Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

United Stated History for Kids

April 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Historama

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported UK website presents American history uniquely by connecting important events with the presidencies during which they occurred.
When arriving at the link above, there are brief explanations about the site content and then you are able to select your topic of interest.
Information is broken down by the following: 
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Eras
    • 1790-1800: The New US
    • 1801-1828: Evolution Era
    • 1829-1841: Jacksonian Era
    • 1841-1850: Westward Expansion
    • 1850-1865: Secession Era
    • 1860-1865: Civil War Era
    • 1866-1881: Reconstruction Era
    • 1881-1913: Maturation Era
    • 1913-1928: WWI & Prohibition
    • 1929-1945: Depression & WWII
    • 1945-1989: Cold War Era
    • 1990 – Present: The Modern Era
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Important Time Periods and US Events
    • The Wild West
    • The Cowboys
    • Big Business and Corporations
    • Urbanization in America
    • Immigration Laws History Timeline
    • Labor Unions History
    • Women’s suffrage
    • Gilded Age and Era
    • Social Darwinism
    • Industrialization in America
    • Black Segregation History
    • Black Segregation Timeline
    • The Progressive Movement
    • 1800’s Child Labor
    • Black Populism
    • Populism in America
    • The Conservation Movement
    • Inventions & Inventors Timeline
    • Nativism in America
    • US Facts about WW I
    • Environmentalism History
    • Black History People & Events
    • The Roaring Twenties
    • Harlem Renaissance
The home page, as well as most of the other main pages at this site, also includes a 12-minute slide-show-like video overview of the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama. After selecting your main topic of choice, information is presented in bite size pieces with many sub-topics hyperlinked (which are identified by blue, underlined text links) to even more in-depth informational pages. Many of the pages include more video presentations about the President in residency during the time period.

To return to the home page, you will need to find the text link or button “US American History” which usually is found below the first paragraph on the page. You may also wish to use the American Historama Sitemap to more quickly locate the sub-topics within each era to locate specific pages.

If you are looking for a concise, no ‘bells and whistles’ approach to American history, this website may be just what you need.

(Please be sure that you assist younger children when navigating this website as it is ad-supported and there are a few text linked ads as well as image ads on most pages. But the value of the content should outweigh this nuisance.)

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.”

Incredible Animal Science Lessons for K-12!

September 16th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 16, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Animals

 

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

 

This terrific, multi-media website is chock-full of free and downloadable lessons and activities on animal and marine animal science.
Sponsored by SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, this site is a companion to the exhibits and education provided at the amusement parks. It is intended to increase students’ competencies in science and math while developing a lifelong appreciation and respect for all living creatures and habitats.

When you get to the site you’ll find “Animal Infobooks”. Click on any topic to explore fun facts; listen to the sounds different animals make, explore ecosystems and zoological research. INFOBOOKS are your resource for wildlife information. Explore the in-depth details about animals, environments, conservation issues, and much more.

  • Look at the second menu line at the top to find the tab “Just for Teachers” to get free, downloadable teachers’ guides and classroom activities for grades K-12 (that can be tweaked for homeschools) on topics from Arctic Animals to Marine Animal Husbandry & Training. Watch the educational and entertaining “ShamuTV” online!
  • Find the first menu line at the top and locate the tab “Kids” to play interactive games that teach as they test your knowledge about animals. Also color pages online of tigers, polar bears and turtles.

You’ll also find info about the educational programs, camps, and internships offered for students at the various theme-park locations throughout the U.S. and career information too. Learn about conservation and find out what’s new at the SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens theme parks near you.

Geography Resources at Your Fingertips

July 10th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 10, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Geography World

 

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

 

This award-winning website will quickly become your first stop when looking for anything geography related. It serves as a portal to hundreds of other geography websites. When arriving at the home page, you will be pleased at the simplicity of the site and navigation. The home page is broken down into the following sections:
  • Geographic Information
  • Geography Games, Puzzles, Quizzes, Trivia
  • Geography World (contains information about the website)

Each of the above sections provide link lists based on topics such as:

  • Continent
  • Culture
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Books, Magazines, Toys
  • Weather / Climate
  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Erosion / Weathering
  • Population
  • Flags
  • Geography Games
  • Maps / Globes / Skills
  • And so much more!

After selecting your topic of choice, you are taken to another page with a list of links to websites relating to the topic.

At the top of the home page, there is also a small navigation bar broken down into the following tabs, each with their own dropdown menus for more navigation opportunities:

  • Home
  • Continents
  • Culture
  • Geography Information
  • Geography Fun
  • Other Topics
  • Geography World

Per the information on the website: “Geography World previews all listed links and reviews these links on a semi-annual basis to keep content fresh and current.” Keep this website handy by bookmarking it because you will want to come back to it again and again throughout your homeschooling years.

Science with Butterflies

July 8th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Children’s Butterfly Site

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!
When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include:

*Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. You’ll also find a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

*Frequently Asked Questions – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.

*Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!

*Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. There are even links to conservation programs that you can participate in as a citizen-scientist. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.

*Galleries – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.

*Teaching and Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

Energizing Power Plant Tour

May 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, May 2, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Friday: Energizing Power Plant Tour

 

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

We use energy every day but do we understand how it is made and where it comes from? With this fascinating virtual tour through a power plant, discover the answers to these and many more questions about energy production. Sponsored by Xcel Energy and part of the larger Energy Classroom website, join your young guides, Jenna and Bobby, as they walk you through one of the biggest of Xcel Energy’s 86 power plants and explain how energy is made. There are 3 stops on your tour: 

  • Introduction – General information about the tour
  • Electricity – Walks through the steam energy production process from coal to transmission to customers
  • Environment – Explains the way the company works to conserve resources and keep the air and water clean

 

When you are finished with your tour, use the sidebar navigation or select “Energy Classroom” at the top of the navigation bar to find a great number of excellent resources available on this site to continue your study of energy. Resources include: 

  • Interactive games
  • Printable worksheets, information sheets, activity ideas, and experiments
  • Informative videos

 

Choose from the following topics:

  • Power Sources
  • Clean Energy Planet
  • Conservation
  • Power & Wildlife
  • Careers in Energy
  • Power Questions
  • Power Words
  • Teacher Resources
  • Energy Safety Calendar

 

While the materials on this site were created for students in grades 3-5, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted for both younger and older students. Turn on the lights to exploration of power when you visit the Energy Classroom website.

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