Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Virtual Field Trip to Alaska National Parks

August 16th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 16, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Tour

(www.nps.gov/kova/learn/photosmultimedia/virtual-tour.htm)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour of 3 National Parks in the northwest corner of Alaska. These parks are home to the “wide open spaces, unique plants and animals, the midnight sun, the northern lights, subsistence culture, and 9,000 years of human history.”

When you get to the site, you can watch the 10 minute video, “A Window to Your Parks.” It shows the remote landscapes of: 

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Noatak National Preserve
  • Kobuk Valley National Park

Then when you finish that video, scroll down to the next video: Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Tour. Get an overview of the museum and hear how Eskimo Ice Cream is made!

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

July 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, July 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery Pike
    • Long’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
  • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

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.

Mendel’s Pea Experiment

June 4th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

(www.sonic.net/~nbs/projects/anthro201/)

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

 

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

Free Bee Identification Cards

April 30th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 30, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has offered to “pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Teaching Resources” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

NOTE: On May 1, 2019, The Great Sunflower project will be featured on PBS Nature – American Spring Live. You can see a clip that they’ve created to introduce the Great Sunflower Project here.

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

April 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 13, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StudySpanish.com

(https://studyspanish.com/learn-spanish-free)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials that uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish.

There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Pronunciation Tutorial – Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – Learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Verb Drills – Learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – Learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Daily Word – Log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Cultural Notes – Learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, a travel helper, links to other sites, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

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