Archive for the ‘science’ category

Summer Activities with Science

June 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Summer Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/SummerActivities.aspx)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

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

The summer topics include: 

  • Animal Students
  • Ants
  • Backyard Safari
  • Beach Science
  • Build a Birdbath
  • Butterfly Watching
  • Caterpillar Hunt
  • Clouds
  • Fireflies
  • And many more!

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

Learn all about Saturn and its Moons

June 16th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Solar System Exploration – Cassini

(solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/overview/)

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

 

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

When arriving at the website, read the Overview to learn about Saturn and the Cassini mission, lasting over two decades. Make sure to scroll down to see the 10 Ways Cassini Mattered. Next, hover your mouse over the menu in the middle: 

  • The Journey – Timeline, Spacecraft, Grand Finale
  • Mission – The Saturn Tour has photos and videos.
  • Science – Learn about Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus.
  • Galleries – Images, Videos, and more

After exploring all that this website has to offer, check out the “Kids” link under the “More” menu at the top for coloring pages and activities.

If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study.

Fun Science Activities

June 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Instructables – Science

(www.instructables.com/teachers/projects/?subjects=science)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website contains thousands of instructions explaining how to do a wide variety of things from cooking to building robots and much more.

As the website explains, “Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of icons including: 

  • Model Earth
  • Solar System Dimensions
  • Homemade Parachute
  • Alka-Seltzer Rockets
  • Build a Model of a Human Cell
  • Make a Human Lung Model
  • Rainbow in a Bottle
  • and much more!

This is a terrific resource you can refer to again and again. Bookmark it to return often!

NOTE – Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Science with Ladybugs!

May 26th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website is all about ladybugs! Maintained by an entomologist, this site offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the “Facts about Ladybugs” link on the menu on the left side of the screen to find the answers to questions such as: 

  • What do ladybugs eat?
  • Are ladybugs poisonous?
  • How did the ladybug get its name?
  • Do the spots tell you how old they are?
  • And many more!

You’ll also find ladybug crafts and coloring pages. And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered a “beneficial” insect.

Free Bee Identification Cards

May 19th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings.

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Teaching Resources” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

Dinosaurs for Kids

May 12th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dinosaurs for Kids

(www.kids-dinosaurs.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. This Google-ad-supported website offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults as well.)

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to view:  

  • Top Dinosaurs
  • Dino Facts
  • Fun

The site features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more! Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Print and trace your very own dinosaur. And more!

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

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