Posts Tagged ‘science’

Science with Leonardo da Vinci!

April 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Da Vinci – The Genius

(www.mos.org/leonardo/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, invented the diving bell, and designed the airplane, helicopter and parachute. The Museum of Science, Boston offers this free online exhibit with activities and lesson plans to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of da Vinci. As the site says, “Though this site was designed to be most appropriate for students in grades four through eight, many of the activities can be adapted for younger or older students as needed.”


When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Da Vinci – The Artist – Browse his paintings, and learn about techniques of linear perspective. Become Leonardo’s virtual apprentice to play with size and distance and investigate aerial perspective.
  • Da Vinci – The Inventor – Explore Leonardo’s fascination with machines and how they work including wheel and axles, pulley, screw, lever, gears and more. You’ll also learn about Leonardo’s interest in gadgets. Use your imagination to sketch a gadget and invent a useful machine. Take a quiz to see if you can identify Leonardo’s machines from his sketches.
  • Da Vinci – The Scientist – Learn about his curiosities.

Other activities include: Find out how to do “mirror writing” and generate a hypothesis about da Vinci’s reasons for writing backwards. And make sure you check out the Teaching Tips.

This is an engaging online presentation that demonstrates how Leonardo da Vinci creatively applied the scientific method in every aspect of life.

Pond Scum Science

April 9th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ron’s Pond Scum

(www.silkentent.com/gus1911/RonPond.htm)

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

 

This website provides a virtual exploration of the critters living in pond scum.

When you get to the site, simply click on the links in the text to see remarkable photographs and learn about:

  • protozoan
  • paramecium
  • actinopods
  • vorticella
  • anchor worms
  • fly larvae, amoeba
  • water mites
  • algae
  • and other single-celled and multi-celled oddities

All of this comes to you courtesy of a retired Computer Systems Analyst named Ron DeAngelis. Several years ago, he set up an outdoor fish pond and became interested in micro pond life. He bought a good microscope and when he discovered he could take excellent pictures with a digital camera, “Ron’s Pond Scum” was born!

Ron gets emails from students all over the world, as well as from frustrated parents who confide that without Ron’s website, their child would never have finished his or her science project.

Ron’s Pond Scum is a terrific way to explore the life teeming in pond water without getting wet. It’s a great supplement to any science curriculum. 

Virtual Tour of a Science Museum in Japan

April 5th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 5, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Little Day Out-National Museum of Nature and Science

(tinyurl.com/y4p9g6nu)

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

 

The National Museum of Nature and Science is one of Japan’s biggest science museums, with over 10,000 exhibits that explore everything from outer space and dinosaurs to the unique ecosystems of Japan and the world’s latest advances in technology.

Little Day Out, a Singapore-based online magazine, toured the museum and gave us a nice overview. Scroll through the text and pictures starting with the Japan Gallery (history of Japan) and moving to the Global Gallery (earth’s history).

When you are done reading all about the museum, head on over to the museum site here where you can watch an introductory video – with a cartoon dinosaur as your tour guide. The first 6 minutes gives you a tour; the rest explains the rules of behavior while visiting the museum. Arigato gozaimasu!

Make Asteroids Collide with Earth!

April 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Impact Earth!

(www.purdue.edu/impactearth/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This is so cool! Purdue University sponsors this free, web-based computer program that lets you calculate the damage an asteroid would cause if it collided with Earth.

You can customize the size, density, and speed of the incoming object, determine where it will land, and watch an animation of the asteroid’s crash course with our planet. Then find out the catastrophic results of your efforts (if any).

When you get to the site, wait for the program to load. (While you’re waiting, use the menu to learn about “Famous Craters,” read documentation about this project, and check out a short glossary of terms used in the program.) Then, simply enter the parameters including: 

  • Projectile Diameter
  • Projectile Density
  • Angle of Impact
  • Velocity
  • Target (Water, Sedimentary Rock, or Crystalline Rock)
  • Distance from Impact

Finally, click on “Calculate Impact” to start the animation and see the results. If you’re not sure what to input, there are drop-down lists with suggestions you can use. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fascinating to try different scenarios to see if humanity survives your asteroid or suffers total annihilation.

History of the Circus

March 28th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 28, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – The Circus

(www.childrensmuseum.org/educators/classroom-resources)

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

 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an exhibit called “Circus-Starring YOU!” The exhibit offers this companion website with outstanding Unit Study guides for teachers.

This downloadable, printable, book-style guide offers lessons about the circus. Although it is all related to the museum exhibit, it doesn’t require visiting the museum or even seeing the exhibit to benefit from the lessons.

When you get to the site, you can read a summary of the classroom resources. Then download the circus unit study to see a menu of lessons that include: 

  • Circus Life
  • Circus Art
  • Circus Science

The lessons are preceded by an introduction – really just an overview of what follows. The last two sections are “Culminating Experiences” and “Resources.” The first is specific to the exhibit. The second is a bibliography and list of websites.

This is a thorough, careful background in teaching all about the circus. And when you are through, check out all the other Unit Studies up to Grade 9 about dinosaurs, food, trains, sports, space, archaeology, and more.

Human Anatomy Arcade Games!

March 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anatomy Arcade

(www.anatomyarcade.com/)

Age Range: 13-adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. It’s designed with teenage students in mind, as well as a way for health care professionals to refresh their knowledge.

When you get to the site you can choose from Games by Body System or Games by Type. Some of the games are: 

  • Poke-A-Muscle – Learn the names of the muscles of the human body.
  • Whack-A-Bone – Learn the names of the bones in the human body.
  • The Eye Jigsaw – Drag-and-drop the parts of the eye.
  • Match-A-Body System – Have fun learning about the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems and more!
  • Match-A-Brain – Discover the parts of the human brain.
  • Digestive Jigsaw – Put together the parts of the human digestive system.

Click on any one and a new page opens. Some games are timed and most give you a score. So you can play again and try to improve.

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