Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Help kids make healthier lifestyle choices

October 20th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, October 20, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BAM! (Body and Mind)

(www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/bam/teachers.htm)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Here’s a website that can help kids make healthier lifestyle choices. The units included are: 

  • CDC Basics
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Education and Activity
  • Health Conditions and Diseases
  • Disabilities and Birth Defects
  • Child Development
  • Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion
  • E-cigarettes and Alcohol

Then scroll down to the “Ask a Scientist” comic book series: 

  • How Does My Body Fight Disease?
  • How Do People Become Infected with Germs?
  • How Loud is Too Loud?

Also check out the link to Health Literacy Skills at the bottom.

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

October 9th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, October 9, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Headquarters

(www.balloonhq.com/faq/making.html)

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

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site.

When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)

But don’t stop with the tour. This site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers: 

  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • How balloons pop – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A complete 6-week sample curriculum that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. 


We also found a YouTube video of how balloons are made. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

Energizing Power Plant Tour

April 24th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, April 24, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Power Plant Tour

(energyclassroom.com/energy-classroom/virtual-power-plant-tour/)

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

We use energy every day but do we understand how it is made and where it comes from? With this fascinating virtual tour through a power plant, discover the answers to these and many more questions about energy production.

Sponsored by Xcel Energy and part of the larger Energy Classroom website, join your young guides, Jenna and Bobby, as they walk you through one of the biggest of Xcel Energy’s 86 power plants and explain how energy is made. There are 3 stops on your tour: 

  • Introduction – General information about the tour
  • Electricity – Walks through the steam energy production process from coal to transmission to customers
  • Environment – Explains the way the company works to conserve resources and keep the air and water clean

When you are finished with your tour, use the sidebar navigation or select “Energy Classroom” at the top of the navigation bar to find a great number of excellent resources available on this site to continue your study of energy. Resources include: 

  • Interactive games
  • Printable worksheets, information sheets, activity ideas, and experiments
  • Informative videos

Choose from the following topics: 

  • Power Sources
  • Clean Energy Planet
  • Conservation
  • Power & Wildlife
  • Careers in Energy
  • Power Questions
  • Power Words
  • Energy Safety
  • Teacher Resources
  • and more!

While the materials on this site were created for students in grades 3-5, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted for both younger and older students. Turn on the lights to exploration of power when you visit the Energy Classroom website.

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

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

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Multimedia History of American Agriculture

July 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Growing A Nation: The Story of American Agriculture

(www.agclassroom.org/gan/index.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision. This was designed for middle and high school classrooms.)

 

This website provides a free multimedia social studies program that explores the history of American agriculture and how it has affected our lives today. It uses digital story telling to engage learners and help them understand that “the history of America is much more than just war battles.”  


When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Explore Multimedia Program – Launch or download the free program that is divided into four lessons delivered through a narrated video presentation (turn on your speakers): 
    • Lesson 1 – 1600-1929, Seeds of Change
    • Lesson 2 – 1930-1949, From Defeat to Victory
    • Lesson 3 – 1950-1969, Prosperity & Challenges
    • Lesson 4 – 1970-Present, Into a New Millennium
    • Classroom Resources – Access pdfs of the instructional units (lessons) along with activities and resources based upon primary source documents. You’ll also find options for assessment.
  • Historical Timeline – Explore the various eras of American agriculture including Economic Cycles, Farm Machinery & Technology, Crops & Livestock, Transportation, Agricultural Trade & Development, and Government Programs & Policy.
  • External Resources – Find more free lessons on agriculture including pest management, water quality, food safety, understanding wetlands and the environment, the history of cotton, cattle ranching, and more.

This program is designed for classroom use to stimulate discussions and promote understanding. There is lots of flexibility in the material that can be tweaked for independent study. It supplements any study of history and meets national standards.

TV SchoolHouse – Social Sciences & More!

June 13th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 13, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TV SchoolHouse

(tvschoolhouse.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, old-time, educational movies for a variety of subjects including social studies and geography!

The creator of this website, Chris Grahl, tried to cover as many of the subject areas he could find videos for. He used old educational films – some are highly informative, while others are just funny. Many fall somewhere in the middle. Most of these movies were made between 1940-1960. You can access them for free on a variety of subjects including: 

  • The Arts
  • Science
  • Home Economics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Safety & Careers
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Teacher’s Lounge

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of choices. Click on a film title and a new screen opens where you can watch the film. Note: You must click on the screenshot to start the movie. 

You’ll be treated to an entertaining educational extravaganza. Watch these with your kids because they will result in lots of laughs, great discussions, and engaging learning opportunities.

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