Posts Tagged ‘physics’

Project-Based Science Lessons for Grades 5-12

July 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teachers Try Science

(www.teacherstryscience.org/lp)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of lesson plans. (There are currently over 410!) Click on any one and a new page opens with the target grade (ages), the estimated time required for the project, the topics covered, and video tutorials that provide an introduction, the lesson, and reflections on what is learned.

You’ll also find links to resources and materials that are needed, as well as comments from teachers who used the project in their classroom.

Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

June 14th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 14, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple

(www.tpt.org/newtons/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 1-10 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include: 

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website – or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts – great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena. As explained at the website:  “We believe that our research-based approach – incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing – enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. “To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. “As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, information on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Forces and Motion
  • Gene Expression
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Molecule Shapes
  • States of Matter

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Cutting Edge Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

Easter Science!

March 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education World – Easter Science

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/04/lp337-02.shtml)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Education World offers a myriad of age-appropriate cross-curriculum lesson plans. We are looking at Science today but this is certainly a resource to bookmark and return to often.

When you get to the webpage, scroll down to see a hands-on “eggs-periment” that teaches about density.

There are also ideas and activities to extend the lesson by introducing students to additional experiments to help demonstrate why people and things float more readily in Great Salt Lake than in most other bodies of water: 

  • Great Salt Lake Saltwater Density Experiment
  • Exploring Density
  • Great Salt Lake’s Buoyancy and Density
  • Bathtub Physics
  • More “Eggs-perimenting” Fun

And the fun goes on teaching other scientific concepts! (Appropriate grades for each experiment are indicated in parentheses.) 

  • Egg Magic (Grades PreK-3)
  • Eggs Don’t Break? (Grades PreK-3)
  • Egg Fun (Grades K-6)
  • Bouncing Eggs in Science (Grades K-8)
  • Egg Drop and Air Pressure (Grades 3-6)
  • The Shrinking Egg (Grades 3-8)
  • Make a Flying Wing (Grades 4-8)
  • Diffusion and Semi-Permeable Membranes (Grades 4-8)

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 8th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

(www.amnh.org/ology/)

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

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. On the left of the screen, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum along with links to other resources.

In the center of the main menu, explore some of the fields of science. There will be links for games, stories, hands-on activities and videos

  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.
  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.

There are many engaging educational games and activities to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

Science Games for Kids!

February 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html)

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

 

This New Zealand-based website offers all kinds of fun and interactive games that teach science and technology.

When you get to the ad-supported site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of science games including: 

  • Living Things – Learn about food chains, microorganisms, the life cycle of a plant, animals, and human anatomy and health.
  • Physical Processes – Explore electricity, magnets and springs, light, forces, sounds, friction, and more.
  • Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Discover the matter that makes up our earth. Experiment with water, melting points, rocks, minerals, and more.

Just click on a game to get instructions and begin play.

When you’re through playing all of the science games, explore the rest of the menu including: 

  • Experiments – Get interesting facts about nature, dinosaurs, famous scientists, forensic science, and more.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge of space, chemistry, biology, physics, atoms, states of matter, and more.
  • Projects – Get instructions for making a string phone, a robot, stalactites and stalagmites, a microscope, a rain gauge and much more.
  • Lessons – Try these lesson plans designed to teach students the basics of science.
  • Videos – Watch animations and film clips that explain weather, physics, chemistry, sports science, video game technology and more.

This is a remarkable science resource you can refer to again and again.

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