Posts Tagged ‘birds’

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 9th, 2016


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


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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 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!


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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.

Visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

September 1st, 2015


It’s Friday, July 17, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Victoria Butterfly Gardens


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


At this website you can learn all about butterflies and take a virtual tour of a beautiful habitat created for them at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Not only will you be introduced to over 25 varieties of butterflies, but you can learn about the plants that nourish them. You can also meet some of the birds that inhabit the garden.
When you get to the site and click on the link to play the 3D virtual tour, visitors will need to download the Unity Web Player if it is not already on their computers. (Please note that the player is not supported by Chrome, so visitors will need to use a different internet browser to view the tour.) Once the player is installed, the 3D simulation will load. Read through the instructions for the best visit experience. Some areas of the tour have yellow labels that when clicked on provide information about the area. Some of the animals in the garden are also clickable to learn more about them. When clicking on these locations there are often images that can be enlarged for a closer look. Visitors will also have an opportunity to test their knowledge of the gardens to receive a 20% discount voucher for admission to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens if they are ever in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

When you are through visiting the garden, use the main menu to learn more about the butterflies, plants, and birds. If you click on “Butterflies” then “Butterfly Catalogue”, a new page opens with pictures of all of the species that live in the Victoria Butterfly Garden. Click on any individual picture, and a new page opens with detailed information about that particular butterfly.

You can see the birds and fish, jungle creatures, and plants in the gardens in the same manner by selecting the appropriate link in the menu.

Don’t forget to explore the life cycle of butterflies by clicking on “Butterflies” on the main menu, then “Life Cycle” under the Learning Centre on the right hand side bar.

This is a fascinating virtual trip the whole family will enjoy.

Summer themed reading activities

July 15th, 2015


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


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Start with a Book



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!


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Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology



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!


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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.