Posts Tagged ‘planets’

European Space Agency Kids Page

August 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 2, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

European Space Agency Kids Page

(www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/index.html)

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

 

So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, GIOVE-A, Ariane-5 and more!

There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Anousheh Ansari, Ulf Merbold, Christer Fugelsang, and Thomas Reiter. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu at the top of your screen to explore topics such as “Our Universe” and “Life in Space.”  As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; parts of the photo can be clicked to learn all about the planets (Pluto has not been demoted here), galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

From the main page you will also see a menu on the left of your screen with three items: “Lab,” “Fun,” and “News.” These sections contain interesting facts, sliding-panel puzzles, games, activities, things to build, animated cartoons, news items, and more. Each time you change topics, these sections may change, so be sure to keep checking them.

In the “News” section, don’t miss the word “More” at the bottom right-hand corner — this leads to the site archives with tons of fascinating articles and activities. 

There is too much here to explore in one visit, and this site is kept updated. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

Portable Atlas Online

July 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PAT – Portable Atlas

(ian.macky.net/pat/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for map images to use in your geography studies? Today’s website might just be the ticket.

When arriving at the site, use the yellow text links above the images to open a page to make your selections. Visitors can choose maps categorized by: 

  • Globes
  • Regions
  • Countries
  • U.S. States
  • World Maps
  • Canada Provinces
  • Australian States

Once you have made your initial selection, narrow down your choices by the options presented. Then you are able to either view the images online or download them to your computer. Because all of the images are in public domain, you are free to use them as needed.

There are some unique features to point out. On the “Globes” page there are animated GIFs of rotating planets – nice to use for planetary studies. The “World Maps” page allows for changes to the maps based on projection, size, color, hydrology, political and more. Once you have made your adjustments, click the link under the map to open in a larger window.

To save the maps on your computer, right click the image or link and use the “Save As” option. The “Regions”, “Countries”, “U.S. States”, “CA Provinces”, and “AU States” pages include zip files of the maps that can be downloaded to your computer.

PAT will be a wonderful addition to your homeschooling resources.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Kids (http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/)

 

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

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.
When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics: 
  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.
This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Free Geography Map Games

May 28th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 28, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Seterra (http://online.seterra.net/)

 

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

 

This website provides over 100 challenging geography map games that help students drill countries, states, regions, provinces, capitals, cities, bodies of water, mountains and much more.
When arriving at the link, select the language in which you would play the games. On the next page, choose from the game selections on the page sorted by geographic location. Once a game is selected, wait for the map to load and a timer will start. Hover your mouse over the map to reveal the location to find. Click on the correct location indicated on the map. If the correct location is selected it will turn a different color. If the wrong location is selected, the correct name will appear and you will need to try again. After you have tried incorrectly 3 times the correct answer is indicated with a flashing red dot which you need to select to continue the game. When you have completed the game a pop up window appears with your score and the time it took to complete. You can also select to post your score on Facebook or Twitter. Click ok, then use your back button or select the text link “Seterra Online – Free Map Quiz Games” to return the game menu.

In addition to the geographic locations of North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia, there are the following games in “The World” selection: 

  • Parts of the World
  • Large Countries
  • Islands
  • Mountains and Volcanoes
  • Oceans, Seas and Lakes
  • The 25 Largest Cities
  • Latitudes and Longitudes
  • The Solar System: Planets
This website can be used on your home computer or on your iPhone or iPad when you are on the go as long as you have an internet connection. Be sure to bookmark this one as a go-to resource for your geography studies.

PlanetQuest (CSAW)

October 28th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 28, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NASA: PlanetQuest Timeline

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-Adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers a multi-media historic timeline of the discovery of planets in our solar system and in others. Turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the video slide show.

Then, visit the main PlanetQuest website with a dazzling array of astronomical science, technology, and incredible multi-media space-themed games, simulations, movies and virtual tours!

There’s something for everyone here – a description simply doesn’t do it justice. This one earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in blending technology with education.
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