I wanted to show you the Africam in case you hadn't seen it. It is a site with live safari cameras 24/7. You can chose one camera, or watch them all. I love introducing it when we talk about letter "Aa."
Here is a Youtube video of some highlights from Africam:
You know how that first snow flake brings your classroom to a s c r e e c h i n g halt as the children flock to the window? Well, it doesn't take much to excite us. The thought of seeing an animal keeps us going. It also seems to keep the classroom a little quieter at free choice time, with that peaceful watering hole there, just waiting for some visitors.
The site has videos of animals that have been seen on the cameras that you can share with your children, too.
I think the time difference is about six hours ahead of our time in NY, and the animals are most active early in the morning (between 6 and 9 AM) so "school time" isn't the most ideal for seeing activity- but you can see some! It's fun and peaceful to have up on the Smartboard , anyway. Sometimes at home I can see some animals on the cameras late at night if I
Another great site to remember is Kids Biology , especially for teaching non-fiction units.
Here is a screen shot just to show you. You click on any animal in the database and get a photograph and little description of any animal you want.
And, of course, I couldn't leave this post without this little joke from "The Diary of a Pre-school Teacher" that fits right in:
My five-year old students are learning to read. Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said, “Look at this! It’s a frickin’ elephant!”
I took a deep breath, then asked…”What did you call it?”
“It’s a frickin’ elephant! It says so on the picture!”
And so it does…
A F R I C A N ELEPHANT
Have a wonderful week!