Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 16th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildscreen Arkive

(www.arkive.org/)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “Ark-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.

Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!

Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including: 

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • and more

Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on “Reptiles” and a new page opens where you can learn more about Galapagos marine iguana, and many more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as: 

  • Biology
  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

Origami Art

November 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Origami Club

(en.origami-club.com/)

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

 

Origami is the art of folding paper into fun figures, interesting designs, and works of art. This ClickScholar-recommended site is one of the best origami sites we’ve seen. It was designed by graphic designer and artist, Fumiaki Shingu, as a way to share the magic of Japanese origami with people worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of origami possibilities that include folding paper into: 

  • Sea Creatures
  • Bugs
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Animals & Birds
  • Sweets & Food
  • Paper Air Planes
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Alphabet Letters
  • Numbers
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Using Newspaper for Origami

And there is even a section of “Easy Origami” for beginners! Click on any one and a new screen opens with a selection of designs. Click on a design of interest, and a new page opens with complete instructions and animated illustrations that simplify the whole process. Anyone can learn the art of origami with the use of this website!

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.

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