Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Virtual Field Trip to New Zealand!

June 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, June 14, 2013, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

TeAra: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual field trip to New Zealand by browsing a multi-media encyclopedia and learn all about it’s history, landscape, flora, fauna, people, industry, and culture.

When you get to the site, you’ll see rotating featured stories and an icon menu leading to over 700 illustrated, interactive stories on various aspects of New Zealand such as the landscape, the Bush, tribal life, natural wonders, and more.

Or, browse the “Encyclopedia of New Zealand” near the top of the home page and explore the stories and biographies archived at the site. You’ll learn about New Zealand’s people, art and culture, birds, climate and weather, disasters and hazards, economy, farming, geology, government, history, insects and spiders, mammals, plants and fungi, reptiles, sea life, sports, trees and forests, and much more

Within each individual theme or topic there are lots of subcategories of fascinating scope and detail. You could really spend hours virtually exploring this unusual and remarkable country. Bookmark this one, as there’s no way to see it all in just one visit. 

 

Animal History & Biology for K-12!

May 21st, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

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 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 each page to explore:

*Teaching Resources – This section offers special resources for K-12 and college educators including a MUST SEE parallel site called “BioKIDS” that contains curriculum for 5th and 6th graders. Here’s the direct link: http://www.biokids.umich.edu/. There are additional links to resources especially for kids and teachers. You’ll also find a sample high school worksheet for learning about mammals, and some critical thinking exercises so your students “won’t believe everything they read on the Web.”

*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.

 

Science w/ Animals, Plants, & Fungi!

April 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, April 16, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ARKive

Age Range: 5-18 (with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Cie suggested this terrific website, sponsored by a wildlife non-profit organization, that allows students to learn about 15,000 of the world’s endangered species through photos and videos along with scientific information on what makes them special and why we should protect them. 

You’ll also find free teaching resources, lesson plans, and learning activities for students in K-12.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and clickable menus to discover endangered:

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Invertebrates (Terrestrial and Marine)
  • Plants & Algae
  • Fungi (including lichen)

Scroll down the page and find links to “Kids” games, along with “Teachers” resources including lessons and activities for students ages 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, and 16-18.

This site is well-designed and easy to navigate. Bookmark it to return often.

Fun, Free Word Games & Puzzles!

October 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Brain Food: Word Puzzles

Ages: 10 and up (Approximately, with parental supervision. Younger readers may be able to do some of these activities with assistance.)

This ad-supported website offers a variety of free interactive word puzzles and games that enhance Language Arts skills. 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/Sodoku puzzles.

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

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

September 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

Age Range:  10 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. Designed for group learning, they can be easily tweaked for individual investigations.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and an icon menu of sample activities, and a special feature, “Fall Explorations with OBIS.”  If you click on that link, you’ll find some terrific activities that take advantage of the fall season.

Use the horizontal menu at the top of the home page and click on “Activities” to access the dozens of activity guides archived at this site that cover topics such as:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Predator-Prey Relationships  
  • Animal/Plant Interactions
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Climate

Click on any topic and a new page opens with an icon menu of the activity guides. Place your cursor over each icon to see a pop-up window with a brief description of the activity, the time it typically takes to complete, the recommended age range, and what size group the activity will accommodate. Click on the icon to open a new page that contains the lesson summary, learning outcomes, and the activity instructions in a downloadable pdf.

The activities are all designed to educate through fun, hands-on learning experiences and games in the great outdoors.

As I reviewed a variety of the activity guides, I saw the potential for use in the homeschool environment as either an activity for family learning, or as a resource for co-op classes and homeschool support groups.

 

Free Bird Language e-Course!

May 9th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
WhatTheRobinKnows.com

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Renown naturalist and tracker Jon Young just announced the release of his new book, What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World. This website is a companion to the book, where you can get a free sneak peek, and even listen to examples of the “five voices” of bird language in action.

Not only that, you can sign up for a free, 10-lesson e-course called Bird Language Basics. Simply register for the course by entering your email address in the box in the right margin of the home page, and you’ll receive the lessons in your inbox over a period of 10 weeks. 

If you wonder if studying birds and their language will be appealing to your children, I can tell you that my own sons had the opportunity to take several nature classes for homeschoolers from Jon Young. They found the information fascinating and gained new awareness and respect for our feathered friends.  :) 

At the website, you’ll also find information on how to buy the book and participate in Jon Young’s programs that are dedicated to providing mentoring and deep nature connection practices that bring positive transformation and wellness to individuals and communities. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to read a short excerpt from the book and sign up to take the free Bird Language Basics e-Course. 

 

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