Posts Tagged ‘physics’

Printable Math Activities To Do Offline

April 24th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 24, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SMILE: Mathematics

(mypages.iit.edu/~smile/index.html)

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

 

This website archives lessons from the Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement (SMILE) program that trained teachers and educators in effective classroom and lesson presentations. Participants contributed tried-and-true lesson plans in Mathematics (as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for elementary and high school grades that you can print out and use for free.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and an icon menu. Click on the RED circle with the word “Mathematics” underneath it. A new page will open containing a menu of math lessons divided into the following categories: 

  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Patterns and Logic
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Recreational and Creative Math
  • Practical and Applied Math
  • Arithmetic
  • Graphs and Visuals
  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Miscellaneous

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with the objectives, a list of materials required, and instructions or strategies on how to present the lesson or activity. 

The lessons and activities are not obviously sorted by grade range – so you’ll need to read through the titles to determine which ones will be better suited for your particular child/student.

There are no bells and whistles here, and no multi-media enticements. This site just offers classroom-tested lessons and activities that you can print out and tweak for use offline at home.

Just FYI: We opened quite a few lessons and found an occasional “rogue” incomplete lesson. Don’t let that deter you from using this resource.

Celebrate Pi Day!

March 13th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Joy of Pi

(www.joyofpi.com/pilinks.html)

Age Range: All (All grades. Parents – preview these sites and select the resources that will be most beneficial to your children.)

 

Tomorrow, March 14, is “World Pi Day” and people everywhere are celebrating the mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…).

Celebrate all week long with activities that enhance students’ understanding of all that is circular.

A companion to the book, “The Joy of Pi,” this website offers a terrific, comprehensive and current archive of links to information and resources all about Pi, including FREE downloadable lessons and activities. Learn the history of Pi, how to calculate Pi, and many other unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.


Here’s another resource:


MEGSL (Math Educators of Greater St. Louis)

(megsl.org/pi.html)


A collection of pi facts, resources, and free downloadable lessons and activities. The site also maintains an archive of links to Pi math problems, discussions, and unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.

BONUS! 

Albert Einstein for Kids

(http://www.albert-einstein.org/.index6.html)


Tomorrow is also Albert Einstein’s birthday! At this site you will find links to explore every stage of Einstein’s life. To get your kids interested in Einstein consider telling them that he was a genius – but that he didn’t talk until he was 3, he hated school and thought it was boring, he left school at 15 because of bad grades, and he wanted to study at the university but couldn’t pass the entrance exam! Nevertheless, at age 26 he published the Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light, and proved that energy and matter are linked in the physics relationship of E=MC².

Free Science Projects

February 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(www.homesciencetools.com/a/science-projects)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website  is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • High School
  • Earth and Space
  • Physical Science and Engineering

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Cartesian Diver – all about scuba diving and buoyancy
  • How your heart pumps – Make a pump using a jar, a balloon, and two straws.
  • Build a Solar Oven – Use solar power to cook food using a pizza box
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

The 60 Symbols of Astronomy & Physics

January 24th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sixty Symbols

(www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic website offers FREE videos about physics and astronomy featuring experts from The University of Nottingham, who explain the strange letters and squiggles (many more than 60 of them) used by scientists.

As explained at the website, “Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos by experts from The University of Nottingham. It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and we sometimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.” Here’s some of what you’ll see: 

  • Click on “E” for energy and see an Einstein doll on a swing as a demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
  • Click on the symbol for the planet Venus (looks like a hand mirror) and learn all about it. You’ll also learn the history of the symbol and it’s use as the universal symbol for women.
  • What has a symbol of a cat got to do with physics? Visit the site, click on the cat and find out!

When you get to the site you’ll see the table of Sixty Symbols (and then some). Click on any one and a new page opens where a video launches that explains it. They are wonderfully engaging and educating.

Free MIT Science Lectures on Video

September 20th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MIT Open Courseware – Physics

(ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/#physics)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website provides free science lectures on video by professors at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). Note: These are college lectures by MIT professors. They are geared for students with an existing foundational knowledge of science and math. Accelerated younger students may find aspects fascinating as well.

When you get to this part of the website you’ll see a list of video lectures from the Physics department with titles such as: 

  • Quantum Physics I and II
  • Exploring Black Holes
  • Understanding Lasers and Fiberoptics
  • And more!

Click on the desired topic, then click on “View Resource”, then “Video Lectures.” Then choose the video you’d like to watch – some of the courses are up to an hour and a half long. You can also use the Search feature to look for videos in other topics of interest. Or go back to the link and scroll up and/or down to see what other departments have video lectures.

This is a great way to enhance high school science and math curriculum – and is sure to interest kids with a passion for these topics. It also provides insight into what takes place in MIT lecture halls.

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