Posts Tagged ‘anatomy’

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

March 31st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cells Alive!

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. It was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. When you get to the site, use the menu to explore categories that include:

*Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.

*Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.

*Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.

*Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

You can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content.

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

Incredible KidsHealth Website!

November 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KidsHealth

 

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This site is overwhelming and fabulous for teaching about the different body systems. This website has that, and much more. There are animated demonstrations, downloadable images, games, etc. Check it out some time when you have a lot of time. You’ll have to bookmark this one and return several times to explore the many offerings here.
Before you invite your kids to check out this website please PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items that include multi-media games, movies, and quizzes about various health topics from anatomy to nutrition to disease. Click on any one to have fun while learning how to stay fit physically, mentally, and emotionally. Use the menu on the left to explore:
  • Dealing with Feelings – You’ll find a series of articles here that address simple and complicated issues in ways kids can understand. Topics include dealing with bullies, understanding divorce, getting along with siblings, peer pressure, what to do when a pet dies, etc.
  • Staying Healthy – Short articles here explain things like BMI (Body Mass Index), steroids, acne, bad breath, smoking, sleep disorders, E. Coli, allergies, nutrition, and more.
  • Recipes – Find recipes for healthy snacks along with recipes for kids on specific diets due to health problems such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and celiac disease. There are recipes for vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance as well.
  • Everyday Illnesses and Injuries – A First Aid course on what to do if you get flu, bug bites, injuries, cold sores, warts, West Nile Virus, chickenpox, strep throat, and more. It even explains “What’s Puke?”
  • How the Body Works – Learn all about your bones, brain, digestive system, ears, eyes, hair, heart, kidneys, lungs, muscles, nails, nose, skin, teeth, and tongue!
  • Q&A – Find the answers to all of the questions you have about icky, unusual, and fascinating bodily functions.
  • People, Places, & Things That Help Me – Get explanations for what various doctors, dentists, and therapists do. Find out what happens in the hospital. Learn about ADHD medicines, fluoride, retainers, dialysis, and more.
  • Staying Safe – Discover how to be safe in any environment.
  • The Game Closet – This section is an interactive jackpot of games, movies, experiments, quizzes, activities that help kids explore health and the human body.
  • Health Problems – Learn about serious and not-so-serious health problems that kids experience from hives and athlete’s foot to spina bifida and meningitis.

This site contains a wealth of information that you can use to complement any science curriculum.

Virtual Cockroach Dissection!

October 14th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 14, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Orkin: Virtual Roach

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides a free, virtual lab dissection of the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) for the study of insect anatomy. As explained at the website, “Insects are a major component of every non-marine ecosystem on earth, placing Entomology at the core of agricultural, environmental and life science curricula.” The Virtual Roach is an auto-tutorial in insect anatomy that uses images from scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs and photomicrographs along with scientific terminology and references.

When you get to the site you’ll see the “Orkin” logo. To the right is a menu that allows you to select the views for the virtual dissection that include:

  • Exoskeleton – Head, Thorax, Abdomen, Habitus
  • Viscera – Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine, Excretory, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, and Respiratory systems

Click on any one to explore this fascinating virtual lab activity.

Directly above the main screen you’ll see the “Tabs” that include:

  • Index – See a list of all of the parts of the roach that are included in the virtual dissection.
  • Help – Don’t miss this – it briefly explains the features included in the tutorial and how to use them.

This is a terrific way to get familiar with insect anatomy and could be used as a pre-lab introduction or as a post-lab review tool should you decide to conduct a real dissection. Try not to say, “Eewwww!”

Human Anatomy Arcade Games!

July 15th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Anatomy Arcade

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 6-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. It’s designed with teenage students in mind, as well as a way for health care professionals to refresh their knowledge.
When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu of the games that include:
  • Poke-A-Muscle – Learn the names of the muscles of the human body.
  • Whack-A-Bone – Learn the names of the bones in the human body.
  • The Eye Jigsaw – Drag-and-drop the parts of the eye.
  • Match A Body System – Have fun learning about the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems and more!
  • Match A Brain – Discover the parts of the human brain.
  • Digestive Jigsaw – Put together the parts of the human digestive system.

Click on any one and a new page opens. You can select “Games By Body System” by using the menu on the left side of the screen. You can also select “Games By Type” such as jigsaw, crossword, word search, matching, animation, etc.

Science with Butterflies

July 8th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Children’s Butterfly Site

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!
When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include:

*Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. You’ll also find a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

*Frequently Asked Questions – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.

*Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!

*Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. There are even links to conservation programs that you can participate in as a citizen-scientist. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.

*Galleries – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.

*Teaching and Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

A 4th of July Curriculum

July 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 3, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Various

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

The 4th of July offers lots of opportunities to learn more about U.S. History, Social Studies, Science and more! Here are some websites to get you started.

 

ClassBrain.com – 4th of July

 

At this site you will find a stunning compendium of 4th of July themed activities with links to:

  • History lessons
  • Primary source documents
  • Texts, literature, poems, and songs
  • Quizzes, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Crafts
  • and much more.

 

There is enough material here to provide an entire unit study on American history and in particular the events associated with Independence Day.

 

Kaboom!

 

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Anatomy of a Firework – an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks
  • Demolition Woman – read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.
 
If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks – they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

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