Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Learn about Digital Photography

August 27th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 27, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Photography School

(digital-photography-school.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website created by Darren Rowse provides a bonanza of digital photography how to’s and helpful hints to make the most of your digital camera.

The best place for your student to start is on the “Digital Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners” page accessed by hovering over “Tips & Tutorials” on the upper menu, then selecting it from the list. On this page students can learn: 

  • The basics of exposure
  • How to use digital camera settings and features
  • Handling and care of a digital camera
  • Using a flash
  • Understand depth of field
  • Nature and wildlife photography
  • And much more!

Parents will want to check out the entry called “13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography” to help their children learn some basics of taking a photograph.

When your student is finished going through all the beginner information you may want to dig deeper using the upper menu to discover tips for taking portrait and landscape pictures, explore the cameras and equipment that is out there, and learn about ‘post production‘ of their photos with editing software and more.

There are courses that can be purchased from this website, but visitors will find a lot of great free information about photography that they could easily create their own short course for their student.

Hike Angels Landing Virtually

August 19th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 19, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Angels Landing ehike – Zion National Park

(www.nps.gov/zion/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm)

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

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Angels Landing in the Zion National Park with this website from the National Park Service.

When arriving at the site, read the brief overview then select the “Angels Landing eHike” text link. Be sure that your sound is turned on for this tour to experience the sounds of the park. When the tour begins, watch the introduction, then navigate through the slides using the arrows under the images. Each slide is accompanied by informative text to learn about the location. Click on the movie camera or park ranger icons to watch brief movies of different locations. Slides include presentations of: 

  • Angels Landing
  • Zion Canyon
  • Big Bend of the Virgin River
  • Bridge Mountain
  • Zion Lodge in the 1920’s
  • West Rim Trail
  • Refrigerator Canyon
  • Walter’s Wiggles

While on your hike, discover the special features of Angels Landing and Zion Canyon, learn about the plant and wildlife in the area, the people who lived there, and much more.

There is a lot to explore while visiting this user friendly website, so be sure to set aside enough time to take a leisurely walk through it.

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.

Tour Yellowstone Online

February 26th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, February 26, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yellowstone Net (yellowstone.net/)

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

 

Visit Yellowstone National Park! See and hear the geysers and wildlife! This high-tech site has video clips and pictures of every area of the park!

Use the upper navigation to: 

  • Browse Yellowstone maps
  • View Yellowstone webcams
  • Discover the geysers
  • Explore the top attractions
  • Learn about the park geology
  • See waterfalls, wildlife, and so much more.

There is so much to explore on this website. Bookmark this one, and take an armchair tour of Yellowstone!

Fun Science with Bird Games & Activities

February 16th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Audubon: Just For Kids

(web4.audubon.org/educate/kids/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

The National Audubon Society’s mission is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” At their website, they offer a kids’ section filled with games and activities that teach children about birds and other animals.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of activities that include: 

  • Green Scene – Solve riddles that test your knowledge about ecology as it relates to air, health, water, energy, land, and wildlife.
  • The Game Place – Play games that teach about bird species and their songs, as well as bird migration.
  • Video & Live Cams – Enjoy live streaming from cameras trained on a Hummingbird nest and Barn Owl nest. Watch a variety of wildlife video clips that include a bat, bobcat, cougar, fox, hawk, and more!
  • State Bird Department – Do you know the name of your state bird? Find out here!

When you’re through exploring the “Just For Kids” section of this site, use the menu at the top of the screen for more in-depth information on birds, conservation efforts, and more.

Virtual Tours of the Petrified Forest

February 12th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

NPS Petrified Forest

(http://www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm)


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

 

Visit the Petrified Forest in Arizona with this website from the National Park Service. Through magnificent 360° panoramic images from artist-in-resident Tony Garbasso, explore various locations using your mouse to move all around the pictures.

Destinations include: 

  • Dining Room featuring Fred Kabotie Murals and CCC Furniture
  • Kachina Point overlooking the Painted Desert
  • Sunset from the Kachina Point end of the Painted Desert Rim Trail
  • Pintado Point was once known as 350 Degree Point
  • Puerco Pueblo from the southwestern corner
  • Newspaper Rock petroglyph panel
  • Agate Bridge
  • Jasper Forest, below Jasper Point
  • Crystal Forest split petrified log
  • Long log along the Long Logs Trail
  • Agate House
  • Rainbow Forest petrified wood
  • Rainbow Forest Museum Bone Zone

When you are finished with your virtual tours, use the left sidebar menu to learn more about the Petrified Forest including its history, the wildlife, and much more. Under the “Kids & Youth” section, you will find some downloadable fact sheets about the park.

This website provides a peek into the breathtaking views found in the Petrified Forest.

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