Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 10th, 2016 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

(animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Resources for grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology sponsors this amazing searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals that is also a science tool and virtual museum!

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a featured animal such as “Insects.” Click on the black arrows on either side of the photo to see the phyla represented including: 

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Mollusks
  • Reptiles

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with an introduction, and a menu on the right side of the page that allows you to explore: 

  • Pictures – See terrific photos of the creatures in this category. Click on any small picture to see an enlarged version.
  • Specimens – See photos of specimen collections by zoologists.
  • Classification – Explore the scientific names of animals including kingdom, phylum, and class. In some instances you can listen to the sound a creature makes, and see a map of its habitat. 

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Use the menu located on the left side of each page to explore:

  • Teaching Resources – This section offers special resources for K-12 and college educators including a MUST SEE parallel site called “BioKIDS” that contains curriculum for 5th and 6th graders. Here’s the direct link. There are additional links to resources especially for kids and teachers. You’ll also find a sample high school worksheet for learning about mammals, and some critical thinking exercises so your students “won’t believe everything they read on the Web.”
  • Special Collections – This section includes: 
    • Mammal Anatomy – provides detailed information about every aspect of animal anatomy.
    • Spinning Skulls – view QuickTime movies and close-up images of mammal skulls.
    • Frog Calls – listen to an array of frog calls used to attract mates and express distress.

Bookmark this site to return often.

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