Posts Tagged ‘plants’

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 5th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

AMNH: Ology

(www.amnh.org/explore/ology)

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

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. Explore some of the following fields of science: 

  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.
  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.

And more!

You can also explore by activity: games, stories, hands-on activities and videos. There are many engaging educational games and activities on this site to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

And back on the home page, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

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

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

Popcorn Science and More!

October 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Popcorn.org

(www.popcorn.org/Learn/For-Teachers/Teaching-Tools1)

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

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate.

When you get to the site you will see the list of Lesson Plans written for the classroom; but they can be tweaked for homeschooling as well. The ones related to science include: 

  • Agricultural Sciences – how new plants are made, how seeds come through the soil, seed germination tests, and more
  • Agriculture Science Projects – projects using chemistry, botany, environmental sciences and microbiology
  • Health Sciences/Nutrition – popcorn in the food pyramid
  • Science – growing popcorn, the effect of moisture on popcorn, popcorn color comparison, and more

Be sure to check out the popcorn worksheets, coloring sheets and activities listed on the left sidebar menu for kids. There’s also a list of popcorn-related books.

This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

Genetics Lessons, Experiments, & Worksheets

September 25th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn.Genetics

(learn.genetics.utah.edu/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website, developed by the University of Utah, provides free lessons, experiments, activities, virtual labs, and worksheets designed to provide a basic education in the science of genetics.

When you get to the site, you can get a good introduction to the topics of traits, DNA & genes, proteins, heredity, mutations and more by exploring “Basic Genetics.” Other menu items include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about cell communication, stem cells and cloning.
  • Plants – Cotton and Insect Herbivores
  • Human Health – Metabolism, Genetic Disorders and Gene Therapy
  • Neruoscience –  Memory and Addiction
  • And more.

Also, under Science Tools, check out the Virtual Labs: 

  • Swab your cheek and extract DNA from your cells!
  • Use gel electrophoresis to discover how scientists work with tiny molecules they can’t see.
  • Perform a DNA microarray experiment to compare a healthy cell and a cancer cell.

You can also learn about the ecology of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Be sure to click on the “Teach.Genetics” link located at the bottom of the home page where you’ll find additional tools and resources for learning about genetics, bioscience, and health. While this is designed for classroom use, it can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

(easydrawingguides.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including: 

  • Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
  • Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
  • How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
  • How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
  • How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
  • How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
  • How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
  • Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

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