Posts Tagged ‘geology’

Dig These Free Geology and Paleontology Lessons

November 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paleontology Portal

(www.paleoportal.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey and others, this website offers a free “portal” to resources and interactive lessons that help students learn geology and paleontology.

At the website, select from one of the following destinations: 

  • Exploring Time & Space – Discover the geology and paleontology of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Fossil Gallery – View fossil images of plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and more.
  • Famous Flora & Fauna – Click on an interactive map to learn about significant North American fossil finds.
  • K-12 – This section is a TREASURE TROVE of links to interactive resources that help students fully appreciate paleontology by exploring plate tectonics, geologic time, and fossil records.

You’ll also find links to resources for careers in paleontology, information on how to collect fossils, links to museums you can visit with fossil collections, and read bios and interviews with paleontologists and geologists.

Navigating this website is simple and fun, making this a wonderful starting point for those interested in paleontology.

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

August 20th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, August 20, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS

(www.iris.edu/hq/)

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

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “Seismic Monitor” that is under “Earthquake Resources” on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Quakes – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

All About Caves (and Bats)

July 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploring Caves

(tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

  • What Is a Cave?
  • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
  • Find a Cave
  • Cave Diagram
  • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
  • Water Creates a Cave
  • Cave Art and History
  • and more!

There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

Explore Nova Scotia

July 12th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, July 12, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Landscapes of Nova Scotia

(novascotia.ca/natr/meb/fieldtrip/START.ASP)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Climb aboard for a virtual helicopter ride with Dr. Ralph (a.k.a. Air Wolf) to explore the scenic vistas and geological wonders of Nova Scotia.

Presented by the Department of Lands and Forestry in Nova Scotia, Canada, this site takes the visitor on a picturesque trip through the province of Nova Scotia. Through the use of breathtaking aerial photographs and closer views of geological features, this site is a geologist’s gold mine of information. Some of the locations of exploration include: 

  • Halifax Harbor and the Atlantic Uplands
  • Lantz Brick Quarry
  • Shubenacadie Wildlife Park
  • Brookfield Limestone Quarry
  • The Debert Paleo-Indian Site
  • Striae on Wittenburg Mountain
  • Gibraltar Rock
  • Lismore
  • Moose Point Section
  • Creignish Mountain Lookoff

For each ‘stop’ of your journey, the images are accompanied by informative text that not only gives visitors a geographical description of the destination but also provides an in-depth geological explanation of the stop.

Before you finish your tour, be sure to stop by the “Passing Views” and “Vistas of the Month” pages for more splendid views of the land as well as the “Reading Material” and “Links” sections of the home page.

Effortlessly navigate through this site and expand your knowledge of geology and Nova Scotia.

Help Reluctant Readers with Cartoons

April 4th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

(www.rudimentsofwisdom.com/)

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

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know!”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 

  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 

  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “mad as a hatter.”

Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Archeology for Kids

March 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archeology for Kids

(www.nps.gov/history/archeology/public/kids/index.htm)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 

  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.
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