Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

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.

Oil and Acrylic Painting Lessons

July 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 16, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paint with Len

(paintwithlen.com/free-lessons/)

Age Range: 10-adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Paint along with Australian artist and teacher Len Hend, and learn how to paint using his techniques with either acrylics or oils.

Through instructional videos and text, go through the lessons on this page to paint: 

  • Branches and Foliage
  • Bush Shack
  • Trees
  • Forest Scenes
  • Mountains
  • Skies
  • Outback Ranges
  • Reflections
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • Ocean and rivers
  • Boats
  • And much more.

In addition to the full lessons, there are several technique lessons that teach about: 

  • Clouds
  • Mountains
  • Water
  • Foliage
  • Brushes
  • Perspective

Visitors can find even more tutorials at the “Streaming” link in the menu. Len presents the material in a relaxed and friendly manner and encourages the budding new artist to enjoy the process. There is a lot to explore on this website and it makes a great beginner’s painting course.

Create Your Own Maps

April 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyGreatMaps

(mygreatmaps.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Create your own maps with this website from Mr. Nussbaum.

When arriving at the site, a welcome pop-up will appear encouraging you to sign up for a free account so that your maps can be saved. When you sign up as a teacher, you will be able to add student accounts so that you can see all the maps your students have created in one place.

Once your accounts have been created, the fun can begin. In the upper right, select the “Need help?” link to learn about the features of the map creator. To create your map, make a selection from: 

  • World maps – Includes world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Atlantic Ocean.
  • State maps – Select the whole US, the 13 Colonies, eight USA Regions, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England, Southern States, Western States, or any of the 50 states.
  • Country maps – Choose from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, China, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
  • Flags – Includes selections from various countries and states.

Once you have created your map and added features such as your key, notes, and more, the map can be saved, printed, and even shared. Once your students have learned to navigate the program and with a little practice, this tool will have your young cartographers creating all kinds of maps for geography and history projects.

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