Posts Tagged ‘research’

Free Environmental Science Journals

August 27th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, August 27, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Natural Inquirer

(www.naturalinquirer.org/)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with students of all ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured issue that you can click on and download the PDF. To see the issues by grade, scroll over “Order Products” in the top menu to choose from: 

  • Middle & High School
  • Upper Elementary
  • PreK – 2nd Grade

You can then download the issue of choice. 

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” for Middle & High School students introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. Each issue also contains a “FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research. For the elementary grades, the issues are called Investi-gator and the PreK-2nd grade issues are called the National Inquirer Reader Series. Some issues are also offered in Spanish!

Be sure to check out the series of Scientist Cards and Posters – these cards are an excellent tool for teaching students about different types of science and scientists and can be printed and used offline. There are also accompanying lesson plans and supplemental resources under “For Educators” in the left side bar. And there are some games and activities and more under “For Kids” in the top menu.


This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources! Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

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.

The Science and History of Color

August 10th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 10, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Matters for Kids

(https://colormatters.com/color-resources/color-matters-for-kids)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, real-life Color Professor Jill Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color

The topics are quite unusual and include: 

  • How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.
  • Why Are School Buses Yellow? – Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.
  • Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.
  • Colors & What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.
  • And more

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site, use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Take an American History Journey

July 25th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 25, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Journeys

(www.americanjourneys.org/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring one of National History Day’s theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”


When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 

  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.

Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

Free K-6 Science Curriculum

July 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 23, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math/Science Nucleus – Free Curriculum

(www.msnucleus.org/membership/k-6.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for elementary grades.

Contents on today’s website is based on over 35 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study. 

The Elementary Curriculum is a complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. It includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks integrating all science subjects through: 

  • Applied Science
  • Universe Cycle
  • Plate Tectonic Cycle
  • Rock Cycle
  • Water Cycle
  • Life Cycle

In each cycle, there are links to objectives, vocabulary, materials needed, background, and procedure. There are also links to standards, a model test, and a dictionary.

Back on the Elementary page, be sure to check out the left side bar for links to: 

  • Online Activities
  • Storybooks
  • Slideshows
  • and more!

There is also a Secondary Curriculum, but some of the lessons are not completed. As the site says, “Units being worked on as funding allows.”

Hummingbird Math

July 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 22, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hummingbird Math

(www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html)

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

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, geography, drama, music, and writing.


When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Mathematics Activities.” Just scroll down to review the lesson and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.

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