Posts Tagged ‘birds’

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 20th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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The 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 13-16, 2015.
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. 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.

Language Arts Brain Food

January 14th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, January 14, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Brain Food: Word Puzzles

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that will enhance your Language Arts curriculum.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of word activities that include: 
  • Word Searches – Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter, Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels – and many, many more. Just keep clicking the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see them all.
  • Associated Words – Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to form a compound word.
  • Word Fragments – Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that contains the fragment — that is, you must form a word by adding letters to the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.
  • Garbled Proverbs – In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out what the original proverb is?
  • Cryptograms – Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?
  • Language Puzzles – Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your thinking cap on!
When you are through exploring the “Word Puzzles” portion of the site, you may want to try the “Word Boxes.” Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid.

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much content here that we were unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own children.

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 6th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 6, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

 

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
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Invertebrates – terrestrial
  • Invertebrates – marine
  • Plants and algae
  • Fungi (including lichens)
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 Komodo Dragons, Hawksbill Turtles, Adders, Saltwater Crocodiles, Arabian Sand Geckos, and much, much more!

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

  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Biology
  • Threats
  • Conservation
There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

You can sign up for free to become an ARKive member that allows you to make your own archives and download photos and screen savers.

As the site explains: “Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world’s endangered species from the brink of extinction. So with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered animals, plants and fungi.

By revealing what these species look like, how they behave and what makes them special, we are aiming to shine the spotlight on the many thousands of endangered species, thereby raising their public profile and, ultimately, helping to ensure their conservation.”

Arts & Crafts, Activities, Worksheets, and More!

December 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 6, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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All Kids Network

 

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

Not only does this ad-supported website have hundreds of craft projects and coloring and activity pages, but it is also a great resource for fun educational worksheets and other teaching resources.
Use the navigation bar to choose from: 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Kids Worksheets
  • Kids Activities
  • Teaching Resources
Under the Kids Crafts you can further narrow your search using the sidebar menu. The main categories to select from include: 
  • Seasonal Crafts – Spring, summer, winter, or fall, find projects such as Fall Leaf Book, Snow Globe Craft, Raining Cloud Craft, Bubble Wrap Beehive Craft.
  • Holiday Crafts – Find ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and many other special days of the year.
  • Educational Crafts – There are projects for the alphabet, numbers, shapes, Back to School, books, and 100th day.
  • Animal Crafts – Lots of craft projects featuring farm animals, fish and other water animals, bugs, birds, and dinosaurs.
  • More Crafts – Check out crafts highlighting nursery rhymes, the Bible, fire safety, space, fantasy, music, birthday, and many more.
All projects include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed instructions.

In the Kids Activities section, find hundreds of coloring pages featuring movie, television, and cartoon characters and themed pages for holidays, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and much more. There are even color by number pages.

You will also find mazes, dot to dots, hidden pictures, and many more fun activity pages to print out in the Kids Activities section.

Looking for themed worksheets? Check them out under the Kids Worksheet page, or find lined paper, flash card, certificates, calendars, and sticker charts on the Teaching Resources page.

You will want to bookmark this website as more content is being added regularly.

25 Canadian Virtual Farm Tours

November 28th, 2014

 

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

 

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Canadian Virtual Farm Tours

 

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

 

This is a super fabulous website with 25 different farm tours from which to choose.
When arriving at this site, use the navigation arrows on the right and the left to see all the different types of tours available. Tours include:
  • Egg Farms – Explore 5 different types of egg farms: conventional, free run, free range, aviary, and enriched colony egg farms.
  • Vegetable Farm – Visit Birkbank Farms in Ontario, a vegetable and fruit farm and market.
  • Ratite Farms – A ratite is a flightless bird that includes ostriches, emus and rheas. Check out how these birds are raised commercially.
  • Chicken Farm – An Ontario chicken farm
  • Turkey Farm – A Canadian turkey farm
  • Dairy Cow Farms – Gain an understanding of a tie-stall dairy farm and a free stall dairy farm.
  • Beef Cattle Farms – Learn about a beef feedlot farm and a cow/calf farm.
  • Veal Farms – Visit a grain fed veal farm and a milk fed veal farm.
  • Goat Farms – Discover the difference between market goats and dairy goats.
  • Greenhouse Vegetable Farm – Tour Pyramid Farms, an Ontario greenhouse that currently grows tomatoes.
  • Fruit Orchard – Drop in on Cherry Lane, an Ontario fruit farm where they grow cherries, peaches and pears.
  • Pig Farms – Explore the characteristics of farrowing hog farm and a market hog farm (also known as a grower-finisher farm).
  • Grain Farm – Pay a call on an Ontario grain farm that grows wheat, corn and soybeans.
  • Sheep Farm – Learn all about sheep farming.
  • Deer and Elk Farms – Check out these two unique farms for white-tailed deer and elk.
Once you have selected a farm, click the “hot spots” indicated by blue question marks on the images to open that area of the farm. Once the next page opens you can click and drag your mouse around the image to explore the area. Find magnifying glass hot spots that when clicked will take you to an informative page explaining some aspect of the farm. Use the “Back” button on the page to return to your location. All of the tours include “Family Videos” which provide family stories, farm and farming information, and more. The “Farm Dictionary” supplies vocabulary pertaining to the particular farm. The “Farm Tour Quick Links” provides a linked index of the farm tour. Click the “Sound” button to hear farm sounds.

This website will quickly become a favorite as there is so much to see and learn about farming.

Head under the Sea to Visit a Kelp Forest

November 7th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, November 7, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Monterey Bay

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

At this site you can take a virtual dive in a DeepWorker submersible into the animated kelp beds of Monterey Bay, California, to learn all about the Bay’s native species!
When you get to the site read the welcome message that explains the features offered at the site. Then click on “Kelp Forest” on the menu. A screen pops up and you may choose to take the “Full Version” dive with sound and animation or the “Light Version” without the bells and whistles. Kids will really enjoy this quick tour of the Kelp Forest.
When you surface from your dive, click on “Gallery” on the menu and explore through text and stunning photographs the seaweeds, invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals that live in the bay.
This is a fun and educational trip the whole family will enjoy!
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