Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

Ocean-Themed Math for K-12

May 23rd, 2022

It’s Monday, May 23, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Tidepool Math

(www.boem.gov/environment/tidepool-math)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website has FREE math lessons and activities that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

  • K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the intertidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

  • High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in intertidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain an understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well.

You can also download and print out colorful flashcards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

Windows to Earth & Space Science

November 9th, 2021

Science: Windows To The Universe

(www.windows2universe.org/)

Grades 3 & up, approximately, with parental supervision

The National Earth Science Teachers Association sponsors this website that offers comprehensive, multi-media information to encourage learning Earth and Space science as well as a range of other related sciences for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.

When you get to the website you’ll see a sliding panel featuring several of the science presentations in the archives. You can click on anyone to jump right in, or take some time to explore the menu and see what’s available including:

  • Sun – Explore the closest star to Earth including sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections.
  • Earth – Learn about our planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field, both of which are critical for sustaining life on Earth.
  • Solar System – Discover planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, the heliosphere, and interstellar space.
  • Space – Study stars, galaxies, and other mysterious objects in our Universe.
  • Sciences – Learn how Earth and Space sciences are interconnected with geology, physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Culture – Browse a collection of myths, folk tales, and stories about the Earth and sky. Check out artwork, poetry, books, and movies that portray the natural world.
  • People – Access biographies of scientists who made science history!
  • Games – Enjoy scientifically themed crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and concentration. Play interactives about the carbon cycle, planets, space, and more! Enjoy coloring pages and paper activities
  • Space Weather – Learn about radiation, fluctuating magnetic fields, solar wind and the complex ways they interact with Earth’s magnetic field, including disruption of cell phone communication.
  • Multimedia – Get links to all sorts of pictures, animations, videos, podcasts, and interactive multimedia that are on the “Windows to the Universe” website.
  • Postcards – Read collections of virtual postcards from scientists doing field research around the world with sharks, penguins, ice, rocks, the atmosphere, and the ocean.
  • Citizen Science – Find out about science projects where the public can get involved in scientific research and data collection.

You’ll also find news, research information, and tips for teachers.

Note: This ad-supported site is free, however, you can purchase a membership to access the site ad-free, along with some other interactive features.

Marine Science Videos for Kids

October 5th, 2021

Jonathan Bird Productions: Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers free “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families).

The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. (I watched a fascinating, 7-minute video on “Sea Snakes,” one of the ocean’s most venomous critters.) Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes:

  • Watch Webisodes – View about 75 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Sample a Math Game-Based Learning System

June 28th, 2021

MangaHigh

(www.mangahigh.com/en-us/games)

Grades 2-11 approximately, with parental supervision

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students.

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

When you get to the site, scroll down to locate a menu of sample games designed to engage students such as:

  • A Tangled Web – angle puzzles
  • Bubble Function – arithmetic, exponents and scientific notation
  • Deepest Ocean – inequalities
  • Flower Power – decimals, fractions and percents
  • Graphs of the Galaxy – linear equations
  • Ice Ice Maybe – estimation
  • and more!

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As it says on the site, “Get your child excited, engaged and excelling at math.”

Live Webcams from Monterey Bay Aquarium

April 6th, 2021

Monterey Bay Aquarium

(www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams)

All grades, children with parental supervision

 

Check out all the webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about ocean science!

Some of the cams are only live during certain hours, but there are recordings if you are viewing them after hours. The choices are: 

  • Aviary Cam
  • Open Sea Cam
  • Jelly Cam
  • Kelp Forest Cam
  • Penguin Cam
  • Sea Otter Cam
  • Shark Cam
  • and more

When you are finished seeing all the marine animals, learn more using the “For Educator” link in the upper menu to find online courses, parent-led activities, crafts, and printables. Click on “Curriculum” under the “Teacher Development” section then choose a grade level or exhibit to find learning materials. There will be a focus question, overview, objectives, background for the topic you are interested in, then a materials list, procedure, and more. 

This is an incredible site! Bookmark it to return often.

An Online School for Weather

November 17th, 2020

An Online School for Weather

JetStream

Grades 1-12, with parental supervision

This National Weather Service website with extensive content and free lessons is designed to help everyone learn the science of weather.

When you get to the site you’ll see a satellite picture featuring an aspect of weather somewhere in the world. Read the brief introduction and then use the menu to explore:

  • The Atmosphere – Learn about radio signals, air mass, air pressure, and air flow. Make your own barometer. Find out about Earth’s water cycle.

  • The Ocean – Taste the salinities of various bodies of water around the world. Make homemade ice cream and ocean currents. See the differences in the light and dark sides of the “moon”.

  • Global Weather – Discover the seasons. Calculate the circumference of the earth. Demonstrate that convection is the original source for our wind.

  • Synoptic Meteorology – Learn about types of clouds. Watch rain drops grow by coalescence. Determine the location of cold and warm fronts.

  • Thunderstorms – How much water is in a cloud? Find out about updrafts and the effect on rain and hail. Estimate the size of hail.

  • Lightning – Determine the distance to a lightning strike.

  • Tropical Weather – Learn about the extent of winds in quadrants around a hurricane.

  • And more

Click on any topic and follow the lesson plans in the order they are presented or use the “Lesson Plan Overview” link on the top menu to access a specific area of interest. In that section, there are links to downloads and quizzes as well.

Also, explore the “Topic Matrix” that provides a great view of the topics covered including Doppler radar and much more! 

The information contained in JetStream can be used in the way that suits you best. This is a terrific resource – bookmark it and return often!

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. However, all of ClickSchooling’s recommendations assume that parents will preview the sites for suitable content, and then review the sites together with their children. 

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