Archive for the ‘science’ category

Free Biology Lessons & Lab Animations

March 31st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Biology Place

(www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site, sponsored by textbook publisher Pearson, offers free biology lessons and lab animations. This multi-media resource can be used in conjunction with any basic biology textbook or curriculum, or as a fascinating exploration for the incurably curious.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of three items: 

  • BioCoach – This section is designed for reviewing and enhancing biology information gleaned from textbooks and classroom lessons. However, the animations and interactive aspects really help all learners (including those outside classroom walls) to visualize and understand biological concepts including: 
    • Biomembranes
    • Biomolecules
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Cell Structure and Function
    • DNA Structure and Replication
    • Meiosis
    • Mitosis
    • Plant Structure and Growth
    • And more!
  • LabBench – This is an interactive virtual lab that helps students further understand basic biology concepts. References are made to actual classroom lab activities (for example, an instruction to look at a slide under a microscope). However, the virtual lab offers a picture of what you would see if you were viewing the slide through a microscope. So, while you might not have the hands-on experience, you can still learn a lot. You can even take a quiz at the end of each lab to see what you retain. There are 12 labs in all that include: 
    • Diffusion & Osmosis
    • Enzyme Catalysis
    • Mitosis & Meiosis
    • Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis
    • Cell Respiration
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics of Organisms
    • Population Genetics
    • Transpiration
    • Circulatory Physiology
    • Animal Behavior
    • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Glossary – Get definitions of biological words, terms, and phrases.

This is a good resource for introducing biology concepts, supplementing any study of biology, and it can be used to refresh your memory about biology course material as well.

Spring Activities with Science

March 25th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Spring Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/SpringActivities.aspx/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The spring topics include: 

  • Baby Animals
  • Bird Study
  • Butterfly Feeders
  • Dandelions
  • Five Senses in Spring
  • Frog Songs
  • Maple Sugaring
  • Rain Study
  • And many more!

These questions and activities should keep you busy for the rest of the season!

Your Guide to the Heavens

March 17th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WikiSky.org

(www.wikisky.org/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

WikiSky.org is to the universe what Google Earth is to the Earth — a fantastic way to explore the constellations and galaxies from the comfort of your home.

WikiSky has created an extremely detailed sky map to help everybody better understand the information gathering about any space object and various phenomena connected with those space objects. When you get to the site, you can type in the name of the object you are looking for in the “Find Object” box. Or you can scroll over and click on any of the links on the right. You’ll see that object on the screen along with some text explaining more. However, we suggest you click on “Getting Started” to learn more on how to move about the site.

The Science of Non-Destructive Testing

March 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NDT Education Resources

(www.nde-ed.org/EducationResources/educationresource.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

What is Non-Destructive Testing? It’s a method of testing and inspecting industrial parts and materials without damaging them. NDT technicians and engineers test for material conditions and flaws that might cause planes to crash, reactors to fail, trains to derail, pipelines to burst, etc.

Through methods such as radiology, NDT allows inspection without interfering with a product’s final use. NDT inspectors use the sciences of:  

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • X-Rays
  • Sound

This website provides free, interactive lessons in all four of these sciences for students in middle school and high school.

Under the paragraph entitled “The Science of Nondestructive Testing”, you’ll see links to the introduction, and then the 4 sciences. Click on any one of the sciences and a new page opens with a table of contents for the curriculum in that field.

Click on any topic to learn more, or just follow the arrows to chronologically follow the curriculum. Each page offers interesting text and illustrations. Many pages contain multi-media, interactive demonstrations of the concepts discussed. The material is presented in an engaging way to capture student interest.

If your student enjoys the material here, they may be interested in learning more about a career in NDT. You’ll find information about that (designed just for middle and high school students) at the site as well. Here’s the direct link.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 11th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 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 14-17, 2020.

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.

Hands-On Biology Activities

February 4th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, February 4, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Serendip – Biology

(serendipstudio.org/sci_edu/waldron/)

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

 

This website that offers FREE hands-on activities for teaching biology to middle school and high school students.

These activities were designed by a graduate student of the Biology Department at the University of Pennsylvania who notes, “The expression ‘hands-on, minds-on’ summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities — namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts.”

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction followed by the lessons with Student Handouts and Teacher Preparation Notes available in either PDF or Word formats. (You can also access the activities by clicking on the “Table of Contents” menu on the right side of the screen.) The activities cover a broad range of biological topics and are presented in one *possible* effective sequence for learning biology. Here is a sample of activity titles: 

  • Is Yeast Alive?
  • Introduction to Osmosis
  • Photosynthesis Investigation
  • Mitosis, Meiosis and Fertilization
  • Dragon Genetics
  • DNA
  • Moldy Jell-O
  • Regulation of Human Heart Rate
  • How do we Sense the Flavors of Food?
  • And so much more!

As noted at the website, most of the activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies. Sources for the equipment and supplies you’ll need are provided in the printable “Teacher Preparation Notes.”

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