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Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

March 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

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.

Free Science Videos for Kids

September 6th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NeoK12: Educational Videos for Kids

(www.neok12.com/)

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

 

This website archives educational videos from across the Internet in one place. The videos are terrific learning tools that explain and illustrate the wonders of science to kids in grades K-12.

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

  • Physical Science – Watch videos about the atom, electricity, gravity, laws of motion, magnetism, relativity, state of matter, and more.
  • Chemistry – View videos on acids and bases, the periodic table, organic chemistry, etc.
  • Life Science – See films on wildlife, insects, marine animals, plants, cell division, photosynthesis, pollination and more.
  • Human Body – Watch information on the circulatory system, digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system and more.
  • Earth & Space – Enjoy videos about comets, galaxies, the moon, the solar system, deserts, forests, glaciers, oceans, seasons, volcanoes, and more.

You’ll also find a selection of videos on other subjects such as Social Studies, Health, Math, English, etc. 

Note: This site explains that all of the videos listed are reviewed for appropriate content for children. Nevertheless, we recommend that parents AS ALWAYS preview every film to be certain the content is suitable for your own family.

Bookmark this site to use it as a learning resource again and again.

Explore a Variety of Power Plants

August 5th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MidAmerican Energy Virtual Plant Tours

(www.midamericanenergy.com/virtual-plant-tours.aspx)

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

 

Electricity is made in many different ways today and with the video virtual tours from MidAmerican Energy, visitors can learn all about the histories and processes of creating energy. Videos last between 5 and 10 minutes and use digital animation to present interesting and thorough explanations of the different types of energy plants.

These include: 

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combustion-fueled
  • Coal-fueled

When you are done taking your tours, select the “Safety” option in the upper menu, then select “Education Programs” on the side bar menu. When that page opens, select the “Energy for Education website” text link to be taken to the “Electric Universe/Energy Underground” website where there are lessons, activities, games, and more for students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade that will expand upon your virtual tours.

The virtual tours and the accompanying Energy for Education website will be a fabulous resource to use in your science studies of energy.

Ask Dr. Universe

July 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ask Dr. Universe

(askdruniverse.wsu.edu/)

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

 

Do you have any questions that you just can’t get answered to your satisfaction no matter how hard you try? Ask Dr. Universe! This friendly feline philosopher devotes her time to answering all the questions kids come up with. Most of the questions are science-related, but all topics are welcomed.

Dr. Universe takes kids’ questions as her opportunity to contact many interesting people around Washington State University involved in researching various fields. Here is what you will find: 

  • Meet Dr. Universe – There are many questions on this site which are bigger than “Who is Dr. Universe?”, but this is perhaps the first one a visitor might have. This page gives that question the attention it deserves.
  • Search and Explore – Click on a category or just put a word or two in the Search field. Some of the tough questions children ask are: 
    • Why do bees have stuff that looks like hair?
    • If there were a black hole between the Earth and moon, what would we see?
    • Why do we age?
    • Will electricity ever run out?
    • Why is Pi 3.1415…? What if it was just 3?
    • What are boogers?
    • Why don’t plants get sunburns?
  • Ask – Here is the place to ask Dr. Universe a question your child might have.
  • How to – Gives a handy list of things to do if your child wants to become a scientist

And at the bottom there is a link for Educators and Parents where you can subscribe to a weekly email.

The diversity of the topics covered here is phenomenal. Just explore the questions your kids are interested in — the answers may springboard you into a whole new area of science study.

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.

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