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Interactive exhibits to make science fun

November 12th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science U

(www.scienceu.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a remarkable website that offers interactive exhibits to make science fun. The multimedia articles and activities are of a higher caliber than many websites designed for kids – so it will cause visitors to stretch a little and broaden their knowledge painlessly.

When you get to the site you will see that the menu is set up like a university campus. Click on the Observatory and learn about the solar system and space. Click on the Geometry Center and learn about fractals and tessellations. Click on the Library and discover information about the weather, seasons, plants and flowers and much more! The site is designed so that users can create their own animations as they experiment with new scientific concepts.

This website is one that can provide ongoing science curriculum supplements. Bookmark it and return often to take advantage of the many offerings. The site also has a “campus store” where you can purchase some of the materials and books recommended for further study in the activities section but there is no purchase necessary to use the free activities.

Dig These Free Geology and Paleontology Lessons

November 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paleontology Portal

(www.paleoportal.org/)

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

 

Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey and others, this website offers a free “portal” to resources and interactive lessons that help students learn geology and paleontology.

At the website, select from one of the following destinations: 

  • Exploring Time & Space – Discover the geology and paleontology of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Fossil Gallery – View fossil images of plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and more.
  • Famous Flora & Fauna – Click on an interactive map to learn about significant North American fossil finds.
  • K-12 – This section is a TREASURE TROVE of links to interactive resources that help students fully appreciate paleontology by exploring plate tectonics, geologic time, and fossil records.

You’ll also find links to resources for careers in paleontology, information on how to collect fossils, links to museums you can visit with fossil collections, and read bios and interviews with paleontologists and geologists.

Navigating this website is simple and fun, making this a wonderful starting point for those interested in paleontology.

Robert Krampf’s Science Experiments

October 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Happy Scientist

(thehappyscientist.com/free-science-content)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has free science content that we’ll explore in this review – but you can also become a member ($29.95/year) which allows you to access even more content (specifically, the archives of past newsletters/experiments, and many science videos). We heartily recommend Robert Krampf’s Science Education website.

As for the freebies, when you get to the site you’ll see the list of science videos including: 

  • Growing Crystals Under a Microscope
  • Rollback Can
  • Electricity
  • A Color You Can’t See
  • and more!

Be sure to check out Science Fair Resources and his Free Pages. And until October 31, go to this page to have free access to his Halloween Science videos.

Robert’s experiments are designed to make science fun and understandable. Most are simple enough for very young students, but written to make them fun for adults as well.

Track Migrations and Seasons

October 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Journey North

(journeynorth.org/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website chronicles “one of the largest citizen science programs in North America.” You can become part of their scientific research team by observing, counting, and reporting the data back or just follow the migrations of many different creatures.

When you get to the site, learn about the migration of birds and more including: 

  • Hummingbirds
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Bald Eagle
  • Earthworms
  • Common Loons
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Whooping Cranes
  • Gray Whales
  • and many more

View maps and sign up to report your findings. Also under “Education” in the top menu, there are “Educator Planning Tools: 

  • Instructional Activities
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Reading Strategies
  • Inquiry Strategies

This is just chock-full of fascinating learning opportunities that kids are sure to enjoy.

Free Science Lesson Plans

October 8th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 8, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EduRef

(eduref.org/lessons/science)

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website consists of contributions from teachers sharing their favorite science lesson plans.

When you get to the site, you can get right to any lesson plan listed. Or you can choose a category from the right side bar including: 

  • Agriculture
  • Amimals
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Paleontology
  • Physics
  • Space Sciences
  • and more

Each lesson plan has an age range along with: 

  • Overview
  • Purpose
  • Resources/Materials
  • Objectives
  • Activities and Procedures
  • Tying it all Together

You can even print out the lesson plans to refer to as needed.

Beautiful Images of the Biological World

September 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Exquisite Beauty of Life

(www1.udel.edu/biology/Wags/histopage/wagnerart/wagart.html)

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

 

This website, created by Roger C. Wagner, vividly demonstrates how computers can be utilized to enhance biological images, such as electron micrographs of molecules and cells, and models of biological entities.

When you get to the site, click on the text above any of the photos to see a collection of stunning computer-enhanced images. The photos are categorized according to the method of enhancement used. (Click each link for a brief explanation of what that enhancement entailed.)The photos include: 

  • Colored Electron Micrographs – Color was Photoshopped into gray-scale photos taken by electron microscopes, with positively amazing results.
  • 3D Models of Biological Structures – These models were constructed using 3D imaging software. (Click the link for a full description of how they were made.)
  • Confocal Microscopic Images – More advanced students may wish to read up on this time-consuming process as described on Wikipedia, but everyone can enjoy the clear detail and radiant color of the resulting images.
  • Anaglyph Stereo Images – Get your red-green 3D glasses ready to see the beautiful stereoscopic images that resulted.
  • Imaginary Life Forms and Imaginary Worlds – These fantastic creations showcase what computers can do to enhance anything that can be imagined and sketched.
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