Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Come on a Safari with Bwana Mitch

May 26th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 26, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bwana Mitch’s Virtual Safari

(www.virtuellesafari.de/start.e.html)

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

 

This commercial website specializes in travel to Africa and includes a terrific, free virtual safari of East Africa and southern Africa using photos and interactive 360° panoramas of wildlife and landscapes.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a lion. Click on the words, “To The Gallery” located below the lion. A new page opens with a menu of the photo gallery that you will use to take this virtual safari that includes: 

  • Wildlife – See pictures and read descriptions of African mammals, reptiles, and birds including: 
    • Elephant
    • Rhinoceros
    • Cheetah
    • Leopard
    • Lion
    • Mongoose
    • Hippopotamus
    • Warthog
    • Nile Crocodile
    • Ostrich
    • and many more!
  • Landscapes – Explore national parks in Botswana, Tanzania, and Kenya.

If you click on any item on the menu a new page opens to photographs with descriptions in GERMAN. If you don’t read German – don’t worry. You can easily translate each page into English with a Google translation service located in very small print at the bottom of each page. Just click on the words “Translate this page into English” and the Google application works its magic so that you get the full benefit of the picture and the descriptive text.

If you enjoy the virtual field trip, you can also virtually explore the lodges and camps that are available to those who go on a real safari using the travel services of Bwana Mitch.

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

(animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Resources for grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology sponsors this amazing searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals that is also a science tool and virtual museum!

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a featured animal such as “Insects.” Click on the black arrows on either side of the photo to see more pictures of the phyla represented including: 

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Mollusks
  • Reptiles

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with an introduction, and a menu on the right side of the page that allows you to explore: 

  • Pictures – See terrific photos of the creatures in this category. Click on any small picture to see an enlarged version.
  • Specimens – See photos of specimen collections by zoologists.
  • Classification – Explore the scientific names of animals including kingdom, phylum, and class. In some instances you can listen to the sound a creature makes, and see a map of its habitat.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Use the menu located on the left side of the page to explore the Special Collections. This section includes: 

  • Mammal Anatomy – Provides detailed information about every aspect of animal anatomy.
  • Spinning Skulls – View QuickTime movies and close-up images of mammal skulls.
  • Frog Calls – Listen to an array of frog calls used to attract mates and express distress.

Bookmark this site to return often.

Critter Cams

May 12th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 12, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore Live Cams

(explore.org/channels/bird-live-cams/view-all/live-cam/more/)

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

 

Take a peek into the world of animals with these web cams at the larger Explore website.

There are over 100 cams to choose from sorted by type: 

  • Bears, polar bears, and pandas
  • Birds
  • Hawaiian islands
  • Oceans
  • Dogs

Today’s link opens to the bird cams, but using use the upper scrolling picture menu to select a different category of interest.(Please note that some topics only provide films or are social/political issue related, so as always preview this site prior to allowing children to visit.) Once you decide what category to explore, if there are web cams available, use the text link “All Live Cam Results” to see all the available streams. 

A sampling of the animal cams available include: 

  • Great gray owl nest in Montana
  • Hummingbird fountain in La Verne, California
  • Pacific Walrus in Round Island, Alaska
  • Bison in Val Marie Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Tundra buggy polar bear Churchhill, Manitoba, Canada
  • African wildlife in Kenya, Africa
  • Ouwehand waterfall polar bears in Rhenen, Netherlands

Most topics also provide films and photos to further enhance your visit and discovery. This website provides a wonderful window into the animal world we might not ordinarily get to see.

Play US State Games

April 27th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 27, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learning Games for Kids – US State Games

(www.learninggamesforkids.com/us-state-games.html)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Commit to memory all the states’ symbols with these flash-based games from the larger Learning Games for Kids website.

When arriving at the site, either select “All States” or a specific state from the list, then choose the game type you wish to play. Types of games include: 

  • Which One?
  • Memory Match
  • Unscramble
  • Letter Fall
  • Speedy Speller
  • Hangmouse
  • Word Search
  • Nature Calls
  • Printable Fun
  • Flag Puzzles
  • Story Blanks
  • Word-O-Rama

Playing the games, kids will learn state: 

  • Nicknames
  • Flowers
  • Trees
  • Birds
  • Capitals
  • Abbreviations
  • Mottos

And much more. This website makes learning all about the United States fun and a great addition to your studies.

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 17-20, 2017.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

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