Rainbows


What is a Rainbow and how does it work?

Ethemes: Rainbows - Learn about rainbows across the curriculum.


How Stuff Works: What Causes a Rainbow? - Answers the question. Also, How Rainbows Work.

Wikipedia: Rainbows - Learn about rainbows.

About: Rainbows - For older kids interested in how a rainbow is made and some of the mathematics behind it.


Fun Rainbow Activities

First School: Rainbows - Activities for preschool aged children.

Enchanted Learning: Rainbows - A variety of rainbow crafts.

DLTK: Rainbow Activities - DLTK has fun rainbow activities for kids that include, coloring pages, crafts, puzzles, recipes and more.

Coloring.ws: Rainbow Coloring Pages - Offers a variety of rainbow coloring pages.

Universal Preschool: Fun With Rainbows -  Rainbow activities and book suggestions for you and your young child.

Activity Village: Rainbow Crafts - Offers a variety of rainbow crafts.


Rainbow Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for rainbow related information and experiments! Here's one of the great videos you can find there.


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Celebrate The Season of Spring!

What is Spring?

Wikipedia: Spring (Season) - Information about the season of spring and natural and cultural events celebrated by different countries.

Living Science: Spring: Season of New BeginningsInformation about the spring equinox and how it works in each hemisphere.

Fun Spring Activities

eThemes: Spring -  Information is geared toward grades 1-5


Universal Preschool: Dandelion Fun & Springtime Learning  - Fun learning activities for preschool aged children.


First School: Spring - For preschool aged children.

About.com Spring - Spring Learning Activities for Kids and Families

A to Z Teacherstuff Themes: Spring Printables, crafts, and projects

Activity Village: Spring - Colouring Pages, crafts, puzzles, worksheets, and more!

ABCteach: Spring - Ideas for studying spring across the curriculum.

Real Simple: Fun Spring Activities Checklist - Site offers about 50 great activity ideas you can do during in springtime.

Today's Parent: 50 fun, free spring activities - Use the arrows to scroll through the pictures to see the suggestions.

DLTK: Spring Crafts and Children's Activities - Bulletin board ideas, crafts, coloring pages, games and puzzles, spring poems, recipes, and more.
Spring Related Videos

Please visit the YouTube playlist that I've created for spring related information.


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St Patrick's Day Activities

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Crafts

Enchanted Learning: St. Patrick's Day - Activities and crafts for children to make and do.

DLTK: St Patrick's Day - Crafts and Activities for all ages. Check out the other St. Patrick's Day links area located on the bottom of the page.

First School: St. Patrick's Day Activities - Activities and crafts for children 2-5

About.com: How Do You Catch A Leprechaun? - About.com's Sherri Osborn has a fun way to celebrate St. Patty's Day.... Build a leprechaun trap! Scroll down for more St. Patrick's Day links.

Fran's World Of Discovery: Fun PuttyHow to make fun putty and fun things to do with it.
Across The Curriculum


Lesson Plans Page: St. Patrick's Day - Lessons that reach across the curriculum


Ethemes: St. Patrick's Day - Theme Unit for grades 1-6


Universal Preschool: St. Patrick's Day - Fun activities you can do with your preschooler, written by: Diane Flynn Keith


Homefires: St. Patty's Day Activities: Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns - For young children up to grade 3. Theme related article.

eThemes: Holiday: St. Patrick's Day - From the site: These sites about St. Patrick’s Day include games, crafts, poems, e-cards, and clip art. Learn about the history of this holiday. Tune into a Webcam on March 17 to spy on a leprechaun. Play online games or print out word searches and coloring pages. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on Ireland.

Fran's World Of Discovery: Ireland - Resources include: Links to Geographical, historical, and cultural information. Videos have been included as well.

Fran's World of Discovery: Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.

Videos
I hope you'll take the time to check out my St. Patrick's Day playlist on YouTube. It offers videos about the history of St. Patrick's Day and craft ideas related to the holiday!



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Celebrate Pi Day

Wikipedia: Pi - This site offers a lot of information about PI, including:
Fundamentals, History, Modern quest for more digits, Uses and more. This site has information about Pi Day too.

WikiHow: How to Celebrate Pi Day - Offers 4 ways: Enjoy Pi-Themed Foods, Pi-Themed Ambiance, Throw a Pi-Themed Celebration, and Celebrate the Real Meaning of Pi Day.

Time & Date: Fun Holiday - Pi Day - This site offers information about Pi Day and other Pi related days.

Teach Pi: This site is dedicated to Pi Day and offers videos, book suggestions, news, and more.

Exploratorium: Pi Day: One of the 5 activities offered on this page, Cutting Pi, requires a circular object, string, scissors, and tape. The other activities listed require easy to find items as well.

Fran's World of Discovery: The Circle - The circle is a fascinating and versatile shape. The activity in this post encourages fraction use.

Scientific American: Let's Use Tau - It's Easier Then Pi - Article


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Manatees

*Manatee Family - Photo By Fran W.
*Personal note about the photo: The larger manatee in the photo above is nursing her newborn calf. The larger of the young manatees, to the right of the mother, is learning how to care for the younger manatees. She travels with the mother and helps her care for the younger manatees. It is a truly beautiful site.

General Information

Defenders of Wildlife: Florida Manatee - Fact Sheet

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: FWC's Manatee Program - Find out about a program designed to help manatees.

Wikipedia: Manatee - General information about manatee, including: Taxonomy, description, behavior, ecology and more. 

National Geographic: Manatees - Aquatic life, populations, parenting & diet, threats to survival, photo gallery, videos and more.

National Geographic for Kids: West Indian Manatee - Offers very brief information.

Activities To Do

Manatee Curriculum - A curriculum written by Maia McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd filled with information and activities.

Super Coloring Pages: Manatees

Save The Manatees: Printable Coloring Pages - PDF format

Crazy For Jigsaw Puzzles: Manatee - Play online

About: Homeschooling: Manatee: Word Search, crossword puzzle and other manatee related activities.

Cams & Videos


EarthCam: Manatee Cam

Below, you will find a few of the many videos that can be found in the manatee playlist that has been created for this topic. Enjoy!

Baby Manatee Feeding


Meet Snooty the Manatee


Ocean Stories 2 - Manatees and Molas


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Magic Square Puzzles

Magic Square Puzzle
The Magic Square Blog - This blog is dedicated to informing people about Magic Square puzzles.

Math Is Fun: Magic Square Game - Play a game of Magic Square on line.

Wolfram MathWorld: Magic Square - Site explains how Magic Square Puzzles work, mathematically.

SoftSchools: Magic Square - Solve puzzles with 3x3, 4x4, & 5x5 grid puzzles.

Transum: Magic Square Puzzle - Solve a 3x3 Magic Square Puzzles and other puzzles.

Learn With Math Games: Magic Square Puzzle - Learn how to solve puzzles and print them out.

Magic Square Tutorial


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The Science of Light

This is a fountain, lit at night, in
Square of Europe, Moscow,
What is Light? - Understanding light and the eye.

Explain That Stuff: Light - History, how light works and much more.

Scholastic Activity: Rainbow Activities - Magic School Bus Activity with color.

Sciencing: Light Spectrum Explained for Kids - Article explains what light is. Light experiments can be found to the right of the main article in 'Related Content'. 

How Stuff Works: Light - Learn how light works.

Classroom: How to Use a Prism for Middle School Labs

Wikipedia: Light & Lighting - Various types of lighting.


Videos, such as the following, can be found here on the YouTube playlist created for this subject.

 


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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver
Inventions: Inventor's Resources: George Washington Carver's Inventions - Site offers a little bit of information about Carver's inventions.

National Parks Service: George Washington Carver - Museum Exhibit

Tuskegee University: George Washington Carver - Find out about Carver's experiments and other some of the things he made with peanuts and sweet potatoes. Selected recipes can be found here.

About: Inventors: George Washington Carver - Site offers information about Carver's life and a short video.

Famous Missourians: George Washington Carver - Info about GWC.

Danielles Place: George Washington Carver
Craft, game ideas, and information.

Field Museum: George Washington Carver - Scroll down to access an Exhibition website, a downloadable pdf Carver Factsheet. You can also download an educator's guide here

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Activities, Foods, & Resources for February


Births

Feb 7: Charles Dickens Born 1812 - Learn about the author of many well known books.

Feb 15: Susan B Anthony Born 1820
Women's Suffrage Research Resource - Susan B. Anthony is well known for her role in the suffrage movement in America.

Holidays

Feb 14: Valentine's Day - Over 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sent in the U.S. each year! Make one of your own with the designs suggested in this post.

Fifteen Day Celebration: Chinese New Year - Celebrate the Chinese New Year with fun, cultural activities: Tangrams, Zodiac symbols, crafts, coloring pages and more. 


Seasonal Foods & Food Related Days

Feb 3: Bubble Gum Day - Learn about the history of bubble gum and do some experiments.

Feb 8: Bake Pizza Week Begins also Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
Feb 9 Happy Chocolate Day & Pizza Pie Day
Chocolate Activities - Learn about the history of chocolate, make an old fashioned chocolate egg cream, print chocolate puzzles and get links to other resources.
Pizza Project - 
Pizza history, recipes, games, and activities.


Feb 17: World Cabbage Day
Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, a recipe for homemade coleslaw, and links to cabbage information.

Feb. 22 Cook a Sweet Potato Day
Sweet Potato Resources - Sweet potato resources include: Nutrition facts, educational info and recipes.

Feb 27: Strawberry Day
Strawberry Craze - This strawberry research project includes links to other strawberries posts on Fran's World, and to informative sites.

Bean Resource Page - Nutritional information, types of beans, experiments and more.

Oranges - General and nutritional information, diseases, educational resources, ideas for orange peels and videos.


More Days To Celebrate

Feb 3: Feed the Birds Day
Bird Watching Activities Bird watching activities, bird treat ideas, and links to bird-related activities and information.

Feb 14: Library Lover's Day
7 Ways Your Library Saves You Money - Tips for using your library to save money.

Feb 20: Love Your Pet Day
Homemade Treats & Toys for Pets - Treat and toy ideas for dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits.


If you're interested in more holidays, birthdays, events, fun food days and other unique days, please check out the long list of February Special Days on Still Learning Something New.


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Heart Activities

Make an origami heart:


A variety of origami hearts can be found here including 3-D hearts and flat hearts.

WikiHow has illustrated video instructions on how to make a flat origami heart.

Learn how to make an origami heart with this YouTube video or a heart shaped box with this one.

Tip: Some of the flat origami hearts will allow you to slip a little message inside.

Heart related activities:

Enchanted Learning has a bunch of Valentine's Day activities with hearts here. You will find: Cards, wreaths, mobiles, chains and more.

What kind of animals can be made with hearts? Check out on DLTK's Heart Animal Paper Craft where you will find ways to make: Dogs, elephants, cats, fish, frogs and more from hearts. This site has printable templates.

Heart related activities can be found here on Fran's World of Discovery such as: Pin prick cards, cut out hearts, decorated hearts and more.

Learn how to make a heart with a twist balloon! The YouTube video provided will show you how.

Related activities on Fran's World:

Chocolate Activities - Learn the history of chocolate and make some yummy things with chocolate.
Valentine's Day - Learn the history of Valentines Day and make some fun crafts that relate to the holiday.


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