Posts Tagged ‘science’

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.

Native American Science Lessons & Activities

November 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native American Science

(nativeamericanscience.org/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history.

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and several universities, provides a free university-level curriculum (that high school students and accelerated learners may also enjoy) that shows how Indigenous traditions are based on a solid understanding and description of natural phenomena. Topics include: 

  • Native and Western Views of Nature
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Perspective
  • and more.

As explained at the website, “Our goal is to avoid romantic cliches and characterizations of Indian people and their traditional knowledge and to present this knowledge as well documented but different in approach from ‘Western science.’ These traditions are based on connection to the natural world, rather than separation from nature–in other words we are working with a science based on relationships, reciprocity and respect rather than solely on exploitation and economic concerns.”

And for the younger set, have them build their own canoe: Lesson: Can-Do Canoe

This free classroom lesson and activity (for ages 8-18 or grades 3-12) can be tweaked for homeschoolers. As explained at the website, “Explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load.” Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and discuss their findings.

Fall Activities with Science

October 30th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 30, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Fall Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/FallActivities.aspx)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The fall topics include: 

  • Apples
  • Bats
  • Buds in Fall
  • Cones
  • Cranberries
  • Five Senses in Fall
  • Leaf Activities
  • Nuts
  • October Changes
  • Signs of Fall
  • The Start of Fall
  • Traveling Seeds
  • Turkeys
  • Which Trees Change First?
  • And many more!

These questions should keep you busy for the rest of the fall season!

Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 29th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, October 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Candy Math

(www.mathinvestigations.com/CandyMath.htm)

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

 

Harvest Festivals and Halloween are synonymous with candy. Use some of that candy to learn about math.

This site has a Candy Math Worksheet – Use M&M’s or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

And here are some other ad-supported sites with math activities using candy:

Halloween Candy Math

Find a list of activities you can do with an assortment of candy including setting up a candy store and making a number book. Other activities teach estimation, measurement, fractions, and more.
 
Education World: 35 Chocolate Activities

Get a list of fun ideas using M&M’s, chocolate Kisses, candy bars and more to explore math, science, and language arts.

Treasure Seekers – Candy Math– More ideas for sorting, grouping, graphing and adding

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