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Free Science Activities & Videos

January 31st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 31, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Siemens Science Day

(www.siemensscienceday.com/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 4-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides some terrific science lessons, activities and tools. It will also inspire scientific curiosity – not only for kids, but even for parents who aren’t keen in science.

This site is designed for grades 4-6, but don’t let that stop you from exploring what the site has to offer with younger and older students. NOTE: You do have to register to download the lessons in pdf format and to watch the videos. Registration is free and requires the email address and phone number of your school along with information about what subjects and grades you teach. As home educators, we simply supplied a school name (make one up if you don’t already have one), home address, and checked off that we teach all grades and subjects.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it is a menu of lessons and fun activities divided into three categories: 

  • Earth Science – Learn about weather, measure the effects of elasticity, and map the ocean, etc.
  • Life Science – Explore the 5 senses, learn the difference between fruits and vegetables, discover how scientists classify organisms, etc.
  • Physical Science – Construct a spectroscope and observe the spectra of various sources of light, discover how different materials absorb solar energy, and use paper chromatography to separate the colors in dyes used to color candies, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you will find: 

  • A brief summary and the objectives of the science lesson/activity
  • A “Download” button to access the lesson in pdf format
  • A video screen where you can watch a video about the lesson
  • A difficulty rating from 1-5 (easy to hard).

Download and fill out a certificate of completion when through.

So, gather the kids around the computer to watch fascinating film clips and learn about the classification system, the three types of matter, parts of a plant cell, the properties of acids and bases, and much more!

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

September 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

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

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…
Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!
Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.
This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.
New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:
Grades 3-6:
* Let’s Study the Sun
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
* Simple Solar Cell Demo
Grades 7-12:
* Intro to Electricity
* Solar Cell Demo
* Explore Passive Solar Design
* Explore Photovoltaics
* Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
* Explore Fuel Cells
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab
The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

Geography for Kids & Everyone Else!

December 19th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 19, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Geography4Kids.com

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website helps kids (of many ages) learn about geography through earth sciences.

This is brought to you by the geniuses who developed Chem4Kids and Biology4Kids, that we’ve featured previously on ClickSchooling.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll half way down the home page and click on the “Next Stop On Site Tour” arrow, or use the menu to explore:

*EARTH ENERGY – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.

*EARTH STRUCTURE – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.

*ATMOSPHERE – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.

*HYDROSPHERE – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.

*BIOSPHERE – Learn about our living world including ecology, ecosystems, food chains, soil, water, climates, energy, erosion, oxidation, and how it all interacts to support life.

*CLIMATES – Explore weather, climates (polar, subtropical, tropical), seasons, clouds, hurricanes and monsoons, and check out the instruments used to measure the force and effect of it all.

*BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL (BGC) CYCLES – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, Iron, Phosphorus, and rocks.

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

This is a terrific resource. I recommend you bookmark it to return often.

Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 16th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 16, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science of Everyday Life

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

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free, multi-media interactives including lessons and virtual labs to help students learn life science, physical science, earth science, and technology/innovation through real world connections. Is there chemistry in the kitchen and physics at the park? The activities at this website demonstrate that science is everywhere.

When you get to the site, you’ll see “Innovation HQ” in the center of the screen that features some virtual labs and activities. The content in this section is peppered with mentions of 3M products (i.e., Scotch Tape to Thinsulate Insulation). You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,” “Families,” and “Students.”  All three selections allow you to access the same content that includes science lessons, videos, and interactives.

Home educators may find it easier to click on “Teachers,” where you’ll find the content sorted by Grade Range (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 – with most of the content geared for grades 3-8) that includes:

*Lessons – Download (pdf) complete lesson plans for K-8 that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, friction, magnets, architecture, sound, and solar energy. High school students can watch videos of scientists and engineers talking about their careers.

*Videos & Interactives – Watch short videos and animations that explain the seasons, weather patterns, and household technology such as dishwashers, frozen foods, circuitry.  You can even learn all about blimps and airships.

*Virtual Labs – Students are presented with a series of challenges that require them to use the virtual lab to fix faulty circuitry, design a cooking skillet, and design, build, and test a wind turbine.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on contests in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You!

May 8th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SciStarter.com

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the featured “Project of the Day.”  You’ll also see the words “Project Finder” and below it there are two drop-down menus:

*Pick an activity – Select the location and environment where you want to do your project. For example, at home or at a zoo, on a beach, online, in the car, on a hike, etc.

*Pick a topic – Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy, birds, chemistry, weather, food, health, insects, nature, physics, etc.

Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category.

Or use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen and click on “Project Finder.”  A new page opens where you can do an advanced search that allows you to filter for:

  • Free/low cost projects
  • Projects you can do outdoors
  • Projects suitable for children and/or students
  • Do-it-yourself projects

And you can even filter for projects that have teaching materials available.

From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox

 

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

August 16th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 16, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:
Varied – See Links Below

Age Range: Varied (There is something for students of all ages here, with parental supervision)

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…

*NASA: Sun for Kids

Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – design for kids!

*NASA: The Sun Song!

Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.

*Virtual Tour of the Sun

This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.

*New Mexico Solar Energy Association: Curricula & Projects

New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:

Grades 3-6:

  • Let’s Study the Sun
  • Intro to Light & Matter
  • Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
  • Simple Solar Cell Demo

Grades 7-12:

  • Intro to Electricity
  • Solar Cell Demo
  • Explore Passive Solar Design
  • Explore Photovoltaics
  • Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
  • Explore Fuel Cells
  • Intro to Light & Matter
  • Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab

The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

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