Falcons, Tower City/Cleveland, Ohio. The Ohio
Division of Wildlife and APK.net have teamed up to
present one of the most exciting real world science projects
online. Students have a rare opportunity to develop
literacy skills as they read posts, complete research
projects, and record observations of the mating, nesting,
hatching, and parenting behaviors of peregrine falcons.
Students practice their observation and scientific research
skills by watching and
journaling about the behavior of falcons on a web cam and
later analyzing those recorded observations. As the students compare their personal observations and inferences
with those made by professional biologists, they will
naturally be challenged to learn new scientific concepts.
in the City provides excellent additional resources to
make this project an outstanding real world learning
experience. We also have a district site,
Falcon Quest that you'll want to visit for
additional research sites and tools to complement this
Lynne Harvey's 4/5 class at Rolling Hills
elementary have maintained a website of their studies
related to the FalconCam for several years. Visit their
amazing falcon observation logs at their
Falcon Watch website.
fascinating animations created by NASA scientists in an
effort to visualize collected data, visit their
Holo-Globe of Cumulative Earthquake activity.
For an index of all of the animations currently
available on their site, visit this link:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific
Visualization Center Index of the Animation Series.
(Choose this link to
search by keyword.)
BrainPop has great video and Flash animations
that help students explore many fields of study. They
have an especially rich section of
and the American Museum of Natural History have
teamed up to create six standards-based
Science Explorations this year. Each unit
will include live chats with real scientists. Take
time to check their schedule.
National Wildlife Foundation sponsors a
site that provides hours of learning fun.
National Zoo sponsors an entire page of fascinating web
cams so students can study animal behaviors and
American Museum of Natural History has an entire
"Ology" dedicated to the great "ologies" such as
paleontology, astronomy, marine biology, and more.
Feldman has an excellent site titled
Surfing the Net with Kids that has collections
of the best web sites for kids sorted topically. Her
science links are outstanding.