Archive for the ‘science’ category

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.

Where Science Meets Fiction

May 5th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TechNovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction

(technovelgy.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free archive that enables you to explore the inventions and predictions of science fiction writers that have come true or are coming true in today’s world. There are over 3,200 different inventions archived that were first introduced through the imaginations of science fiction writers.

When you get to the site you can explore the featured items on the home page, or use the menu at the top of the page to search by Glossary, Author, Book, or Timeline. Once you find a topic that interests you, click on it and a new page opens. That page may contain some or all of the following: 

  • A blurb from the novel mentioning the invention or idea
  • Commentary about the idea including comparisons and similarities to other sci-fi technology mentioned in other novels, television shows, and movies
  • Links to science articles that discuss the current development of these inventions and ideas in today’s world
  • Links to real-world video demonstrations of the inventions
  • Links to websites with further information.

If this doesn’t generate interest in reading a sci-fi novel, we don’t know what will. It will also springboard students to want to learn more about science and technology.

NOTE: We only reviewed a sampling of what’s available at this website, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise their children’s exploration – not only to determine the suitability of content on the Technovelgy website, but because the links take you to other websites that we have not reviewed. 

One more piece of advice: Read the FAQs (see link at the bottom of the homepage). We found them to be helpful and we think you will too.

Games That Teach How Things Work

April 28th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EdHeads: Activate Your Mind

(edheads.org/page/GameInfo)

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

 

This website offers free, colorful and engaging educational animations designed for teachers and students that explain how things work. EdHeads is a non-profit organization that raises money to produce the animations through the ads you’ll see on the site. The ads are randomly generated, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise use of the site.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the list of games. The 5 games that do not require membership are: 

  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Nano Start Up
  • Trauma
  • Virtual Hip Resurfacing
  • Sickle Cell DNA

Each animation is narrated (so turn on your speakers) and comes with a “Teachers Guide” that provides the recommended grade level, tips for using the animation in the classroom (that can be tweaked for home education), printable activities, state and national standards, as well as quizzes.

The site provides the option to see graphic pictures of real surgeries, etc., so again, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT. Some of the activities and animations provide links to recommended sources for further learning as well. We have not reviewed those links.

Free Environmental Science Journals

April 21st, 2020

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Natural Inquirer

(www.naturalinquirer.org/all-issues.html)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Happy Earth Day tomorrow! This website offers FREE science education journals: “The Natural Inquirer,” for middle and high school, “Investi-gator” for upper elementary, and readers for PreK-2. Scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research in a fun and engaging way.

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article or more on a specific research project. Some of the issues are entitled: 

  • World’s Forests
  • A Burning Question
  • Chew on This!
  • Full Throttle Model
  • Fresh Water
  • Wilderness
  • Flower Power
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research. You can download the issue(s) you are interested in or order hard copies (only 5 issues at a time).

Be sure to check out the left side bar under “For Educators” for links to lesson plans, science cards and posters, and more.

This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources! Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

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