Posts Tagged ‘chemistry’

Celebrate National Chemistry Week!

October 12th, 2021

American Chemical Society: National Chemistry Week

(www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html?_ga=1.263860047.250502132.1491251064)

Grades 1-12, with parental supervision

National Chemistry Week takes place next week, October 17-23, 2021, and the American Chemical Society provides all kinds of free, fun ways to celebrate chemistry at their website. (Get a head start on the fun!)

The program is designed to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry. The theme for this year is “Fast or Slow … Chemistry Makes It Go!” You can:

  • Explore the Chem Clash Online Chemistry Game Show – A free live interactive chemistry game show where groups of students and early-career chemists compete to out-answer the competition and bring home the title of ChemClash champion!
  • Read the current issue of “Celebrating Chemistry” – includes some activities and experiments along with educational articles
  • Learn more under Educational Resources.

Happy Chemistry Week!

Discover this Archived Website Full of Science Videos!

September 5th, 2021

Vega Science Trust

(www.vega.org.uk/video/index.html)

Grades 6 and up, with parental supervision

This archived website offers free videos on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of nature and the physical world.

When you get to the site you’ll see the video icon menu containing an archive of scientific videos which can all be viewed from this non-profit website. The videos cover a broad range of topics such as:

  • Interviews with Scientists – Including Nobel prize-winners in the fields of physics, medicine, chemistry, and more.
  • Careers in Science – Interviews with a biochemist, ecologist, entomologist, food scientist, cosmologist, computer engineer, quantum chemist, robotics engineer and more!
  • Issues of Concern – Scientists and politicians discuss their primary world concerns including climate change, malaria, etc.
  • Masterclass Science Videos – Scientists share their personal views on key concepts and achievements as well as their approach to the scientific method. Topics include bird flight, life in space, and states of matter.
  • The Next Big Thing – Scientists discuss antimatter, cloning, defying death, energy, artificial intelligence, safety of mobile phones, nanotechnology, and “The Theory of Everything!”
  • Educational Resources – A selection of short instructional films (for school or home study use) on wind power, electricity, transistors, nanotubes, bucky ball workshops, states of matter workshops (solids, liquids and gases) and more.

Scientists guided the development of the videos so that the content is presented in a natural and engaging way that is intellectually challenging.

Full Biology Book Online – Check This Out!

August 3rd, 2021

Michael J. Farabee, Ph.D.: Online Biology Book

(www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/biobooktoc.html)

Grades 8-12, with parental supervision

This website provides a free biology textbook with illustrations online.

This is written by a university biology professor, but may be very useful for a motivated middle-schooler and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course. As one of our readers put it, “It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”

There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as:

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • DNA
  • Plants and Their Structure
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain.

Classic Literature Study Guides at Your Fingertips!

July 28th, 2021

Barnes & Noble: SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/lit/)

Grades 6 – adult, children with parental supervision

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.

In the top menu, other categories are:

  • Shakespeare
  • Literature
  • Subjects by list
  • Teacher Helps

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Elementary Fun with Chemistry and Physical Science

July 6th, 2021

American Chemical Society – Inquiry In Action

(www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/k-8/inquiryinaction.html)

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.

Geography through Earth Sciences

June 10th, 2021

Geography4Kids.com – Geography For Kids

(www.geography4kids.com/)

All grades, with parental supervision

This is brought to you by the geniuses who developed Chem4Kids and Biology4Kids.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Next Stop On Site Tour” arrow, or use the site map www.geography4kids.com/map.html that lists all of the topics, or use the menu to explore:

  • EARTH ENERGY – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.
  • EARTH STRUCTURE – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • ATMOSPHERE – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.
  • HYDROSPHERE – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.
  • BIOSPHERE – Investigate Earth’s Biosphere and learn about ecosystems, food chains, natural resources, and recycling.
  • BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL (BGC) CYCLES – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, Iron, Phosphorus, and rocks.

You’ll also find information on climatology, weather, seasons, hurricanes, and more!

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of biology, chemistry, and the cosmos.

This is a terrific resource. I recommend you bookmark it to return often.

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