Life Sciences

Journey North
Through this Web site, your students can participate in an exploration of seasonal changes and how they affect wildlife. Your class can help track the migration of birds and animals, or report on the appearance of tulips in the spring. Lesson plans and other classroom resources are also provided.

Your students are zookeepers, and a Siberian tiger is on his way to their zoo. It's their job to prepare a home for him. Along the way, they'll learn what tigers need to keep them safe, healthy, and happy.

Explore the World of Microbes from Bacteria to Viruses and Fungi
The American Society for Microbiology invites your students to become detectives on the trail of the secrets of microbes. An upbeat approach and colorful illustrations evoke insights into microbes' invisible world.

Using Live Insects Home
This excellent resource gives you the background you need to set up some exciting science activities. Twenty lesson plans outline ways to use bugs in the elementary classroom. Fact sheets give you and your students information about your insect guests.

Insects on the Web
This Web site is an “entomological database of very cool bugs.” Check out intricate designs on different butterfly wings, fantastic close-up pictures of a wide range of interesting insects, and cool facts about rare bugs. This site is very well designed, and the graphics are amazing.

Dinosaur data files (The Natural History Museum, London)
The Natural History Museum, London, has created dinosaur data files designed to be printed out and photocopied for educational use in the classroom or at home. Also included are suggestions for classroom activities and a spreadsheet file, in Excel format, containing much of the data in these data files for further classroom work.

DLC-ME | The Microbe Zoo
We can't see them, but they're all around us. Take your students to an unusual amusement park—one that features microbes as the main attraction.

African Primates at Home
This site shows you photographs of these primates, taken in their jungle habitats. You'll find out where the primates live, what they eat, how they walk, and where they sleep. And, best of all, you will also hear recordings of monkey screams, roars, and chirps.

Gulf of Maine Aquarium: All About Turtles
All About Turtles also presents two fascinating turtle stories and information about turtle bodies. You can find out neat facts about how a turtle defends itself. This Web site even gives you instructions on how to make your own turtle puppet!

Ancient Bristlecone Pine
Learn about the discovery of these ancient bristlecone pines and how, as the oldest living things on earth, their growth rings reveal changes in the earth's environment. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine is a valuable resource for teaching us why we must preserve America's natural treasures.

The Bear Den—All About Bears
The Bear Den tells the story of bear evolution. Sharing common ancestors with present-day carnivores like dogs, raccoons and cats, bears are some of the most adaptable and successful mammals on the planet.

Classifying Critters
This Cool Science Web site offers science activities, such as preparing “plant parts” salad, or making your own butterfly that emerges from a chrysalis. Try each one.

Gold Seal—Wild Salmon Spotlight
The Canadian Fishing Company's BC Salmon Page shows awesome photographs of salmon eggs and salmon on the breeding grounds. You'll also read about the lives, migration and feeding habits of the four types of Pacific salmon: the pink, chum, chinook and sockeye.

Kid Territory
The world-famous San Diego Zoo has one of the most diverse collections of animals in the world. Visit these animals at the San Diego Zoo Web site while you learn about the zoo's ongoing efforts to ensure the preservation of endangered species. Send postcards with pictures of the zoo animals to your friends. You can also play one of several games on this Web site. Don't forget to check out the live Panda Cam!