Chess


Chess.com: Play a free game of Chess on line, keep up with what’s going on in the world of Chess, and get some valuable tips and lessons. The blog offers the history of Chess and how various cultures/countries played.

Wikipedia: Chess – Information about the game, rules, set up, how to record moves, strategy and tactics, phases, history and more. Also, History of Chess – History of the game, Milestones of the game, origins, rule changes, theory and evidence from archaeology.

Cool Math: Chess – Play a game online with a friend, someone else, or play the computer.

YouTube: Chess Playlist –  Find out the origins of Chess, the benefits of playing, and find out various ways the game has been and can be played. Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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Animal Tracker

Many animals leave signs that they have been around. This activity will have you identifying the signs that tell you what it may be and how you can track them.

You will need: Sketchpad and pencil or a camera
Optional: A pocket microscope

What to look for…

This activity suggests that you observe only. Touching is not recommended.


Insects: Look for plants and leaves that have been chewed. Trees with holes. Watch a patch of flowers being pollinated. Movement in the grass. Eggs under leaves. Various stages of larvae. Listen for them. Look for evidence of insect scat as well.

Spiders: Look for their webs between trees and under things. Each spider makes a unique web and can be identified by it if they are not present.

Birds: Look in trees for nests, listen for them. Make a bird feeder and bring them to you. Look up in the sky or on the ground. Watch them on the beach and near water too. 

Mammals: Look for tracks in the dirt, mud or in puddles, on the sidewalk, in the grass. Look for their scat, but don’t touch it.

Reptiles: Snakes can be found sunning themselves at various points of the day. Approaching them is not recommended. Observe only.
Lizards can be found running around in gardens and sunning themselves in the morning.

Amphibians: Look on land and near water. Look for them at night near a porch light.

Fish/Sealife: Watch the water for signs of jumping, schooling and feeding. Some areas may have shrimp or crabs running during certain times of the year. Look for fins out of the water as well. You might be able to catch a dolphin surfing in some areas!

Places to visit…

The beach, a pond, lake, inlets, woods, your back yard, gardens, the park, near lights at night, etc..

Times to look


Early in the morning, at dusk, early evening. Listen throughout the day.

Bring a friend!



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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Perhaps you’ve heard that a picture is worth 1000 words, I say a picture can be worth so much more than that because it is a wonderful way to inspire creative stories.
Use this picture to inspiration to your imagination.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Where does this little guy live and what’s he up to?

Where is he going?

What is he looking for?

Who is he going to meet up with?

What do you think he does for fun?

Tell, draw, or write a story about this squirrel.



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Make Your Own What’s Missing Picture

Play this game inside or out. Here’s what you’ll need to make the picture or play the game…

A camera and 10-20 different items

Optional: Paper, something to draw with, and stickers.

Camera Version: Put your items on a table or in the grass and take a picture. Remove one or two items and take another picture. Give the pictures to someone and ask them to tell you what’s missing. Take a variety of pictures to make multiple puzzles for people to solve. Remove 5+ items to make it more challenging. Items can be moved around as well.

Picture/Sticker Version: Draw a picture then draw the same picture and add to it or take things away. Incorporate stickers into your picture.

Multiplayer Version: If you have multiple players, gather up a bunch of items, then have one player lay them out any way they like. Give the other players 30-60 seconds to see what’s there and how they are displayed, then ask the players to turn around.
The person who set up the table can take an item and hide it or move it. Ask the other players to turn around and take turns saying what’s missing or different.

Start with one item and move on to more. The player who guesses correctly
should be able to take a turn removing/moving items.

Tip: Consider taking a picture of the items before anything is moved.



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Animal Antics – Game

To play Animal Antics, you will need: A deck of letter cards or letter tiles (A-Z),
and a container.

A color or black and white set can be printed from here.

You may also write letters on index cards.

Directions: Put all the letters in a container, have players close their eyes before choosing a letter, then act out an animal that begins with that letter.

Tips & Suggestions

Turn this into an Animal Charades game by allowing players to guess what’s being acted out.


Play indoors or out. 

Try this game in a pool too!


To liven things up, have players choose a category before starting the game such as…


Marine/Aquatic Animals           Desert Animals           Arctic Animals 

Jungle Animals          Grassland Animals           Forest Animals

Fish          Birds          Insects          Reptiles          Etc.
    



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Summer Wordplay: Words Within Words 1

How many words can you find in the words…


Grab a piece of lined paper, write the words SUMMER NIGHTS on the top of the page, and then find, and write, as many words as you can using the letters provided. Each letter can only be used once, unless there is more than one of that letter. Use a dictionary/spell checker to challenge words or to make sure a word is ‘real’!

When playing the game with multiple players, have players take turns writing down words. Use a timer to give each player between 30 seconds and 1 minute to say a word. If a usable word can not be given, the player can pass his turn to the next player.

Decide how long the game will run or how many words need to be found before starting the game.

If you would like to find out some ways to make this game more challenging, please visit my post Words Within Words where you will find some interesting ways to play and links that will reveal the ‘hidden words’.

FYI: More than 1000 words can be made from SUMMER NIGHTS!


Have a fun!

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Phases Of The Moon

Animation of the Moon

NASA: Moon – NASA has an interactive moon map. Click on a colored circle to learn about the area. 

Solar System: NASA: Earth’s Moon: Our Natural Satellite – Videos and images about the moon. Click on any moon mission to find out more about it.

Names of the Full Moons – Find out what each month’s moon is called.

Star Date: Moon Phases – See all the moon phases for the month.

Moon Connection: Moon Phase Calendar – View a whole month of moon phases at once, and switch from the Northern hemisphere to the Southern hemisphere. This site explains the moon cycleocean tides and much more.

MoonGiant – Information about: Today’s Moon Phase, Moon Calendar, Lunar Eclipse, and Solar Eclipse.

Calendars Through The Ages: Find out what today’s moon looks like, and what the moon looked like on an important day in your life or any day!

Wikipedia: Lunar Phase – Information about phases of the moon, the calendar, calculating phases, and more. Pictures included.

U.S. Naval Observatory: Moon – See what the moon looks like right now.

Moon Phases – Images and information about the moon.

Still Learning Something New: Considering The Moon – Offers links to moon activities.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apollo 7 – Information about the Apollo 7 mission, the first manned mission. Links and videos. Coming 8-15-17

Neil Armstrong

NASA: Neil Armstrong – Biography of Neil Armstrong. The panel to the left has more information about his life and related information. 

History: Neil Armstrong – Site offers short video clips and written information.

Bio: Neil Armstrong – Site offers a short video and written information.

Wikipedia: Neil Armstrong – Information about the life of Neil Armstrong.
Activity Village: Neil Armstrong – Information about the first man on the moon, plus how to draw Neil Armstrong, coloring pages, and other printables.

Videos



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Cloud Resource Page

Clouds by Fran W.

Weather Wiz Kids: Clouds This kid friendly site offers information about what clouds are, how they are formed, types, lesson plans, experiments, and lots of other information.

UCAR: Center For Science Education: Clouds – Site offers information about how clouds are formed, a match game, an image gallery, movies, and types.

NOAA: 10 Basic Cloud Types – Site offers pictures and information about cloud types.

University of Illinois Extension: Tree House Weather Kids: Main Page – This interactive website has information about clouds and much more. Click on picture of clouds for info..

Clouds Online – Pictures of clouds with a description of what they look like, and info about cloud families, species and subspecies.

Science-Ed: Droplets: Kiwi Kids Cloud Identification Guide – This site offers a PDF file will lots of pictures and information about clouds.

Wikipedia: Clouds – Site offers information about clouds, including: The history of cloud science, types of clouds and more. 

Cloudyn: 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Clouds – Site offers 10 interesting cloud facts.


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The Sounds Around

Annual Cicada Photo By Bruce Marlin 
Do you ever wonder what some of the animal sounds you hear during the day or at night are? Listening to the sounds before hand can help you identify them when you hear them as well. 

Here are some sites to help you out. 


Birds

All About Birds: Songs & Calls

eNatureBird Audio


Insects

Bug Bytes: Sound Library

Songs of Insects: Beginner’s Guide


Frogs & Toads



All About Frogs: Songs of the Frog



Bats

Bats About Town: Bat Sounds


Avisoft Bioacoustics: Bats

Misc. Animal Sounds



Nature Songs: Other Animal Sounds

Avisoft Bioacoustics: Various Animal Sound Recordings


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Snowflake Science

Borax Snowflake by Fran W
Snow Crystals: – This site has a lot of information about snowflakes and snow crystals including how they are formed, photos, physics and other interesting information. Read an interview about “Snowflake Science” with Kenneth Libbrecht, the creator of site, ‘Snow Crystals’, on RadioLab.

Home Science Tools: Snowflake Activities – This site has three science based activities to do: 1 – Collect snowflakes 2 – Make Borax snowflakes and 3 – Preserve snowflakes.

BrainPOP: Snowflakes – Offers a video about how snowflakes form and how they become the shape they do. A membership may be required for more interaction with this site.

Livescience: Snowflake Science: How it Snows for Days in the Artic – Researchers are making new discoveries about ice crystals; read about what they are learning.

Make Fake Snow: To make fake snow, you will need: a clean disposable diaper, a bowl and water.
Cut a diaper open in the middle and shake the contents into a bowl, add water a little at a time until you get the desired consistency for your snow. The diaper material will expand as it absorbs the water. If you want a slushy snow, add more water. If you want drier snow, add a little salt. Put the “snow” in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to help it feel more like real snow. Food coloring can also be added. When the fun is over, throw the contents into the garbage, never down the drain.

Observation Activity: If you live in an area that snows, collect some snowflakes on black paper to see what they look as they fall. Bring a magnifying glass or a pocket microscope with you so you can take a closer look. While you’re outside, use your senses to observe what’s going on while it’s snowing. What do you hear, see, smell, taste and feel? Try to make as many observations as possible and write them down, draw them out or make a video log of your experience. Go outside before and after it snows and observe what the weather is like and document that as well.



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Snowflake Math – Learn about snowflake symmetry and fractals.

Snowflake Language, Social Studies, History and Geography Skills – Snowflake stories, word puzzles, interesting phenomenon, symbolic meaning of and other activities.
Snowflake Resources and Activities – All the links to the resources can be found here, plus snowflake snack ideas, printables, and videos. 

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