Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Discover the High-flying Aviator Lindbergh

May 28th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 28, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Charles Lindbergh – An American Aviator

(http://www.charleslindbergh.com/)

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

 

Charles Lindbergh began his courageous flight in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20, 1927, securing his place in history as the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. This comprehensive website examines not only this flight but also the other events and achievements of one of America’s most famous aviators.

When arriving at this website, begin by reading an excerpt from the May 21, 1927 New York Times article about the flight. Then use the left sidebar menu to examine Lindbergh’s life through articles, documents, images, videos, audios and much more. Some of the many topics to explore include: 

  • The Flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
  • Guggenheim Tour
  • Biographies of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
  • Maps
  • Airmail Pioneer
  • Gliders
  • Orient
  • America First
  • Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  • Awards
  • Lindbergh’s contributions to rocketry, cardiology, and conservation
  • PDFs of FBI files

And much, much more. There are also a few downloadable lesson plans, additional website links, and Amazon links to books for further study.

This website is an excellent resource for an in-depth study of the man, aviator, innovator, and American legend.

Energizing Power Plant Tour

April 24th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, April 24, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Power Plant Tour

(energyclassroom.com/energy-classroom/virtual-power-plant-tour/)

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

We use energy every day but do we understand how it is made and where it comes from? With this fascinating virtual tour through a power plant, discover the answers to these and many more questions about energy production.

Sponsored by Xcel Energy and part of the larger Energy Classroom website, join your young guides, Jenna and Bobby, as they walk you through one of the biggest of Xcel Energy’s 86 power plants and explain how energy is made. There are 3 stops on your tour: 

  • Introduction – General information about the tour
  • Electricity – Walks through the steam energy production process from coal to transmission to customers
  • Environment – Explains the way the company works to conserve resources and keep the air and water clean

When you are finished with your tour, use the sidebar navigation or select “Energy Classroom” at the top of the navigation bar to find a great number of excellent resources available on this site to continue your study of energy. Resources include: 

  • Interactive games
  • Printable worksheets, information sheets, activity ideas, and experiments
  • Informative videos

Choose from the following topics: 

  • Power Sources
  • Clean Energy Planet
  • Conservation
  • Power & Wildlife
  • Careers in Energy
  • Power Questions
  • Power Words
  • Energy Safety
  • Teacher Resources
  • and more!

While the materials on this site were created for students in grades 3-5, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted for both younger and older students. Turn on the lights to exploration of power when you visit the Energy Classroom website.

Take an Underwater Adventure to the Waikiki Aquarium

March 6th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, March 6, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Waikiki Aquarium

(www.waikikiaquarium.org/)

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

 

Hawaii is the home to a variety of sea life and at this site you can learn all about it in the many exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium. 

When you get to the site select the “Experience” link at the top of the page. Then select from: 

  • Exhibits
  • Animal Guide
  • Plants & Seaweeds
  • Overview Map
  • Critter of the Month
  • Webcam

Some of the exhibits you might like to visit are: 

  • South Pacific Marine Communities and Hawaiian Marine Communities – These highlight the amazing diversity and adaptations of sea creatures in the tropical Pacific and Hawaii.
  • Edge of the Reef – Learn about different types of Hawaiian reef and shore environments, and see colorful fish.
  • Diversity and Adaptations – Discover the amazing adaptations that allow marine life to get the upper hand on predators and prey.
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat – Find out about conservation efforts to preserve one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals.
  • Coral Farm – a working coral propagation facility that provides coral colonies to other aquariums and research institutions to reduce the demand and damage to wild reefs

Click on any one of these and more and investigate it through text, photographs, and even Live Cams!

Little ones will like the pictures, and older students will enjoy navigating through the hotlinks to learn all about Hawaiian marine life. This is a great site to visit with the whole family.

Be an Energy Hog Buster!

July 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 2, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

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

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.
  • Click “Teachers” to access Resources and learn about The Energy Hog Challenge.
  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!

Peregrine Falcons: From Egg to Flight

March 12th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cyberbee: Peregrine Falcons

(www.cyberbee.com/falcon_sites.html)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of free educational content that includes fantastic curriculum ideas and web projects for all subjects. This review features ONE of the many terrific resources as an introduction to Cyberbee.com – and it’s all about Peregrine Falcons.

When you get to the site you will find a brief introduction in the center of the page followed by a listing of up-to-date and current web-based resources for learning all about Peregrine Falcons including: 

  • Falcon Banding – Learn all about scientific bird banding used to track peregrine falcons as part of preservation and conservation programs.
  • Falcon Facts – Get the 4-1-1 on peregrine biology, migration and much more from the best scientific resources on the Net.
  • Falcon Speed –  Learn more about the “fastest animal on Earth”.

You can also virtually visit some peregrine falcon nests all over the U.S. through live cameras that are trained on the nests.

Back on the home page, on the left sidebar, get ideas for how to incorporate subjects like math, science, language arts, social studies, and technology (aligned with national curriculum standards) into the study of peregrine falcons.

On the right sidebar, explore the links to free lessons and activities that include some free, downloadable and printable materials and worksheets to help your students conduct a web-based scavenger hunt, record research information and make science observations, learn new vocabulary, and use math skills.

This is an excellent cross-curricular unit study that you can use whole or in part to boost your children’s knowledge.

When you are through, use the menu at the top of the page to explore the many other curriculum ideas, research tools, treasure hunts, web projects, and web links that Cyberbee offers on this site. Bookmark it – it’s an amazing resource intended for classroom teachers that homeschoolers can easily use regardless of methodology.

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.

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