Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

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.

Virtual Tours – Hunterdon County, NJ

December 15th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 15, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Tours – Hunterdon County, NJ

(www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/virtualtours.htm)

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

 

New Jersey became the third state on December 18, 1787. Visit one of its counties with these virtual tours.

Hunterdon County is located in western New Jersey and home to many trails and county parks. To begin taking your tours, either use the drop-down menu at the top of the page or select one of the images below the introduction. Locations include: 

  • County Arboretum
  • Charlestown Reservation
  • Cold Brook Reserve
  • Columbia Trail
  • Hoffman Park
  • Jugtown Mountain
  • Round Mountain
  • Town Hill Preserve
  • Tettertown Preserve
  • Wescott Nature Preserve

And many more locations. Tours include images of the location, wildlife, and other points of interest. Each image is accompanied by a textural description.

Select the “Home” link in the upper left to learn more about the county. Select the “Facts & Figures” link then “Fun Facts About Hunterdon” to explore its history and more.

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.

Come on a Safari with Bwana Mitch

May 26th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 26, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bwana Mitch’s Virtual Safari

(www.virtuellesafari.de/start.e.html)

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

 

This commercial website specializes in travel to Africa and includes a terrific, free virtual safari of East Africa and southern Africa using photos and interactive 360° panoramas of wildlife and landscapes.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a lion. Click on the words, “To The Gallery” located below the lion. A new page opens with a menu of the photo gallery that you will use to take this virtual safari that includes: 

  • Wildlife – See pictures and read descriptions of African mammals, reptiles, and birds including: 
    • Elephant
    • Rhinoceros
    • Cheetah
    • Leopard
    • Lion
    • Mongoose
    • Hippopotamus
    • Warthog
    • Nile Crocodile
    • Ostrich
    • and many more!
  • Landscapes – Explore national parks in Botswana, Tanzania, and Kenya.

If you click on any item on the menu a new page opens to photographs with descriptions in GERMAN. If you don’t read German – don’t worry. You can easily translate each page into English with a Google translation service located in very small print at the bottom of each page. Just click on the words “Translate this page into English” and the Google application works its magic so that you get the full benefit of the picture and the descriptive text.

If you enjoy the virtual field trip, you can also virtually explore the lodges and camps that are available to those who go on a real safari using the travel services of Bwana Mitch.

Critter Cams

May 12th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 12, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore Live Cams

(explore.org/channels/bird-live-cams/view-all/live-cam/more/)

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

 

Take a peek into the world of animals with these web cams at the larger Explore website.

There are over 100 cams to choose from sorted by type: 

  • Bears, polar bears, and pandas
  • Birds
  • Hawaiian islands
  • Oceans
  • Dogs

Today’s link opens to the bird cams, but using use the upper scrolling picture menu to select a different category of interest.(Please note that some topics only provide films or are social/political issue related, so as always preview this site prior to allowing children to visit.) Once you decide what category to explore, if there are web cams available, use the text link “All Live Cam Results” to see all the available streams. 

A sampling of the animal cams available include: 

  • Great gray owl nest in Montana
  • Hummingbird fountain in La Verne, California
  • Pacific Walrus in Round Island, Alaska
  • Bison in Val Marie Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Tundra buggy polar bear Churchhill, Manitoba, Canada
  • African wildlife in Kenya, Africa
  • Ouwehand waterfall polar bears in Rhenen, Netherlands

Most topics also provide films and photos to further enhance your visit and discovery. This website provides a wonderful window into the animal world we might not ordinarily get to see.

Resources for Women’s History Month

March 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 23, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TIME for Kids: Women’s History Month

(www.timeforkids.com/minisite/womens-history-month)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

March is Women’s History Month and this mini site from TIME for Kids provides some great resources for your studies.

Once arriving at today’s link, use the left-hand side bar menu to begin exploring. Through slideshows, videos, interviews, articles and more, dig deeper into topics such as:

  • Women’s History Milestones
  • Trailblazing Women
  • Celebrating Women’s History
  • Where Are the Women?
  • Suiting Up
  • Girls with Grit
  • Women Warriors
  • Meet the Marchers
  • The Role of the First Lady
  • The Fight to Vote
  • A Famous First
  • An American Hero
  • Following Their Dreams
  • Let Girls Learn
  • A Swimming Star
  • The Day Women Went on Strike
  • A Woman on the $10 Bill
  • Star Ballerina

Select the “Women’s History Month Printables” link to find some grade level sorted downloadable PDFs about: 

  • Women at Work (grades K-1)
  • A Way With Wildlife (grade 2)
  • Women in Science (grades 3-4)
  • Interview a Woman in Your Life (grades 5-6)
  • And more.

While TIME for Kids has additional subscriber-only resources, there is plenty of free material available that will add to your Women’s History Month studies.

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