Posts Tagged ‘scientists’

Discover the Animals of Africa

September 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, September 23, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mpala Live!

(mpalalive.org/)

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

 

Visit the wilds of Africa through the webcams at this website sponsored by MPALA, The Anneberg Foundation, and Explore.

In the upper menu select “LIVE CAM” to start your safari. Cameras broadcast live from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm East Africa Time. Select from: 

  • African River Wildlife Camera
  • African Animal Lookout Camera
  • African Safari Camera
  • African Watering Hole Wildlife Camera

Below the webcams, discover the animals that you might see at the hippo pool. Click a silhouette to be taken to the field guide to learn about the animal as well as hear its sound. Choose “STORIES FROM THE BRUSH” to learn about the scientists in the field. Select the “FIELD GUIDE” link to discover Mpala’s animals. In the “CLASSROOM” find lessons plans and units for both Kenyan students and U.S. students to use to learn about the natural world around us. Units include multiple lessons laid out for easy use along with printable worksheets to accompany your studies.

This website is an excellent addition for your geography class studies of Africa or your animal science class.

Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

July 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, July 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

(www.mangahigh.com/games/)

Age Range: 7-16 (Grades 2-11 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students in the following math strands: 

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Area
  • Circle Theorems
  • Circumference
  • Coordinates
  • Cubic Equations
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Linear Equations
  • Mental Math
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Parallel Lines
  • Percentages
  • Perimeters
  • Polygons
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Subtraction
  • Times Tables
  • Trigonometry
  • Trinomials
  • And more!

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. (Note: It’s always wise to read the privacy statement before completing registration.) Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

As explained at the website, instead of force-feeding dry math content with anachronistic textbooks, MangaHigh entices networked students to learn mathematical concepts as part of game-play.

When you get to the site, scroll down to locate a menu of sample games designed to engage students such as: 

  • Flower Power – Grow flowers and harvest them to make money. The average 7-minute game requires players to put more than 100 fractions, percentages and decimals in order of size, both positive and negative.
  • Pyramid Panic – Students must master the full spectrum of geometry skills from area of a square, through Pythagoras to Sine, Cosine and Tangent in order to win this game.
  • Save Our Dumb Planet – Use missiles to shoot down meteors on a collision course with Earth. A team of dumb scientists are on hand to suggest possible trajectories. Draw lines using equations, recognize the equations of simple lines and common curves, draw simple quadratic curves, and test to see if a point is on a line.
  • PEDMAS Blaster – Robots have run amok and need to be destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities (including adding and subtracting whole numbers, times tables up to 10 x 10, and using powers and roots) to close these robo-rebels down.

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As explained at the site, the idea here is “to bring out the playful side of math while ensuring that students get the essential skills to master this important subject.” It’s great for remedial work too.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

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

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Biographies of Scientists

May 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

(scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by: 

  • Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
  • Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
  • Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
  • Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.
  • Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture and bio. References are provided as well.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and we only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

Science Games for Kids!

February 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This New Zealand-based website offers all kinds of fun and interactive games that teach science and technology.

When you get to the ad-supported site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of science games including: 

  • Living Things – Learn about food chains, microorganisms, the life cycle of a plant, animals, and human anatomy and health.
  • Physical Processes – Explore electricity, magnets and springs, light, forces, sounds, friction, and more.
  • Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Discover the matter that makes up our earth. Experiment with water, melting points, rocks, minerals, and more.

Just click on a game to get instructions and begin play.

When you’re through playing all of the science games, explore the rest of the menu including: 

  • Experiments – Get interesting facts about nature, dinosaurs, famous scientists, forensic science, and more.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge of space, chemistry, biology, physics, atoms, states of matter, and more.
  • Projects – Get instructions for making a string phone, a robot, stalactites and stalagmites, a microscope, a rain gauge and much more.
  • Lessons – Try these lesson plans designed to teach students the basics of science.
  • Videos – Watch animations and film clips that explain weather, physics, chemistry, sports science, video game technology and more.

This is a remarkable science resource you can refer to again and again.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 9th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 9, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.birdsource.org/gbbc/)

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

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 12-15, 2016.

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 website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website.

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.

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