Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 16-19, 2018.

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 http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. 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.comUse 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.

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 16th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildscreen Arkive

(www.arkive.org/)

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
  • Fish
  • and more

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 Galapagos marine iguana, and many more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as: 

  • Biology
  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French in Action

(www.learner.org/resources/series83.html)

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include: 

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

Visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium Virtually

November 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

(aquarium.org/exhibits/)

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

 

Explore the exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with this website sponsored by the aquarium.

See what types of animals live in the aquarium by selecting an image from the available exhibits: 

  • Sandy Shores
  • Rocky Shores
  • Coastal Waters
  • Secrets of Shipwrecks
  • Sea Otters
  • Harbor Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Seabird Aviary
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Orford Reef
  • Halibut Flats
  • Open Sea
  • Aquarium Grounds
  • Big Bites

Once an exhibit has been selected a page opens with a description and images of the location. Many of the pages offer a “What lives there?” section with images of creatures that live in a location. Select one of the animals to learn about it, it’s range and habitat and more.

In addition to the above exhibits, continue with your virtual tour by selecting the “Experience” in the upper menu, then select the “Aquari-cam” for a live look at the resident pinnipeds. Also, check out the “Sea Turtle Tracking” link to follow the travels of two rescued olive ridley sea turtles, Solstice and Lightning.

Under the “Education” link of the upper menu, find “Teacher Resources” then the text link in the first paragraph, On-Site School Programs page to download adaptable educational materials to use with your virtual tour.

Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

Journey to the Stars and Back

June 30th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 30, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lockheed Martin – Generation Beyond

(www.generationbeyondinschool.com/virtualfieldtrip)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Watch this video virtual field trip presentation about the Lockheed Martin Space Operations Simulation Center in Littleton, Colorado and what it takes to make it into space.

When arriving at today’s link teachers will want to download the companion guide for an overview of the virtual field trip and additional activity ideas. Visitors can watch the virtual presentation in its entirety or select to watch the different segments: 

  • Chapter 1: VFT Introduction, 3D Printing and Virtual Reality in Space
  • Chapter 2: Testing & Prep for Space Missions to Mars, Jupiter, and Asteroid Bennu
  • Chapter 3: Orion Test Lab and Mars Habitat Module
  • Chapter 4: Managing Space Missions in Flight and VFT Conclusion

Visitors will tour: 

  • 3D Printing lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab Chill
  • Space Operations Simulation Center
  • Orion Test Lab
  • Mars Habitat Module
  • Mission Support Area

This virtual field trip is a great resource not only to see some interesting space technology, but also discover the many important career paths available in the space field.

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