Posts Tagged ‘planets’

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.

Video Presentation of the History of our Solar System

September 14th, 2021

NASA: PlanetQuest Timeline

(exoplanets.nasa.gov/resources/1048/planetquest-timeline/)

Grades 3 – adult, with parental supervision

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers a multi-media historic timeline of the discovery of planets in our solar system and in others.

Turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the video slide show. There’s something for everyone here – a description simply doesn’t do it justice.

Explore the World of Astronomy with NASA!

August 17th, 2021

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Grades 1-8, with parental supervision

NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration. 

When you get to the site, choose between Level 1 (easier reading) or Level 2 to learn more about: 

  • Solar System – Sun, Moon, Planets, and more
  • Universe – Galaxy, Stars, Black Holes, and more
  • Space Stuff – Astronauts, Space Travel, Hubble, and more

Each section has audio or video and activities such as Planet TicTacToe, Moonlight Madness, Draw a Space Shuttle, and more.

There is also a Glossary – to look up the definitions of words used on the site.

Print or Color Online

April 3rd, 2021

Coloring.com

(www.coloring.com/)

 

All grades, with parental supervision

 

The kids are going to love this! When you get to this site click on the “start coloring” link. (Note: you do not have to register to use the site.) It will take you to a page filled with over 100 possible choices of pictures to color. There are: 

  • Animals
  • Trucks
  • Planets
  • Clowns
  • Sports characters
  • holiday pictures
  • and much, much more!

Click on the name of the picture you want to color and another screen pops up containing a black and white drawing. Next to the drawing is a palette of colors. Click on a color and then click on the section of the drawing you want to color. It automatically fills it in with the color you selected. When you are through coloring, you can print out your creation, email it to a friend, save it, or choose another picture to color.

This is a great resource for rainy day projects, holiday decorations, and just plain old fun using the computer.

All About Weather with the NOAA

March 2nd, 2021

SciJinks

(scijinks.gov/)

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere, and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games, and downloadable teacher resources.

When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Open the “Topics” link on the left sidebar and choose from:

  • Weather – Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine, and more.
  • Hurricanes and Storms – Find out how a hurricane forms. Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice – Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers”. Try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
  • Tides and Oceans – Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
  • Atmosphere – Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
  • Seasons – Learn why the Earth has seasons.
  • Satellites and Technology – Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
  • Space Weather – Learn how the weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

Explore the other menu items for even more valuable learning options that include games, multimedia, classroom activities, and much much more.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

Meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, and more!

July 30th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 30, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

European Space Agency Kids Page

(www.esa.int/kids/en/learn)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, Ariane-5 and more!

There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Samantha Cristoforetti, Andreas Mogensen, Christer Fugelsang, and Timothy Peake. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu toward the top of your screen to explore topics such as: 

  • Our Universe
  • Life in Space
  • Technology

As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; click on it to learn all about the planets, galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

From the main page you will also see a menu at the top: 

  • News
  • Things To Do
  • Multimedia
  • Teachers
  • And more

These sections contain interesting facts, activities, things to build, a competition, news items, and more.

There is too much here to explore in one visit. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

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