Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Summer themed reading activities

July 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Start with a Book

(http://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
When you get to the website click on any theme from the menu in the center of the page to open a new page that provides instructions on how to explore the particular theme by: 
  • Choosing books and book-related activities
  • Exploring more hands-on activities
  • Trying some summer writing
  • Digging deeper with these websites
  • Playing and learning with interactive mobile apps
The books are all clearly marked with grade and/or reading level. The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 
  • Dinosaurs
  • Planes
  • Bugs
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • The moon and stars
  • Art
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Detectives
  • Explorers
  • Poetry
  • Myths
  • and many more!
This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often. 

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

May 19th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

(http://www.outdoorbiology.com/)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, 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. 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 we reviewed a variety of the activity guides, we 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.

Visit the WAZA Virtual Zoo

February 20th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 20, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

WAZA Virtual Zoo

 

Age Range: All (children, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), take a virtual trip to the zoo. What is unique about this website is that visitors decide what animals they will see at the zoo.
When arriving at the link above, you can select to explore the animals by selecting: 
  • Visit the Zoo – use the interactive map to choose an animal group
  • Pick a Picture – choose from a random grid of animal pictures. Select “Refresh” for a different group of pictures from which to choose
  • Choose a Species – select from fishes, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, invertebrates
  • Select a Region – click on a location on the map for animals indigenous to that area
After you have decided how to explore the animals in the zoo, when you select an animal, you are taken to a fact sheet about the animal and image. Select the “Distribution” text link above the image to be taken to a map of locations of where the animal lives in the wild. Back on the animal page, choose the “In the Zoo” link to learn facts about transporting the animal and reasons the animal is kept in zoos. At the bottom of the text, click the “Find this animal on ZooLex” text link to see a list of some zoos that have this type of animal.

When you have finished visiting your zoo, select the “Home” button on the main tool bar. Choose the movie reel icon to watch a small variety of WAZA videos.

Animal lovers and zoo goers alike will enjoy this website and want to come back time and time again.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 20th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.”

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