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Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

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

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

Tour Missouri State Parks Virtually

August 11th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, August 11, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri State Parks

(mostateparks.com/page/59516/quick-list-parks-and-historic-sites)

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

 

With the Missouri State Parks website, take virtual tours of many of the parks.

After arriving at today’s link, use the list of parks and historical sites to choose a location to visit. When the page opens, look to the right at “The Park File” and select “Park Video”, “Photo Gallery”, or “Virtual Tour” to view images, videos and/or interactive 360° images of locations. 

In addition to the virtual tours, there is a lot more information available in “The Park File” for many of the parks such as: 

  • General park information such as visiting hours, weather, directions, maps, and basic information about the park
  • Bird Checklist – a downloadable list of birds spotted at the park
  • Plant and Animal List – another downloadable list of animals and plants in the area
  • Natural Features – interesting things to look for
  • Park History
  • And much more

There are 56 parks and 35 historical sites to explore so be sure to bookmark this site to come back to from time to time. (Please note that some park pages are still “under construction.”)

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.

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