Posts Tagged ‘worms’

Yucky Science!

February 1st, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Yucky Discovery

Age Range: 7-12 (about grades 2–7, with adult supervision)

We reviewed this ad-supported website that bills itself as “the yuckiest site on the internet” many moons ago. Since then, they’ve added more scientific activities and virtual labs that explore yucky stuff like mud, worms, roaches and (ewwwwww!) barfing, belching and blackheads. 

If you’ve got kids who like gross and gooey things, they’ll be right at home here.  This site lets you explore free interactives, videos, games and quizzes all to do with some of the yuckiest things in the natural world.  There’s truly more than you ever wanted to know about phlegm and other bodily functions. 

You can also allow Wendell (the worm) to guide you to games where you can play while you learn about:

*Worms – Get all of the dirt on worms and learn how they recycle.

*Gross and Cool Bodily Functions – Discover the function of body sounds and body parts including sweat, ear wax, gas and more.

*Yucky Fun & Games – Spin the Yucky Labs Wheel to find creepy crafts, revolting recipes, unusual activities, and icky experiments.

*Roach World – Learn amazing facts about cockroaches and their anatomy. Meet some of their other buggy friends too!

The “Yucky Fun & Games” and the “Gross and Cool Body” links are where you’ll find most of the educational content on the site.  The yucky lab experiments are really fun and informative. Turn on your speakers to hear the sound effects sure to send 10-year-old boys into a giggling fit.

NOTE: This is an ad-supported website with randomly generated ads that if clicked on, will lead to outside websites that I have NOT reviewed. PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE AND SUPERVISE USE.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Virtual Animal Safari & More!

October 9th, 2009

Recommended Website: Animal Movies

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 on vertebrates that include:

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

Then, look at the menu on the left side of the screen to check out the movies featuring invertebrates such as:

  • Insects
  • Arachnids
  • Worms
  • Crustaceans
  • 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.

Bookmark this site to return often!

Virtual Field Trip to Gummi Bear Factory

March 27th, 2009

I found the following review in the ClickSchooling archives — and think it’s worth another visit…

Recommended Website:
How Gummi Bears and Worms Are Made

Do you know someone who likes to eat Gummi Bears and Worms? At today’s website you can take a virtual tour of the Black Forest Candy manufacturing plant to see how gummi candies are made! When you get to the site simply click on the “Start” button to begin your tour that includes animation, text, photographs, and video clips that explain and demonstrate the manufacturing process of gummi bears and worms.

Bonus: Here’s an interesting science experiment that uses gummi worms.

Warning: These activities may create a craving for gummi worms and bears! Stock up in advance! :)


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website — fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.

Singing Science!

April 15th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Singing Science Records

Age Range: 5-10 (The songs are geared for early elementary school-age children, however, there are aspects that the whole family can enjoy.)

What fun! ClickSchooling subscriber Cie Buschle recommended today’s website that offers free science songs!

As the website owner explains,

“As a kid my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. We played them incessantly. In February 1998, I found the LPs in my parents’ basement. I cleaned them up…burned them onto a CD…and encoded them into MP3, so now you can hear them on the web.”

When you get to the website you will see a menu of about 80 songs divided into subject categories that include:

  • Space Songs – Learn about The Milky Way, the Sun, Shooting Starts, Longitude and Latitude, the Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton, Friction, Gravity and more!
  • Energy and Motion Songs – Find out about Energy, Electricity, Engines, Kinetic and Potential Energy, Chemical Energy, and Atomic Energy.
  • Experiment Songs – Listen to songs that provide instructions on how to conduct experiments that teach about Magnets, Air, Shadows, Rock, Gems, Minerals, and more.
  • Weather Songs – Discover information about the Stratosphere, Wind, Clouds, Warm and Cold Fronts, Humidity, Hurricanes, Tides, Snowflakes, and other weather marvels.
  • Nature Songs – Learn about Leaves, Trees, Insects, Mammals, Fish, Birds, Silk Worms, and other natural wonders.
  • More Nature Songs – Sing along to songs that teach about Metamorphosis, How a Frog Becomes a Frog, Fossils, Why the Sky is Blue, Parts of a Flower and more.

Simply click on the version of the tune you want to download, wait a minute, and the song will begin to play. The lyrics are not included, but the performers annunciate very clearly. After just a listen or two – you’ll be able to sing along!

You’ll recognize some of the tunes as classics set with new lyrics. I sampled a few of the songs and was surprised at how much science language is included.

For example, in “Why Does The Sun Shine” the lyrics include these lines:

The sun is a mass Of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees.

And in “How Does a Frog Become a Frog?” the lyrics include this:

How does a frog become a frog
Squatting on a bump of a log
How does a frog become a frog
Instead of a big pollywog?

In the spring the frogs have mated
The females eggs were expelled
Then the male frog fertilized the eggs
and said farewell.

Soon the eggs were tiny embryos
The embryos became pollywogs…

The songs are typical of the 1950s-1960s era and are sure to bring a wave of nostalgia to those familiar with the innocence of those times – even though it was the “Atomic Age.” :) Parents, as always, should preview the songs to determine the suitability of the content for their own children.

Cie wrote:

“I listened to some and found them fun and hilarious. They are definitely dated, but I still think young kids will enjoy them and older kids will laugh at them while still learning. They can be listened to directly on the site, or downloaded if you are more ‘techno-savvy’.”

This is great stuff! Enjoy!

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website – fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

Pond Scum Science!

February 12th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Ron’s Pond Scum

Age Range: All (Young children and non-readers will need parental assistance.)

ClickSchooling member Cassandra Brungardt recommended this website that 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 who lives with his wife in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I contacted Ron and learned that 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 told me that he 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 has two grown children. One daughter has a Master’s in Bio-Chemistry and another daughter is graduating in May with a BS in Biology. He wrote, “I guess some of the pond scum in my genes found its way to theirs.” :)

Ron’s Pond Scum is a terrific way to explore the life teaming in pond water without getting wet. It’s a great supplement to any science curriculum.

History of Dentistry

October 14th, 2004

Recommended Website:
American Dental Association: History of Dentistry

This site by the American Dental Association provides a unique timeline of dental history. When you get to the site you will see a timeline that includes:

  • Ancient Origins — Trace the origins of dental health from 5000 BC when an entry in a Sumerican text describes “tooth worms” as the cause of tooth decay.
  • Middle Ages-Renaissance — Explore the timeline entries from 500 to 1575 AD. Find out what monks and barbers had in common.
  • 18th Century — Paul Revere was a dentist?! Yes! And in 1776 he was involved in the first known case of dental forensics!
  • 19th Century — Read all about the remarkable advances in dental knowledge and some strange dental equipment that was used from 1801 to 1924.
  • 20th Century — this section recounts the technological advances in dentistry and dental procedures from 1903 to 1997.

When you are through looking at the timeline, use the menu on the left side of your sceen to see some incredible animations for children and adults that explain dental procedures and good oral hygiene. Play some games to promote knowledge of dental health.

Click on “Educators and Students” to find lessons on dental health for grades K-12 — as well as information on careers in the dental health profession.