Posts Tagged ‘bees’

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

Ask Dr. Universe

July 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ask Dr. Universe

(askdruniverse.wsu.edu/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you have any questions that you just can’t get answered to your satisfaction no matter how hard you try? Ask Dr. Universe! This friendly feline philosopher devotes her time to answering all the questions kids come up with. Most of the questions are science-related, but all topics are welcomed.

Dr. Universe takes kids’ questions as her opportunity to contact many interesting people around Washington State University involved in researching various fields. Here is what you will find: 

  • Meet Dr. Universe – There are many questions on this site which are bigger than “Who is Dr. Universe?”, but this is perhaps the first one a visitor might have. This page gives that question the attention it deserves.
  • Search and Explore – Click on a category or just put a word or two in the Search field. Some of the tough questions children ask are: 
    • Why do bees have stuff that looks like hair?
    • If there were a black hole between the Earth and moon, what would we see?
    • Why do we age?
    • Will electricity ever run out?
    • Why is Pi 3.1415…? What if it was just 3?
    • What are boogers?
    • Why don’t plants get sunburns?
  • Ask – Here is the place to ask Dr. Universe a question your child might have.
  • How to – Gives a handy list of things to do if your child wants to become a scientist

And at the bottom there is a link for Educators and Parents where you can subscribe to a weekly email.

The diversity of the topics covered here is phenomenal. Just explore the questions your kids are interested in — the answers may springboard you into a whole new area of science study.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Live Animal Cams on Animal Planet LIVE!

June 27th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, June 27, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Animal Planet LIVE!

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

At this website from Animal Planet, view live video feeds from around the world of all kinds of animals. When arriving at the site, use the images at the bottom of the page to select which cam you would like to view, including:  

  • Kittens
  • Puppies
  • Pit Bulls & Parolees
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Pacific Reef
  • Bigfoot
  • Chipmunks
  • Hedgehogs
  • Bunnies
  • Sloths
  • Wild Birds
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Pittsburgh Bald Eagles
  • White-Rock Bald Eagles
  • Hog Island Osprey
  • Black Eagle
  • Parakeets
  • Sharks
  • Humans
  • Penguins
  • Sea Otters
  • Clownfish
  • Bees
  • Calves
  • Chicks
  • Tamarins
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants

 

Please note that some feeds may only be available dependent on the time of day or year for animal activity, but kids young and old will enjoy searching for these fun critters when visiting the website.

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 10th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NAPPC: Pollinator Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, but there is information
that will fascinate all ages. See additional resource for older students
below. All children with parental supervision.)

 

What’s a pollinator? Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators – even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.
Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park. To better understand what is taking place, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities that include:
  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Creating and Finding Pollinator-Friendly Habitats in Your Area
  • Service projects as well as resources and links to more information

When you are through exploring the curriculum, to find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges visit http://pollinator.org/.

Click on “Useful Resources” on the menu to find links to even more lesson plans and suggested activities. You can also order free posters but you must pay the shipping fee.

What’s the Buzz about Honey?

March 28th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, March 28, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Virtual Apiary Field Trip

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a teaching website all about bees and honey production in Texas. When you get to the site you will see a short introduction and directly below it – a button that says “TEKS Teacher Page.” If you click on that, you will see a compendium of the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills covered in this site – designed for high schools. Back on the main page, you will have noticed a photographic menu with links to some of the highlights of the site.

 

The BEST WAY to view this site is to go directly to the APIARY FIELD TRIP button at the top of the left menu bar. That starts your virtual tour of the Weaver Apiary. Just read through the text and view the photographs and then click on the “continue button” at the bottom of the screen to take the complete tour. You will learn all about the honey collection and extraction process, the history of honey, and how bees make honey. This is a bit text intensive for younger children – so parents may want to visit the site, read through it first, and then visit with younger kids while giving them a condensed oral version of the content.

 

When you are through visiting the apiary, go to the “Activities” button on the left menu. Click on it and a new page opens with links to a printable word search and crossword puzzle – and two multiple choice quizzes about the information presented at this website. Solutions are also provided.

 

This site is really designed to be a teaching tool for high school teachers. Homeschoolers can adapt it to suit their needs, interests, and abilities. Either way, you’ll have a penchant for honey when you’re through – so be sure to have some in the cupboard!

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