Posts Tagged ‘science’

How Everyday Things Are Made

December 11th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How Everyday Things Are Made

(manufacturing.stanford.edu/)

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

 

This website provides videos explaining the manufacturing process of everything from candy to airplanes.

Designed with kids and families in mind, the videos show how over 40 different products are made. It even explains manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, and injection molding.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the words, “How Everyday Things Are Made.” A new page opens with an introductory video that explains the easiest way to navigate the site. Don’t miss it, as it points out special features beyond the manufacturing videos, including a section with thought-provoking questions and a section called “Apply It” that gets you to use your reasoning skills to apply the knowledge you’ve gained at the site.

Bookmark this one, as you’ll want to return often to view all of the videos.

If you like this website you will also like…

How Products Are Made

This site contains 7 volumes that list various products from toys to industrial equipment and details the manufacturing process of each one through text and illustrations. As the introduction at the site explains, this site provides step by step descriptions of the assembly and the manufacturing process. Each product also has related information such as the background, how the item works, who invented the product, raw materials that were used, product applications, by-products that are generated, etc. For example, you can find here descriptions of Air Bag, Air Conditioner, Artificial Snow, Automobile, Battery, Blue Jeans, Chewing Gum, Coin, Compact Disc, plus many, many more!

When you get to the site you will see the menu for all 7 volumes. You can click on one of the volumes on the menu. A new page opens listing the products in that volume in alphabetical order. Select any one, click on it, and a new page opens. Careful, at the top of each page you will find “Google Ads” — scroll past them to get to the information about how the product is made.

Learn about the Universe (ages 14+)

December 4th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, December 4, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA – Imagine the Universe

(imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Imagine the Universe is a learning center from NASA for ages 14 and up and for anyone interested in learning more about our universe.

When you get to the site, you can browse the Latest Features or you can choose from the following: 

  • Science – Astronomer’s Toolbox, How Scientists Get Data, and more
  • Special Exhibits – Satellites, Scientist Profiles, and more
  • Educators’ Corner – Lessons Plans, Materials, and Programs
  • Ask an Astrophysicist – So many topics to choose from!

Make sure you check out the Resources – many links to other sites with explanations and graphics.

Calendar Math

December 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 3, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Super Teacher Worksheets

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/math-calendars.html)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

The printable worksheets available at SuperTeachWorksheets.com will help your children learn about days, weeks, months, and years.

Use the calendars shown to answer math questions. You can get many things for free here at this website BUT in order to get everything on the site, a paid membership is required. There are loads of resources that are free to use without a membership – you just need to poke around to locate them.

The calendar activities will allow you to download worksheets about: 

  • Monthly Calendar (Basic) – Students answer questions about the January calendar like, “How many Mondays are in January?” and “What day of the week is January 29?”
  • Write the Month – Write the name of this month, last month, next month. Also write your birthday month.
  • Days of the Week Word Wheel – How to make the wheel template, with instructions
  • Monthly Calendar – (Intermediate) – Answer questions about the October calendar like, “Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. What is the date of Columbus Day?”

Use a calendar to answer the calendar questions, such as “This year, what day of the week does December 30th fall on?” and “Write the date that is fifteen days after May 25.” 

The intermediate worksheets also contain an answer key. 

When you’ve finish with calendars, look at the left navigation bar to location worksheets for all kinds of math topics. Also, other subjects are listed including: 

  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Lists
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • And more!

Remember you have to sift through to locate what is free but there are some nuggets here!

Learn about the Universe (ages 5-13)

November 27th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

StarChild is a learning center from NASA for young astronomers to learn more about the universe.

When you get to the site, choose between Level 1 (easier reading) or Level 2 to learn more about: 

  • Solar System – Sun, Moon, Planets, and more
  • Universe – Galaxy, Stars, Black Holes, and more
  • Space Stuff – Astronauts, Space Travel, Hubble, and more

Each section has audio or video and activities such as Planet Tic Tac Toe, Moonlight Madness, Draw a Space Shuttle, and more.

There is also a Glossary – to look up the definitions of words used on the site.

Next week we will review the NASA site for older children, “Imagine the Universe.”

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner

(www.wksu.org/news/story/20130%20)

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

 

Listen to 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.

Also, visit the following websites and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work


How does this little device imitate a thermometer?

Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?


Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.

The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato


Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?

The Science of Cranberry Sauce


Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

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