Posts Tagged ‘bees’

What’s the Buzz about Honey?

March 28th, 2014


It’s Friday, March 28, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Virtual Apiary Field Trip


Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)


This is a teaching website all about bees and honey production in Texas. When you get to the site you will see a short introduction and directly below it – a button that says “TEKS Teacher Page.” If you click on that, you will see a compendium of the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills covered in this site – designed for high schools. Back on the main page, you will have noticed a photographic menu with links to some of the highlights of the site.


The BEST WAY to view this site is to go directly to the APIARY FIELD TRIP button at the top of the left menu bar. That starts your virtual tour of the Weaver Apiary. Just read through the text and view the photographs and then click on the “continue button” at the bottom of the screen to take the complete tour. You will learn all about the honey collection and extraction process, the history of honey, and how bees make honey. This is a bit text intensive for younger children – so parents may want to visit the site, read through it first, and then visit with younger kids while giving them a condensed oral version of the content.


When you are through visiting the apiary, go to the “Activities” button on the left menu. Click on it and a new page opens with links to a printable word search and crossword puzzle – and two multiple choice quizzes about the information presented at this website. Solutions are also provided.


This site is really designed to be a teaching tool for high school teachers. Homeschoolers can adapt it to suit their needs, interests, and abilities. Either way, you’ll have a penchant for honey when you’re through – so be sure to have some in the cupboard!

Spelling for Those with the “Spelling Gene”

October 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, October 2, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!  

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Merriam Webster: Spell It!

Age Range: 6-16 (approximately, with parental supervision)

I’ve always maintained that some people are born with a “spelling gene.” Interestingly, current brain research supports the idea that some brains are hard-wired for spelling. They just “get it”. For that segment of the population, spelling is fun! It’s a joy! Words and their root forms and origins are fascinating.

For students of all ages who excel at spelling, this website (sponsored by the Scripps National Spelling Bee in cooperation with Merriam-Webster) offers free spelling exercises that are interesting and challenging. It’s a little slice of heaven for those with spelling in their DNA. When you get to the website, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu titled “Words From” that include:

  • Latin  
  • Arabic
  • Asian Languages
  • French
  • Eponyms
  • German
  • Slavic Languages
  • Dutch
  • Old English
  • New World Languages
  • Japanese
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Click on any one and a new page opens with a brief explanation and a list of “Study Words.” Click on a “study word” and a new page opens in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations. You’ll find the word’s function (part of speech), etymology, definition, and synonyms.

Some words have a “dialog bubble” that contains a spelling tip for that word.  Click on “Challenge Words” to find an assortment of more difficult spelling words. Click  on “Now You Try” to participate in an interactive exercise to challenge your knowledge of words, parts of words, word roots, and knowledge of spelling rules and exceptions. Wordsmiths and spellers will gleefully spend hours here testing their skills. There is a function that allows you to print out the spelling words to practice offline too. 

Back on the home page, you’ll also see “Words You Need to Know.” As explained at the website, “These words appear frequently in student essays, and every writer should become familiar with them. You should also study these words to prepare for classroom bees.”

This site’s main purpose is to provide visitors with the official list of study words for the 2010 spelling bees. However, it stands alone as a terrific and challenging educational tool for those who love words and spelling.

Math, Science, & Tech Activities for K-12

August 5th, 2013

It’s Monday, August 5, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 5-18 (with parental supervision)  

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math and science topics that includes:

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Under “Science” you’ll find topics that include Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Periodic Table, Lab Reports, Physics, and more.

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to virtual chemistry lab experiments, and from rolling dice to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s lots more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.  :)

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

June 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8)

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 and watch a brief introductory animated video, then 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.


Free Video Physics Lessons w/ Science Jim!

August 7th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2012, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Jim

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision, younger children may enjoy some aspects)

This commercial website is a companion to the “Science Jim Show” video and web classes (available for a fee) that teach science in an entertaining way. The site archives a variety of “Science Jim Shows” that you can watch for free to explore physics through the latest science news and through some cool experiments that you can try at home.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the free “Science Jim” videos that include topics such as:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Bats
  • Candy
  • X-Rays
  • Pterosaurs
  • Deep Sea Creatures
  • Germs & Microbes
  • Frogs
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Radiation
  • Bees
  • Snot
  • Higgs Boson Particle

Just select a video and click on the arrow to watch the presentation. These are highly entertaining and will engage the most reluctant scientist. The presentations provide a good overview of the topic and may inspire further investigation and learning!


Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You!

May 8th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the featured “Project of the Day.”  You’ll also see the words “Project Finder” and below it there are two drop-down menus:

*Pick an activity – Select the location and environment where you want to do your project. For example, at home or at a zoo, on a beach, online, in the car, on a hike, etc.

*Pick a topic – Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy, birds, chemistry, weather, food, health, insects, nature, physics, etc.

Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category.

Or use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen and click on “Project Finder.”  A new page opens where you can do an advanced search that allows you to filter for:

  • Free/low cost projects
  • Projects you can do outdoors
  • Projects suitable for children and/or students
  • Do-it-yourself projects

And you can even filter for projects that have teaching materials available.

From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox