Posts Tagged ‘scientists’

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 15-18, 2019.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to The Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.


Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

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.

Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Young Scientist Lab

(www.youngscientistlab.com/students/digital-science-activities)

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

 

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free activities “to capture your curiosity and engage you in the scientific thinking process; while having fun!”

When you get to the site, choose from the 10 activities in pdf format including: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Disappearing Glass
  • Sandwich Bag Dartboard
  • Water Jug Race

You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,”  “Students” and “Parents.” Under “Teachers,” you’ll find the content sorted by grade range (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) that includes Lesson Plans and Interactives. You can download (pdf) complete lesson plans that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, and more. The Interactives help students discover the real-world science around them. Download animations that explain wind energy, circuitry and the history of innovations.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on a contest in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes (closed for 2018).

Genetics Lessons, Experiments, & Worksheets

September 25th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn.Genetics

(learn.genetics.utah.edu/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website, developed by the University of Utah, provides free lessons, experiments, activities, virtual labs, and worksheets designed to provide a basic education in the science of genetics.

When you get to the site, you can get a good introduction to the topics of traits, DNA & genes, proteins, heredity, mutations and more by exploring “Basic Genetics.” Other menu items include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about cell communication, stem cells and cloning.
  • Plants – Cotton and Insect Herbivores
  • Human Health – Metabolism, Genetic Disorders and Gene Therapy
  • Neruoscience –  Memory and Addiction
  • And more.

Also, under Science Tools, check out the Virtual Labs: 

  • Swab your cheek and extract DNA from your cells!
  • Use gel electrophoresis to discover how scientists work with tiny molecules they can’t see.
  • Perform a DNA microarray experiment to compare a healthy cell and a cancer cell.

You can also learn about the ecology of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Be sure to click on the “Teach.Genetics” link located at the bottom of the home page where you’ll find additional tools and resources for learning about genetics, bioscience, and health. While this is designed for classroom use, it can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSTE Online Resource Catalog

(mste.illinois.edu/resources/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes: 

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

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