Posts Tagged ‘fungi’

Biology for Kids

February 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 8, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website is part of the 4Kids series of sites (some of which have been featured on ClickSchooling previously). This one, Biology4Kids is an ad-supported site that offers engaging information, activities and resources for learning Biology.

When you get to the site, directly below the headline, you’ll find a menu of the general categories that will take you to active learning pages and quizzes that include:

*Studies – Discover the Scientific Method, Logic & Reasoning, Animal Kingdoms, Taxonomy, Species and more.

*Cell Structure & Function – Learn about Membrane Proteins, Cell Walls, Chromosomes, Mitochondria, Vacuoles and find out the meaning of Passive Transport, Active Transport, Pinocytosis, Mitosis and Meiosis.

*Plants – Explore the anatomy of a plant and learn about Photosynthesis,  Reproduction, Mosses & Liverworts, Ferns & Horsetails, and more.

*Activities – Take quizzes to see what you’ve learned, and watch informative slide shows and videos.

*More Topics – This section contains a menu of everything available on the site as described above, plus information about:

  • Microorganisms – Check out microscopic images of Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, Lichen, Microbes and more.
  • Invertebrates – Get an overview of spineless critters such as Sponges, Starfish, Jellyfish, Round Worms, Insects, Spiders, Scorpions and more.
  • Vertebrates – Learn about Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.
  • Animal Systems – Explore the Skeletal, Muscular, Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Reproduction, and Nervous systems.

In each section of this website you’ll find information, illustrations, and diagrams along with quizzes, slideshows and videos to enhance learning.

If it’s all a little confusing, simply follow the “On Site Tour” by clicking on the button near the bottom of each page.  It will take you through all of the material on the site in a prescribed order.

While most of the links on this site work, I did run across a few that didn’t work. However, by clicking around a bit I could find my way to the page that the link referenced. 

IMPORTANT: It is very easy to mistakenly click on random Google Ads that are sprinkled throughout the text/pages on the site and wind up off site. It happened to me a couple of times. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents must preview and supervise use of the site at all times.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity (CSAW)

January 25th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

Age Range: All

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 any given specie.

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.”

This noble effort wins a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in combining technology with education


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Interactive Biology Q&A

October 6th, 2009

Recommended Website
Biology Q&A

Age Range: 11 and up (Middle School, High School, and Beyond)

Someone sent me a tweet recommending this website that helps you easily build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to explore over 1800 questions and answers divided into the following branches:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Diseases

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas:

  1. Bacteria
  2. Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  3. Fungi Kingdom
  4. Viruses

Explore the site to satiate your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

Note: This site is supported by Google Ads and other linked ads sprinkled throughout the text. They are a bit of a nuisance to navigation. For example, you might click on a link in a word expecting to find more info – only to discover an advertisement. The ads change randomly, so parental review and supervision, as always, is highly recommended.

Virtual Field Trip to New Zealand

June 12th, 2009

Recommended Website:
TeAra: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Age Range: All (As always, children will need parental guidance.)

Are you curious about New Zealand? At this website you can take a virtual field trip there by browsing a multi-media encyclopedia of New Zealand and learn all about it’s history, landscape, flora, fauna, people, industry, and culture.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured stories — just click on one and dive right into an illustrated tour of topics like mining, marine life, tribal life, natural wonders, and more.

Or, use the menu to “Browse the Encyclopedia” from A-Z or click on:

  • Themes — Explore “The Bush,” discover the Maori tribe, take a quick virtual tour of “New Zealand in Brief,” see the people, places, and landscape of New Zealand.
  • Topics — Learn about New Zealand’s art and culture, birds, climate and weather, disaster and hazards, economy, farming, geology, government, history, insects and spiders, mammals, plants and fungi, reptiles, sea life, sports, trees and forests and much more.

Within each individual theme or topic there are lots of subcategories of fascinating scope and detail. You could really spend hours virtually exploring this unusual and remarkable country. Bookmark this one, as there’s no way to see it all in just one visit.


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Free Online Biology Textbook

May 27th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Free Online Biology Textbook

ClickSchooling list member Jaye Hendrix suggested this website that provides a free biology textbook with illustrations online. Jaye wrote:

“I’d like to suggest a fantastic resource for biology, which I found while preparing resources for a challenging, homeschool biology course. It’s written by a university biology professor, but will be very useful for my motivated middle-schooler, and would be an appropriate online text for a high-school-level, full-year biology course.

It’s free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a list of learning objectives and review questions.”

There isn’t much more to add except that when you get to the site, you’ll see the table of contents that covers subjects such as:

  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Chemistry
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Thermodynamics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • Flowering Plant Reproduction
  • Animal Organ Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Muscular/Skeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Paleobiology
  • Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
  • - and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain. :)

Fun with Fungi!

February 20th, 2007

Recommended Website
Fun Facts About Fungi

Note about age range: Non-readers will need help navigating the site;
younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games.

List member Anna Root recommended today’s website that is hosted by Utah
State University. It’s designed to help kids learn all about fungi. When you
get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes:

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities
    that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom,
    discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science
    experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about
    the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including
    mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with
    fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are
    used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the
    topics covered in the items mentioned above.
  • Meet The Authors – Read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your
students want to know more, try these sites as well:

UC Berkeley’s Introduction To Fungi: Of Athlete’s Foot, Champignons, & Beer

Fungi — See stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts,