Funschooling News #12

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I’m offering more great family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun. This week’s activities include baking soda related resources. This inexpensive item can be turned into an awesome learning tool!

 Be sure to scroll all the way down to the Special Days section where you’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


Baking Soda


Baking soda is another convenient and inexpensive item you may have in your home for science projects. If you click on the link below, you will find 13 great science experiments that are fun for all ages. 

Some experiments may require supervision.

Baking Soda Science Projects

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Baking Soda


Baking soda can cause some very cool chemical reactions and produce fun or useful results. The videos below offer both fun and practical things that can be done with baking soda. For the video with ’10 baking soda hacks’, test some of the uses out to see how well they work. Some of the videos may require supervision because of the materials used in the experiments or the results. 
The last video features a math art project to do.

Baking Soda Slime 



Black Fire Snake – Amazing Science Experiment
Supervision Suggested

10 Awesome Baking Soda Life Hacks

Math Game Idea: Infinity Tiles


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Special Days & Holidays Sept 16-22


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her September 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 
Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 120+ activities you can do as a family during the month of September. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

One of September’s themes is Preparedness. This link will take you to a resource page that will give you information about getting prepared for a storm or bad weather.

🎩September 16Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956 – This link offers a Magic Tricks Resource Page that features Copperfield and many other great magicians plus some magic tricks to learn how to do.
Watch the YouTube video that features The Magic of David Copperfield – FULL MOVIE

September 17Constitution Day – Read the constitution with the resources provided. There are videos available in this post as well.
Constitution Week Begins on the 17th as well and Still Learning Something New has some great resources such as quizzes, School House Rock videos, and more.

September 18: Cheeseburger Day –  Find out how this fun food day got its start and make some with your favorite toppings.

September 19Talk Like A Pirate Day Celebrate this fun day with the resources on this pages such as: The history of pirates, pirate crafts, and information that crosses the curriculum.
Learn how to tie knots too!
Still Learning Something New’s Pirate resources include: Biographical info, YouTube videos, night sky resources, a compass activity, and more.


September 20Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941 – Learn about this interesting artist, make a virtual macchia, watch some videos, and more.

🍌September 21Banana Festival – Read an article about the benefits of bananas and make something delicious with bananas like banana bread.

🎈September 22Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791 – Learn about this fascinating man and his important accomplishments. One of the things Faraday invented was the balloon, you’ll find info about them in the post too. 

🍁September 221st Day of Autumn/Autumnal Equinox – What is the fall equinox? Find out with the resources in this post. Check out some of the other Autumn Resources too.

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Create Your Own Animal Study


A great way to begin your study is to make a list of animals you want to learn about, then brainstorm some ways you can learn about the ones you are most interested in. 

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to learn about animals is to get information from the library, used bookstore, or on line. Look for videos that feature or include the animals you are interested in too. If you have Netflix, Amazon, or another streaming service, search for your interests there as well. Our family LOVES animals and we’ve studied quite a few of them. You’ll find our animal resource pages listed here on this blog, they include links to other sites and videos. Some have game ideas, projects, and/or experiments.

Here are some great field trip ideas!

Books, videos, and websites are excellent learning tools, especially when you can’t learn about animals first hand, but learning via experience and observation is even more awesome. Here are a few of the ways we’ve learned about animals first hand. Don’t forget to bring your writing journal, sketch book, paints, or camera. Oh and maybe an animal guidebook too!

  • Go outside. Your own yard or neighborhood may have a variety of animals you can watch on a daily basis. Consider bringing some to you by putting up a bird feeder. If you dig in the dirt, you may find bugs, worms, moles, and other interesting creatures. Take some of those worms fishing with you!
  • Start a compost bin.Turn your food scraps into a bug experiment.
  • Go for a hike. If you have a park, preserve, or a wooded area near you, check it out to see who’s there. You may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Visit a wildlife preserve. Do a quick search on line or talk to other people who may know of a wildlife preserve in your area.
  • Visit a pet store. Make arrangements with a pet store to get a tour. You can do this with a group or a few families if they won’t allow a private tour. Ask questions.

  • Talk to a pet owner. Make arrangements to visit someone who owns or cares for an animal you are interested in learning about.
  • Go to a zoo. There are all kinds of zoos these days! Check and see if there is a specific zoo or center that features the animal you are most interested in learning about. Get a zoo membership so you can visit as often as you like and to stay informed about the special programs they offer. Don’t forget petting zoos too! You’ll get to touch the animals while you’re there.
  • Visit an aquarium. If you are into sea creatures/life, then you’ll want to visit an aquarium. If you have a zoo membership, some aquariums will allow you in for free or offer you a discount to visit them.
  • Visit an estuary. If you are near or can get to the wetlands around you, you’ll be able to check out all the different types of animals while you are there.
  • Go to the beach or inter-coastal areas. A less expensive way to see local sea life is to visit the areas around the ocean. You’ll be able to collect shells, observe various birds, crabs, sand fleas, and other creatures while you’re there. You may even see a dolphin surfing in the waves!
  • Visit an animal sanctuary. Check your local listings for people who run/care for a sanctuary. Some places allow visitors in for a small donation – money or food for the animals.
  • Visit an animal shelter. Dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.. love to get pet and played with. Check with your shelter before you go to see if they allow this and what’s required if they do.
  • Go to a science center. Many science centers will have a small area with live animals and programs related to them.
  • Arrange for an animal related program. Most places that feature animals will have a tour or some kind of program you can arrange to attend. Find out if you need a group or can join a scheduled tour.
  • Check out a local pond, lake, or another body of water. Observe the animal life all around you. Visit during different times of the year to see who the regulars are and who braves the cold weather.
  • Walk through a public garden. If you have the chance, plan a trip to a public garden and you’ll get to see a variety of insects busily pollinating the flowers and foliage.
  • Plan a trip to Sea World, Busch Gardens, or Animal Kingdom. These places make great family vacation spots!
If you are really interested in animals and want to get more involved, here are some things you can do…
  • Volunteer. Most places need all the volunteers they can get. Many require kids to be a certain again, or require a parent to accompany minors. Some of the places to inquire at: Zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, shelters, animal clinics/vet offices, science centers, specialty animal facilities (ex: reptile house), etc..

  • Become a docent/volunteer for an animal related program. If you really know your stuff, some places will allow teens to docent or help with a traveling petting zoo.
  • Get a pet. One of the best ways to learn is to experience it for yourself long term. Research all you can before you take the plunge.
  • Join an animal rescue project. You can join something with local meetings, or that sponsors theme related festivals and awareness programs such as Turtles, whales, sharks, manatees, water preservation, etc.. Check out a local Audubon society too.
  • Look for programs. Keep your eyes and ears open for program opportunities that feature animals in your community. Libraries sometimes offer programs that feature animals – ask them if they have anything schedule or make a suggestion.
Many zoos offer courses and classes, they won’t be free, but it can make a great gift idea or a budget goal.
Honestly, this short list only scratches the surface of some of the awesome ways you can learn about the animal kingdom first hand. 
Please help make this list longer by leaving some suggestions in comments.

If you would like more tips for designing one of a kind studies, please read these posts:

Design Your Own One-of-a-Kind Study


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Fun Ways To Use Toothpicks As A Learning Tool


  • Use toothpicks to form the letters of the alphabet and words.
  • Dip a toothpick in ink or paint and draw or write with it.
  • Make toothpick pictures. Glue colored or plain toothpicks to a piece of paper.
  • Glue toothpicks together to form a solid structure such as a toothpick bridge, house, tower, etc..

  • Make 3-D toothpick structures with clay or marshmallows. Try making polyhedrons such as pyramids, chemical models, animals, and other 3-D shapes.
  • Make simple shapes with them. Simply play around with the toothpicks and see what shapes you come up with.
  • Learn some toothpick tricksThere are some fun tricks you can do with a simple toothpick.
  • Make a spinning color wheelThese are simple to make and fun to play with. You will need a light cardboard box, toothpicks, and paint or markers for this activity. Alternate the colors, draw some shapes, make crazy patterns and see what happens when you spin your wheel.
  • Play a Guesstimate game. Take few toothpicks out of their package and toss them lightly on a table, without counting them, guess how many there are and write that number down. Count how many there are and figure out the difference between what you guessed and the actual number. How close was your guess? Play a few more times and see if your guesstimating gets better the more you play.
  • Toothpick and shaker challenge. This is a great way to build fine motor skills at any age! You will need toothpicks, a cheese shaker or a container with holes on top that will allow a toothpick through it easily, a timer, and paper and pencil for this activity. To play, set a timer for 30 seconds and see how many toothpicks you can get into the container via the small holes on top within that time period. When the time is up, count the toothpicks in the container. Write down the time and the number of toothpicks. Play a few times and see how much you improve from the first try. Reduce the time allotted and challenge yourself to get as many toothpicks into the container in the fewest seconds possible. For an extra challenge, use a container with smaller holes. Snip the tips off the toothpicks if they are too sharp.
If you would like to access all the videos at once, please visit my Toothpick Playlist on YouTube. Here’s one of the videos in the list…

What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do with toothpicks? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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Fun Ways To Learn At A Public Garden


There are a great many benefits to walking through a public garden, and if you ever taken the time to visit one in your community or area, you know it can be a peaceful and relaxing place that leaves you refreshed from the experience. It is also a great place to give your observation skills a workout because of all the sites, smells, and sounds that naturally occur everywhere.


Here are some fun learning activities you can do while you are there that can enhance the experience!

  • Identify the flowers, plants, and trees you see around you.
  • Observe the wildlife that comes to visit the plants. 

Use the Shazam for Nature app to help you identify plants and animals you don’t know.

  • Join a garden association or society or volunteer your time to a community or public garden. Compare different gardens if you can visit a few of them. Volunteer to learn how they work and the amount of work it takes to keep them going as a valuable part of the community.
  • Look around to see who’s pollinating the plants and how it’s being done.
  • If you can, find dead plants/insects to observe. Take a pocket microscope or magnifying glass with you so you can get a closer look.
  • Read the map of the area, if one is offered.

  • Make a map of the areas you visited/enjoyed the most. How did you get to your favorite spot?

  • As you walk around, identify the scents and sounds around you. Take a deep breath and do your best to identify specific scents.

  • Put a name to the colors you see. A general color my be yellow, blue, red, green, etc., but then there are more sophisticated names for shades of colors such as buttercup yellow, fuchsia pink, azure, avocado, etc..

  • Find a quiet place to draw or paint what you see. If you enjoy drawing or painting, bring your supplies with you and enjoy being outside doing what you love.

  • Talk to the botanist, horticulturist, or the garden’s caretaker(s) and ask them questions about the things you find most interesting. A public garden near me allows us to take native plants to grow in our own yard and the caretaker is always eager to share her knowledge with us.

  • Find patterns within the flowers/plants and animals around you. Natural patterns are everywhere in nature. If you look around you’ll find them.

  • Sit down and observe the day and area around you. Find a comfortable spot to sit and be for a while and observe the sites, sounds, and smells all around you. Close your eyes and take it all in. It’s a great way to release stress.

  • Take pictures and videos. Take pictures and videos of the things you see and do. Use them to create a nature scrapbook, to help identify the things you saw, or to remember the great time you had! Post them to your blog or social media page.

  • Participate in a public vegetable garden. Many communities have areas were you can grow a garden to share with others.
Don’t forget to pack a lunch with you so you can spend the day exploring and discovering the gardens you visit!

    What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do when you visit a public garden? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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    Drinking Straws


    Bon Appétit: A Brief History of the Straw – This article talks about:

    • How the first drinking straw was made.
    • How the bendable straw came to be.
    •  How they went from paper to plastic.
    • Krazy Straws.
    • Modern straw designs and uses. 
    • How we’ve gone back to paper straws and why.


    The Atlantic: The Amazing History and the Strange Invention of the Bendy Straw – The story of the how the bendable straw was invented.

    Smithsonian: Inventions – The Straight Truth About the Flexible Drinking Straw – How the first flexible drinking straw was invented.

    Wikipedia: Drinking Straw – History of drinking straws and their modern uses. Also types of straws.


    Howstuffworks: How are Bendy Straws Made? – The first page talks about what straws have been made up of, click on the word “NEXT” under the video and the second page will tell you what straws are made of now and how they are made. The third section is an author’s note.

    The Inventors.org: Drinking Straws – This short article starts with the history of the drinking straw and ends with other things spiral wound tubing lead to.


    Days of the Year: Drinking Straw Day – January 3rd of each year is drinking straw day. Learn about the history of drinking straw day and how to celebrate the day. Try a recipe for Mint Julep – an adult drink. A kid-friendly mint julep recipe can be found on Twice As Good Show.com

    NASA: Rockets – Rocket Pinwheel – This cool experiment requires a straw, balloon, pencil, a sewing pin, and tape to make it. Go to the site for full instructions.


    Manufacturing.net: Va Plant Produces 4B Drinking Straws Annually – Information about a plant that makes more then 4 billion straws a year.

    Going Plastic Straw Free


    Seattle Time: The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban – News article about a new ban.

    Washington Post: A campaign to eliminate plastic straws is sucking in thousands of converts – News article about a young man on a campaign to eliminate plastic drinking straws.

    Straw-Free.org – Find out what you can do to help the campaign and go straw-free.


    Strawless Ocean.org – Find out who’s going straw free and what you can do to help.

    Engineering.com: Engineers Develop Edible Straws to Combat Plastic Pollution – New developments in drinking straws that are plastic free.

    One of the ways to help the straw-free movement is to reuse the plastic straws that you do have in positive ways such as in art projects, science experiments and math activities. Below, you will find videos that show you fun ways to reuse plastic straws. Once you are done with them, clean them out well, and get creative!
    Straws can be cut down and melted, and used in some cool ways, as you’ll see in the selected videos.
    If you like to use straws, purchase reusable straws in stores and online.
    Once your plastic straws are gone, make straws from other materials, as show in the videos below.


    Videos

    HowStuffWorks: Stuff of Genius: Joseph Friedman: The Flexible StrawThis 1:27 minute video tells you about the inventor of the bendy straw.

    YouTube: Drinking Straw PlaylistThis playlist includes information about the history of drinking straws, and fun activities you can do with them such as science experiments, art projects, and math activities.
    Some videos will require adult supervision to use a lighter, hot glue gun, or cutting tool.
    Here’s one of the video from the list…


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    Plant Propagation

    Better Homes & Garden: 
    Propagating Houseplants &

    Making More Plants From Cuttings – How to make more plants from plant cuttings.

    Gardening Know How: Starting Plant Cuttings – How To Root Cuttings From Plants – Types of cutting and how to root them.

    The Balance: Best Plant To Grow From Cuttings – 19 Plants that can start from cuttings.

    WikiHow: Plant Propagation: Offers steps to propagate plants. Includes pictures.

    Wikipedia: Plant Propagation – Explains the process of plant propagation and methods.

    National Seed Swap Day 
    (Official Day is the last Saturday of the month each year.)
    Save your seeds all year long then plan a seed swap!


    Tower Garden: 7 Ways to Celebrate National Seed Swap Day – The author talks about his experience at a Seed Swap Day, why they are important, and how to celebrate the day.


    Seed Savers.org: National Seed Swap Day 2017 – Info about the day and the benefits of going to one.

    Days of The Year: Seed Swap Day – Information about the origins of the day and how to celebrate it.


    The Herbal Academy: How To Plan A Seed Swap Day in Your Neighborhood – How to save seeds and plan the event. & How to Save Seeds: From Harvesting to Using Them – Tips for saving seeds.


    Extension Services: National Seed Swap Day, January 31st, 2015 – Information about the day and how seed swapping was done by other cultures.

    YouTube: Plant Propagation Playlist – The videos in this list show you how to propagate a variety of plants, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, and houseplants.
    Here are one of the videos in the list…



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    Dragons

    Wikipedia: Dragon – Information about this mythical creature, including animals that may have inspired dragons, plus European and Asian dragons. Also:
    Dragons in Greek Mythology
    Japanese Dragon
    List of Dragons in Mythology & Folklore

    Smithsonian Magazine: Where Did Dragons Come From – Article talks about the possible origins of dragons.


    LiveScience: Are Dragons Real? Facts About Dragons – Article: The history of dragons from a cultural and religious perspective.


    American Museum of Natural History: Natural History of Dragons:

    Article: How dragons have been described through the ages.

    Draconika: Dragons: The History of Dragons – How and where dragons showed up in history.


    Mythology Wiki: Dragon – This is a Fandom page with information about dragons: How they are portrayed, attributes, and types. 


    The Guardian: Top 10 Dragons in Fiction – Pictures and information about the current top 10 dragons in fiction.


    Dragon Tales


    World of Tales: Here are some of the folktales that can be found on the site, use the search icon (the magnifying glass in the lower left-hand corner of the page) to look for more dragon related tales from around the world.
    The Four Dragons Asian Folktale
    The Dragon-Princess – Chinese Folktale
    The Dragon’s Strength – The Story of the Youngest Prince Who Killed the Sparrow  – Slavic Folktale
    The Boy and the Dragon – Canadian folktale
    The Dragon’s Tail – German Folktale

    Lit2Go: Stories from Around the World: “THE DRAGON AND THE PRINCE” (Serbia)– This story has a 16 minute audio file you can listen to or read along with. It can be downloaded as well. 

    Storyberries: Dragons – This site offers 8 stories about dragons that are kid friendly.

    Sam & The Dragon – An illustrated story about Sam and a dragon. (IMHO cute!😉)


    How to Draw Dragons
    Each site offers step by step instructions.

    How 2 Draw Animals: Dragon – This is an advanced drawing.

    WikiHow: The 4 Best Ways to Draw a Dragon A mix of advanced and easy drawing methods.


    HelloKids: How To Draw Dragons for KidsAn easy to draw dragon.


    Dragoart: Dragons – Site offers quite a few different types of dragon to learn how to draw, easy to advanced.

    Videos

    YouTube: Dragons Playlist – This list includes information about dragons and dragon activities such as: Origami projects, puppets, and drawing tutorials.
    Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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    Types of Calendars

    Article & Information About Calendars


    Timely: The Importance of Calendars – This article talks about some of the import reasons communities and individuals should keep calendars, along with the benefits.


    Wikipedia: Calendars – Offers historical information about calendars.

    Egyptian Calendar
    Mayan Calendar &
    List of Calendars – Lists over 80 types of calendars.

    Holidappy: Birth Symbols – Each month has its own bird, flower, tree, myth, etc. find out what they mean.


    Ducksters: Today In History – Find out what happened today in history and scroll down to the bottom to find out about the rest of the month. Click on a month, then you’ll find out: That month’s birthstone, flower name, name meaning, most recognized holidays for that month, how to say that month’s name in different languages, and fun facts, plus you’ll see a calendar of days. Each day will tell you a few things that happened on that day, and the year it happened.


    Lifehack.org: The Evolution of the Calendar: How to Use a Calendar Today – This article talks about how calendar use has changed over the years and how technology has helped those changes along.


    The New York Times: Paper Calendars Endure Despite the Digital Age – This article discusses trends in paper and digital calendar usage.


    Make Use Of.com: Why Paper Planners Are Relevant in the Age of Smartphone Calendar Apps – Article talks about the positive points of both digital and paper calendars.


    Calendars That Feature: Events, Wacky Holidays, & Other Special Days

    National Day Calendar – Main page – Find out what the day’s holidays, birthdays and events are and look at the whole month at a glance.

    Time & Date.com: Fun Holidays – Site offers a list of fun, wacky & trivial holidays. Click on the month you’re most interested in.


    Homefires: Monthly Learning Calendar – This calendar changes from month to month automatically to keep you updated on interesting things to learn about.


    Apples 4 The Teacher: Holidays – Scroll down to the month you want to look at to find out what special days there are for the month.


    Holiday Insights: Holidays – Daily holidays for each month. Click on the month you want to view. This site offers food days as well.


    On This Day: Click on the area you want to know more about each day. Search by name, month, day, or event, birth, wedding, and death.


    Still Learning Something New: Special Days Calendars – ArchiveYou’ll get a nice long list of important days that that month offers, featured themes (ex: National Pizza Month), and featured food items/themes for that month.


    The Nibbler: American Food Holidays: Index of food holidays by month.


    Cultural Calendars

    Chinese

    National University of Singapore:  Chinese Calendar (PDF) also Calendars in Singapore covers: The Islamic Calendar, Indian Calendar, and other information.

    University Washington Dept of Education: The Chinese Zodiac – This informative site gives information about the Chinese Zodiac.

    Mayan

    WebExhibits: Calendars Through The AgesThe Mayan CalendarInformation about the history of the Mayan calendar and how it works.
    NOTE: If you click on the link for Calendars Through The Ages link, you will connect with other types of calendars that are in use and not in use to learn about.

    Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian: Living Maya Time: The Calendar System – Explains the Haab cycle.

    Native American

    Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center: The Lakota Moon CalendarFind out how the moon played an important roll in keeping time and the name and meaning for each moon. 

    Crystallinks.com: Native American Calendars –Article offers information about how some Native American tribes kept track of days, months, and years.

    Native Net: Native American Calendar – Learn the various names for each month’s moon.

    Other Calendars

    NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: Eclipse: Calendars – Includes: Intro, Gregorian, Hebrew, Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Julian Calendars

    Calendar Zone: Cultural Calendars – Many of the links on this site are not working but the information about the dozens of different types of calendars of the world from various cultures offers many more choices and learning directions that can be studied.

    Videos

    YouTube: Calendars Playlist – Learn how the modern calendar evolved over the centuries. Here are one of the informative videos in the list.


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    Candle Resource Page

    History of Candles and Candle Making

    Candles.org: History of Candles – Article includes info about: Early Wicked Candles, Middle Ages, Colonial Times, 19th Century Advances, The 20th Century, and Today’s Candles.

    Wikipedia: History of Candle Making – Antiquity (What candles were made from), Middle Ages, and Modern Era.

    History of Lighting: History of Candles – Development and History of Candle Making – Article includes information about what candles were made with and how candles were used as a timing device.

    Candle Making Projects


    Family Education: Candle Making – Follow these simple instructions to learn how to make your own candles with your kids.

    Martha Stewart: Candle Crafts – Scroll through the suggested candle crafts with the arrows.

    She Knows: 12 DIY Projects for Candles – Site offers some ways to use candles as decorative lighting.

    Good House Keeping: 7 Crafty Ways to Dress Up Candles – Scroll through using the arrows.

    Coloring WS.com: Christmas Candles Coloring Pages – Offers 14 candle related coloring pages.

    DLTK: This Little Light – About Me Activity, Christmas Candles

    Big DIY Ideas: 40  Simple Candle Making Instructions and Ideas – Offers links to various candle making activities. Click on the word, not the picture, to access instructions.

    Activity Village: Candles – Kid friendly projects for candles.

    Videos

    YouTube: Candle Playlist  –  Learn about the history of candles, how candles are made, how to make an origami candle, and how to draw a candle.
    Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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    Oysters & Pearls

    WikipediaOyster – Information about salt-water bivalve molluscs – types, anatomy, etc..
    Pearl – Information about the gemstone, pearl. Etymology, definition, physical properties, fresh and saltwater pearls, creation and much more.

    American Pearl: A Brief History of Pearls: How Pearls are Harvested – Article about harvesting pearls, early history of pearl harvesting, and caring for oysters before harvest.

    Sustainable Pearls: Harvesting Pearls – A short article about how pearls are harvested.

    LiveScience: How Do Oysters Make Pearls? – How natural pearls begin in an oyster shell.

    How Stuff Works: Animals: How do oysters make pearls? – Article talks about the natural production of pearls within the oyster’s anatomy and how cultured pearls are created.

    Oceana: American Oyster – Describes what an oyster is, how it grows/reproduces, and about depleted population due to over-fishing.

    Metal Floss – 15 Shucking Amazing Facts About Oysters – This list offers some interesting facts about oysters, such as their ability to filter water, hold back fierce waves, their nutritional value, depletion and restoration projects, and more.

    Ideo: Columbia.edu: Commonly seen organisms in Oyster Gardens – PDF: Information about creating an oyster garden – includes predators and reef associates. Includes pictures.

    Original Oyster House – 10 Oyster Facts You Didn’t Know – Info about oyster gender, oyster beds, human consumption, species, nutrition information, and more.

    A-Z Animals: Oyster – Oyster facts, where they can be found, lifespan, color, food, predators, habitat and more.

    Nat Geo Sites: Oysters – About oysters: As a food, habitat and range, shells, behavior, and threats to survival.

    Rondale’s Organic Life: 6 Surprising Things You Should Know About Eating Oysters – Farmed oysters vs wild and the best time to eat them.

    Recipes
    Food Network: Oyster Recipes – Fried Oysters, Char-Grilled Oysters, Oyster Po’ Boy, Grilled Oysters Rockefeller, and more.

    Southern Living: South’s Best Oyster Recipes – Offers a variety of ways to enjoy oysters including: Grilled, baked, as a pot pie, stew, and a few other methods.

    NYT: Cooking: Butter-Fried Oysters – A classic recipe.

    Videos

    YouTube: Oysters & Pearls Playlist –  Videos include: How pearls are harvested, how pearls are formed, and how to shuck and eat an oyster.
    Here’s one of the videos that can be found in the list…


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