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View Resource NatureWorks

Developed by New Hampshire Public Television and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, NatureWorks offers teachers an excellent resource for biologically related subjects geared for students grades 3-6. Sixteen topics are included, ranging from species diversity to fresh water communities. Each subject has a one page description for students to read and a short quiz for them to take. A teacher's...

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/
View Resource Ask the S.K. Worm!

A product of the National Resource Conservation Service and the US Department of Agriculture, the Ask the Answer Worm Web site gives teachers a great resource to teach young students about the importance of soil as a natural resource. S.K. Worm answers thirteen important questions related to soil conservation, such as "How does water stay in the soil?" and "Why do plants like soil?" Each concise...

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/ne...
View Resource Rader's Biology4Kids

This appealing site by Kapili.com has recently undergone some major changes, including updated content and its own URL. With lots of information and neat photos, this is a great site to learn about how to study and classify life forms, ranging from cells and microbes to plants and animals. Visitors can be guided through the site tour, browse, or search for specific topics. Even though there is...

http://www.biology4kids.com/
View Resource Your Genome

This Web siteby the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute provides information about genome science for various levels of awareness. Although the advanced section is not yet complete, the beginner and intermediate touch on genes, DNA, RNA, and the Human Genome Project. If your curiosity is not satisfied by the Web site, there is a form for submitting questions directly to the Sanger Institute. Two nice...

https://www.yourgenome.org/
View Resource Bucket Buddies

The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) has developed this online project to allow students around the world to compare the organisms found in water samples they collect from local ponds. This year's project will run from March 15 - June 1. Classes will develop a hypothesis, collect data to be shared with other participants, analyze the shared data, and complete a final...

http://ciese.org/curriculum/bucketproj/
View Resource Microbe Zoo

The Microbe Zoo is a product of the Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology (DLC-ME), a collaboration between Comm Tech Lab and Michigan State University to make tools for learning about microscopic organisms more readily available to students and teachers. This Web site is a fun way to learn about these communities of microbes, where they live, and how they help support life on earth....

http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo/
View Resource Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination

This Web site is just one of the many lesson plan categories available through the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. Designed for grades 3-8, three pollination lesson plans are available for online viewing or .pdf download, along with a page of further teaching resources. Objectives include identifying the parts of a flower, describing the complimentary relationships between...

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/p...
View Resource Everglades National Park: Curriculum Materials

This educational resource from the Everglades National Park provides a variety of activities for grades K-6. Covering a wide variety of life science subjects, lesson plans include habitat, food chains, biodiversity, and more. A geography lesson is included, but is most applicable for those living in Florida. There are lots of additional teacher resources for honing up on Everglades-related topics,...

https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/education/curriculummaterials...
View Resource Growth Stages 2: Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence

These lesson plans from Science NetLinks form a two-part series designed to introduce students (grades 3-5) to human growth and development from infancy through puberty. Each lesson contains detailed background information, discussion questions, and other resources that help students learn about the "key physical stages or milestones, which are research and science-supported indicators that help...

http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/growth-stages-2-middle-ch...
View Resource Exploratorium: Traits of Life

Designed to complement the redesigned Traits of Life exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, this fine site allows visitors to view a photo gallery of the new exhibit, investigate some provocative online exhibits, and explore a host of links that are germane to the nature of biology. The exhibits constitute the core of the material available at the site, and are divided into four thematic...

https://www.exploratorium.edu/traits/index.html