Archive for the ‘science’ category

What Is Science & How Does It Work?

May 3rd, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

The University of California Museum of Paleontology: Understanding Science

(undsci.berkeley.edu/)

Grades K & up, with parental supervision

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (with funding by the National Science Foundation) provides this website that endeavors to provide fun, accessible and free resources that accurately communicate what science is and how it really works.

The activities here are designed to improve students’ ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.

When you get to the website you’ll see a variety of ways to get started. Explore the website or jump right into the lesson called “Understanding Science 101.”

Look for “For Teachers” as well. Use the grade level key below it. Click on a grade level and a new page opens. Scroll to “Getting Started” and below it, click on “Sample Starting Activities.” Here is just an example of what is available in each grade level:

  • K-2 – Exploring Liquids — Students use their senses to investigate and observe three liquids.
  • 3-5 – Tennis Shoe Detectives — Students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints.
  • 6-8 – Exploring Bouncing Balls — Students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls.
  • 9-12 – The Checks Lab — Students construct plausible scenarios to explain a series of bank checks.
  • 13-16 – Umbrellaology — Students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas.

In addition to the sample activities, you’ll also find tips for assessing your student’s ability, tips for teaching science, and a variety of more free lessons as well.

There is a great deal of free content here. Bookmark the site to make return visits.

Classic Kitchen Science Experiments

April 26th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, April 26, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen

(bizarrelabs.com/main.htm)

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

This website is an archive of classic “old school” science experiments from the early to mid-20th century. The experiments are easily made with stuff you will find around the house — especially in the kitchen. That said, the creator of the site doesn’t guarantee all of the experiments will work or that they are all safe, so parental discretion and oversight is a must.

You will find experiments that include every branch of science including:

  • Gasses and Liquids
  • Force, Motion, & Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Temperature
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • Atomic
  • Chemistry
  • Life
  • Earth, Weather and Astronomy
  • Communications
  • and more!

Learn everything from how to cast animal tracks, to how to make a solar oven or a foxhole radio. It’s all here. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

As with all science activities read through the list of “ingredients” and be sure you have what you need before convincing your child to try an experiment. Nothing dampens the scientific creative spirit more than not having the necessary materials to experiment in one’s kitchen laboratory.

Science Journals Just In Time For Earth Day!

April 19th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

The Natural Inquirer

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

PreK-12, with parental supervision

Earth Day is this week! 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 top menu 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!

Science with Easter Eggs

April 12th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, April 12, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Education World – Easter Science

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/04/lp337-02.shtml)

Grades Pre-K – 8, with parental supervision

Education World offers a myriad of age-appropriate cross-curriculum lesson plans. We are looking at Science today but this is certainly a resource to bookmark and return to often.

When you get to the webpage, scroll down to see a hands-on “eggs-periment” that teaches about density.

There are also ideas and activities to extend the lesson by introducing students to additional experiments to help demonstrate why people and things float more readily in Great Salt Lake than in most other bodies of water:

  • Great Salt Lake Saltwater Density Experiment
  • Exploring Density
  • Great Salt Lake’s Buoyancy and Density
  • Bathtub Physics
  • More “Eggs-perimenting” Fun

And the fun goes on teaching other scientific concepts! (Appropriate grades for each experiment are indicated in parentheses.)

  • Egg Magic (Grades PreK-3)
  • Eggs Don’t Break? (Grades PreK-3)
  • Egg Fun (Grades K-6)
  • Bouncing Eggs in Science (Grades K-8)
  • Egg Drop and Air Pressure (Grades 3-6)
  • The Shrinking Egg (Grades 3-8)
  • Make a Flying Wing (Grades 4-8)
  • Diffusion and Semi-Permeable Membranes (Grades 4-8)

Is It Science or Fiction?

March 30th, 2022

TechNovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction

(technovelgy.com/)

Grades 5 and up, 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 Dictionary, 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 on 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.

Explore NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft

March 29th, 2022

NASA: Solar System Exploration – Cassini

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

All grades, 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.

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