Emergency Preparedness Resources

It's a good idea to be prepared in case of an emergency, this includes blackouts, hurricanes, tropical storms, typhoons, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, snowstorms and other events. 

We live in an area that gets a lot of unpredictable weather, and after a week without power and water a few years ago, we now make sure we are even more prepared from year to year. 

Having a first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, plenty of water for everyone, including pets, and batteries and a light source are an absolute must, but what are some of the other things you'll need to be prepared in the event of an emergency? 

You will learn what your family's needs are beyond the basics from event to event, but here are a few things we've learned to have handy.

Sharing Your Knowledge With Others

You've come to the point in your learning journey where you're ready to begin sharing all the interesting information you've been learning about. Sharing is one of the most wonderful and beneficial parts of the journey, and can be done a lot of different ways. As a matter of fact, you may only be limited by your imagination!
Here are just a few of the many ways you can share what you're learning with others:

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Woodpeckers - Links to sites with information about woodpeckers.

Dolphins - Dolphin resources for all ages. Links to lesson plans, anatomy information, videos and more.

Tomatoes Links and videos about tomato anatomy, history and cultivation, how to grow tomatoes, and harvest seeds.

Create A Comic - Create a comic of your own, links to some famous comics, comic history, and printable pages.


Wildflower Identification

My Wildflowers.com: Wildflower Identification
This site allows you to enter information to help identify wildflowers.

Discovery Life: Wildflowers
Site allows you to enter information to help identify wildflowers by state.

DIY Story Cubes

Offers instructions for making your own set of story cubes.

Download to print pages.
To play, draw a simple picture in each square, then fold and tape together. Make 9 cubes this way.
Roll the cubes and tell a story based on the pictures.


Draw a Star Inside a Circle


Seasonal Foods

Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, and links to cabbage information.

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

Strawberries - Strawberry research project includes links to other strawberries posts on Fran's World and to other informative sites.


Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potato resources, including nutrition facts, educational info and recipes.

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Documenting Your Personal Learning Journey

You've decided on a topic, designed your own study, and found great learning resources. Sometimes being able to take all the information in is satisfying enough. There are other times when you may want to begin documenting what you're learning, the resources you used, the places you went, and where and how you learned what you know. You may also want to have a place to store your questions, knowledge, thoughts, and designs. There are a lot of enjoyable and creative ways to do that. 

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:


Woodpeckers

Black-rumped Flameback
Wikipedia: Woodpecker - General characteristics, distribution, habitat and movements, behavior: diet and feeding, breeding, and systematic evolution.

All About Birds: Woodpeckers and Allies - Site includes the following info - A variety of woodpeckers, their identification, life history, and a sample of the sounds they make. Some videos have been included for some of the woodpeckers as well.

Defenders:  Woodpeckers: Basic Facts - Info includes - Diet, population, range, behavior, reproduction, and protection status.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Article: 
Woodpecker Images in the Late Prehistoric Southeast

Fran's World Of Discovery: Bird Watching Activities - Offers a variety of ideas for bringing birds to your yard.



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Finding Informative Learning Resources


If you're planning to design a personalized, one-of-a-kind study, you are going to need informative resources, and ways to gain the greatest understanding possible about your chosen topic. When you're learning in ways that best suit your needs, the options are almost limitless!

Here's a list of some of the resources you can use to design your study.

Tomatoes

GeoChemBio: Tomato fruit
Pictures and information about the anatomy of a tomato. 

Virtual Crops: Tomato Anatomy Atlas
Click on the part you want to learn about.

Wikipedia: Tomato
History, cultivation, consumption, botanical description and more.

Rutgers: Tomato Varieties
An A-Z list of the types of tomatoes that can be grown. Click on a name for information, the words with a camera have pictures.



Videos




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Design Your Own One-Of-A-Kind Study

You're really passionate about a certain topic and want to learn all you can about it. You know you can do it on your own, but you're not sure where to begin.

Any topic can be turned into a one-of-a-kind study designed to fit your personal needs. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your way:

Don't Let A Great Site Slip Away!

You've come across a great site that you want to spend some time looking through, but as luck would have it, you don't have time to check it out as fully as you'd like right then and there. 

Here are some ways you can quickly hold on to the little informational treasures you find, so they can be enjoyed later on:

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Leonardo da Vinci - Informative resources about a "Renaissance Man".

Frogfish - Links and videos to learn about this unusual creature.

Clouds Resource Page - Includes: Information about cloud identification and types. Links and videos.

BugGuide.net - Bug identification site.

Artists Helping Children: Book Making - Instructions and links for making your own book.

Fun Stuff To Do: 3-D Shapes - Printable pages.


Seasonal Foods

Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, and links to cabbage information.

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

Strawberries - Strawberry research project includes links to other strawberries posts on Fran's World and to other informative sites.


Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potato resources, including nutrition facts, educational info and recipes.


Connect with Fran's World of Discovery!

Note: If this or another activity on Fran's World of Discovery has inspired you in a positive way, or you have featured this activity in a blog post, please comment and link back to where the post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about it! 
Thank you!