Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 16th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildscreen Arkive

(www.arkive.org/)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “Ark-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.

Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!

Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including: 

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • and more

Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on “Reptiles” and a new page opens where you can learn more about Galapagos marine iguana, and many more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as: 

  • Biology
  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

Genetics for Kids!

October 10th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 10, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mendel for Kids

(web.pdx.edu/~cruzan/Kid‘s%20Mendel%20Web/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 2-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers “A Kid’s Guide to Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics.”  

Mendel was a monk who used garden peas to conduct heredity experiments upon which modern genetics were founded. This site serves as a starting place for introducing the concept of genetics to kids. It has some good basic information. When you enter the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • The Life of Gregor Mendel – Read a brief biography about Mendel’s life and work.
  • Pollination Station – This simple interactive allows kids to virtually cross-breed sets of plants and see the results.
  • Original Paper & Kid Translation – Read Mendel’s original notes on plant hybridization (in English or German), and then click on a link that explains the notes so kids can more easily understand them.

NOTE: Under ‘links’, we found only 2 are working: MendelWeb and Genetics Society of America.

Tour Missouri State Parks Virtually

August 11th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, August 11, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri State Parks

(mostateparks.com/page/59516/quick-list-parks-and-historic-sites)

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

 

With the Missouri State Parks website, take virtual tours of many of the parks.

After arriving at today’s link, use the list of parks and historical sites to choose a location to visit. When the page opens, look to the right at “The Park File” and select “Park Video”, “Photo Gallery”, or “Virtual Tour” to view images, videos and/or interactive 360° images of locations. 

In addition to the virtual tours, there is a lot more information available in “The Park File” for many of the parks such as: 

  • General park information such as visiting hours, weather, directions, maps, and basic information about the park
  • Bird Checklist – a downloadable list of birds spotted at the park
  • Plant and Animal List – another downloadable list of animals and plants in the area
  • Natural Features – interesting things to look for
  • Park History
  • And much more

There are 56 parks and 35 historical sites to explore so be sure to bookmark this site to come back to from time to time. (Please note that some park pages are still “under construction.”)

Online Biology Book

August 1st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 1, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Online Biology Book

(www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/biobooktoc.html)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a free biology textbook with illustrations online.

This is written by a university biology professor, but may be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course. As one of our readers put it, “It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”

There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as: 

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • DNA
  • Plants and Their Structure
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • – and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain.

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

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

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

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.

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