Posts Tagged ‘planets’

Art through Coloring Online

May 31st, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 31, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Coloring.com

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

The kids are going to love this! When you get to this site click on the “start coloring” link. (Note: you do not have to register to use the site.) It will take you to a page filled with over 100 possible choices of pictures to color. There are: 

  • Animals
  • Trucks
  • Planets
  • Clowns
  • Sports characters
  • holiday pictures
  • and much, much more!

 

Click on the name of the picture you want to color and another screen pops up containing a black and white drawing. Next to the drawing is a palette of colors. Click on a color and then click on the section of the drawing you want to color. It automatically fills it in with the color you selected. When you are through coloring, you can print out your creation, email it to a friend, save it, or choose another picture to color.

 

This is a great resource for rainy day projects, holiday decorations, and just plain old fun using the computer.

NASA’s SciJinks!

May 20th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, May 20, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciJinks

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources.
When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Directly to the left, you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Weather – Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine and more.
  • Hurricanes and Storms – Find out how a hurricane forms. Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice – Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers”. Try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
  • Tides and Oceans – Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
  • Atmosphere – Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
  • Seasons – Learn why the Earth has seasons.
  • Satellites and Technology – Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
  • Space Weather – Learn how weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

You can also click on the horizontal menu near the top of each page that includes:

  • Fun & Games – A selection of fun games from the extensive menu described above.
  • Now I Get It – A selection of popular topics from the extensive menu including “What is the Scientific Method” along with ideas for a weather science project.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

Free Animated Science Lessons

March 25th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, March 25, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

e-Learning for Kids

 

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

 

This website is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the internet for children ages 5 – 12.

 
There are 40+ Science e-Lessons based on the International baccalaureate standards on this learning portal with many more in development and they publish new e-lessons monthly. The lessons are intended as supplemental material – designed to support a full curriculum and provide additional practice.

 

The goal of this e-learning portal is to be “the source” for childhood learning on the internet, available from anywhere and without charge. It should be noted that this website requests donations to help support its work but donations are not required to use the lessons.

 

The lessons are presented through an animated interactive video. Many lessons have a menu that can allow learners to repeat sections if needed. Nearly all the lessons have a certificate that is awarded to the learner for successful completion. This usually means they have answered all the questions correctly as part of the lessons or have been exposed to information about the correct answer. Then, if desired, the parent can print the certificate of the e-lesson for each student.

 

When you get to the website you’ll be asked to select your grade level. You can also choose to have the lessons displayed by popularity. You find choices like these:

 

K: States of Matter

K: Weather

K: Reading a Thermometer

K: Living and non-Living Things

 

1: Body Parts

1: Fossils and Fossil Records

1: Life Cycle of Plants

1: Pushing and Pulling Forces

 

2: Food Pyramid

2: Animals and Plants and their Habitats

2: Planets

2: Electric Circuits

 

3: Rock Formations

3: Plants and photosynthesis

 

4: Layers of the Earth and Plate Tectonics

4: Elements

4: Blood Circulation

 

5: Natural Disasters Shaping the Earth’s Surface

5: Plant Cells

 

Once you have explored the Science World portal, check out the rest of the website because these people provide over 400 lessons for children ages 5-12 in Math, Science, Language Arts, Computers, English as a Second Language, Environmental, Health and Life Skills. All lessons are available in English and several lessons are translated and available in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Indian English (voice-over only). Bookmark this site and come often!

Cosmic Science Quest

September 17th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Cosmic Quest

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8)

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis sponsors this site that offers some fun and free activities all about outer space! There is information about the planets, astronomers, and various spacecraft. You can also design a space station!

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

*Field Guide to the Universe – Learn about our solar system including the sun, planets, moons, and asteroids. Get information on spacecraft that have been used for planetary and space probes. Read about astronomers during the “Age of Enlightenment” and modern times.

*Living In Space – Prepare for virtual lift-off and discover how NASA and the Russian space agency have solved the problems of living in space. Match wits with their engineers and design a human habitat like the International Space Station.

Click on any one and a new page opens with engaging pictures and illustrations as well as interesting text designed to spark kids’ interests and imaginations.

Help Discover a New Planet & More!

September 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Zooniverse

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects and some retired ones. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Take Part” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include:

SPACE – View images of space from the Hubble Telescope, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the STEREO spacecraft, the Kepler spacecraft, and the Spitzer Space Telescope to help researchers with these projects:

  • How Do Galaxies Form?
  • Explore the Surface of the Moon
  • Study Explosions on the Sun
  • Find Planets Around Stars
  • How Do Stars Form?

CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.

HUMANITIES – Help scholars study the lives of ancient Greeks.

NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

You can also participate in “Experiments in Laboratory” that currently include: helping researchers review data about NASA Astronauts and Engineers living on an underwater base for 10 days; searching for life on another planet; and helping researchers describe music collections from various time periods.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Retired Projects” too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2012, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I stumbled across this UK-based website by accident, and am so glad I did!  It’s currently an ad-free site with free scientific fact sheets containing, “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies(Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy(Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

You can explore this information online, or print out the fact sheets to use offline. The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.

Interestingly, I couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. I didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

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