Live Baby Eagle Cam!

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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.

Virtual Piano Keyboard

Screen shot 2014-02-21 at 11.24.04 AMHere’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

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!

Music Theory Lessons & Exercises

Screen shot 2014-02-21 at 12.22.58 PMWant 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.

All of the lessons, exercises and tools are FREE on the website when accessed by your computer. You must enable Javascript to access the materials.

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!

Enter the world of BATS!

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

91,000 Maps of the World

Wow! This website from France has an incredible collection of downloadable maps of the world, continents & countries in multiple graphic formats (GIF, PDF, CDR, SVG, AI and WMF). They also have a large collection of Historical Maps from different time periods. Go to the site, bookmark it, and use it whenever you need specific maps for studies or projects. Our link is to the English language version of the site.

To go to the site, click here!

Simple Machines – Notebooking Pages & Videos

Betsy at NotebookingNook.com has put together this neat little resource page on some of the “simple machines” we use every single day, but hardly even think about. Here’s what she says about it:

In the past, when we have studied simple machines, I found it easy to find information on this topic but not as simple to find good free resources. My son and I had an occasion to discuss simple machines this week and I remembered how difficult it was to find what I needed once upon a time and thought I’d put something together for any of you looking for something on this topic. I hope this helps.

Included in her PDF download are: Notebooking pages & matchbooks for levers, wheel & axle, the pulley, inclined plane, wedges and screws.

Also on the page are links to 5 short, simple online videos explaining and demonstrating how these “simple machines” work.

Click here to go to the site!

LEGO Balloon Car Project

Okay, LEGO builders. Here’s today’s engineering challenge for you:

Can you build a LEGO car that zooms across the floor that uses a balloon as its engine/source of power? All you should use for this project are LEGO parts, LEGO wheels if you have them, and a balloon.

There’s no one “right” way to do this, but you might keep in mind:

Which way the balloon opens

Horizontal to vertical stability

Balloon staying away from tires

Try to invent your own working Balloon Car first… and then, if you get finished, or stuck, or are ready to see how some other students did it and solved their own “engineering” problems, you can click the link below:

Click here to go to the webpage (after you’ve tried to build this yourself)!

Learning with LEGOS Unit Study

Here’s a fun Unit Study using everybody’s favorite building blocks from WalkingByTheWay.com. The Learning with LEGOs unit study is written to the student and each day includes four components: copywork, a word of the day, explore and learn, and a building challenge.

Click here to go to the download page!

LEGO® Chemical Reactions Lab

Want to put together a “high interest” chemistry lab with your middle school or older kids? Add LEGOS or other similar blocks to the mix and you’ll get their attention. Today we’ve got a neat lab workshop that uses LEGO® bricks to represent atoms bonding into molecules and crystals. This lesson plan was written for small groups as a 2.5 hour workshop (or could also be divided into four 45-minute classes). It could easily be adapted to any homeschool situation. There is a “wet lab” chemistry experiment (mixing baking soda and calcium chloride with phenol red indicator), followed by a “LEGO lab” modeling phase that includes writing formulas using chemical notation. As always when chemicals are involved, parental supervision is needed for this.

Click here to go to the PDF Teacher’s Guide

Click here to go to the resource page which contains links to the Student handout pages, templates & more.