Posts Tagged ‘chromosomes’

Biology for Kids

February 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 8, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website is part of the 4Kids series of sites (some of which have been featured on ClickSchooling previously). This one, Biology4Kids is an ad-supported site that offers engaging information, activities and resources for learning Biology.

When you get to the site, directly below the headline, you’ll find a menu of the general categories that will take you to active learning pages and quizzes that include:

*Studies – Discover the Scientific Method, Logic & Reasoning, Animal Kingdoms, Taxonomy, Species and more.

*Cell Structure & Function – Learn about Membrane Proteins, Cell Walls, Chromosomes, Mitochondria, Vacuoles and find out the meaning of Passive Transport, Active Transport, Pinocytosis, Mitosis and Meiosis.

*Plants – Explore the anatomy of a plant and learn about Photosynthesis,  Reproduction, Mosses & Liverworts, Ferns & Horsetails, and more.

*Activities – Take quizzes to see what you’ve learned, and watch informative slide shows and videos.

*More Topics – This section contains a menu of everything available on the site as described above, plus information about:

  • Microorganisms – Check out microscopic images of Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, Lichen, Microbes and more.
  • Invertebrates – Get an overview of spineless critters such as Sponges, Starfish, Jellyfish, Round Worms, Insects, Spiders, Scorpions and more.
  • Vertebrates – Learn about Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.
  • Animal Systems – Explore the Skeletal, Muscular, Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Reproduction, and Nervous systems.

In each section of this website you’ll find information, illustrations, and diagrams along with quizzes, slideshows and videos to enhance learning.

If it’s all a little confusing, simply follow the “On Site Tour” by clicking on the button near the bottom of each page.  It will take you through all of the material on the site in a prescribed order.

While most of the links on this site work, I did run across a few that didn’t work. However, by clicking around a bit I could find my way to the page that the link referenced. 

IMPORTANT: It is very easy to mistakenly click on random Google Ads that are sprinkled throughout the text/pages on the site and wind up off site. It happened to me a couple of times. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents must preview and supervise use of the site at all times.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Genetics – Determining Eye Color

June 15th, 2004

Recommended Website:
The Tech: Understanding Genetics

The Tech Museum in San Jose, California has a new online exhibit called “Understanding Genetics.” Here you can learn all about DNA by zooming into microscopic depictions of skin tissue, cells, chromosomes, and the DNA Double Helix. Once you’ve explored DNA, take a look at how genetics play a role in human health. Then, try the on-line activity using an eye color calculator that factors Genotypes and Phenotypes to predict the eye color of your future children.

By the way, under each different category mentioned above you will find in-depth discussion with pictures and illustrations of the concepts, and incredible on-line activities to further learning. Learn which animals see in color and try an experiment to find out if you are a supertaster! There’s a good Q&A section titled “Ask A Geneticist” where you can review previously submitted questions — and you can submit your own question too.

This site is designed with students middle school age and up in mind — but some of the activities — such as the “supertaster” experiment would be fun for younger students as well.

Note: There is a separate section in this exhibit where you can explore ethics issues with regard to genetic screening, stem cell research, and genetically modified foods. Parents (as always) should review this material to determine suitability for their own children.