Posts Tagged ‘experiments’

Incredible KidsHealth Website!

October 27th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsHealth

(kidshealth.org/)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site from The Nemours Foundation is overwhelming and fabulous for teaching about the different body systems. This website has that, and much more. 

Check it out some time when you have a lot of time. You’ll have to bookmark this one and return several times to explore the many offerings here. Before you invite your kids to check out this website please PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • For Parents
  • For Kids
  • For Teens
  • For Educators

There is information about various health topics from anatomy to nutrition to disease. Click on any one to have fun while learning how to stay fit physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Under Kids, be sure to check out Movies & More for a game, movies, experiments, and activities. This site contains a wealth of information that you can use to complement any science curriculum.

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

October 9th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, October 9, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Headquarters

(www.balloonhq.com/faq/making.html)

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

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site.

When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)

But don’t stop with the tour. This site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers: 

  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • How balloons pop – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A complete 6-week sample curriculum that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. 


We also found a YouTube video of how balloons are made. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

Autumn Science

October 6th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, October 6, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Autumn

(www.science-sparks.com/science-based-activity-ideas-for-autumnfall/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Science Sparks is a personal blog written and edited by Emma Vanstone. She offers some awesome activities to explore autumn science. The website says: “All our activities are easy to do and use only equipment and materials commonly found around the home. Science for kids doesn’t have to be complicated and boring; it can be great fun for both children and adults. Science based activities offer endless creative learning opportunities and are a great way to spend time with your children.”

Each activity that we viewed contained complete instructions, materials list, pictures, the science explanation behind the activity and related posts. Check activities like: 

  • Leaf chromatography experiment – Preserving and making leaf people
  • Exploring changes of state with toffee apples
  • Sink/Float explained while bobbing for apples
  • Ice play ideas with beautiful autumn-themed ice
  • Weighing and measuring with pumpkins

There is so much on this blog! Check out endless activities for: 

  • Science Experiments for Kids
  • Science Fair Projects
  • Preschool Science
  • Science Facts
  • STEM Challenges
  • Early Years Science
  • Primary Science
  • Holiday Science
  • And lots more!

Don’t miss anything! Be sure to dig deep and explore science.

Fun Creative Chemistry Activities

September 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 22, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creative Chemistry

(www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/)

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

 

A chemist in the United Kingdom created this website for students, teachers, and those who are simply interested in chemistry. It offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu that includes links to all kinds of worksheets and practical guides, interactive periodic tables, chemistry-themed games, crosswords, and quizzes, and more.

Get instructions for some of the activities including: 

  • Anodizing
  • Blueprinting
  • Dyeing
  • Balloon Rockets
  • Build a Lighthouse
  • Fingerprinting
  • Flame Tests
  • And how to conduct a urine analysis

Most of the activities come with a downloadable PDF, pictures and instructions too.

Some of the games include: 

  • matching game
  • crossword puzzles
  • jigsaws
  • quizzes
  • and more

There are great science experiments and lessons for you to learn all about chemistry.

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

September 8th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/for-teachers/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for Primary (K-3), Elementary (4-7), Intermediate (6-9), and Secondary (9-12)
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

There’s also a link to Energy Calculators and a Glossary.

Free Science Projects

August 25th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

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

Age Range: 5-18 (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.

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