Presidents of the United States of America Resource Page

The following resources can be used with the Presidential Fill-In Challenge, a research project I developed, now available on Funschooling Press.

White Learn More About Each President – When you click on this link, you will be taken to a government site. Click on the name of the president you want to learn more about and read the brief information offered. The names appear in order of their presidency. 

Wikipedia: Each link offers general information…

List of Presidents of the United States

List of Presidents of the United States by Home State

List of Vice Presidents of the United States

History: U.S. Presidents – Information, videos, and photos. Click on a photo of a president to learn more about them.

Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents – Links to: Biographies, short videos, quotes, and a quiz.

Enjoy the follow video about presidents of the U.S..

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September Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

The following resources have been provided to help with the ideas and suggestions in the:

September’s Special Days Activity Companion

To purchase this ebook filled with 120+ great ideas that companion the days listed below, for $5, please use the following link: 

Etsy: September Special Day Activity Calendar

The following links will take you to a post on Funschooling and Recreational Learning, Still Learning Something New, or to another site. Each is noted.

9/1 –  Emma M. Nutt Day
The A-Z of Manners & Etiquette: Telephone Etiquette

 9/2 – Great Fire of London – 1666
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Great Fire of London

9/3 – Skyscraper Day
Still Learning Something New: Skyscraper Resource List

9/4 – Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
Funschooling and Recreational LearningLewis Howard Latimer

9/5 – Cheese Pizza Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Pizza Project Resource List

9/6 – Iguana Awareness Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Lizard Resource Page

9/7 –  Grandma Moses Born 1860
Still Learning Something New: Grandma Moses Resource List

9/8 – Popcorn Festival Begins
Funschooling and Recreational LearningPopcorn Project

9/9 –  Teddy Bear Day
Kid Search: Teddy Bear Facts

9/10 – Sewing Machine Patented 1846
Funschooling and Recreational LearningSewing Machine

9/11 –  I Want My Own Business Day
9/12 – Video Game Day
Funschooling and Recreational LearningVideo Games

9/13 –  Author, Roald Dahl Born 1916
Still Learning Something New: Dahl Resource List

9/14 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key, 1814
Funschooling and Recreational LearningThe Star Spangled Banner

9/15 –  Make a Hat Day
iKat Bag: Cardboard Hat Patterns and Instructions

9/16 – Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page

9/17 –  Constitution Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: U.S. Constitution Research Page
Still Learning Something New: Constitution Resource List

9/18 – Cheeseburger Day
National Day Calendar: National Cheeseburger Day

9/19 –  Talk Like a Pirate Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Pirate Resource Page & Knots
Still Learning Something New: Pirate Resource List

9/20 – Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Dale Chihuly Resource Page

9/21 –  Banana Festival
LiveScience: Bananas: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

9/22 – Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Michael Faraday Resource Page

9/23 –  Neptune Discovered 1846
Planets for Kids: Planet Neptune Facts

9/24 – Jim Henson born 1936
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: The Jim Henson Resource Page

9/25 –  Poet, Author, Song Writer Shel Silverstein Born 1930
Shel Silverstein: Silverstein Biography and Resources

9/26 – Johnny Appleseed born 1774
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Johnny Appleseed Resource Page

9/27  Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
Sept. 28 – Strawberry Cream Pie Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Strawberry Craze
National Day Calendar: National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
9/29 –  Confucius Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Chinese New Year
Quotations Page: Confucius Quotes
Activity Village: Traditional Chinese Games

9/30 – Hot Mulled Cider Day
Time & Date: Hot Mulled Cider Day

Food Network: Mulled Cran-Cider

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August Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

The following resources have been provided to help with the ideas and suggestions in the:

August’s Special Days Activity Companion

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Learning Tangent: August Special Day Activity Calendar

  • Spiderman Day

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Spiderman
Biographical information about the Amazing Spiderman, plus coloring pages, puzzles and videos. Links and videos offered.

  • Engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant born 1754

  • Watermelon Day

Funschooling and Recreational Learning
Watermelon Day – Watermelon resources include: Research questions, information about watermelons and Watermelon Day, recipes, health information, activity suggestions, and crafts.

  • Musician Louis Armstrong
Still Learning Something New: Louis Armstrong – Links to Biographical information, achievements, a photo gallery, Jazz slang, greatest hits playlist and more.
Biography: Louis ArmstrongBiographical information about this amazing musician.

  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Neil Armstrong – Learn about Neil Armstrong via links, videos and fun activities.
Phases of the Moon – Moon Resources Include: Moon cycles, names, tides, videos and more.

Still Learning Something New: Considering The Moon – Links to moon related resources.

  • Fresh Breath Day

Thank Your Body: DIY Breath Mints

  • Lighthouse Day

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Lighthouses

Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Three Sisters – Squash/Pumpkin

  • Book Lover’s Day

Funschooling and Recreational LearningFree Online Classic Book Resources – Download, read online or listen to classic literature.

  • Snoopy’s Birthday

Still Learning Something New: Peanuts

  • Play in the Sand Day

Funschooling and Recreational LearningPlay In The Sand – Fun activities you can do with sand. Links and videos.

  • World Elephant Day

Still Learning Something New: Elephants – Links to information about African and Asian elephants, myths and folklore, jokes and more.

  • Annie Oakley

Funschooling and Recreational LearningAnnie Oakley – Learn about the life and accomplishments of Annie Oakley. Links and videos.
Still Learning Something New: Annie Oakley – Links to biographical information, quotes, videos and more.

  • Wiffle Ball

Wikipedia: Wiffle Ball – Information about the history of the game.

  • Chocolate Chip Day

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Chocolate – Learn about the history of chocolate, recipe for an old fashioned chocolate egg cream, chocolate puzzles and links to other chocolate related resources, including chocolate chips.

  • Tell A Joke Day

Reader’s Digest: Jokes 1000’s of clean, funny jokes, one-liners and riddles.

  • Black Cat Appreciation Day

Funschooling and Recreational LearningBlack CatsFind why black cats are considered good luck to some and bad luck to others and do a balancing activity.

  • Virginia Dare

Still Learning Something New: Roanoke Colony

  • Root Beer Float Day

Funschooling and Recreational LearningRoot Beer Float

  • Radio Day Guglielmo Marconi – Biographical information about the man who broadcast the first transatlantic radio signal. Article format.

  • Hawaii Statehood

Funschooling and Recreational LearningHawaii: Information about Hawaii. Links and videos about the history, culture and attractions. &
Ukulele: Links to the most popular songs, tuner, and info. Videos include: The history of the ukulele, how to make one, and play one.

  • Eat A Peach Day

MedicalNewsToday: Peaches: Health Benef
its, Facts, Research
Article about the benefits of peaches.

  • Ride the Wind Day

Funschooling and Recreational LearningPlay With The WindActivities you can do with wind power and information about National Ride The Wind Day.

  • Pluto Demoted

NASA: What is Pluto?Article explains what Pluto is, what it’s like, and how it is being explored today.

  • Joshua Lionel Cowen

Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Joshua Lionel Cowen – Learn about the American inventor who co-found Lionel Corp and the Lionel Train.
Still Learning Something New: Lionel Trains – Biographical information about Cowen, links to train related activities, and videos about Lionel’s Train Factory.

  • Mother Teresa

Still Learning Something New: Mother Teresa – Kid friendly biographical information, timeline info, quotes and more.

  • 1st Tarzan Story Published, 1912

Gutenberg Project: Tarzan – Choose a story you want to read or listen to!

  • Dream Day

Still Learning Something New: Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King DayResources include: Background information about the holiday, a quiz, historic site info, civil rights timeline, and more.

  • According to Hoyle Day
Wikipedia: Edmond Hoyle Short biography about the man who wrote the rules down for many of the well known card games we play today.

  • Frankenstein Day

Funschooling and Recreational Learning
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Biographical information about Mary Shelley, and links to her literary works, including her most well known novel, Frankenstein.

  • Kinetoscope

Funschooling and Recreational LearningKinetoscope – Kinetoscope resources include, links to informative sites and videos.

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Sample View of Pages

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The Sun

The Sun

Did you know that as hot as it may be during the summer months, the sun is actually further from the earth than during the winter months? It certainly doesn’t feel that way!

Here are some questions to consider…

  • How does the sun heat up the earth?
  • Why is it so hot during the summer and cold in during the winter?
  • How are we protected from the sun’s rays?
  • How does the sun benefit our lives?

The following resources will help answer these questions…

Everyday Mysteries: Why is it hot in the summer and cold in the winter?

NASA: Sun: Overview of our star & Ultraviolet Waves

Sunlight and The Earth – How the sun benefits the earth.

Mirror: 15 Reasons Why The Sun Is Good For You

NMSEA: New Mexico Solar Energy Association – Projects and information about solar energy

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Celebrate the life of Charles Dickens by learning about him, listening to and/or reading his stories, and living as he would during his time period.


Biography: Charles Dickens – Offers a 45 minute video and written information about Dickens.

BBC: Charles Dickens – Information about Dickens’ life.

A Christmas Carol & Other Writings

Planet PDF: A Christmas Carol – Printer friendly version.

Librivox:  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens other versions can be found here. His other writings can be heard here.

The Literature NetworkCharles Dickens – Read Dickens’ literary works on line or download them.

Charles – Complete works all in one place.

Charles Dickens Coloring Pages, Printables, & More

Activity VillageCharles Dickens – Information about Dickens, printable booklet with lines, coloring pages, notebooking pages, worksheets, writing pages, posters, story starters, how to draw Charles Dickens, and short videos.

Grandma’s Graphics: A Christmas Carol Images – Download as a Word or PDF file. These are great for illustrating your own version of A Christmas Carol or for creating your own book.

Charles Dickens Coloring Pages – Printables

Hello Kids: Charles Dickens – Color in a picture of Charles Dickens online or print it.

Fran’s World of Discovery:  Victorian Era Games, Crafts & Foods


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Sweet Potato Resources

Sweet Potato

Nutrition Facts, Educational Resources

World’s Healthiest Foods: Sweet Potato Facts & Info

Mississippi: Sweet Potato Facts

Wikipedia: Sweet Potatoes

California: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Experiment: Grow a Sweet Potato Plant Video time: 3:05

Growing and Harvesting Sweet Potatoes in a Potato Bag Video Time: 3:20

Sweet Potato Recipes

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission:

The Pioneer Woman: Sweet Potato Fries

Did you know you can eat the leaves of the sweet potato plant?

Homegrown Foods: Recipe: Stir Fry Sweet Potato Leaves

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Bean Resources

Mixed Beans by Fran W.

Click on the link to go to the site…

The Imagination Tree: Grow a Bean Plant on Cotton Balls – Instructions and illustrations.

Oklahoma 4H: A Bean is a Seed – Life cycle of a plant – classroom activities.

Kean University: Bean Plant Activities – Site offers various activities.

University of Hawaii: We’ve Bean Growing – PDF – Anatomy of Germination

Buzzle: Life Cycle of a Bean Plant – Site offers diagrams of various stages of a beans life cycle and offers explanations for each one.

Wikipedia: Bean – Site offers general information about beans, including cultivation and history.

Fran’s World of Discovery: Three Sisters: Beans – Bean soup recipe and bean activities offered on this site.

Cook’s Thesaurus: Dry Beans – This is a excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about various types of beans.

Enchanted Learning: Bean Diagram – Printable and ready to label. Word bank and answers available.

Kiddie Gardeners: Make a Bean Tee-pee – Instructions for making a bean tee-pee in your backyard.

Teaching Ideas: Bean Activities – Site offers bean activities for active young people.

Artists Helping Children: Seed and Bean Projects – Bean box, noise makers, crafts and other projects.

Bright Hub EducationPreschool Science Fun with a Lima Bean: Grow a Plant!

Wellness Proposals: Children’s Learning Activities Using Dry Beans – Activities for very young children.

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Domesticated Cats Resource Page

 Cats are fascinating creatures and they have a long history with humans!

This resource has been created for anyone who would like to learn more about cats, and contains sites with historical information, biological info, articles, recipe suggestions, craft ideas, and videos.

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Ancient Cats

LA Times: Cat fossils found in China reveal early days of feline domestication – Article about the bones of semi-domesticated cats found in trash pile. (Long)

Science DailyOldest Known Evidence Of Cat Taming Found In Cyprus – Article about discovery – long.

Feline Forever: Prehistory of Cats – Read about where archaeologists have found cat remains. (Short)

Smithsonian: A Brief History of House Cats – According to this article, cats have been with humans much longer than we once believed.

National Geographic News: House Cat Origin Traced to Middle Eastern Wildcat Ancestor – Article that talks about how scientist have identified and traced back the ‘maternal ancestors’ of house cats.

Cat Gods and Goddess

Catster6 Cat Gods and Goddesses Worshiped by Ancient Cultures – Article about other little know cat gods and goddess.

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses: Egyptian Gods: Bastet – Information about the cat godess, Bastet.

Wikipedia: Bastet – History and information about cat goddess.

Cats and Ancient Egypt

Cat Museum of San Fransisco:  Welcome to the Temple of Bastet – Article talks about some of the earlier Egyptian feline godesses including Bastet.

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses – Egyptian Gods: Bastet – Historical information about the feline goddesses, Bastet, Mafdet and Sekhmet.

Live Science: Ancient Egyptian Kitten Skeletons Hint at Cat Domestication – Article about skeletal remains of cats and kittens dating back to 3600 B.C..

Prehistoric, Big Cats & Relatives

Messy Beast: Prehistoric Cats and Cat-like Creatures – Early ancestors of cats.

National Geographic: The Evolution of Big Cats – Learn about big cats and how they evolved. This site offers an informative 4 minute video. There is an article about The Oldest Big Cat, From the Roof of the World on this site as well.

BigCats2: Extinct Big Cats – Information about some of the oldest known big cats.

Defenders of Wildlife: Florida Panther – Find out more about the Florida panther.

BigCatsWildCats: International Wild Cat Conservation Directory – List of big and small wild cats and information about each one, including their endangerment level.

Big Cat Rescue: This site has a few areas that may be of interest: Wildcat Facts, Big Cat Photos & Facts, and Big Cat Videos.

Wikipedia: Florida Panther – Description, taxonomic, diet, early life, disease, threats and more. Information about big cats that are part off felidae, a biological family of cats can be found on this site as well. Feliformia is the suborder cats are a part of, and information about the other animals that in this category can be found on this site as well.


Wikipedia: Wildcats – This site has information about wildcats, a small cat found in Africa, Europe, southwest and central Asia into India, China, and M
ongolia. This site also offers information about the African Wildcat, Chinese Mountain Cat, Jungle Cat, Sand Cat, Black-footed Cat, Manul (aka Pallas’s Cat) and the European Wildcat.

BigCatsWildCats: International Wild Cat Conservation Directory – List of big and small wild cats, information about each one and their endangerment level.

MessyBeast: Small Wild Cats Species – Site offers a list of small wild cats and a little bit of information about each one.

Cats from Around the World

Buzz Feed: 9 Rare Cats from Around the World – Photo gallery of cats from different countries.

Wikipedia: Ship’s Cats – Famous cats that traveled on ships. Plus why cats traveled on ships. 
Aegean Cats – One of the oldest naturally occurring breeds in the world. 

U.S. Naval Institute: Cats in the Sea Service – Article about how cats were used on naval ships.

Cats, Cultures & Beliefs

Wikipedia: Maneki-Neko – Japanese figurine of a cat.

Ailurophilia.wordpress: Cats on Coins – Look at an array of coins with cats on them.

Feline Forever: History & Mythology: Ancient Egypt (with photos), Ashanti, Babylonian, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Norse, Finnish

What’s Your Sign: Animal Symbolism: Meaning of the Cat – Find out what the cat symbolizes to different cultures and in general.

Cat Anatomy

WebMD Pets: Cat Coat Care: Cat Nutrition for a Healthy Coat – How to keep a cat’s coat healthy.

CCMR: Why Are Cats So Flexible – Cornell Center for Materials Research’s Ask a Scientist answers the question. 

The Daily Cat: How Do Cats Jump? – Explains why cats always seem to land on their feet.

Wikipedia: Cat Righting Reflex – Explains why cats always seem to land on their feet and offers an animation of the motion involved.

Cat Health Detective: Cat Balance – This site offers a long explanation as to why a cat can balance so well.

Pet Respiratory System: Anatomy and Function in Cats – Site briefly explains how a cats respiratory system works.

How Stuff Works: Cat Anatomy – This article talks briefly about a cats bones, paws, coat, whiskers, and eyes. This site also has more info about whiskers, purring and info about handling injured cats.

Wikipedia: Cat Anatomy – Pictures and information about cat anatomy.

About: Cats: Feline Anatomy – Parts of the cat.

College of Veterinarian Medicine: Anatomy of the Dog and Cat – Interactive diagram of a cat’s anatomy. Click on the organ you want to learn more about.

Kenyon College: Cat Anatomy Tutorial – Designed for college students, some areas of this site may be too graphic for some viewers.

Anatomy CornerVirtual Cat DissectionWARNING this site has very graphic pictures and may not be suitable for all viewers. Parental discretion is advised. This link will take you to the intro page of the dissection, to view the photos, look on the panel to the left and choose what you would like to look at.

Cat Health and Diet

Feline Forever: Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth – Offer some suggestions for taking care of a cat’s teeth. You will also find information about diets on this site.

Pet Education – Offer a chart of what foods cats can not eat.

Web MD: People Foods Your Can Can Eat – Slideshow of choices offered.

Joy the Baker: Chewy Cat Treats for Cats Grain-Free Fish Treats for Dogs and Cats

Off Beat Home and Life: Make your own tasty treats for your cat friends

Life From Scratch: Four Leg-ed Hunter Snacks: Homemade grain free treats for dogs and cats Making Cat Food – This page offers detailed information about making your own cat food.

Vaping Around Pets – Are E-Cigs Toxic for Your Pet? – This article talks about the dangers of vaping around your pets and what can happen.

Cat Toys

Charlies Paws: 101 DIY Cat Toys That You Can Make At Home – This site offers some easy, fun and unique toys you can make for you cat.

WikiHow: 8 Ways to Make Cat Toys – Site offers pictures and written suggestions for easy to make cat toys.

World’s Best Cat Litter: The 10 Best Homemade Cat Toys – Site offers a variety of sites with cat toys you can make yourself. 

Friskies: DIY Homemade Cat Toys – Site offers some ways to make things cats can play in and with. Some are very easy to make, some may be more difficult.

Scratching Posts

Martha Stewart: How to make a scratching post – Martha Stewart shows how to make a homemade scratching post in the video offered. Stewart has a series of other videos on this site that offer tips for preventing furniture scratching, other scratching posts projects, and cat-related information.

WikiHow- How to make a scratching post – Page offers pictures and instructions for making a cat scratching post. 

Purina-One:  Make a DIY Scratch Post – Instructions for making a scratching post.

Paw-Rescue: Training your cat to use a scratching post – Tips for encouraging a cat to use a scratching post instead of your furniture!

Cat Breeds

Wikipedia: List of Cat Breeds – A-Z list of cat breeds includes domestic and domestic/wild hybrids. Click on a name and you will go to another Wikipedia page with information about that cat. Offers country of origin and type.

Pet Wave: Breeds – Offers A-Z list and a short profile about each type of cat. Breeder information available.

Cattime: Breeds – Offers A-Z list and a profile about each cat. – Offers a lot of information about breeding cats and cats in general.

Metal_Floss: 8 Cat Breeds with Wild Roots – Article about crossbreeding.

Miscellaneous Cat Information

The New York Times: That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think – Article about how cats effect the environment.

Care2: Study Finds Cats Hunt More Critters Than Thought – Article about a study done with “KittyCams” to see what cats really do when they are let outside.

DOGO News: Need A Weather Prediction? Ask Your Cat! – Article about the things cats do that can predict the weather.

Random Facts: 99 Interesting Facts About Cats – Site offers an interesting array of cat info.

ASPCA: Cats Who Play Rough – This article can help you decide if a cat, or kitten, is playing to rough, and tips for helping overly aggressive behavior. It also gives you reasons why play is important for a kitten/cat.

The Spruce: 8 Tips to Help Cats Enjoy Car Travel – Offers advice for traveling with cats. This site also offers answers to How and Why Cats Play?

Organic Authority: The Cat’s Meow: 4 Sustainable Kitty Litter Alternatives – Article offers some alternatives to clay-based cat litter.

Wikipedia: Feral Cat – Information about domesticated cats that return to the wild.

General Information About Cats

Cats: About: Site offers advice about having cats as a pet, breeding information, having fun with them and much more.

National GeographicDomestic Cats – Brief history of cat domestication.

Alley Cat AlliesThe Natural History of Cats – Brief history of cat domestication and some info about cats traveling the world, and the invention of the cat door.

Wikipedia: Cat – General overview of cat information. 

Holiday and Observances: Pet Holiday Information – Days and months that feature something to do with a cat. Includes Hug your cat day, National cat health month and more.

HowStuffWorks: Cats – Offers a little history and a few facts about cats. Check out the rest of the pages in this section to learn more about behavior, choosing a cat, basic care, issuesfeline fanatics and how cat shows work.

Animal Planet: Pets 101: Cats – A guide to cats. Includes tips, breeds, games, cat care and preparing for cats.

CatsInfo: Site offers information about cats and kitten care, historic information, quotes, facts and more. The site doesn’t look like it is being maintained any longer, but has a lot of valuable information.

Cats and People

Feline Forever: Cat Scratch Fever – What it is, how it can be prevented and identified.

Live Science: Cats Do Control Humans, Study Finds – Article that talks about a study done on a cat’s meow.

Discovery News: The Truth About Cats: They’re Good For Us – Article that talks about the benefits of having a cat for a pet.

Famous Cats

Wikipedia: Felix the Cat – First famous cat cartoon. This site also offers a-z lists of famous natural cats and fictional cats too.

Purr ‘n’ Fur: Félicette –  Learn about the first cat in space.

Cat Folktales
Some folktales may not be suitable for all audiences. 

Aaron Shepard’s World of Stories:

A Tale of Japan

Messy Beast: 

Supervision my be required for some folktales on this site.

World of Tales:

South American Folktale

Chinese Folktale

American Folklore:

Audio version offered along with the written story.

University of Pittsburg:

Page offers a variety of cat and mouse folktales from different cultures.


Humane Society of the United States: Catnip: Why Cats Go Crazy For It – Article explains what catnip is, how some cats react to it, and a little about how humans can use it.

Pets: WebMD: Truth About Catnip – This site has an option where it will read the information offered and high-light the words being read. Article talks about the effects of catnip, how to use it, and tips for using and growing the fresh herb.

HowStuffWorks: How Catnip Works – This short article talks about what cats react to in catnip.

Scientific American: How does catnip work its magic on cats? –  Article talks about catnip’s uses for cats and people and how it works.

Cat World: Catnip (Nepeta cataria) – Everything You Need to Know About Catnip! –  This site offers a lot of information about catnip, including what it looks like, the different types (and what they look like), effects on cats and what the effect is like, growing and harvesting tips, and how humans can use it medicinally. 
Wikipedia: Nepeta Cataria (aka Catnip) –  Site offers information about the plant, the names it is often called by, a description and uses.

Herbs2000: Catnip – Site offers names catnip is known by, its many uses for humans, parts to use, how to use it medicinally and culinarily, side effects and more.

Cat Related Crafts and Activities

DLTK: Cats – DLTK offers coloring pages, cat crafts, puzzles that can be done online and printed, plus you will find cat rhymes here.

First School: Cats – This site offers cat themed activities for young children. Activities include: printables, craft ideas, fairy tales, coloring page, rhymes and much more.

Enchanted Learning: Cats – Cat related rhymes, crafts, and information about house and big cats. Members have access to more information.

Origami-Instructions: Origami Cat – Photo instructions for an origami cat in two parts, a head and body.

Origami Way: Orig
ami Cat Instructions and Diagram
Photo and written instructions provided.

Origami-Make: How to make origami catsSite offers two cat projects: An Easy Origami Cat and Sitting Origami Cat.

My How To Draw: How to Draw a Cat – Site offers a variety of cats in different positions to draw. Step by step instructions provided.

DragoArt: How to Draw a CatStep by step instructions show how to draw a cat lying down, sketch a cat, a realistic cat heada fun kitten and more. Search for more cats to draw on this site too!

Fran’s World of Discovery: Black Cats – Find out why some people consider black cats good luck or bad and get instructions for a balancing activity in addition to link related to black cats.


Warning: Cats have not always been respected in history. 
The following videos have information about their negative history.

Educational Resources

4H Cat Project by Washington State University – PDF format 
Unit 1 How to Care for Cats
Unit 2 Origins, Breeds, etc.
Unit 3 – Anatomy and Physiology

4-H Youth Projects & Publications Cats

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Monarch Butterfly  Photo by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson
We think butterflies are pretty amazing creatures and fortunately, we live in an area that has a variety of them fluttering around. Each year we add to our knowledge of butterflies in a variety of ways. We may read an article, come across new butterfly books, or a butterfly that we can not identify. Whatever sparks a renewed interest in these brightly colored insects, we often find ourselves asking new questions and finding ways to learn more about them in a hands-on or observational way.
Here are some of the questions we ask, places we go, activities we do and resources we use to add to our knowledge of butterflies.
Research Questions

– How exactly does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? (sci-biology – etymology)
– How long does it take a caterpillar to become butterfly? (sci – biology –  etymology/math) 
– How long do butterflies live? ( sci – biology – etymology)
– How do butterflies eat? (sci-biology – etymology)
– Why do some butterflies have spots on their wings? (sci-biology – etymology)
– Are butterflies poisonous? (sci-biology – etymology)
– Where can butterflies be found? (sci/geo – mapping)
– Do all butterflies migrate? (sci/geo/math)
– What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? (sci – biology etymology/math)
– What is the powdery substance on the butterfly’s wings? (sci – biology – etymology)
Activity Suggestions
– Observe butterflies in their natural habitat. (observation/sci/ss/geo)
– Build a butterfly garden. (math/sci – botany/geo/art/PE)
– Look and read through a butterfly guide. (LA/research)
– When we find (not kill) a dead butterfly, we observe it with a magnifying glass or under a microscope. (observation/sci – biology – etymology/ scientific method)
–  We grow our own butterflies to learn more about the stages of life. We only use butterflies that live in our area. (sci – biology – etymology – experiment)
– We study the amazing symmetry of the butterfly. (math)
– We do an experiment to learn how the proboscis works. (sci – biology – etymology – experiment)
– We draw or take pictures of butterflies and add them to our nature journal. (observation/visual art)
– We write about or draw what we see and what kind of day it is. (LA – writing/observation)
– We visit a butterfly garden, butterfly farm, or another place that has butterflies and talk people who know more about butterflies then we do.  (geo/ social studies/social skills/observation skills/communication skills/formulating questions/ listening skills)
Butterfly Information
Butterfly Cabi: The Site is about Butterflies in any Shape, Size, Form or Medium
Butterfly Site: Butterflies by Area: Butterflies can be found everywhere except Antarctica. Find out what butterflies live in your area,  state, or country.
Enchanted Learning: All about Butterflies – Hyper-textbook about butterflies.
The Butterfly Site: Life cycle, activities, houses and farms of the US, extra links a much more.
The Butterfly WebSiteWatch butterfly videos, download clipart, read articles about butterflies and more.
US Forest Service – Butterflies as pollinators.
Wikipedia: Butterfly – Life cycle info, scales, polymorphism, habits, cultural info and more.
Live Monarch Adopt a butterfly, get milkweed seeds and purchase butterflies at any stage!
Learn About Butterflies – LOTS of information about butterflies around the world. Includes: Life cycle, migration, butterfly census, strange but true section, moths, and much, much more. 
Site description: The complete guide to butterflies and moths.

19 Amazing Butterfly Transformations – Click on each picture to see the transformation.

Scholastic: Answers to Kids’ Questions About Butterflies – Questions kids have asked.

Journey North: Monarch Butterflies – How You Can Help – Conservation action.

Bughunter: Collecting & Preserving Butterflies – Information about collecting and preserving dead butterflies.
Lesson Plans and Activities
Backyard Butterflies Lessons: Backyard garden, life cycle, stages
Butterfly WebSiteButterfly Curricula – Activity suggestions include: Birth of a Butterfly, Watercolor Butterfly, How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly, Butterfly Life Cycle, Food to Grow On. 
DLTK: Butterflies – Caterpillar and Butterfly crafts and activities.
Animal Corner: Anatomy Information – Diagram of a butterfly with labeled areas.
Enchanted Learning: Butterflies – Info, activities and crafts
Glorious Butterfly – Butterfly related resources for hands on and classroom learning.

WikiHow to Build a Butterfly House – Instructions for making your own butterfly house out of wood.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: 10 Creatively Cool Butterfly Activities


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Lizard Resource Page

Lizards by Fran W. Photo by Teri Agiga

This lizard resource page has been created to serve as a companion to a research/activity guide for lizards, written and developed by Fran Wisniewski, for anyone who would like to learn about them…
  • Independently.
  • As a family/group project.
  • As a casual study.
  • In a classroom.
The guide can also be used to…
  • To create a study/writing project. 
  • To develop programs for libraries and educational institutions.
Please feel free to use and share this resource page with others. 

If you find a broken link or have a lizard link to share, please leave me a comment so the page can be updated.

Lizards in the News

Reptile Magazine: Lizards – Information about lizard: Species, pet care, gallery, breeding, wild lizards, information & news

Science Daily: Frogs and Reptiles – News and information

National Geographic SocietyBlind, Legless Lizard Discovered—New Species – Article.

New Scientist: Lizards Poisonous Secret is Revealed – Informative article about lizard venom.

General Information

FactZoo: Types of Lizards – Brief information about a variety of lizards.

Sheppard SoftwareLizards – Take a quiz to see what you know and learn about a variety of lizards.

WikipediaHerpetology – General Info.

WikipediaLizard – General Info.

Animal-World: Lizard Classification – Find out about the different classes of lizards.

Animal World – Venomous Lizards – Find out about venomous lizards.

Animals: About: Lizards – Basic information about lizards.

State Symbols USA: List of State Reptiles and Amphibians USA – List of “official” state reptiles, include lizards. 

Anatomy and Health

Learn the names of a lizard’s bones – Unlabeled and Labeled photo offered.

ClipArt etc.Reptile Anatomy: This site offers 61 illustrations of reptile anatomy, including lizards, in various sizes. 

Lizard LoungeLizard Tongue – Learn how various lizards use their tongue to smell, hunt and keep their eyes clean.

WikiVet: Lizard Anatomy – Systems of the lizard, including Lizard EyeLizard Ear and Taste and Smell

Reptile Hunter 3520: Lizard Anatomy and Physiology – Learn about the digestive, reproductive, respiratory, and nervou
s system, in addition to how a lizard’s senses work.

Disorders and Diseases of Reptiles – Learn about the different diseases reptiles can get; includes lizards.

Popular Lizards Noted for Their Medicinal Uses – Article about what lizards are used as medicine and the types of illnesses they are used for.

The Lizard LoungeParietal Eye – Find out what the parietal eye is and where it is located. Learn about their limbscirculatory system, tail and tongue. Learn lizard terminology and look through an a-z list of lizard photos in the gallery.

About: Exotic Pets: Metabolic Bone Disease – Learn about the disease and how it can be diagnosed and treated.

WikiVet: Lizard Cardiovascular System – Basics of a lizard’s cardiovascular system.

NY Times: One Reason Lizards Have Ears: To Eavesdrop – Article about a study that found out what lizards are listening for.

Science Daily: Why Does Gecko, A Chinese Traditional Medicine, Have Anti-Tumor Effects? Article about the effects of gecko powder on tumor growth. This site also has an article about a neon blue-tailed tree lizard that glides from branch to branch.

The Reptile Hunter’s Lair – Learn about lizard: Digestive system, reproductive system, nervous system, senses, respiratory system, autotomy, and life span. This site also offers a care sheet for a variety of lizards. (There is a lot of valuable information on this site, but there are pop-ups too.)

Venomous Lizards – Read about the various types of venomous lizards and what venom they carry.

LLLReptile: Reptile Brumation – Some cold-blooded animals go into a hibernation-like state. Learn more about it here.

NCBI: Evolution of Anolis Lizard Dewlap Diversity – Find out what is known about the dewlap.


Scientific American: How is the gender of some reptiles determined by temperature? – Article.

Pawnation:  List of Lizards That Bear Live Young -Find out what lizards give birth rather than lay eggs.

BioExpedition: Lizard reproduction – Facts and information about egg and live baring lizards.

Scientific American: No Sex Needed: All-Female Lizard Species Cross Their Chromosomes to Make Babies – An article about asexual lizards.

Live Science: Female Komodo Dragon has Virgin Births – Article about a captive komodo dragon that lays eggs not fertilized by a male dragon.

Scientific American: Strange but True: Komodo Dragaons Show That “Virgin Births” are Possible – Article about captive komodo dragons that lay eggs not fertilized by male dragons. This article is bit more informative than the other article and talks about 2 female dragons who produce asexually and how the process happens.


AnimalHospitals-USA Lizard Diseases – Find out what diseases lizards can get, there causes, signs and symptoms to look for and in some cases, what can be done.

CDC: Reptile, Amphibians and Salmonella – Informative article issued by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

NCBI: Viruses in Reptiles – The US National Library of Medicine: National Institute of Health: Information about viruses in reptiles; includes lizards.

Around the World

Reptile Data Base – Get the latest stats about reptiles around the world.

Prehistoric Connections

The ScientistAncient Pigments Unearthed – Article about how fossilized skin reveals the colors of three extinct marine reptile… mentions monitor lizard.

Science Codex: UI researcher and colleagues discover new species of ancient Asian lizard

Scholastic: Dinosaur Evolution – Question and Answer article. What are dinosaurs?

Extinct Lizards

WikipediaList of recently Extinct Reptiles – List of a few extinct reptiles; includes lizards.

MongaBayThe World’s Most Endangered Lizards – Offers a list of extinct lizards and ones that are in endangered.

Endangered Lizards

KidzWorld: Wild Things: Endangered Reptiles – Read about a few endangered reptiles; includes lizards.

The Conversation: Australian Endangered Species Christmas Island Forest Skink be sure to check out other information by putting the word: Lizard in the search box in the upper right-hand side of the site.

Endangered Species InternationalReptiles – How to help save reptiles.

ExtinctAnimalEndangered Reptiles – List of endangered reptiles.

Wikipedia Monitor lizards Find out why monitor lizards are endangered.

LiveScienceMonitor Lizards Threatened by Pet Trade, Fashion Industry – Article about how the monitor lizard has become threatened. 

Science CodexModern dragons in danger – the relentless exploitation of Asian giant lizards revealed – Article about monitor lizards.

Wikipedia: St. Croix Ground Lizard – General information with picture.

MongaBayThe World’s Most Endangered Lizards – Offers a list of extinct lizards and ones that are in endangered.

Reptile/Animal Societies

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

IUCN Red List – List of threatened species. (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Lizard Sounds

Lizard Sounds

Gecko Sounds


Scientific AmericanHow Do Chameleons Regenerate Lost Body Parts? – Article that explains regeneration.

KidsWorldColors of a Chameleon – Article offer some reasons why chameleons change color.

Marine Iguana

Smithsonian Ocean Portal
: Podcast about a Marine Iguana 5:21

The Animal FilesMarine Iguana – General information.

Wikipedia: Marine Iguana – General information.

Misc Lizard Information & Resources

Aggressive Display and Territorial Fighting in the Green Anole – Info about behavior. Includes diagram of brain.

Enchanted LearningFrilled Lizard – Information and lizard printout offered. More lizard info can be found here on the site.

National Geographic: Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood? – Find out why one species of lizard has green blood.

How Stuff Works: Are Komodo dragons’ mouths deadlier than cobras’ venom? – Article about a komodo dragon’s bite.

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles: How to be a Herpetologist – Find out what you need to do to have a career working with lizards.

Encyclopedia of Life: There is an impressive database (over 4500 entries) of lizard information on this site. Listen to a podcast about Anole lizards. Scientific study.

Wild Florida: Lizards – Offers a list of native and non-native lizards living in Florida. Pictures and brief description offered for most lizards.

FLMNH: Check list of Florida Lizards – Florida Museum of Natural History offers A-V list of native and non-native lizards that can be found in Florida with pictures.


Lizard Coloring Pages, Activity Suggestions  and Craft Ideas

AMNHLizards & Snakes: Alive! Coloring Book – Sampling of pages.

DLTK: Gecko Paper Craft, Gecko Scissor Skills CraftChameleon Crafts and 

Activities – Offers lizard related crafts.

First School: Reptile Coloring pages – Includes: Chameleon, Chuckwalla, Gecko, Gila Monster, Iguana, Komodo Dragon and more.

Coloring Pages 101: Lizards – Large variety of lizard coloring pages that can be printed or colored online.

Super ColoringLizards – A variety of serious and fun coloring pages.

Enchanted LearningLizard Printouts: Basilisk, blue-tongued skink, frilled lizard, komono dragon, veiled chameleon and more.

Squidoo: Lizard Garden – Get some ideas on how you can make a lizard garden.

Artists Helping ChildrenLizard Crafts – This site offers a variety of lizard crafts that link up to other

*Look in the YouTube section below for lizard origami projects.

Lizard Videos

San Diego ZooBlue Tongued Skink 1:47

National GeographicFrilled Lizard on the run. 

YouTube Videos

Educational Resources

Lizards and Snakes Alive for-educators 

Herpetology at the University of Texas at Austin

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