Archive for the ‘science’ category

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.”

Shrinking Gummy Bears & Polymer Science

January 21st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, January 21, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids’ Macrogalleria

(pslc.ws/macrog/kidsmac/index.htm)

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

 

This educational website is a FABULOUS one for helping kids learn all about polymers. What’s a polymer? Go to the website and find out.

When you get to the site you’ll see a fun intro page with a menu that includes: 

  • What is a Polymer? – To get to the bottom of it you’ll learn about atoms, elements and molecules and then discover some great and not-so-great things about polymers.
  • Where are Polymers? – Explore the online mall to discover polymers in shoes, clothing, auto parts, pool supplies, bagpipes, toys, food and more!
  • Types of Polymers – There are many kinds of polymers – both natural and synthetic. Explore cellulose, rayon, starch, rubber, proteins, gelatin, epoxy, nylon, polyester, polystyrene, PVC, silicone and more to learn about polymers that are tough and hard as well as polymers that bend and stretch.
  • Making Stuff – Learn how things are made from polymers. Discover composites, crosslinking, copolymers, and how polymers are made from monomers.

Play online games, including a mystery adventure about musical instruments under Flash Activities! Take polymer quizzes. Very young children may enjoy the “Find Paul” game (under Just for Fun) – go all over the website looking for Paul the Lemur, then enjoy his interactive coloring book and some activity pages that go with it.

This is a fun and engaging way to explore the science of polymers!

[ClickSchooling] TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

January 14th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

(http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html)

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

 

This is a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.

In this 17-minute video filmed for TED.com (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.

If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.

Free Animated Science Videos

January 7th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make Me Genius

(makemegenius.com/english_video.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website based in India, was developed by a group of high school students in collaboration with teachers to offer free animated videos that explain science concepts in a way that is engaging and fun for students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of science videos separated by grade range from K-7 that cover a variety of science topics including: 

  • Solar System
  • Hibernation and Migration
  • 3 States of Matter
  • Weather vs. Climate
  • Sink or Float
  • Ecosystem
  • The Nervous System
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion

When you’re through watching the videos, take a quiz to test your knowledge of what you’ve learned. (See Science Test & Quiz link on left sidebar.)

And just for fun, check out the Jokes for Kids that you and your children can enjoy and share.

Winter Solstice Science

December 17th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, December 17, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciJinks: What’s a Solstice

(scijinks.gov/solstice/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Winter Solstice will soon be here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth). It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is celebrated by various cultures and religions worldwide. But what exactly is a solstice?

At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs. This presentation includes information about: 

  • The Equator
  • Earth’s Axis of Rotation
  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Spring and Autumnal Equinox

When you’re through exploring the solstice page, use the menu to access mini-lessons and games that teach about: 

  • Weather
  • Hurricanes and Storms
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice
  • Tides and Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Seasons

And more!

Live Web Cams!

December 10th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, December 10, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

(https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/live-web-cams)

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

 

Check out all the webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about ocean science!

Some of the cams are only live during certain hours, but there are recordings if you are viewing them after hours. The choices are: 

  • Aviary Cam
  • Coral Reef Cam
  • Jelly Cam
  • Kelp Forest Cam
  • Penguin Cam
  • Sea Otter Cam
  • Shark Cam
  • and more

When you are finished seeing all the marine animals, learn more using the “Education” link from the left sidebar. Click on “Curriculum” under “Classroom Resources” – you can choose grade level or exhibit. There will be a focus question, overview, objectives, background for the topic you are interested in, then a materials list, procedure, and more. 

Be sure to check out the Games & Activities as well including: 

  • Animal Fact Cards & Games
  • Bird Bingo
  • Decorate a Shark Mask
  • Kelp Crossword
  • and more

This is an incredible site! Bookmark it to return often.

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