Posts Tagged ‘experiments’

Christmas Science

December 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Christmas Science

(www.science-sparks.com/christmas-science/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve recently reviewed other parts of this website but we thought with the season upon us it would be appropriate to spotlight these 20 Christmas-themed science experiments.

You’ll find experiments for the kitchen, the playroom and even outside. These are fun and there is something here that everyone will enjoy!

In the kitchen enjoy these: 

  • Make some spiced apple cider and explore filtering at the same time.
  • Make lovely mint-flavored chocolate leaves and learn about changes of state.
  • Create fizzing Christmas trees or gingerbread men.

In the playroom try: 

  • a Christmas themed magnet or marble maze.
  • How about making jumping snowmen or Christmas trees using static electricity?
  • Designing some symmetrical Christmas trees.
  • Making a Christmas-themed Optical Illusion.

Outside explore: 

  • Create wonderful ice ornaments.
  • Work out how tall your Christmas tree is without measuring it.

There is much more here including activities for younger children. Bookmark this page and use it throughout the holiday season.

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.

Robert Krampf’s Science Experiments

October 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Happy Scientist

(thehappyscientist.com/free-science-content)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has free science content that we’ll explore in this review – but you can also become a member ($29.95/year) which allows you to access even more content (specifically, the archives of past newsletters/experiments, and many science videos). We heartily recommend Robert Krampf’s Science Education website.

As for the freebies, when you get to the site you’ll see the list of science videos including: 

  • Growing Crystals Under a Microscope
  • Rollback Can
  • Electricity
  • A Color You Can’t See
  • and more!

Be sure to check out Science Fair Resources and his Free Pages. And until October 31, go to this page to have free access to his Halloween Science videos.

Robert’s experiments are designed to make science fun and understandable. Most are simple enough for very young students, but written to make them fun for adults as well.

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

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

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Highlights Magazine Activities Online

July 31st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 31, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Highlights Kids

(https://www.highlightskids.com/)

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

 

Highlights Magazine sponsors this website that features free activities to build language arts skills while covering multiple subjects such as science, history, social studies, and more.

It also features the beloved “Hidden Picture” activity that you may remember from your own youthful experience with Highlights – and that your children are sure to enjoy. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. You can scroll through those or use the menu at the top to find: 

  • Activities – crafts and recipes
  • Jokes – jokes and quizzes
  • Games – Hidden Pictures and Unscramble
  • Explore – science questions and experiments
  • and more

Did we mention “Hidden Pictures”? It’s a lot of fun to play online! You’ll enjoy it – and so will your kids!

Mendel’s Pea Experiment

June 4th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

(www.sonic.net/~nbs/projects/anthro201/)

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

 

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

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