printable at the Science Postcard website after registering.

There are eight, free science postcards and activities that include: 

  1. Book Title: Duck in the Truck – Science Activity: “Science Friction” (Forces)
  2. Book Title: Sidewalk Circus – Science Activity: “Shadow Secrets” (Light)
  3. Book Title: Cork on the Ocean – Science Activity: “Traffic Light Straws” (Density)
  4. Book Title: The King’s Bubbles – Science Activity: “Bubble Magic” (Forces)
  5. Book Title: Tarawera’s Pink Terrace Children – Science Activity: “Fiery Eruptions” (Volcanoes)
  6. Book Title: Mrs. McGinty and the Bizarre Plant – Science Activity: “Flight for Life” (Seeds)
  7. Book Title: Ruby Sings the Blues – Science Activity: “No to Noise” (Sound)
  8. Book Title: Bright Star – Science Activity: Moon Strike (Space)

All of the Science Postcards are available for free at the site. The Teacher and Pupil notes for the first book mentioned above, “Cork on the Ocean,” and the Science activity “Traffic Light Straws” are available free (without registering). All other Teacher and Pupil notes can be downloaded for free, once you have registered on the site.

We registered and noticed that you MUST fill out the “comment” field in order to complete the registration. We simply typed, “Thanks.” That did the job.

Of course, it wouldn’t be necessary to print out a postcard and send it to your children – you could simply do the activities. On the other hand, it might be fun to send the postcard to them (kids love to get mail). Or, you could place one in a conspicuous place somewhere in the house where they are sure to see it and wonder what it is.

This is a fun way to engage kids in science projects that tie into the books they enjoy reading.

Tidepool Math

October 17th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 17, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tidepool Math

(www.boem.gov/Tidepool-Math/)

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

 

FREE math lessons and activities that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the inter-tidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in inter-tidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well. 

You can also download and print out colorful flash cards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

Visit Virtual Caves

September 9th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, September 9, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Virtual Cave

(www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtcave/)

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

 

This is a spectacular virtual field trip all about caves.

When you get to the landing page, you will see a short introduction in which the website owner explains that he’s been a cave explorer and photographer for over 35 years. His “Virtual Cave” website contains images of caves he has visited as well as explanations of their formations – information that he’s collected over his career. He divides them into 4 categories including: 

  • Solution Caves – Visit over 40 of the most familiar types of caves, and see images of incredible formations including stalactites, stalagmites and more.
  • Lava Tubes – Virtually explore 45 caves formed by flowing lava.
  • Sea Caves – Look inside some well-known caves formed by ocean waters.
  • Erosional and Glacier Caves – Peek inside a tall, canyon-like granite cave; see fascinating ice formations.

This site provides a look at some of the most fascinating forms inside our Earth. Invite your family to become arm-chair spelunkers as you take this trip to The Virtual Cave.

Free Storm, Oceanic and Atmosphere Science Activities

August 30th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science with NOAA Research

(www.oar.noaa.gov/k12/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website is provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using online resources.

You can also download FREE Student Activity Books and teaching materials (from the “Teacher” link) for each of the topics that include: 

  • El Niño – Find out about El Niño, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world.
  • Storms – Investigate hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning by tracking their courses and measuring their strength. Learn how weather is forecast.
  • Atmosphere – Investigate the origins and effects of global warming and the effects solar events have on the Earth.
  • Fisheries – Manage various species of fish after learning about what overfishing and the environment can do to commercial fishing.
  • Great Lakes – Interpret maps of winds, waves, and temperature. Learn about zebra mussels and how to control them.
  • Oceans – Take real measurements such as temperature and wave height and graph the changes. Also, find out about ocean currents.

Tour Our Ocean Planet

August 12th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 12, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ocean Planet

(seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ocean_planet_scripts/tour.pl?sel=211+214+242+249+222+378+225+386+215+269+208+219+218&page=&cs=59753)

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

 

Today’s website allows you to take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s acclaimed exhibit, Ocean Planet. Using audio and visual technology along with beautiful graphs, charts, photographs and illustrations you can explore and examine Earth’s oceans and the interconnectedness of them to every habitat and creature worldwide. Designed for a general audience, younger children will need some help with navigation.

When you get to the site you will see a menu bar at the top of your screen. Directly below the menu are the numbers 1-13 – and below the numbers is a very brief introduction, links to sounds of the sea, and a link to the “floor plan” that allows you to see any part of this amazing exhibit. 

Note: As the links on this site do occasionally change, you might encounter an error message. If you do, just select “Please request your tour again,” then select “Ocean Planet Preview Tour” from the menu.

There is an assortment of virtual tours of the various segments of this exhibit. We have chosen to feature the Curator’s Preview Tour because it provides an overview of what is available to you in the real-time exhibit – most of which you can explore virtually. Once you take this tour, you will undoubtedly want to bookmark the site and return to explore the different galleries in the exhibit thoroughly.

So, from the landing page just click on the “next” button or the number “2” to start the tour. Each successive page describes briefly a gallery or section of the Ocean Planet exhibit. You will see a photo of the gallery, a brief description and a clickable menu that takes you to each part of that gallery where you can learn all about subjects like: 

  • Oceanography
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Mariana Trench
  • Ocean Depths
  • Seafaring Communities Worldwide
  • Marine Habitat Destruction
  • Marine Scientist Biographies

You’ll also see the “cafeteria menu” but just click past it to continue with what’s available at the website. Once you’ve seen what’s available, use the “Floorplan” icon to return to any section that interests you and immerse yourself in ocean knowledge.

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