Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 18th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pollinator Curriculum

(www.pollinator.org/learning-center/education#bb)

Age Range: 8-11 (The suggested grade range is 3-6 but there is information that will fascinate all ages; children with parental supervision)

 

Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park.

Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators — even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.

To better understand what is taking place during the pollination process, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities. When you get to the site, click on the first link under “Curriculum”: Nature’s Partners: A Comprehensive Pollinator Curriculum for Grades 3-6. This curriculum includes: 

  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Pollinator-Friendly Habitat in Your Area
  • Community Service Project and Celebration

Back on the main page, you can find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges including Educational Tools, Activities, Facts and Helpful Links.

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

May 21st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 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.

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, click on Videos – PestQuest. 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 “Pest Guide” on the top menu bar to examine the “Pest List – Bugs 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: 

  • 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.
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for K-5 including Intro to Pests and Totally Termites. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy for Grades 4-8.
  • Games – Play interactive games like “Crush That Bug!” – similar to Candy Crush.

Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters.

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

May 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 3, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

(www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/exhibits/socal-marine-habitats.asp)

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

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.

When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 

  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including halibuts and crabs. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
  • Sandy Beaches – Meet the California Skate and a Sand Dollar

This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pool.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 15-18, 2019.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to The Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.


Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 16-19, 2018.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.comUse a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

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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