Posts Tagged ‘chemistry’

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving!

(www.wksu.org/news/story/20130%20)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visit this website and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

At this site, you will learn The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner! Listen to a 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.

Also check out:

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work
How does this little device imitate a thermometer?
 
Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?
Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.
 
The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato
Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?
 
The Science of Cranberry Sauce
Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activities

November 19th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Inquiry In Action

(www.inquiryinaction.org/)

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

 

Check out this website published by the American Chemical Society where you can download lesson plans with activities that teach chemistry and physical science.

When you get to the website, choose from 

  • Kindergarten Lessons
  • Grade 2 Lessons
  • Grade 5 Lessons

In kindergarten, you can investigate the weather – What makes it rain or snow? What is wind? The second grade lessons include Float and Sink, Heating and Cooling and more. And in fifth grade, students can conduct experiments with M&M’s in water, and much more!

Be sure to check out Educational Resources from the top menu as well. This site is a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

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.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12

August 28th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

VocabularySpellingCity

(https://www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the free games. When you get to the site, click on “Free” in the left side bar, then choose from the following: 

  • Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill by grade range: K-2nd Sight Words, 3rd-5th Possessive Nouns, 6th-8th Geography and 9th-12th Chemistry.
  • Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.
  • And more games and activities like Word Match, Word Search, Hang Mouse

Students will naturally intuit how this site works. Parents may find the FAQs helpful in understanding how the site works, and the many features it offers.

 

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration. You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Project-Based Science Lessons for Grades 5-12

July 9th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teachers TryScience

(http://www.teacherstryscience.org/lp)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.

When you get to the site, you’ll see three lesson plans. Click “See All” to get to the rest. (There are currently almost 700!) Click on any one and a new page opens with the target grade (ages), the estimated time required for the project, the topics covered, goals, objectives and more.

You’ll also find links to resources and materials that are needed, as well as comments from teachers who used the project in their classroom.

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.

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