Posts Tagged ‘science’

Aww…”ZooBorns” Baby Animals!

April 17th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 17, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ZooBorns

(www.zooborns.com/)

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

 

This website has the latest news on animal babies from zoos and aquaria worldwide – and boy are they CUTE!

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured news story on the most recent birth of a baby animal at a zoo. Then, use the sidebar menu to search for baby animals from aardvarks to zebras. Have you ever seen a baby anteater, eel, or wombat? They’re all here! Click on any critter on the menu and a new page opens featuring pictures, information about the animal, a link to the website of the zoo where the baby was born, and in some cases – you’ll even find videos!

You can also search by zoo – and see the baby animals that were born at your local zoo.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

Visit the Micropolitan Museum

April 6th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, April 6, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Micropolitan Museum

(www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/micropolitan/index.html)

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

 

Take a unique virtual field trip into the world of micro-organisms with this site from the Micscape Magazine.

The curator of the online museum, Wim van Egmond, “has collected the finest microscopic masterpieces nature has ever produced.”

When arriving at today’s link, select from the four collections to begin your tours: 

  • The Freshwater Collection
  • The Marine Collection
  • The Insectarium
  • The Botanical Garden

When the collection page opens, click on the thumbnail images on the left to choose an exhibit, then choose the micro-organism to see amazing pictures and learn about the organism. Use your back button or the icons on the bottom of the page to navigate through the different collections. It takes a little work to navigate around but it is well worth it to see the artistic beauty of these life forms. 

Before leaving the site, click the home icon in the upper menu, then locate the “Questions and Answers” text link to find “tutorials for microscopists, beginners, and articles on how to get the best out of a microscope.” 

This website would be a wonderful addition for your science studies, so bookmark this page as new images are being added regularly.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Science with Ladybugs!

April 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website, maintained by an entomologist, offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu under “Related Articles” to explore the site that includes: 

  • Facts About Ladybugs
  • Ladybug pictures
  • Ladybug Reproduction
  • Unusual Ladybugs

And more! You’ll also find the answers to questions such as: Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? and What Do Ladybugs Eat? And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered “beneficial” insects.

Math Goodies & WebQuests

April 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Goodies

(www.mathgoodies.com/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website features a smattering of free interactive math lessons, printable worksheets, games and more to help students in about grades 5-8 learn math. Gifted younger children and remedial older students may benefit from the resources provided as well.

The site was designed by a math teacher who also developed a complete math course that is available for sale on the site. However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the generous sampling of math lessons and materials.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by some featured items and lots of advertisements. Scroll down to the bottom for the menu that includes: 

  • Lessons – Learn how to determine the perimeter and area of polygons. Find out how to simplify, compare, order, and convert fractions. Explore decimals and percentages. Find out how to write algebraic expressions and equations and much more!
  • Worksheets – Download math worksheets (pdf) that include an introduction to fractions, decimals, percent applications, probability theory, graphs, and symbolic logic.
  • Webquests – This terrific resource provides math inquiries and instructions that lead to online explorations to find information and solve problems. Choose from a short but meaty selection of quests to recommended websites and learn about exponents and scientific notation, integers and science, math and climate, math and sports, number theory, percentages in daily life, and even a “Pi Day” celebration.
  • Games – An assortment of interactive math games including: Factor Tree Game, Integer Football, Percent Goodies, and Probability Goodies.
  • Puzzles – Enjoy interactive math-themed crossword puzzles about circles, fractions, logic, percentages, polygons, and probability.

And lots more!

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