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Christmas Science

December 3rd, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Christmas Science

(www.science-sparks.com/christmas-science/)

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

 

We’ve recently reviewed other parts of this website but we thought with the season upon us it would be appropriate to spotlight these 20 Christmas-themed science experiments.

You’ll find experiments for the kitchen, the playroom and even outside. These are fun and there is something here that everyone will enjoy!

In the kitchen enjoy these: 

  • Make some spiced apple cider and explore filtering at the same time.
  • Make lovely mint-flavored chocolate leaves and learn about changes of state.
  • Create fizzing Christmas trees or gingerbread men.

In the playroom try: 

  • a Christmas themed magnet or marble maze.
  • How about making jumping snowmen or Christmas trees using static electricity?
  • Designing some symmetrical Christmas trees.
  • Making a Christmas-themed Optical Illusion.

Outside explore: 

  • Create wonderful ice ornaments.
  • Work out how tall your Christmas tree is without measuring it.

There is much more here including activities for younger children. Bookmark this page and use it throughout the holiday season.

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving!

(www.wksu.org/news/story/20130%20)

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

 

Visit this website and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

At this site, you will learn The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner! Listen to a 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.

Also check out:

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work
How does this little device imitate a thermometer?
 
Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?
Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.
 
The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato
Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?
 
The Science of Cranberry Sauce
Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activities

November 19th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inquiry In Action

(www.inquiryinaction.org/)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Check out this website published by the American Chemical Society where you can download lesson plans with activities that teach chemistry and physical science.

When you get to the website, choose from 

  • Kindergarten Lessons
  • Grade 2 Lessons
  • Grade 5 Lessons

In kindergarten, you can investigate the weather – What makes it rain or snow? What is wind? The second grade lessons include Float and Sink, Heating and Cooling and more. And in fifth grade, students can conduct experiments with M&M’s in water, and much more!

Be sure to check out Educational Resources from the top menu as well. This site is a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

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.

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