Posts Tagged ‘research’

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

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

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

Sea History for Kids

June 14th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 14, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sea History for Kids

(seahistory.org/kids/)

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

 

Set sail on an adventure to discover the history of the sea with this website from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Using the colorful icons at the top of the page, visitors can explore: 

  • Animals – Learn about all kinds of animals and historical stories about them.
  • People – Discover sailors, pirates, explorers, and more.
  • Vessels – Have a look at the vessels of the sea past and present and much more.
  • Archaeology – Dig into nautical archaeology.
  • Careers – Explore a variety of occupations related to the sea.
  • Games – Download PDF crossword puzzles.
  • Discover More – Dive into the language of the sailors of yesterday, explore navigational tools, discover the science and art of the sea and much more.

Each topic provides colorful images, interesting text and a “Did You Know?” section for further investigation.

Older students and adults will also find a lot more maritime history by selecting the home icon at the top of any page. Hover over the “Resources” link on the main menu to research a vessel, learn about historic ships, browse the Sea History site index, see marine art in their store, and discover links to other maritime image collections.

This site will enrich your American history studies by allowing students to more deeply examine how the seas have played a part in our history.

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