Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Tidepool Math

October 5th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, October 5, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tidepool Math

(www.boem.gov/environment/tidepool-math)

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

 

This website has FREE math lessons and activities that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the intertidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in intertidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well. 

You can also download and print out colorful flash cards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

Virtual Tour of the Butchart Gardens

October 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Friday, October 2, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Butchart Gardens

(www.butchartgardens.com/a-virtual-visit/)

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

 

Visit the incredible Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada with this website that offers a free virtual tour! To really appreciate the gardens it’s helpful to know some history about them.

In 1888, Robert Butchart manufactured cement near limestone deposits on Vancouver Island where he and his family lived. As his business exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their home, Mrs. Butchart came up with the idea of transforming the abandoned quarry into a spectacular “Sunken Garden.” She had top soil hauled in and began the renovation.

The Butcharts were world travelers and it influenced the design of their gardens. They created a Japanese Garden with Koi pond, transformed a tennis court into an Italian Garden, and planted a spectacular Rose Garden. Mr. Butchart collected birds from all over the world and had elaborate bird houses constructed throughout the gardens. They decorated their garden with artifacts including bronze castings.

The renown of the Butchart Gardens spread. Today, close to a million people visit annually, enjoying the year-round display of floral beauty created from over 900 varieties of plants.

From the menu, choose: 

  • Sunken Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Italian Garden
  • Mediterranean Garden
  • and more

So much color and beauty in one place!

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

September 8th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/for-teachers/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for Primary (K-3), Elementary (4-7), Intermediate (6-9), and Secondary (9-12)
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

There’s also a link to Energy Calculators and a Glossary.

Visit animals in the San Diego Zoo

May 8th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, May 8, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

San Diego Zoo Videos and Webcams

(zoo.sandiegozoo.org/animals-plants)

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

 

Visit some of the animals in the San Diego Zoo in California with the videos and webcams found at this website.

When you get to the site, you can see beautiful pictures of the animals in the zoo: 

  • Leopard
  • Arctic Fox
  • Camel
  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Hippo
  • Koala
  • Lion
  • Monkey
  • Penquin
  • Reindeer
  • Zebra
  • And so many more!

You can click on each picture to read more about the animal.

Then under “Animals & Plants” in the top menu bar, you’ll find a link to the Live Cams and Videos. You’ll see many behind-the-scenes activities including a koala joey exam, penquins at the beach and more.

Animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy visiting this website.

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.

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