Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 10th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 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 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 each page to explore:

  • Teaching Resources – This section offers special resources for K-12 and college educators including a MUST SEE parallel site called “BioKIDS” that contains curriculum for 5th and 6th graders. Here’s the direct link. There are additional links to resources especially for kids and teachers. You’ll also find a sample high school worksheet for learning about mammals, and some critical thinking exercises so your students “won’t believe everything they read on the Web.”
  • 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 9th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.birdsource.org/gbbc/)

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.

Visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

September 1st, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

March 27th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, March 27, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.
When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 
  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Sandy Beaches & Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including crabs and sand dollars. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pools.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 20th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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 13-16, 2015.
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: 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.

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