Posts Tagged ‘science’

Summer Activities with Science

June 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 23, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Elementary Science Program – Summer Activities

(www.espsciencetime.org/SummerActivities.aspx)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Summer is here! At this site you will find free sets of questions that lead to science investigations that you can easily do.

The summer topics include: 

  • Animal Students
  • Ants
  • Backyard Safari
  • Beach Science
  • Build a Birdbath
  • Butterfly Watching
  • Caterpillar Hunt
  • Clouds
  • Fireflies
  • And many more!

These questions and activities should keep you busy for the rest of the season!

Learn all about Saturn and its Moons

June 16th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Solar System Exploration – Cassini

(solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/overview/)

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

 

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

When arriving at the website, read the Overview to learn about Saturn and the Cassini mission, lasting over two decades. Make sure to scroll down to see the 10 Ways Cassini Mattered. Next, hover your mouse over the menu in the middle: 

  • The Journey – Timeline, Spacecraft, Grand Finale
  • Mission – The Saturn Tour has photos and videos.
  • Science – Learn about Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus.
  • Galleries – Images, Videos, and more

After exploring all that this website has to offer, check out the “Kids” link under the “More” menu at the top for coloring pages and activities.

If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study.

Literacy Games and more!

June 10th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Literacy

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website with resources for teachers and homeschoolers offers a variety of literacy games and activities.

Some of the games and activities include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and more sorted by subject (arts, foreign languages, math, science, social studies), articles, and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

Lesson Plans about Insects!

June 9th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Orkin: Science Education

(www.orkin.com/scienceeducation)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides lessons plans and activities about the world of insects.

When you get to the site, scroll down to Orkin Man Lesson Plans and Activities & Coloring. The lesson plans include: 

  • Are You One of Us? – insect classification
  • The Art of Flying – how wings work
  • Is Seeing Believing? – compare images and drawings
  • Feeding Frenzy – how insects eat
  • Feeling Buggy – creative writing exercise

The Activities & Coloring section includes worksheets, coloring pages and interactive games all about bugs!

And check out this site: CockroachFacts. You’ll find not only easy-to-digest scientific fun facts, but also deeper information about life cycles, habitats, and other topics important to K-12 education.

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

Museo Galileo Virtual Museum

June 5th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, June 5, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo Virtual Museum

(https://catalogue.museogalileo.it/index.html)

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

 

With the aid of this website, visit the Museo Galileo Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy from your home.

Select from the following ways to explore the exhibits: 

  • Rooms – Take a room-by-room virtual tour of the museum.
  • Objects – Search through the alphabetical list of objects.
  • Videos by thematic area – Watch videos describing various objects with a related theme.
  • Videos alphabetically ordered – Choose objects from the alphabetized list of the videos.
  • Biographies – Learn about the inventors and creators of the objects in the museum.

There is also a glossary and downloadable catalog available to enhance your studies.

Once you have decided how you would like to browse the virtual museum, select your object of interest to learn more through text, images, and videos. There are thousands of interesting exhibits to examine, so be sure to bookmark this one to come back to often.

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