Posts Tagged ‘vertebrates’

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.

Free Biology and Life Science

April 1st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Biology4Kids

 

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

 

This ad-supported website is sponsored by the same folks who created some of our favorite sites for kids such as Chem4Kids.com, NumberNut.com, and Physics4Kids.com.
On the site they are quick to tell you that it’s not just biology for kids, it’s for everyone. It offers a wide variety of free, engaging activities and quizzes to help kids learn and practice a variety of biology strands.

When you get to the website you will see the menu. Click on any title and a new page opens that contains an introduction to that biology strand and, on most pages, a recommended activity and/or quiz. There is a lot to learn – you can click on these titles from the main menu:

  • Biology Overview
  • Scientific Method
  • Cell Structure
  • Cell Function
  • Microorganisms
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Vertebrates
  • Animal Systems

Go to the site map to view the overwhelming amount of information available about core biology and life science on Biology4kids. If you’re looking for some detailed examples don’t forget to look at the examples page or use the search engine on the right.

Dig These Free Geology and Paleontology Lessons

January 14th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Paleontology Portal

 

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

 

Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey and others, this website offers a free “portal” to resources and interactive lessons that help students learn geology and paleontology

At the website, select from one of the following destinations

 

  • Exploring Time & Space – Discover the geology and paleontology of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Fossil Gallery – View fossil images of plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and more.
  • Famous Flora & Fauna – Click on an interactive map to learn about significant North American fossil finds.
  • K-12 – This section is a TREASURE TROVE of links to interactive resources that help students fully appreciate paleontology by exploring plate tectonics, geologic time, and fossil records.  Don’t miss the fun and informative interactive called “What Did T. Rex Taste Like?”  Enjoy lessons that encourage creative thinking and writing skills: 
    • The Life Story of a Fossil (for grades 6-8)
    • A Cross-Country Trip in the Old Days (for grades 6-12)
    • PaleoEnvironmental Booklet (for grades 6-12)

 

You’ll also find links to resources for careers in paleontology, information on how to collect fossils, links to museums you can visit with fossil collections, and read bios and interviews with paleontologists and geologists.

 

Navigating this website is simple and fun, making this a wonderful starting point for those interested in paleontology.

Video Safari with Free Lesson Plans!

August 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 16, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

JungleWalk.com: Animal Movies

Age Range: 4-18+ (with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual safari by watching thousands of movie clips of all kinds of animals – and much more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of the featured animal and next to it is a menu of movie clips. Just select the one you want to watch, click on it, and a new page opens where you can watch the videos.

Use the menu on the left side of the home page to watch videos on Vertebrates including:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Bears
  • Wolves
  • Elephants
  • Monkeys
  • Giraffes
  • Birds
  • Sharks
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Fish

Then, continue to explore the menu to watch movies featuring Invertebrates such as:

  • Insects
  • Arachnids
  • Worms
  • Crustceans
  • Sponges
  • And more!

But wait – that’s not all!

GET FREE ANIMAL LESSON PLANS! Look at the menu at the very top of the screen and click on “Lesson Plans” to access animal related activities for different grade levels that are accompanied by slide shows with relevant animal photographs, video, and audio clips.

Note: You can listen to over 7,000 recordings of animal sounds at this site as well. Here’s the direct link:

http://www.junglewalk.com/sound/Animal-sounds.htm

Bookmark this site to return often.

 

Science with BioKids!

April 5th, 2011

Hi! It’s Tuesday, April 5, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

Age Range: 9-14 (about grades 4-8, with parental guidance)

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 in the “Tracks and Sign Guide” 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 this section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula, along with video, maps, and even an online guide for North American mammal tracks.

If you explore the section for teachers, you’ll discover some interesting classroom project ideas that could be tweaked for home use as well.

Biology for Kids

February 8th, 2011

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

Recommended Website:
Biology4kids

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.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

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