Posts Tagged ‘biology’

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.

Free Science Broadcasts, Videos, and more

October 1st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Friday

(www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/)

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

 

The Science Friday website is a companion to the weekly science talk show, broadcast on PBS.

Each week, the host Ira Flatow, a science journalist, moderates a panel discussion among expert guests on science topics that are in the news such as: 

  • NASA To Launch An Eye In The Sky For Asteroids
  • Why AI Is A Growing Part Of The Criminal Justice System
  • Widening The Lens On A More Inclusive Science
  • SciFri Book Club: One For The Birds
  • Where There’s Thunder, There’s Lightning Science
  • and many more

When you get to the site, scroll down to the topic of choice where you can listen to a segment or the whole episode. Or scroll all the way down to choose by topic: 

  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Space
  • Health
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • and more

But that’s not all…

Use the menu at the top of the page to: 

  • Explore – Read Articles, Listen to Audios, Watch Videos and more
  • Educate – Scroll through the educational resources or choose by grade level, duration or subject

There is a lot of rich content archived at this site that can be used to explore science topics in depth – or simply to spark conversations to peak interest in science.

As always, we recommend that parents preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

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.

Build Your Knowledge of Biology

August 6th, 2019

It’s Tuesday, August 6, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(https://www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu in the middle of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas:

  • Bacteria
  • Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

(PLEASE NOTE: Since our review, you can only ask 5 questions for free. After that, it is $9 per month or $39 per year to access the site.)

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena.

As explained at the website:  “… Students will engage in scientific exploration… achieve conceptual learning… make connections to everyday life… take and sense ownership of their learning experience… see science as accessible, understandable and enjoyable.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, teacher resources including tips on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Masses and Springs
  • Energy Forms and Changes
  • Wave Interference
  • Build a Fraction
  • And more!

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

Learn more about cells

March 19th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Biology – A Tour of the Cell

(www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/biology/interactive.jsp)

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

 

Can you imagine how many millions of these tiny cells are inside of your body at this very moment? Amazing! This tour of a cell from the National Science Foundation is very detailed and informative.

“Although the cell is the smallest unit of life, it is by no means simple.”

Thus begins this brief-but-fascinating exploration. The opening picture is a large, full-color image of a cell. To begin, click on any of the numbered parts of the cell and a beautiful, detailed close-up image of that cell art will appear, along with one or two paragraphs of information about it. Parts featured include: 

  • the cell membrane
  • DNA
  • RNA
  • endoplasmic reticulum
  • mitochondria

and more.

Once you have viewed a part of the cell, you will see small numbers below the photo of that part. These numbers provide a convenient way to navigate through the site sequentially, if you prefer. If you click “Explore More,” you will go back to the main page.

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