Posts Tagged ‘worms’

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. 

Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

February 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School – Language Arts

(easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/IndexLanguageArts.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website, created for home educators, archives free language arts lessons, literature unit studies, and activities.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of the free Language Arts & Literature Activities that includes: 

  • Language Arts, Miscellaneous – Get a list of commonly misspelled words, make a “Book Report Sandwich,” get high-interest activities for reluctant readers and writers of all ages.
  • Suggested Reading Lists – Explore the “Best Books” for young adults over the years, books for the college bound, and discover the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Award winners.
  • Unit Lessons/Studies and Word Searches – Find an assortment of complete and incomplete unit lessons along with some word searches themed around classic literature including:
    • The Swiss Family Robinson
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Treasure Island
    • Anne of Green Gables
    • Bunnicula
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • The Hobbit
    • How to Eat Fried Worms
    • James and the Giant Peach
    • Johnny Tremain
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Little House on the Prairie
    • The Secret Garden
    • Velveteen Rabbit
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Where the Wild Things Are

When you’re through exploring the Language Arts resources, head over to the home page for more free lessons and activities for many subjects including history, art, science and nature studies.

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Sparticle.org

Age Range: 13-19 (middle and high school, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Brett suggested this website developed by Twin Cities Public Television with the support of 3M. This brand new, free web and mobile service is designed to improve teens’ understanding of and interest in science through a collection of the very best the web has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM).

As explained at the website, “You and your students can get answers to science questions, browse cool images, watch great videos, play fun games, and discover great hands-on activities. All of the content has been curated and vetted by a team of experts. Each topic has a mix of easy, medium, and challenging articles, and multiple videos. Sparticl can be used in the classroom, after school, and at home.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and some featured science videos, games, and articles. Use the horizontal menu near the top of the page to access the science behind:

*Living Things – Includes Life Science Basics, Mammals, Aquatic Life, Bugs & Worms, Retiles & Amphibians, Plants, Birds, and Microbes & Fungi.

*Matter & Energy – Learn Physics Basics, Chemistry Basics, Materials Science, Energy, Forces & Motions, Sound & Waves, Light & Electricity, and Particle Physics.

*Tech & Invention – Get the scoop on Gadgets & Inventions, Biotech, Computers, Engineering, and Transportation.

*Body & Brain – Explore the latest in Health & Medicine, the Human Body, Food & Nutrition, Genetics & Heredity, and Mind & Behavior.

*Earth & Space – Discover the Solar System, Universe, Dynamic Earth, Ecology & Environment, Biomes & Ecosystems, Oceans & Water, Atmosphere & Weather, Landforms & Geology, and Rocks & Minerals.

*Explore – Access the latest science News, learn about Dinosaurs & Fossils, Natural Disasters, Everyday Science, and much more!

This is a remarkable resource. Bookmark it to return often!

Video Safari with Free Lesson Plans!

August 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 16, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

JungleWalk.com: Animal Movies

Age Range: 4-18+ (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual safari by watching thousands of movie clips of all kinds of animals – and much more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of the featured animal and next to it is a menu of movie clips. Just select the one you want to watch, click on it, and a new page opens where you can watch the videos.

Use the menu on the left side of the home page to watch videos on Vertebrates including:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Bears
  • Wolves
  • Elephants
  • Monkeys
  • Giraffes
  • Birds
  • Sharks
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Fish

Then, continue to explore the menu to watch movies featuring Invertebrates such as:

  • Insects
  • Arachnids
  • Worms
  • Crustceans
  • Sponges
  • And more!

But wait – that’s not all!

GET FREE ANIMAL LESSON PLANS! Look at the menu at the very top of the screen and click on “Lesson Plans” to access animal related activities for different grade levels that are accompanied by slide shows with relevant animal photographs, video, and audio clips.

Note: You can listen to over 7,000 recordings of animal sounds at this site as well. Here’s the direct link:

http://www.junglewalk.com/sound/Animal-sounds.htm

Bookmark this site to return often.

 

Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

September 26th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School Homeschooling Resource

Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website, created for home educators, archives free language arts lessons, literature unit studies, and activities.

When you get to the site,  you’ll see a menu of the free Language Arts & Literature Activities that includes:

*Language Arts, Miscellaneous – Get a list of commonly misspelled words, make a “Book Report Sandwich,” get high-interest activities for reluctant readers and writers of all ages.

*Suggested Reading Lists – Explore the “Best Books” for young adults over the years, books for the college bound, and discover the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Award winners.

*Unit Lessons/Studies and Word Searches – Find an assortment of complete and incomplete unit lessons along with some word searches themed around classic literature including:

  • The Swiss Family Robinson:
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne:
  • Alice in Wonderland:
  • Treasure Island:
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Bunnicula
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Hobbit
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Johnny Tremain
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Secret Garden
  • Velveteen Rabbit
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Where the Wild Things Are

When you’re through exploring the Language Arts resources, head over to the home page for more free lessons and activities for history, art, science and nature studies.

 

Online Literature Games & More!

June 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Learning Games For Kids

Age Range: 4-12 (Pre-K & Elementary Grades, with Parental Guidance)

ClickScholar Theresa recommended this ad-supported website, sponsored by our friends at Time4Learning.com. It provides free interactive, multi-media learning games that help students practice language arts skills including reading, spelling, vocabulary, and keyboarding.

The site also includes learning games for other subject areas such as math, health, geography, social studies, and science.

I focused on the “Literature Games” section for this review.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the featured games. Look on the menu on the left side of the screen and click on “Literature Games.” A drop-down list appears with the following book titles:

  • Huckleberry Finn
  • David Copperfield
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • How To Eat Fried Worms
  • Madeline
  • The Black Stallion
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Wuthering Heights

Click on any title and a new page opens with a menu of games themed around that story.  You’ll find:

  • Fill in the Blank (based on the story line)
  • Hangman (using vocabulary words from the story)
  • Spelling Games (based on words in the story)
  • Word Search (using story vocabulary)
  • Word-O-Rama (match definitions to story vocabulary words)

If your children are reading or have read these book titles, they’ll enjoy the games.  If they haven’t read the books – it may inspire them to do so.

This site is a great resource for augmenting pre-k and elementary school studies – plus, it’s a whole lot of fun for the whole family!

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