Posts Tagged ‘birds’

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

Listen to Music of Sound

October 18th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 18, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

FindSounds

 

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

 

At this free site, you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples. Once you find the sound you like you can listen to it, download the sound to hear it again and again, or send it to a friend!

When you get to the site you will see a search button. Type in the sound of the thing you want to hear and a new page pops up with a list of sound files for that item. Click on the file to hear the sound.

Or search through the sound categories:

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Holidays
  • Household
  • Insects
  • Mayhem
  • Miscellaneous
  • Musical Instruments
  • Nature
  • Noisemakers
  • Office
  • People
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Tools
  • TV and Movies
  • Vehicles

What types of sounds are there? Thousands. For example you will find the sound that almost every musical instrument makes, from accordions to xylophones, the sounds animals make, all types of bird calls, holiday sounds like sleigh bells or spooky Halloween sounds, vehicle sounds such as an airplane or a police car, household sounds like boiling water and vacuum cleaners, insects, mayhem sounds (artillery, grenades, bombs, whips, arrows, etc.), nature sounds, the sounds people make including applause, burping, hiccups, snoring and more, and you can listen to the sounds of baseball, football, bowling, and tap dancing as well! There are even TV and movie sounds from cartoons to sci-fi films.

In addition to exploring the sounds in our world, this site has lots of potential for various presentation projects, and the kids will think it’s just a whole lot of fun!

Hummingbird Math

August 4th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 4, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, children with parental supervision)

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, drama, music, geography, and writing.
When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Math Activities” – just scroll down to review the lessons and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.Want more hummingbird fun? Have your children make their very own hummingbird feeder and try some interesting activities like:

  • Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams. If you have a kitchen scale, have the kids gather some items around the house they think weigh about as much as a hummingbird. Weigh them and see how close they come.

Live Animal Cams on Animal Planet LIVE!

June 27th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, June 27, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Animal Planet LIVE!

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

At this website from Animal Planet, view live video feeds from around the world of all kinds of animals. When arriving at the site, use the images at the bottom of the page to select which cam you would like to view, including:  

  • Kittens
  • Puppies
  • Pit Bulls & Parolees
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Pacific Reef
  • Bigfoot
  • Chipmunks
  • Hedgehogs
  • Bunnies
  • Sloths
  • Wild Birds
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Pittsburgh Bald Eagles
  • White-Rock Bald Eagles
  • Hog Island Osprey
  • Black Eagle
  • Parakeets
  • Sharks
  • Humans
  • Penguins
  • Sea Otters
  • Clownfish
  • Bees
  • Calves
  • Chicks
  • Tamarins
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants

 

Please note that some feeds may only be available dependent on the time of day or year for animal activity, but kids young and old will enjoy searching for these fun critters when visiting the website.

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 10th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NAPPC: Pollinator Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, but there is information
that will fascinate all ages. See additional resource for older students
below. All children with parental supervision.)

 

What’s a pollinator? Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators – even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.
Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park. To better understand what is taking place, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities that include:
  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Creating and Finding Pollinator-Friendly Habitats in Your Area
  • Service projects as well as resources and links to more information

When you are through exploring the curriculum, to find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges visit http://pollinator.org/.

Click on “Useful Resources” on the menu to find links to even more lesson plans and suggested activities. You can also order free posters but you must pay the shipping fee.

Easy Drawing Tutorials

May 10th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 10, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Easy Drawing Tutorials

 

Age Range: 8-Adult (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a treasure trove of drawing lessons for all of your favorite characters. Each lesson includes a video and step-by-step illustrated instructions. There are hundreds of alphabetized choices of characters from:

  • Disney
  • Nintendo
  • Looney Tunes
  • Sesame Street
  • Marvel Comics
  • The Simpsons
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Hello Kitty
  • Star Wars
  • SpongeBob
  • Comic Strips
  • Pokemon
  • Sega
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Anime
  • Angry Birds
  • DC Comics
  • and many more!

 New tutorials are uploaded every Sunday, so this is an ever-growing collection of drawing instruction. Cartoon lovers and artists of all ages will want to come back again and again to check out what’s new.

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