Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Science Experiment Resources for K-12

June 21st, 2022

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Home Science Tools

(learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

Today’s website is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include:

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Physics & Engineering
  • And more!

Some of the experiments include:

  • Make a Super Bubble Solution
  • Test a plant for starch
  • How to make a rubber band car
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

Favorite Science Activities & Lesssons!

May 10th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Grades 6-8, with parental supervision

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.

  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links — so parent supervision, as always, is advised.

  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

Biology Videos That Make Sense!

March 22nd, 2022

AsapSCIENCE

(www.youtube.com/AsapSCIENCE)

Grades 7-adult, with parental supervision

Some of the videos contain adult topics. See note below. Parents should preview the site and supervise Internet access.) This is a YouTube channel where AsapSCIENCE offers free, short, entertaining videos that explain biological concepts. Created by two biologists, a new video is posted weekly and engages viewers with fast-paced and informative explanations accompanied by lots of entertaining and colorful illustrations.

When you get to the website the current video will launch on the screen. Choose the VIDEO tab to see the menu of archived videos on topics that include:

  • The Science of Love
  • How Your Brain Works
  • Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg?
  • Zombie Apocalypse Science
  • The Moon Illusion
  • The Creation of Pearls
  • The Science of Superheroes
  • And Many More!

The presentations are designed to be informal and informative. The use of humor and some slang terminology, along with simple diagrams and silly pictures, is intended to make biology seem “cool,” making it more accessible to the general population.

NOTE: There are a number of AsapSCIENCE videos that are geared for older viewers and/or that have controversial topics including drugs, alcohol, hangovers, sex, contraception, bodily functions, etc. Since every parent has different criteria for what is suitable content for any particular age range, PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PREVIEW THE VIDEOS AND SUPERVISE ALL INTERNET ACCESS.

One more thing…YouTube contains random advertisements, and it allows viewers to post comments (that may contain offensive language). Again, parental supervision is advised. That said, there are plenty of videos in this archive that provide sound scientific explanations of topics that are appropriate for general audiences.

Irish Potato Science Experiments & Activities

March 15th, 2022

Irish Potato Science

(Various sources)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision

Since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and the potato is a staple of the Irish diet, we thought it would be fun to offer some science experiments using potatoes!

Can You Push A Straw Through A Potato?

This website will teach you how to push a straw through a potato so you can amaze your friends on St. Pat’s Day, and explain the science behind it!

Make a Potato Battery

Get the 4-1-1 on how to make a potato battery and why it works.

The Potato Then & Now – A Potato Curriculum

This site offers a comprehensive look at the past and present history of potatoes. It includes the story of the potato’s Peruvian beginnings, its migration around the world (along with a historical timeline), how the potato was introduced to Ireland and the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the biology of the potato and info on its cultivation cycle — and the fungus that was responsible for the Irish Potato Famine, the modern science and technology of potato production, a potato curriculum for grades 3-9, and lots of fascinating trivia facts about the potato.

Potato Print and Play Activities

The Idaho Potato Commission offers potato-themed word searches, mazes, and coloring pages for FREE.

A Preschool Potato Curriculum

Universal Preschool shares some great educational and fun ideas for having potato fun with preschoolers.

Have fun learning with potatoes!

Fun Frog Fables & Parables

December 8th, 2021

Frogland: Frogs, Fables, & Parables!

(allaboutfrogs.org/stories/fables.html)

All grades, with parental supervision

The “Frogland” website was developed by a frog-lover to show that the Internet can indeed provide a wealth of useful information and still be fun. Dedicated to educators, the site inspires interest in herpetology, biology, environmental issues, and language arts!

For this Language Arts review, we’ve focused on a section of the Frogland website that doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles but it does have over a dozen short stories that feature frogs, all with a thought-provoking moral or lesson.

There is also a caveat: “Frog Lovers be-warned! These stories often have VERY UNFORTUNATE endings for the frog!!”

Here are some examples of what you will find:

  • The Scorpion and the Frog – A scorpion asks to cross a river on the back of a frog. (This is one that ends disastrously for the frog.)
  • The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk – A frog fastens himself to a mouse by the leg, with terrible results for them both.
  • Frog in a Milk Pail – A frog lands in a milk pail and does not give up until he finds a way out. (This one has a happy ending.)

Many of these stories have been used to pass down collected wisdom from one generation to another. See how many are familiar, and how many new ones you can discover. The thought-provoking fables can be used to increase your student’s cultural literacy. They are great conversation and story starters as well.

When you’ve read them all, explore the rest of the Frogland site that has lots of frog-themed information, resources, and games.

Learn with Biology Questions & Answers

November 16th, 2021

Biology Questions and Answers

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

Grades 6 and up, 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 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 is 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.

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