Posts Tagged ‘birds’

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.

More Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

November 9th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 9, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Read All About Wild Turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys.

Discover: 

Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles:

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem. 

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 10th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 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 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. 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.

Fun Science with Bird Games & Activities

February 16th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Audubon: Just For Kids

(web4.audubon.org/educate/kids/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

The National Audubon Society’s mission is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” At their website, they offer a kids’ section filled with games and activities that teach children about birds and other animals.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of activities that include: 

  • Green Scene – Solve riddles that test your knowledge about ecology as it relates to air, health, water, energy, land, and wildlife.
  • The Game Place – Play games that teach about bird species and their songs, as well as bird migration.
  • Video & Live Cams – Enjoy live streaming from cameras trained on a Hummingbird nest and Barn Owl nest. Watch a variety of wildlife video clips that include a bat, bobcat, cougar, fox, hawk, and more!
  • State Bird Department – Do you know the name of your state bird? Find out here!

When you’re through exploring the “Just For Kids” section of this site, use the menu at the top of the screen for more in-depth information on birds, conservation efforts, and more.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 9th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 9, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.birdsource.org/gbbc/)

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 12-15, 2016.

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.

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.

See the National Aquarium Virtually

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, July 31, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Aquarium

 

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

 

This website provides a glimpse of the over 20,000 fish, amphibians, reptiles, marine mammals, and birds living at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
When arriving at the site, hover over “Explore Animals & Exhibits” to select your destination. Choose to explore the different animals at the aquarium by selecting “Our Animals” or check out the two webcams, one for the Blacktip Reef and the other for the Pacific Coral Reef. Or choose from the following “Exhibits & Experiences”: 
  • Amazon River Forest
  • Atlantic Coral Reef
  • Atlantic to Pacific
  • Australia: Wild Extremes
  • Blacktip Reef
  • Dolphin Discovery
  • Jellies Invasion
  • Living Seashore
  • Maryland Experience
  • Shark Alley
  • Surviving Adaption
  • Tropical Rain Forest
  • Waterfront Park
  • 4-D Immersion Films
When arriving at one of the above destinations, learn about the exhibit, the curator, and the animals in the exhibit. If you choose an animal, a page opens with images and information about the animal and sometimes a tidbit from the caretaker.

The webcams are especially interesting. When arriving at the chosen webcam page, not only can you see the exhibit in real time, but you can learn about the location and the animals that are part of the exhibit. It would be fun to challenge your students to find the listed animals while watching the live feed.

Before you leave, be sure to check out the educational resources available by hovering over “Community Share & Learn” at the end of the upper menu. In the Teacher’s section select “Learning Tools” to find downloadable learning materials and fact sheets. In the left hand side bar menu choose “Just for Fun” for wallpapers and coloring pages or choose “Get Nerdy with Nature” for projects in which to participate and a link to a North American free bird identifying app.

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