Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

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.

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

(animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Resources for grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology sponsors this amazing searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals that is also a science tool and virtual museum!

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a featured animal such as “Insects.” Click on the black arrows on either side of the photo to see more pictures of the phyla represented including: 

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Mollusks
  • Reptiles

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with an introduction, and a menu on the right side of the page that allows you to explore: 

  • Pictures – See terrific photos of the creatures in this category. Click on any small picture to see an enlarged version.
  • Specimens – See photos of specimen collections by zoologists.
  • Classification – Explore the scientific names of animals including kingdom, phylum, and class. In some instances you can listen to the sound a creature makes, and see a map of its habitat.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Use the menu located on the left side of the page to explore the Special Collections. This section includes: 

  • Mammal Anatomy – Provides detailed information about every aspect of animal anatomy.
  • Spinning Skulls – View QuickTime movies and close-up images of mammal skulls.
  • Frog Calls – Listen to an array of frog calls used to attract mates and express distress.

Bookmark this site to return often.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 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)

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 17-20, 2017.

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.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.

Tour Our Ocean Planet

August 12th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 12, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ocean Planet

(seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ocean_planet_scripts/tour.pl?sel=211+214+242+249+222+378+225+386+215+269+208+219+218&page=&cs=59753)

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

 

Today’s website allows you to take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s acclaimed exhibit, Ocean Planet. Using audio and visual technology along with beautiful graphs, charts, photographs and illustrations you can explore and examine Earth’s oceans and the interconnectedness of them to every habitat and creature worldwide. Designed for a general audience, younger children will need some help with navigation.

When you get to the site you will see a menu bar at the top of your screen. Directly below the menu are the numbers 1-13 – and below the numbers is a very brief introduction, links to sounds of the sea, and a link to the “floor plan” that allows you to see any part of this amazing exhibit. 

Note: As the links on this site do occasionally change, you might encounter an error message. If you do, just select “Please request your tour again,” then select “Ocean Planet Preview Tour” from the menu.

There is an assortment of virtual tours of the various segments of this exhibit. We have chosen to feature the Curator’s Preview Tour because it provides an overview of what is available to you in the real-time exhibit – most of which you can explore virtually. Once you take this tour, you will undoubtedly want to bookmark the site and return to explore the different galleries in the exhibit thoroughly.

So, from the landing page just click on the “next” button or the number “2” to start the tour. Each successive page describes briefly a gallery or section of the Ocean Planet exhibit. You will see a photo of the gallery, a brief description and a clickable menu that takes you to each part of that gallery where you can learn all about subjects like: 

  • Oceanography
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Mariana Trench
  • Ocean Depths
  • Seafaring Communities Worldwide
  • Marine Habitat Destruction
  • Marine Scientist Biographies

You’ll also see the “cafeteria menu” but just click past it to continue with what’s available at the website. Once you’ve seen what’s available, use the “Floorplan” icon to return to any section that interests you and immerse yourself in ocean knowledge.

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