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Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 27, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Science For Kids

Age Range: 5 – 18 (with parental supervision)

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.
When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics.
*Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).

*Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.

*Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.

*Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!

*Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and
much, much more!

*Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.

*Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.

*Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!

*Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Virtual Volcano!

July 8th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 8, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Discovery Channel: Virtual Volcano

Age Range: 9 and up (Younger children may enjoy some aspects, with parental guidance.)

The Discovery Channel offers this terrific, free Virtual Volcano animation where you can learn about the geography and geology of our world, discover the three types of volcanoes, and build your own volcano and watch it erupt!

When you get to the site just click on “enter” to explore global tectonic plates and see where volcanoes are located throughout the world.  Use the menu to learn more including:

*Global Perspective – Find out where the “Ring of Fire” is located and see the layers that make up our planet including earth’s crust, upper mantle, lower mantle, outer core, and inner core.

*Volcano Types – Find out the differences between Stratovolcano, Cinder Cone, and Shield volcanoes.

*Inside a Volcano – See the Magma chamber and learn about the central vent, crater, fissures and more.

*Virtual Volcano – Build your own volcano! Adjust the gas and viscosity settings to build a volcano – and watch it erupt!  (Be sure to turn your speakers on.)

This engaging and fascination presentation is an adjunct to a Discovery Channel episode on the ancient city of Pompeii that was buried and destroyed by ash from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Don’t miss this website exhibit of Pompeii: The Last Day, a companion to the broadcast.

A Virtual Mad Scientist’s Lab for All Ages

October 28th, 2008

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Time4Learning is an internet-based curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8. The owner, John Edelson, wrote an article titled Accidental Homeschoolers that some of you may enjoy reading. The article includes a link to a “free guide” for homeschoolers with advice on how to avoid mistakes in an initial curriculum buying spree, and how to build an appropriate mix of activities for learning each day. To read the free article visit the link above.


Recommended Website:
Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here – young children and non-readers will need assistance and supervision.)

ClickSchooling subscriber Leslie DeHart recommended this website that is an archive of fun and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone. She wrote:

“I think you’ve featured this website before, but it has been updated and improved. One of the best features is a section where you can choose the experiments that you want to do by subject (for the week or an entire semester), and it creates a printable shopping list of the materials you will need. (Note: Print your list before you leave the website, because once you close your browser or leave the virtual Lab, the supply list will be cleared out.)”

ClickSchooling did feature this site in June of 2002, when it occupied an entirely different url. Leslie is right, the site has undergone a complete renovation and added lots of new content.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and some featured experiments below it. You can jump right in and start clicking around on topics of interest, or use the menus at the top of the screen or on the left side of the screen to navigate the site.

To get right to the heart of the site, click on EXPERIMENTS. A new page opens that allows you to search for experiments by name, category, popularity, and level of difficulty for the following topics:

  • Atomic/Electric
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry
  • Cohesion
  • Floatation
  • Geometry
  • Inertia/Momentum
  • Light
  • Motion/Energy
  • Pressure
  • Sound

Click on an experiment and a new page opens with a complete description of the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle or starting a fire with water – your whole family will have fun learning from the science activities at this site.

Look for hidden science tips throughout the site by clicking on icons and images on various pages.

Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section where you will find puzzles, a contest, fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and a science pop quiz.

Bookmark this site for access to science curricula year ’round!


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Volcano World

September 16th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Volcano World

Age Range: About 9+ (Free lessons are geared for grades 5-8. However, there is material here for older students and adults as well. Plus, younger children may enjoy aspects of the site, with adult guidance.)

Avid ClickScholar Katie Paige recommended today’s website that is all about volcanoes. Currently, “Volcano World” is housed at the Oregon State University website that also utilizes a blog to provide information. It has been hosted by other university websites over the years, and we have featured the site in its previous forms. However, it looks like it may have found a permanent home here. More terrific educational resources have been added, making it well-worth another visit.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the latest volcano news, and the featured “Volcano of the Month.” Use the menu to explore:

  • 4-KIDS – This is the spot to visit to have fun while learning about volcanoes. You’ll find:
    • A gallery of kids’ volcano artwork
    • Virtual field trips to numerous volcanoes worldwide
    • Interactive online games including a volcano-themed match games, crossword puzzle, dot-to-dot, and a game that simulates volcanic eruptions
    • Two fictional volcano stories by a children’s author.
  • FOR EDUCATORS – Get FREE lessons (geared for grades 5-8) on plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, prehistoric Earth, types of Volcanoes, and much, much more.

The rest of the site is geared more for older students and adults. It includes:

  • LEGENDS – Read the fascinating legends associated with volcanoes worldwide.
  • PARKS – Virtually visit 20 National Volcanic Parks.
  • CURRENT ACTIVITY – Read Blog posts about the latest volcanic action.
  • FIND VOLCANOES – Use a map to locate volcanoes worldwide.
  • VOLCANOLOGY – Learn what it takes to become volcanologist!


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Summer Lessons, Activities, Crafts and More!

June 14th, 2008

In 2008, the first day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is on June 20th at 7:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Here are some websites that explain more about the Summer Solstice along with some great suggestions for fun, educational activities you can do all summer long!

Recommended Websites:

Summer Solstice Tutorial

Age Range: 8-17 (approx.)

This website offers a tutorial on the summer solstice in both English and Spanish. From the menu bar, you can choose the level of information you want – including “Beginner” (simple info with large type), “Intermediate,” and Advanced (small print, in-depth content).

Celebrate Summer!

Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

In addition to a very simple explanation of the Summer Solstice, you find a list of Summer Reads for young children, discover how to make your own sun or a suncatcher, get a list of 7 summer activities, learn to make fun ice blocks, popsicles, and more!

BrainPop: The Sun

Age Range: 9-17 (approx.)

Watch a terrific, animated science video all about the closest star to Earth – the Sun!

FactMonster: The American Summer Guide

Age Range: All (Varies according to topic or activity.)

This guide includes all kinds of information. Learn the origin of “Dog Days of Summer,” the history of Summer Vacations, and the science behind the Summer Solstice. (Did you know that “solstice” comes from the Latin for “sun stands still”?) Learn about the rise and fall of roller coasters, get a BBQ Primer, take an Ice Cream Quiz, watch kid-submitted videos of fireworks and more!

Education World: Summer Fun

Age Range: 5-13 (approx.)

This site is designed with educators in mind and includes a wide array of brain-boosting activities and lessons all themed around summer. For example, you’ll find a great lesson plan all about mosquitoes, ticks and other summer pests called, “What’s ‘Bugging’ You?” — and much, much more! Don’t miss the July 4th – Independence Day feature.

UniversalPreschool: Summer Learning Fun

Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

Get suggestions for planting a summer garden, how to eat hot dogs with the help of an Octopus (!), fun water games, and get a recipe for sidewalk chalk.

Family Education: Sunny Day Activities for Kids

Age Range: All (Varies according to each activity.)

Take a Summer Solstice Quiz, enjoy outdoor activities like building your own Stonehenge or Backyard Volcano, get tips on family day trips and travel, and more!

Summer Activities for Little Ones

Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

Author Marty Layne tells you how to brighten every summer day with these gentle, loving, playful activities.

Kaboose: Summer Crafts

Age Range: All (Varies according to craft/art project.)

Find fun and easy instructions on how to make a pencil-pinwheel, a watermelon piñata, seashell critters, and even your own ice cream!

Enjoy the summer break!

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Fun Chemistry Experiments for Kids!

February 19th, 2008

Recommended Website:
ChemShorts for Kids

ClickSchooler MaryAnna suggested this website, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, that provides all kinds of chemical experiments for kids. When you get to the site you’ll see an Index of the experiments that have been loaded to the site since 1992. They provide 10 new experiments each year and there are over 160 to explore.

When you get to the site just click on an experiment from the menu and a new page opens with an explanation, a materials list, instructions, illustrations, photos, reference materials and helpful tips. The selection includes old favorites and new finds including:

  • Dancing Raisins
  • Cola Experiments
  • Totally Tubular Plants
  • Homemade Fire Extinguisher
  • Green Blobs from Steel Wool
  • Ack – It’s Gack
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Popcorn Science
  • Ecofoam vs. Styrofoam
  • The Art of Bleaching
  • The Fungus Among Us
  • An Active Volcano
  • Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Dinosaur Science
  • Epsom Salt Towers
  • Crayon Chemistry
  • Icy Explorations
  • JELL-O: Chemistry in a Box
  • Stinky Chemistry
  • A Borax Snowflake
  • Glow in the Dark Geode
  • and many, many more!

There are enough science experiments here to keep you busy for an entire homeschool year! Have fun!