Posts Tagged ‘biology’

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.

Peregrine Falcons: From Egg to Flight

March 12th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cyberbee: Peregrine Falcons

(www.cyberbee.com/falcon_sites.html)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of free educational content that includes fantastic curriculum ideas and web projects for all subjects. This review features ONE of the many terrific resources as an introduction to Cyberbee.com – and it’s all about Peregrine Falcons.

When you get to the site you will find a brief introduction in the center of the page followed by a listing of up-to-date and current web-based resources for learning all about Peregrine Falcons including: 

  • Falcon Banding – Learn all about scientific bird banding used to track peregrine falcons as part of preservation and conservation programs.
  • Falcon Facts – Get the 4-1-1 on peregrine biology, migration and much more from the best scientific resources on the Net.
  • Falcon Speed –  Learn more about the “fastest animal on Earth”.

You can also virtually visit some peregrine falcon nests all over the U.S. through live cameras that are trained on the nests.

Back on the home page, on the left sidebar, get ideas for how to incorporate subjects like math, science, language arts, social studies, and technology (aligned with national curriculum standards) into the study of peregrine falcons.

On the right sidebar, explore the links to free lessons and activities that include some free, downloadable and printable materials and worksheets to help your students conduct a web-based scavenger hunt, record research information and make science observations, learn new vocabulary, and use math skills.

This is an excellent cross-curricular unit study that you can use whole or in part to boost your children’s knowledge.

When you are through, use the menu at the top of the page to explore the many other curriculum ideas, research tools, treasure hunts, web projects, and web links that Cyberbee offers on this site. Bookmark it – it’s an amazing resource intended for classroom teachers that homeschoolers can easily use regardless of methodology.

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AMNH: Ology

(www.amnh.org/explore/ology)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. Explore some of the following fields of science: 

  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.
  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.

And more!

You can also explore by activity: games, stories, hands-on activities and videos. There are many engaging educational games and activities on this site to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

And back on the home page, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum.

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