Posts Tagged ‘science’

View Active Eagles’ Nests

April 25th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dollywood Nest Cams

(www.eagles.org/eagle-nest-cams/dollywood-nest-cam/)

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

 

At this website you can virtually visit two live bald eagles’ nests at the American Eagle Foundation’s (AEF) Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Cameras are trained on the nests providing live footage of the action in the nests.

The first nest belongs to Independence and Franklin, who are waiting for their eggs to hatch. The eggs were laid about 4 weeks ago at time of publication – and incubation takes about 35 days. Eaglets will remain in their nest until they are approximately 5 weeks of age. The second nest belongs to Eleanor and Mr. Roosevelt, whose 2 eaglets hatched on April 11 and April 13, respectively.

If this sparks interest in learning more about Bald Eagles, the National Eagle Center website has lesson plans categorized by grade level. Visit the National Eagle Center website here(www.nationaleaglecenter.org/lesson-plans/)

Printable Math Activities To Do Offline

April 24th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 24, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SMILE: Mathematics

(mypages.iit.edu/~smile/index.html)

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

 

This website archives lessons from the Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement (SMILE) program that trained teachers and educators in effective classroom and lesson presentations. Participants contributed tried-and-true lesson plans in Mathematics (as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for elementary and high school grades that you can print out and use for free.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and an icon menu. Click on the RED circle with the word “Mathematics” underneath it. A new page will open containing a menu of math lessons divided into the following categories: 

  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Patterns and Logic
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Recreational and Creative Math
  • Practical and Applied Math
  • Arithmetic
  • Graphs and Visuals
  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Miscellaneous

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with the objectives, a list of materials required, and instructions or strategies on how to present the lesson or activity. 

The lessons and activities are not obviously sorted by grade range – so you’ll need to read through the titles to determine which ones will be better suited for your particular child/student.

There are no bells and whistles here, and no multi-media enticements. This site just offers classroom-tested lessons and activities that you can print out and tweak for use offline at home.

Just FYI: We opened quite a few lessons and found an occasional “rogue” incomplete lesson. Don’t let that deter you from using this resource.

See the Art of Science

April 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 22, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art of Science

(www.princeton.edu/artofscience/gallery/)

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

 

This is the most amazing “art gallery” – all of the images were produced by Princeton University in the course of science research. It offers a stunningly beautiful cross-section of art and science. The images were submitted for the First Annual Art of Science Competition at Princeton and you can view some of the submissions and the winners at today’s site.

When you get to the site you will see the first of three pages of images in the gallery. You’ll see photographs and microscopic images of wonders that include the Cygnus Nebula to individually marked ants used in a research study to virus-cell interactions. Click on the links at the bottom of the page to access additional years’ entries.

Whether black and white or drenched in neon colors these images are fascinating to behold.

Language Arts Songs!

April 19th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mrs. Jones Room: Sing Along Songs

(www.mrsjonesroom.com/songs/alphlist.html)

Age Range: 3-9 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free songs that teach language arts.

The songs include: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Short & Long Vowel Sounds
  • Consonant Digraphs
  • Learn To Spell Songs

It also offers: 

  • Sing-Along Theme Songs (A huge treasure trove of songs about Science, Math, and Social Studies.)

A classroom teacher, Mrs. Jones, has created the lyrics that teach these concepts and set them to familiar tunes such as, “Farmer in the Dell,” “Bingo,” and “The Hokey Pokey.” Each song has printable lyrics and an audio version of the tune – so you can sing along!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Select the topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the lyrics and hear the tune.

Setting things that require rote memorization to music, makes learning easier and a whole lot of fun! Plus, as the website explains, “Singing gives us playful opportunities to practice oral language, dramatic expression, creative movement and motor skills.”

If you need more convincing, don’t miss the archive of articles and links to websites (located on the homepage below the menu of songs) that site research studies about the role of music in brain development and learning.

Science & Technology of WWII

April 18th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWII Museum

(www.ww2sci-tech.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National WWII Museum offers this website with free information, lessons, and activities about the science and technology of World War II. WWII spawned some of the most substantial and controversial technological innovations brought about by historic advances in science and math.  

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the menu items to explore the site that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans – Designed for classroom teachers, these lessons can be tweaked for home education. Learn how moon phases and tides were used to plan the D-Day invasion, discover how sonar and radar technology helped win the war, solve some math word problems about anti-aircraft firing.
  • Dark Room – Check out a photo gallery of WWII artifacts that include radar components, materials related to the Manhattan Project, medical equipment, coding equipment, meteorological maps, artillery, and more.
  • Timeline – Explore an interactive timeline of the science and technology of WWII.
  • Activities – Check out the Top Ten Scientific Achievements of WWII, take a Sci-Tech Quiz, send and decipher a coded message.
  • Free Poster – Download a free WWII Science & Technology poster.

You’ll also find great videos in the “Ask the Expert” section.

Be a WebRanger!

April 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WebRangers

(www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a free online WebRanger program for kids with over 50 games and activities that teach about national parks, monuments, and historic sites all provided by the National Park Service.

We suggest you click on “Visit” on your first experience and just look around and play the activities (rated Easy, Medium, and Hard) in these categories: 

  • People – Learn about U.S. Presidents, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere.
  • History – Discover arctic artifacts. set sail on a Navy war ship in 1812.
  • Nature – Discover dendrochronology (tell time with tree rings) and take The Puma Challenge!
  • Puzzles – Break the alpha code names for national parks, send a message with a signal flag, go on a website scavenger hunt.
  • Science – Test the water quality, virtually explore tidepools, find out what dinosaurs ate.
  • Parks – Play “Name That Park,” help a ranger, learn the 10 essentials for having fun and staying safe in parks.
  • Animals – Pack a virtual dog sled, protect bald eagles, and help baby sea turtles find the ocean.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of multi-media online games and activities that teach as they entertain. From simple match games to challenging quests, you won’t believe the amount of content delivered.  

Bookmark this site, you simply can’t see it all in one visit.

Also, National Parks Week is April 15-23, 2017 and during April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free! On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission! Many of them are also offering educational and entertaining activities including historical reenactments, living history, guided tours, volunteer clean-up programs, and much, much more. Find your park!

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