Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Social Sciences: The Great Backyard Bird Count!

December 12th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 12, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Great Backyard Bird Count

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 14-17, 2014. 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

Printable Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

November 20th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling.

Recommended Websites:
Thanksgiving Language Arts
See below…

Age Range: Varies (grades K-12, with parental supervision)

Read All About Wild Turkeys…

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)

Read the information on this website that also has illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys. Discover:

  • What a wild turkey looks like
  • The difference between gobblers and hens
  • What a wild turkey sounds like
  • Wild turkey species and subspecies
  • Fast facts about turkeys and predators

Once you’ve read all about turkeys test your knowledge by clicking on the links below to print out and solve these puzzles…

Printable Turkey Crossword Puzzle

Printable Turkey Wordsearch Puzzle

Turkey Anagram Puzzle

Then, try these…

Thanksgiving Themed Language Arts Worksheets:

Find the complete sentence.

Underline the verbs and nouns in each sentence.

Spell the plural form of Thanksgiving words by printing out
Worksheet 1 and Worksheet 2

Unscramble Thanksgiving-themed words by printing out Worksheet
1 and Worksheet 2

Write an acrostic poem using the word “Turkey”

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 line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem. 

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 13-19 (middle and high school, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Brett suggested this website developed by Twin Cities Public Television with the support of 3M. This brand new, free web and mobile service is designed to improve teens’ understanding of and interest in science through a collection of the very best the web has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM).

As explained at the website, “You and your students can get answers to science questions, browse cool images, watch great videos, play fun games, and discover great hands-on activities. All of the content has been curated and vetted by a team of experts. Each topic has a mix of easy, medium, and challenging articles, and multiple videos. Sparticl can be used in the classroom, after school, and at home.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and some featured science videos, games, and articles. Use the horizontal menu near the top of the page to access the science behind:

*Living Things – Includes Life Science Basics, Mammals, Aquatic Life, Bugs & Worms, Retiles & Amphibians, Plants, Birds, and Microbes & Fungi.

*Matter & Energy – Learn Physics Basics, Chemistry Basics, Materials Science, Energy, Forces & Motions, Sound & Waves, Light & Electricity, and Particle Physics.

*Tech & Invention – Get the scoop on Gadgets & Inventions, Biotech, Computers, Engineering, and Transportation.

*Body & Brain – Explore the latest in Health & Medicine, the Human Body, Food & Nutrition, Genetics & Heredity, and Mind & Behavior.

*Earth & Space – Discover the Solar System, Universe, Dynamic Earth, Ecology & Environment, Biomes & Ecosystems, Oceans & Water, Atmosphere & Weather, Landforms & Geology, and Rocks & Minerals.

*Explore – Access the latest science News, learn about Dinosaurs & Fossils, Natural Disasters, Everyday Science, and much more!

This is a remarkable resource. Bookmark it to return often!

Color – Science, History, & Symbolism for Kids!

September 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 14, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: For Kids

Age Range: All (The kids section of this site is geared to ages 6-12.)

At this website, real-life Color Professor J.L. Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color. The topics are quite unusual and include:

*How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.

*Why Are School Buses Yellow? - Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.

*Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.

*Color Matters for What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism & Emotions
  • The Body
  • Design & Art
  • Business & Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Inventions & Inventors!

September 5th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 5, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ThinkQuest: Greatest Inventions

Age Range: 10-18 (about middle school and high school, with parental supervision)

This website traces the path of man through history via the greatest Inventions of all time and the biographies of their inventors.

Click on the link above and it will take you to the sitemap that provides some clues on the best way to navigate the site. You’ll discover:

*Timelines – See how people evolved from the invention of the printing press in 1450 to modern inventions like the DVD.

*Inventions – Learn about some of the greatest inventions that have improved the quality of life for people and discover why Greek philosopher Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.

*Inventors – Meet the great inventors who created tools and devices to improve the quality of life.

*Interactive – Try your hand at solving and playing the interactive puzzles and games. They require some of the specialized knowledge about inventors and inventions you’ll learn at the site.

You’ll also find links to all kinds of other websites that have resources about inventions and inventors to further learning.

I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking the virtual “Guided Tour” of the site, as it gives you a birds-eye-view of what you can learn here.

Video Safari with Free Lesson Plans!

August 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 16, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Animal Movies

Age Range: 4-18+ (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual safari by watching thousands of movie clips of all kinds of animals – and much more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of the featured animal and next to it is a menu of movie clips. Just select the one you want to watch, click on it, and a new page opens where you can watch the videos.

Use the menu on the left side of the home page to watch videos on Vertebrates including:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Bears
  • Wolves
  • Elephants
  • Monkeys
  • Giraffes
  • Birds
  • Sharks
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Fish

Then, continue to explore the menu to watch movies featuring Invertebrates such as:

  • Insects
  • Arachnids
  • Worms
  • Crustceans
  • Sponges
  • And more!

But wait – that’s not all!

GET FREE ANIMAL LESSON PLANS! Look at the menu at the very top of the screen and click on “Lesson Plans” to access animal related activities for different grade levels that are accompanied by slide shows with relevant animal photographs, video, and audio clips.

Note: You can listen to over 7,000 recordings of animal sounds at this site as well. Here’s the direct link:

Bookmark this site to return often.