Labor Day Resources

Fun Activity Ideas
  • Talk about some of the things your kids what to be and do when they grow up.
  • Adults, talk about the jobs you’ve had and what you liked or disliked about them. Talk about some of the things you wanted to do, but haven’t had the chance to do….yet. Include your dreams.
  • Discuss the jobs family members have had and currently have.
  • Talk about jobs that already exist, ones that no longer exist, and jobs of the future. Talk about why these jobs no longer exist or why they will be needed.
  • Discuss labor unions.
  • *Challenge yourselves to create an A-Z list of jobs. Take turns writing down family jobs or the jobs your kids can think of. (Even the “silly” ones.) Futuristic jobs should be added to the list as well. Encourage creativity and keep it fun.
  • Research Project: Look up jobs that no longer exist and what happened to them.

* Use a lined piece of paper for this activity or download and print the free
A-Z Brainstorming Page from The Notebooking Fairy

How To Record This Activity


These activities cover: 
Social Studies: Community helpers, careers, and holidays.
History: Researching jobs that no longer exist.
Language Skills Include: Speaking, listening, spelling and writing skills when applicable.

Research Project: Research skills, historical information, social studies or cultural changes, and perhaps writing.

Online Resources


Crayola: Labor Day Coloring Pages

Wikipedia: Labor Day – Info includes: History, celebration, unofficial ed of summer, and more.

Education.com: Labor Day Activities – Offers a list of ideas for different ages. 

Enchanted Learning: Labor Day Crafts, Activities and Worksheets: Some printables may require a membership to access.

US Dept of Labor: History of Labor Day: What it means, Legislation, Founder info and more.

Student Handouts: Labor Day Word Search Puzzle – Free printable puzzle.

BigActivities: Labor Day – Word Searches – Site offers a variety of puzzles with different levels of difficulty.

Labor Day Facts for Kids | Learning Video


History of the Holidays: Labor Day | History

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Frog Research Project

Greenfrog life stages.svg
Greenfrog life stages” by LadyofHats – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Use the follow frog information as an independent study, family learning project or as a jumping off point for a longer frog study. If you like this project page, please share the link with others. Thank you!

Fun Frog Facts…
(Click on each fact to find out more.)








Research Questions

Do frogs see in black & white or color?

Why is their tongue sticky?

How does the ‘slime’ on their body protect them?

How long is a frog’s leg?

How does a frog hop? (How do their leg muscles work?)

Why do some frogs jump higher than others?

Can any frogs stay in water as an adult?

Are any frogs scavengers? (What do they eat?)

How many different kinds of frogs are there?

How many kinds of poisonous frogs are there? Why are they poisonous? Can anything eat them and live? How do Aboriginal tribes use poisonous frogs?

Do all frogs bleed red?

What kind of myths surround frogs?

Where did the word ‘frog’ originate from?

Research Resources

Mixed Information

All About Frogs: Frogland! – Site offers a lot of information including: News, a blog, pet frog info, how to say frog in different languages, fables, and much more.


Wikipedia: FrogsSite offers a lot of information about frogs including: Etymology and taxonomy, evolution, morphology and physiology, locomotion, life history, defence, distribution and conservation status, uses and cultural beliefs

AMNH: Exhibits: Frogs: A Chorus of Colors American Museum of Natural History provides an online exhibit about frogs including: The Amazing Adaptable Frog, Featured Frog Species, Poison Dart Frog Vivarium, Reproduction, A Frog’s Life, Frogs and the Ecosystem, Frog Research at the Museum, Meet the Curator, Frog Sounds, Frog Fun Facts

Enchanted Learning: FrogsInformation, crafts and printables related to frogs. Some activities my require a membership to print.

Defenders of Wildlife: FrogsSite offers basic facts about frogs including diet, population, an area map and things that threaten the frog population.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Frogs! – This site offers a kid-friendly section with frog sounds, coloring pages and facts. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resourcesoffers a lot of information about frogs and toads.

Franklin Institute: AmphibiansInformation about amphibians.

HowStuffWorks: FrogsAnswers the questions: Are All Frogs Green?, Are All Frog Feet the Same?, Where in the World Do Frogs and Other Amphibians Live?, Why Are Frogs So Cold?, Are Some Frogs Poisonous? This site also has a section about How Frogs Work.

Exploratorium: The Amazing Adaptable Frog– A Story by Pear Tesler

Animals: About: Frogs and Toads– Information about frogs and toads.

Welcome Wildlife.com: All About Frogs & Toads Article talks about the differences between frogs and toads. Also talks about what the moisture on a frog’s skin is and why they have a sticky tongue.

Anatomy
Eyes

The Frog: Vision– Do frogs see in color or black and white? Find out here!

Pawnation: Frogs: Can Frogs See Colors? – Article about frog vision.

American Museum of Natural History: Frog Eyes – Offers a small amount of information about a frog’s eyes.

Eye Design Book: Eye Design Illustrations – Offers a few pictures of different kinds of frog eyes.
Tongue

BBC: Frog’s tongue’ can lift three times own body weight’Read the results of a scientific study.

Pawnation: Frog’s Tongue Attached Differently Then HumansArticle about the attachment location of a frog’s tongue, how they push their tongue out, their contact with prey and hunting style.

All About Frogs: Frogland: MouthA little bit of information about how a frog uses its tongue to eat.

Legs – Jumping & Hopping

Daily Mail: Boing! How frogs’ legs wind up their tendons ‘like a catapult’ to let them leap high into the air – Article about a study done by Brown University to see how frogs jump.

Phys.org: Jump to it! A frog’s leaping style depends on the environment – An article about an Australian frog jumping study.

Pawnation: Are The Hind Legs or Forelegs More Important in Landing For a Frog? – Find out under what circumstances a frog depends on its hind legs and forelegs to land.

Feet

Scientific American: Sticky Business: Tree Frogs Hang Tight–But How? – Article about how frogs stick to things.

Exploratorium: Frogs: Feet – Top part of article has information about frog feet.

Fox News: Tree Frogs Use Geometry to Stick to Walls – Find out how frogs need to angle their feet so they can stick to things.

New Scientist: Friction Helps Frogs Stick to Ceiling – Article about how frogs use different methods to stick to things.

Skin

Pawnation: Frogs: What Kind Of Frog Changes Colors?Find out what frogs change colors.

Exploratorium: Frogs: Skin – The lower part of the article on this page offers information about a frog’s skin. This page, on the same site, talks about color and camouflage. 

All About Frogs: Super Skin – Find out how frogs use their skin in this short article.

Brown University: Frog Respiration – Find out how frogs use their skin to breath.

Virtual Dissections & Anatomy Diagrams

Virtual Lab: Virtual Frog DissectionDissect a frog virtually while the site explains what is being shown. (Site uses a combination of a real frog dissection and digital diagrams.)

Frog Life Cycle: Diagram of FrogTips for drawing a diagram of a frog.
Froggy: Teaching Tool: Diagrams Site offers 4 labeled diagrams of the inside of a frog: Skeletal System, organs, digestive system, and nervous system. Click on each picture to make it larger.


Sound and Communication

Wikipedia: Frog Hearing & Communication – Find out how frogs communicate through sound and why.

All About Frogs: Songs – Scroll down a little and listen to a variety of frog sounds on the page.

Leaps: Sound Page – Each sound will need to be downloaded to be listened to.

AMNH: Frog SoundsThis page offers videos of frog sounds from 15-36 seconds long. Listen right on the site.


Life Cycle and Types of Frogs

Stages of Life

Enchanted Learning: Frog Printout & Sequencing Cards
Franklin Institute: Frog Life Cycle – Pictures of the stages of life with an explanation right next to each picture.

Animals: About: Frogs– Offers photos and information about the life stages of frogs.

Frog Life Cycle: The Life Cycle of a FrogCute description of a frog’s life cycle.

Food

Frog Life Cycle: What Do Frogs Eat and What Eats Frogs?A short article.

FROGDAZE: Caring For Your FrogTips for caring for a pet frog.

Frog Garden: What do frogs eat?– Tips for feeding pet frogs and a video of 6 frogs eating 100 flies.


Frog žába Self-published work by Ervín Pospíšil

Types

California Herps: All Frogs – A long list of frogs found on the website.

University of Florida: Extension Services: Frogs and Toads – List of frogs and toads that can be found in Florida.

OzAniamals: Australian Frogs– An A-Z list of the frogs that can be found in Australia.

USGS: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Order Anura: Frogs and Toads – Vast list of frogs and toads. Click on the highlighted words to see and learn about each animal.
Wikipedia: List of Amphibians of the World– List includes: frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians
Frog Life Cycle: How to Tell Apart Different Types of FrogsA short article about how to tell a frog from a toad.

KidZone: Species of Frogs Includes: Darwin’s Frog, Goliath Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Ornate Horned Frog, Poison Dart Frog and Tree Frogs


Aquatic Frogs

Pawnation: Types Of Underwater Frogs – Site offers information about frogs that live in water in their adult stage of life. The Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog, Western Dwarf Clawed Frog, African Clawed Frog, Western Clawed Frog.

FishChannel.com: Choosing an Aquatic Frog – Article offers helpful information about purchasing an aquatic frog as a pet.

Aquatic Frogs: In Depth Information on Common Aquatic Clawed Frogs – Site offers information about a variety of aquatic clawed frogs.


Endangered Frogs

Earth’s Endangered Creatures: Amphibians– List of endangered amphibia
ns including frogs.

Save the Frogs– Find out how you can help frogs.

Poisonous Frogs

Pawnation: Frogs: Blue Poisonous Dart Frog– Information about this type of poisonous frog: Why they are poisonous, characteristics, habitat, mating habits and reproduction.

AMNH: Poison Dart Frog Vivarium – When you get to the site, look to the left and you will see a variety of poisonous frog information.

Myths, Fables & Origins

Many frog fables do not end well for the frog!

Myths& Fables

Exploratorium: Frogs: Folklore– On the bottom of the page, you’ll see the word, “next”, click on the word to go to the next folklore.

Burke Museum: Frog Myths – If you kiss a frog, will it turn into a prince? What really happens when you kiss a frog? Find out the answer to this question and others on this fact page.

All About Frogs: Fables– Site offers 16 fables based on frogs: The Boys and the Frogs, Frog and Toad, The Boiled Frog, and The Scorpion and the Frog…just to name a few.

Frog Life Cycle: Kiss A Frog & Other Frog Myths – Offers some history about frog myths and beliefs and where they came from.

Word Origins

Merriam Webster: FrogFind out where the word ‘frog’ came from and other meanings of the word. Kid-friendly definition with illustration. 

Frog Related Activities

DLTK: Frogs– Frog related activities include: Crafts, coloring pages, puzzles and songs.

Enchanted Learning:Frog Crafts – Offers various types of frog crafts. Frog jokes and riddles can be found here on the same site.

First School: Frogs– This site offers information and activities about frogs. Some of the top links do not work on this page, but the ones that do work are fun and informative.


Wikihow: Make an Origami Jumping Frogs from an Index Card: Offers Moving-image instructions.

Make Learning Fun: Frog Printables – Crafts, coloring pages, literacy ideas, math ideas, science ideas, printables and more.

Artists Helping Children:Frog and Toad Crafts– Site offers a variety of frog and toad related crafts.

Kid’s Zone: FrogsThis site offers a whole project based on frogs. Frog related activities that reach across the curriculum and many are printable. There is a section for frog facts and photos.

Etheme: Frogs & Toads– Links to other frog and/or toad related sites.

Burke Museum: Frog Questions– Site offers 16 questions and answers about frogs. Here are a few of the questions: What is the difference between frogs and toads?, Do frogs breathe when they are hibernating?, Do frogs sleep?, How do frogs hear?, Do frogs drink water? and others.

Franklin Institute: Make Your Own PondInstructions for making your own frog pond. This site also has a Word Search


Frog Related Activities for Experience-Based Learning

  • Start a frog book (ebook or physical book), a blog post or site with the information you gather and find interesting.
  • Come up with your own questions about frogs and/or add to the ones in this resource.
  • See if you can find frogs in the yard or the places you go. Consider journaling, taking pictures or drawing the things you see.
  • If you look in ponds, streams, rivers, deep puddles, containers of water, or unkept pools, to see if you can find frogs at different stages of life: eggs, tadpoles and adult frogs.
  • Raise a frog of your own.
  • Find out what cultures eat frogs or use them for other things.
  • Make your own frog information cards. Frogs-Pictures offers some pictures you can print and use for this activity.
  • Make up your own frog jokes!
  • If you see a frog at any stage of life, draw it, and the surrounding area.
  • Go outside and listen to a variety of frog sounds. See what you can identify. Use the resources in “sound and communication” above to help identify what you are listening for.
  • Count the frogs you see and report them to Frog USA.
  • Find out what happens when an invasive species of frog comes into a region.
  • Find out what you can about endangered frogs.
  • Find out what frogs are already extinct and how it happened.
  • Found out what you can do to help the frog population.

YouTube Videos




Name/Time

San Diego Zoo Kids – Frogs! 3:32
Life cycle of a Frog! 3:14
Before It’s Too Late – Croaking Frogs | Storyteller Media 50:39
Bill Nye The Science Guy – Amphibians (Full Episode) 22:56
Frogs – Nature Talks – Andycamper Activity Videos 5:23
Frog Jumps Caught in Slow-Motion 2:28
How to Make Action Origami Jumping Frogs 4:57


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Aesop’s Fables

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Aesop Fables -This site offers over 655 fables, alphabetically arranged. Many of the stories can be listened to. Morals and lessons are also provided.

Wikipedia: Aesop’s Fables – Find out the history of Aesopica, a story teller from ancient times.

Tales With Morals – Offers a list of fables and a brief history of Aesop and his fables.

UMASS: Aesop – Illustrated fables and a very brief history. Some pages offer animated videos that can be read.

Read.gov: Aesop – The Library of Congress offers a long list of illustrated fables. Click on the fable you want to read and go to the previous or next fable by using the arrows in the upper right and left hand corners of the page. Some pages are interactive. Each page offers the moral to be learned from the story.

MythfolkloreAesopica – This site offers fables in English, Latin, Greek, German, Spanish and French. Some fables are offered with illustrations from the Renaissance and other periods.

Page by Page: Aesop’s Fables – Site offers a long list of fables. Straight text (no illustrations). Moral included.

Web Archive: Aesop’s Fables – Site offers a long list of fables. Straight text (no illustrations). Moral included.

MCWDN: Fable Index – This site offers fables with a mini lesson that can be discussed and a quiz.

Brainy Quote: Aesop – Offers a variety of famous quotes from Aesop.

Librivox: Aesops Fables A New Revised Edition by Aesop – Download or listen to Aesop’s fables on line. This is a free resource.

Enchanted Learning: Aesop: Ant and the Grasshopper – Offers activities, including a picture story (rebus story) of this classic fable. Membership may be required to print some of the activities.

Hoopla Kids, on You Tube, offers a playlist of animated fables.

Open-Ended Activity Suggestions

  • Make puppet shows out of your favorite fables. Make your own puppets, backgrounds, theater, etc.
  • Illustrate your favorite Aesop fables. Use colored pencils, watercolor, regular pencil, paper or create a digital or animated version of your own.
  • Get inspired by Aesop’s fables by creating some of your own. Draw, write or tell your own story with a suggested moral or a lesson to be learned.
  • Create a two-sided diorama for your favorite stories. Put the scene on one side of your diorama and the result on the other.
  • Create a news report from the fables you like most. Consider making illustrations and recording yourself reporting them.
  • Create your own audio version of the stories you like most to listen to later.
  • Make a book with your favorite fables.
  • Make a flip book and/or a comic out of your favorite stories.
  • Make your picture move. This video demonstrates how.
  • Talk about the fables you like the most and the ones you disagree with. Why do you agree or disagree with the moral? What do you believe the moral of the story is if you disagree?  There is no wrong answer.

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Snowflake Activities and Resources

Snowflake Activities by Fran W


SNOWFLAKE SCIENCE


How a snowflake forms, why it forms the way it does, photos of snowflakes, snowflake physics, experiments, read an article about snow crystals, and watch a video about snowflakes.


SNOWFLAKE MATH

Snowflake math naturally includes geometry, symmetry, patterns, angles, basic shapes, and fractals. Learn more about snowflake symmetry and fractals and make some snowflakes of your own.

SNOWFLAKE LANGUAGE, SOCIAL STUDIES, HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY SKILLS

Language: Printable word searches, word puzzles, stories and other things to read about snowflakes. SS/H/Geo: Learn about ‘Snowflake’ Bentley, find out what snowflakes symbolize and what frost flowers are, and do some other snowflake related activities.

SNOWFLAKE SNACKS
SNOWFLAKE CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES
(Outside links)

Art for Kids: How To Paint A Snowflake With Symmetry

DLTK: Snowflake Craft for Kids


Craft Jr.: Snowflake Crafts – The photos on this page will take you other sites for instructions for each craft.


Danielle’s Place: How to Make Winter Crafts Including Snowmen and Snowflakes – Scroll down to get to the snowflake activities.


Disney Family: Disney Princess Snowflake MobileMickey Paper SnowflakeFairy Snowflakes, I See a Sea of Snowflakes matching game, Frozen Snowflake Maze, Elsa Snowflake Ornament, and a Frozen Olaf and Marshmallow Maze

SNOWFLAKE ONLINE ACTIVITIES AND PRINTABLES
(Outside links)

Make a FlakeMake a virtual snowflake here.

Activity Village: Snowflakes – Colouring pages, snowflake crafts and printables


National Geographic Kids: Snowflake Puzzle – Choose between making a jigsaw puzzle or a sliding puzzle.


Firstpalette: Offers 5 printable snowflake pages that can be used as coloring sheets and/or patterns for craft projects. 



Snowflakes for Christmas – Offers a variety of free printable papers with snowflakes on them. There are a lot of other free snowflake activities and clip art.


SNOWFLAKE VIDEOS


 


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Snowflake Language, Social Studies, History and Geography Skills

SNOWFLAKE LANGUAGE SKILLS


Activity Village: Snowflake Word Search


The Holiday Zone: Printable word search puzzle with words that begin with ‘snow’. There is a crossword puzzle on the same site with snow related clues.

Purple Kitty Yarns: Printable cross-word puzzle shaped like a snowflake.

Classroom Jr.: Printable Snowstorm Mad-lib

Words within Words: Word suggestions to play with: Snowflake, Snow Crystal, Snow Day, Snow Storm, Winter Wonderland

PuzzlemakerCriss-cross puzzle maker – Add your own snow-related words, and a clue to each one, to create your own criss-cross puzzle.

Story Lovers World: Offers a variety of stories, folktales, folklore, fairy tales, legends, myths, and more based on snow and snowflakes. There are book suggestions, links that will take you to other sites, and things to read on the site. Some of the stories may not be for all audiences, parental guidance is suggested when viewing this resource.


How do you feel about snowflakes?

Draw, write or talk about the way you feel about snowflakes. If you know what they look and feel like, then you have first hand knowledge about them, but if you have never felt or experienced snow, you may need to use your imagination to understand what they feel like based on what you have seen or read about them. Would you like to experience what a snowflake looks like and see them for yourself? Where would you have to go and how would you get there? What would it be like?


SNOWFLAKE SOCIAL STUDIES, HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

Wilson Snowflake Bentley

Smithsonian Institute Archives: Wilson Alwyn ‘Snowflake’ Bentley – Learn about the man who is believed to be the first to photograph snowflakes. Look for learning resources on the bottom of the page.


WikipediaSnowflakes – Explains what a snowflake is, how it is formed and what it symbolizes for some countries.

Frost Flowers in Finland – There is an phenomenon that occurs when conditions are just right. Find out what it is and how it happens.

What do snowflakes symbolize? – Scroll down the page for more snow related info. 

What do snowflakes mean to you?

Write, draw or talk about what snowflakes mean to you. Create a poem, a story, or express your feelings/thoughts in some way. Consider using an audio/video recording device to do this activity.

How much does it snow in your area?

Here’s your chance to do some research to find out how much snow your area gets on average or has gotten in the past. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, find out what month and year had the most and least amount of snow, and in what year it happened. If you live in an area that gets little to no snow, find out when it last snowed, how much it has snowed at any given time and when it happened.

Find out where it snows the most in the world too!

Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

Snowflake Science – How snowflakes form, why they form the way they do, and science experiment suggestions. 

Snowflake Math – Learn more about snowflake symmetry and fractals and make some snowflakes of your own.
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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Snowflake Math


Snowflake math naturally includes geometry, symmetry, patterns, angles, basic shapes, and fractals.


SYMMETRY

Scientific America: Why are snowflakes symmetrical? – This is where science and math come together! Read about the science behind the symmetry of snowflakes. 
Symmetry of Snowflakes offers another explanation of how a snowflake is formed.

Bridges in Mathematics: Snowflake Symmetry – This site offers a video link that helps make learning about symmetry more interesting with Lego bricks, and information about different types of symmetry: rotational symmetry and reflection symmetry. Plus it offers a few links for learning more about symmetry online and how to make snowflakes from paper.

FRACTALS
Mudd Math Fun Fact: Koch Snowflake – Features the, ‘Koch Snowflake’ and offers a way to learn about fractals. This pdf can be used to better understand the Koch Snowflake, while this Koch Snowflake game offers players a chance to use triangles to make a geometric shape. 

Here is another fractal that is not the Koch Snowflake. 


PAPER SNOWFLAKES

Paper Snowflakes – This site is filled with a wide variety of paper snowflake activities for the beginner and for anyone looking to challenge their paper snowflake making skills. Classic snowflakes, animal snowflakes, 3-D snowflakes and much more can be found on this site.


Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

Snowflake Science – How snowflakes form, why they form the way they do, and science experiment suggestions. 

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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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.



Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

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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Dolphins – Research Resource

Dolphin Photo by Fran W.

Dolphin Resources Across the Curriculum


Animal Planet: Dolphins
This site offers The Ultimate Guide to Dolphins a series of 9 videos that talk about echolocation, strandings, cousins and more.

Facts about Dolphins

Animals: About offers a series of facts about dolphin anatomy and family info.

National Geographic: Dolphins

Find out where dolphins can be found, listen to dolphin sounds, and get quick facts such as weight, size and life span.

Science for Kids: Fun Dolphin Facts for Kids
Short list of dolphin facts.

Bottlenose Dolphins
Sea World offers general and environmental information about dolphins. It also offers an Info-Book Index filled with lots of information about dolphins and Classroom Activities in PDF format.

Dolphin Activities and Crafts

First-school offers printable pages, facts, crafts and an online puzzle.

Learning about Dolphins

Homeschooling: About offers links to dolphin facts, word activities (puzzles, games, etc.), coloring pages, dolphin themed paper and more.

Wild Animal Watch: Dolphins

Scholastic has put together a dolphin information site that talks about wild and captive dolphins, and offers a Teacher’s Guide. This site also offers information about Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail, from the movie, Winter’s Tale. Winter lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, located in Clearwater, FL. Watch Winter & Hope’s Cam. Check this Winter/Hope Cam too.

Dolphins at Daybreak – Lesson Plan

A full lesson plan for the The Magic Tree House book: Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne

Dolphin Tale 2 (Movie)
The Homeschool Movie Club offers a curriculum about dolphins. You will need to register to download the pdf files and movies.


Navy Dolphins

Learn how dolphins help the Navy.

Wikipedia: Dolphins

Wikipedia offers information about dolphins and includes a list of dolphins that can be learned about.

The Guardian: Pink Dolphin – ArticleRare pink bottlenose dolphin surfaces in Louisiana lake.

If you have a dolphin resource you would like to share, please leave me a comment with the link.


Dolphin Anatomy


Dolphin Anatomy

The Dolphin Research Center offers labeled pictures of the inside and outside of a dolphin.

Dolphin Anatomy – Label Me!

Enchanted Learning offers a printable dolphin that can be labeled. Outside view only.

Dolphin Anatomy – Interactive

This site offers an interactive view of the inside and outside of a dolphin. Move the viewing circle to the parts you want to look at, and the name of the area being viewed can be found under the dolphin.

Dolphin Anatomy – Various views

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network offers various labeled pictures of a dolphin including: The outside, the organs and the skeletal structure. It also provides close up pictures of the bones of the fins in comparison to the human structure and other informative pictures.

Dolphin Anatomy – Video

Ocean Today offers a 3:00 minute video about dolphin anatomy. Narrated.

Dolphin Cams


Dolphin Research Center
Offer a webcam from 9:00am – 4:30pm daily. Click on the button “Web Cams” located in the menu to the left.

Dolphin Cam Featuring Winter and Hope

Ustream tv offers a Winter/Hope Cam and archived videos of Winter, her adoptive mother, Panama and Hope.

Dolphin Videos



Video Name/Time
1. Dolphins Help Young Seal 2:29
2. Nova Science Now: How Smart Are Dolphins? 10:51
3. CNN: Dolphins See Themselves in Mirror 5:09
4. Wild Dolphin “Asks” Divers to Help Free Itself from Hook 8:32 
5. NOVA – Private Lives of Dolphins 55:41
6. Dolphin Soldiers: Documentary on the U.S. Navy’s Dolphin Program 51:30
7. Nat Geo Wild: Dolphins: The Wild Side 55:12
8. SeaWorld’s Old “Dolphin Discovery” Show (in HD) 10:54
9. Incredible Dolphin Birth at Dolphin Quest Hawaii 3:30
10. Denise Herzing: Could we speak the language of dolphins? 14:38
11. Thinking dolphin: Diana Reiss at TEDxSanJoseCA 2012 19:23
12. Dolphin Bubbles: An Amazing Behavior 3:25
13. Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui 5:17


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Castle Research Project


One of the largest and oldest castles was built in the 9th century and someone still lives there today!

Dragsholm Castle, in Denmark, is now a famous hotel. The castle was built in the late 12th century!

Windsor Castle, built in the 11th Century, is the longest occupied palace in Europe, and a royal residence!

Conwy Castle, a medieval fortification located in North Wales, was built by Edward I, in 1283. It cost about £15,000 – that would be over 200,000,000 (200 million) pounds today.

Castles were built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages.
Research Questions…

What is a castle and why were they built?

What were the original castles built from?

What is the name of one of the oldest and largest castles in the world and where can it be found?

What castle is Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle inspired by and where can the castle be found?

What are the names of the nine most famous haunted castles and where are they located?


Castle Videos & Resources


To help you research, I have created a post with information about castles based on the questions and facts above.
 This link will take you directly to:

Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, England
Activities

Castle Anatomy
Find out what some common features of a castle are.
Draw A Castle
After looking at a few castles, find one that appeals to you the most and draw it. Imagine what it was like to live there when it was built and what it would be like to live there today.
Build A Castle
What would your dream castle look like?
Build/Create your own castle out of anything you like: paper, cardboard, wood, draw it, sculpt it, paint it, etc.
While you’re creating your dream castle, think about what country it would be located in and if you would build it on a cliff, near water, on flat land away from water or somewhere else. What would you build it out of? How much land would you own?  Who would live in the castle with you?
Plan a Visit to a Castle
After or while you’re learning about castles, plan a trip to one! How much will you need? Where will you go? What will you need to bring? Who will go with you? How will you get there? Will you go to a Disney castle or a real one?

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Edgar Allan Poe Research Project

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 19, 1809, and became Edgar Allan Poe after the Allan family took him in at the age of two. 


During his lifetime, Poe was a self-taught author, poet, literary critic, and editor. Although his life was filled with great tragedy, Poe accomplished a great deal in his short life, and influenced many writers and genres.
He died, October 7, 1849, at the age of 40.

Questions…

Did Edgar Allan Poe have any brothers or sisters?


Did Poe ever marry?

Did Poe have any children?

What did Poe write?

How were Poe’s writings inspired?


The Poe Project – This 16 page research project is written and developed by Fran Wisniewski, and is great for self-directed learners and families who enjoy learning together. It’s packed with suggestions and directions to help you create a  personalized informal study.

The following full length video may require parental supervision. 
Click on the link provided to go to YouTube more videos can be found below.


Edgar Allan Poe Resources

Wikipedia: 
Edgar Allan Poe – History of Poe’s life. 
Edgar Allan Poe and Music – Musical compositions inspired by Poe’s works
Edgar Allan Poe in Television and Film – Films and televisions programs inspired by Poe’s works.
Edgar Allan Poe in Popular Culture – Books, comics, films and other media Poe has appeared in.


Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
Writings and collected works of Poe and about Poe.

Gutenberg: Books by Poe
Many of Poe’s literary works can be found and downloaded here.

Poe Museum
Selection of Poe’s works such as: The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and others. If you go into, “About the Museum”, you can take a virtual tour. Use your arrow keys to navigate this section. There’s also an audio tour you can listen to filled with interesting info about Poe’s life.

Biography: Edgar Allan Poe
Watch a series of short videos about Poe.

Poe Stories
Information about Poe, quotes, more of his stories and poetry, and a gallery.

Baltimore Post-Examiner: Edgar Allan Poe and cryptography: Are there hidden messages in Eureka? –  Article about how Poe popularized cryptography.

LibriVox: Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to many of Poe’s Works online. 
If this link does not work, put Edgar Allan Poe in the search box.

YouTube: Edgar Allan Poe Playlist: Includes: 

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe – Staring Vincent Price – In this video, Vincent Price dramatically recites some of Poe’s most famous poems/stories: ‘Tell-Tale Heart’, ‘The Spinx’, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’, and ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’. (53:49)
You can also watch Vincent Price recite, “The Raven”
This may require adult supervision.

Listen to Sir Christopher Lee as he reads ‘The Raven’



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