Hi! It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
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:
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: http://www.biokids.umich.edu/. 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.