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Just for the fun of it, today we bring you this delightful children’s record, the story of the noisiest eating little boy you’ve ever heard, and how he learned just how awful he sounded. It stars the one and only Jerry Lewis. Your kids will love this silly story… and may even eat a little quieter after hearing it! (7 minutes, mp3 audio)
To download this mp3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click on the link and save to your mac.
History On the Net.com is a huge educational site focusing on ancient, medieval and modern history topics for younger students. Along with hundreds of short lessons and tutorials, they also offer a variety of worksheets, puzzles and interactive games that are appropriate for younger students. If you are studying any history topic, you will likely find some good supplemental material here.
Click here to go to the site!
Note: Just FYI, There is one Dover clip art illustration in the ancient Greek olympics category on the site which shows nude (but comparatively modest) competitors. We did not see any other problematic material, but you may want to check out specific topics you are studying before sending your kids there.
IT’S A BUGGY WORLD!
Wouldn’t your kids like to know just what it is crawling up their legs or across your kitchen floor or what that “thing” is out in the back yard? With today’s THREE resources, it will be easy to study and identify the creepy crawlies and flying things in YOUR part of the world!
The Bug Site!
Here’s a great online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures. Their mission is to instill in others the fascination and appreciation that we share for the intricate lives of these oft-maligned creatures. Lots of pictures and descriptions of every type of bug imaginable, classified in a neat point-and-click directory. GREAT resource site!
Click here to go to Bug Guide!
Need help identifying a bug in your house? Look at some of the critters people are asking about at this site, or take a picture and send it in and they’ll help you identify it!
Click here to go to the WHAT’S THAT BUG? site!
And finally, if you missed it last spring, here’s one more resource you can add to your bug library:
First Book of Bugs by Margaret Williamson (PDF ebook) – Here’s a delightful illustrated guide to the world of all things buggy… including types of insects, how they grow, where they live, what they do, & much more. Lots of interesting stuff in this chapter book for 2nd – 3th grade readers, with lots of illustrations too.
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac!
Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Message (PDF physics experiments manual)
PhysicsQuest is a story-based lesson series from The American Physical Society that exposes middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. In this great Teacher’s Guide, you learn about Benjamin Franklin’s experiences and experiments with physics and can conduct your own hands-on activities and experiments with electricity, optics, and much more! This lesson plan guide is geared to middle school age students, but younger and older students will also enjoy these fun and educational activities.
To download this 51 page PDF manual, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.
In September 2013, a bald eagle couple returned to the Berry College campus in Georgia, to their nest in a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the recreation center.
The couple spent several months repairing and adding to the nest and catching fish and coots in the nearby Berry quarry, Oostanaula River and Garden Lakes. An egg was produced on January 14, 2014, followed by a second egg on January 17. An eaglet chick hatched on Saturday, February 22, from one of the two eggs laid in January.
You can see their adorable eaglet and the whole eagle family “live” on the Berry College eagle cam. You might even see eaglet #2 emerge from its shell this week. You’ll also find lots of interesting videos of earlier eagle activities, plus tons of information about eagles on the site too. (Bonus: THERE ARE NO ADS ON THIS WEBSITE! Yay!) Enjoy!
Click here to go to the eagle cam site!
PS. If you know of other Eagle Cams please let us know in the comments below.
Here’s a fun music maker for your kids: A virtual playable piano keyboard! This site lets you play the piano, change the sound of the notes from piano to organ, guitar, steel drums, etc. and also add six different drum/rhythm accompaniments.
Click here to go to the Virtual Keyboard
HOW TO DRAW BIRDS (PDF ebook)
Part drawing lessons and part a study of ornithology, this excellent little art instruction book by English artist Raymond Sheppard teaches the student not only how to draw birds, but also how to observe and study them as well. Great both for art and nature study!
To download this PDF resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE then "save" to your computer!
Want a simple, easy-to-follow tutorial on the basics of reading & understanding music? MusicTheory.net offers a great series of step-by-step lessons and hands-on lessons & tools to help you teach basic music theory.
Note that they also sell the same lessons if you want to use them on mobile devices and phones.
CLICK HERE to go to the site!
BatsLive is a virtual field trip into the amazing world of bats! The site contains dozens of interactive resources, including video tours, lesson plans, webinars, and printable resources about bats. Here’s their introduction to this extensive and well-done resource site:
Bats are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies worldwide. As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats consume enormous quantities of agricultural pests and reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Yet these wonderfully diverse and beneficial creatures are among the least studied and most misunderstood of animals. Bats are threatened worldwide, and their colonies and habitats are destroyed – both intentionally and inadvertently – because of myths, misinformation, and lack of scientific knowledge and understanding. Bat populations are declining almost everywhere in North America especially due to the devastating White-nose Syndrome. Losing bats has far-reaching consequences for natural ecosystems and human economies. Knowledge is the key to their conservation and protection.
BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure is an exciting, free education program for children in the 4-8th grades and their educators, that will bring bat conservation to life in your classroom or community.
Click here to go to the site