Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Tour the National Arboretum

April 28th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, April 28, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arboretum Virtual Tour for Kids

(www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/VirtualTours/KidsVirtualTour.html)

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

 

The United States National Arboretum offers this educational virtual tour designed for kids. Learn about the many “weird, cool, and gross plants” that live in this gigantic outdoor space.

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction and then follow the instructions for taking the virtual tour that includes photographs and informative text that is sure to spark discussion. 

The interactive tour is laced with questions to challenge kids’ thinking and deepen the learning experience.

Plan to allow at least 20 minutes to take the entire tour.

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

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.

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