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  1. 3-D Brain Anatomy: The Secret Life of the Brain - take a three dimensional tour of the brain This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. American Museum of Natural History (site map)
  3. Anatomy of the Eye - click on the name of the parts in the animation to learn more about the eye
  4. Animal Diversity Web maintained by The University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology. A rich source of information about Mammals , Birds , Amphibians and Reptiles , Sharks , Bony Fishes , Mollusks , Arthropods , and Echinoderms . Be sure to check out their page of frog calls . This resource includes voice instructions for students
  5. Animal Links from the National Aquarium in Baltimore provides links to six separate areas. Be sure to check out the Species section and the Venom Striking Beauties. There is a lot of good information here.
  6. Animal Skull Collection - organized into six categories; mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish/shark, & crustacean - presented by DeLoy Roberts, biology teacher at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho
  7. Animations from Virtual Cell - By working through the still images and movies included for each topic, viewers can easily choose between either studying a specific step from one of the processes or taking a more immersive look at the process in it's entirety. A video is available through this link
  8. Autumn Leaf Color - An answer to the question ‘why do leaves change color in the fall?’
  9. Biology - overview from Wikipedia
  10. Biology Lessons for Prospective and Practicing Teachers from San Diego State University.
  11. Biosciences - a rich source of resources related to the biological sciences.
  12. Botany online - The Internet Hypertextbook
  13. Brain Exploration - Explore the Brain and Spinal Cord. Many interesting links for middle, high school students.
  14. Brain Images of normal and diseased brains can be found at the Whole Brain Atlas.
  15. Build a Fish - Build a Fish by choosing a body, mouth, and color/pattern, and then release it into the reef! In the process you will learn about adaptations that help the fish survive in their environment. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  16. Cells Alive offers some interesting microscopic views of cells and some great teaching on a wide range of topics; from how HIV viruses travel to the anatomy of a splinter.
  17. Changing World Lessons from USGS
    1. Exploring Caves - K-3 A lesson plan can be found at this site
    2. Mud Fossils - K-3 A lesson plan can be found at this site
    3. Global Change - 4-6 A lesson plan can be found at this site
    4. Land and People: Finding a Balance - 7-12 A lesson plan can be found at this site An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  18. ChickScope -Embryology: The 21-day Chick Lifecycle. How does an egg develop from the time it is laid to the time it hatches? Come explore with us the fascinating 21-day life cycle of the embryological chick
  19. Conservation Investigation: Seahorses - You are a reporter for an international newspaper assigned to investigate the sea horse situation. You can travel to the Philippines and see seahorses and their habitat, interview local people, scientists, fishermen, traders, medicine users, and do library research for documents and statistics. Then write a balanced editorial that takes a point of view, respectfully and accurately represents the opposing or alternative attitudes. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  20. Cool Microbiology - a selection of pictures and interesting web links related to microbiology
  21. Cool Science for Curious Kids - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute picked some of the best museum activities and adapted them for the Web. The result is this simple site for kids in kindergarten through second or third grade. Kids explore animals, dust, butterflies, and more.
  22. Disease Outbreak News - from the World Health Organization
  23. Dissection
    1. Anatomically Correct: On-line Cat Dissection - dissect a cat, learn about multiple features of its anatomy, and then test your skills on the material you learned
    2. Cockroach Dissection - step-by-step videos A video is available through this link
    3. The Cow's Eye Dissection is one of the most popular demonstrations at the Exploratorium. Go to their Hands-On Activities index see other Exploratorium exhibits.
    4. Crayfish Review - Participate in the virtual dissection of a crayfish. includes labeled close-up photographs
    5. Earthworm Review - includes labeled close-up photographs
    6. Fetal Pig Dissection - designed to provide an alternative exercise for students
    7. Frog Dissection Demo - only a demo, but wow is it good!
    8. Net Frog - learn about human anatomy through an online frog dissection
    9. Owl Pellet Dissection - several versions are available
    10. Sheep Brain Dissection - the anatomy of memory
    11. Virtual Frog Dissection Kit - You can interactively dissect a (digitized) frog named Fluffy, make movies, and play the Virtual Frog Builder Game.
  24. Dragon Genetics - This activity explores the relationship between genotype and phenotype, using both sex-linked and autosomal dominant and recessive traits. By manipulating alleles (genotype), you create corresponding changes in the dragon's physical appearance (phenotype). This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  25. Earth’s Biomes - This 3D simulation lets you take part in an around-the-world scientific expedition researching Earth's biomes This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  26. Ecology Games - Quia game - ecology vocabulary
  27. Ecology Games - Quia quiz; Review introductory Ecology vocabulary
  28. Ecology Games - games about the Ecology that provide learning through the fun of game play
  29. Ecology and Pests - games about insects; especially for those in third through fifth grade
  30. The Electronic Zoo offers links to Internet Resources for most animals.
  31. A PowerPoint show related to this standard Extract Your Own DNA - You can see your own DNA with the unaided eye. Using this simple PowerPoint, your students will learn how to extract and view their own DNA. (easy-to-follow instructions for a great, hands-on learning experience)
  32. Evolution: Theory and History - including journey into the world of phylogenetic systematics.
  33. The Four Lobes of the Brain - Make a brain by clicking, dragging and dropping each of the four lobes of the brain. Click on the arrow when you are finished to see if you put the brain together correctly.
  34. Genetic Science Learning Center - Classroom Activities Index several great interactives
  35. Genetics - This web site is a subject catalog covering genetics in the biosciences
  36. Genetics Education Center - for educators interested in human genetics and the human genome project
  37. Genetics Web Lab Directory - fourteen interactive labs - let your cursor hover over a topic to see a preview This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  38. Guide to Animal Sounds on the Net . The Guide presents a large list of links and even a suggestion on how to search for animal sounds. This resource includes voice instructions for students
  39. The Heart: an Online Exploration - Explore the heart. Discover the complexities of its development and structure. Follow the blood through the blood vessels. Wander through the web-like body systems. Learn how to have a healthy heart and how to monitor your heart's health. Look back at the history of heart science.
  40. Heart and Circulation - 6 sections (and a quiz) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  41. Heart Transplant from NOVA - How to transplant a heart in nineteen easy steps.
  42. Heart Videos - Habits of the Heart has several short videos from three categories; coronary bypass, heart replacement, and angiocardiography A video is available through this link
  43. How Big is a ... - This is a great animation from Cells Alive. Click on the magnification arrow to gradually zoom in on items that are on the head of a pin. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  44. Human Anatomy On-Line: fun, interactive and educational views of the human body. You may also find useful information at The Visible Human Project
  45. Human eye - the organization of the retina and visual system
  46. Human Genome Project Information - Explore this site for information about the U.S. and worldwide Human Genome Project.
  47. In The Wild spotlights some of the world's vanishing and extinct species.
  48. Interactive Exercises -
  49. Interactive Games - several activities from the National Institute of General Medical Science allow you to test your Science IQ This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  50. Kimball's Biology Pages - the pages represent an online biology textbook
  51. Leaf and tree identification fact sheets - over 300 different tree species
  52. Leaves - Why they change color ( another discussion of leaf color )
  53. Living in Space - design a space station
  54. Living Things - Exploring individuals, families, neighborhoods and the circle of life.
  55. Microbes.info offers information, links, and news related to microbes - Check out this good starting point for finding information concerning Microbiology.
  56. Mitosis
    1. Animal Cell Mitosis - animation which demonstrates the stages of mitosis in an animal cell
    2. Interactive Mitosis Tutorial
    3. Mitosis - the dance of the chromosomes
    4. Mitosis movie - in cartoon format A video is available through this link
  57. Natural History Reference Sources - lists of links to plans and animal sources on the web. When you have time look through this list to find some jewels.
  58. Neuroscience for Kids - The smell of a flower - The memory of a walk in the park - The pain of stepping on a nail. These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in our heads...the BRAIN!! Explore their activities to learn more about this part of you.
  59. The Nocturnal Eye - What appears as pitch black to a human may be dim light to a nocturnal animal. The reason lies in the structure of the eye itself.
  60. NOVA - an index to previous NOVA exhibits on the subject Nature
  61. On-Line Biology Book - Caution! This site has outdated links, however there are excellent illustrations here. [almost two dozen of the chapters have been revised recently - perhaps the trend will continue]
  62. Pheromone Trails - This is a real-time 3D simulation that demonstrates how ants use pheromones to communicate. The student is able to interact with the simulation's artificial intelligence and environment to see how the ants will react to changes in their environment. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  63. The Phylogeny of Life - The ancestor/descendant relationships which connect all organisms that have ever lived.
  64. Plant and Animal Cells - This real-time 3D model allows the user to inspect the structures of both plant and animal cells. The student is able to explore the entire cell from any angle as well as drill down to individual organelles of the cell for more information and a better view. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  65. Plants of Hawaii - A collection of 6000+ copyright-free high-resolution images for 900+ plant taxa.
  66. Pond Life - a collection of digital movies to allow students to observe the activities of microscopic organisms taken from a typical North Florida pond A video is available through this link
  67. Scanning Electron Microscope - How it works, an image library, and Internet links.
  68. Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World is an excellent set of short in-depth discussions about how these three senses function. The site is a report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  69. Shuttle/Mir Seed Germination Activity - from NASA Quest (Grade Levels: K-8)
  70. Squish the Fish - [ K-2 ] Help Squish travel out across the reef to find his lunch. He needs to find friends who will help him hide from his nemesis, Big Tooth Blob. Learn about shape, color, and behavioral adaptations for survival. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  71. Tech Topics: Cardiovascular System - interactive Flash movie about the cardiovascular system divided into five topics A video is available through this link
  72. Tech Topics: Genetics - interactive Flash movie about the genetics divided into five topics (including cloning) A video is available through this link
  73. Then and Now - A Science Odyssey takes you on a journey through the most spectacular 100 years in the history of science and technology.
    1. Matters of Life and Death; Medicine and Health
    2. In Search of Ourselves; Human Behavior
    3. Origins; Earth and Life Sciences
  74. This View of Life - a beginner's guide to the science of evolution
  75. Virtual Autopsy on a preserved 500-year old Inca sacrifice
  76. Virus Information can be found at Bugs in the News.
  77. The Visible Human Project - Start with this page for a guided tour of the Visible Human project. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  78. Wildflower Identification Guide - organized by color
  79. Whose Eye is it Anyway? - click on an eye to discover the owner
  80. Wild Flower Identification Tools - an easier way to identify wildflowers
  81. Wildflower Key - Select one item from every list, then click "GO" to jump to the Category Index and see the plants that match the Characteristics you entered.
  82. Wildflowers
  83. The World of Trees : A Canadian site, available in English or French, with everything you want to know about trees. Using icons at the bottom of the screen you can find a Teacher's Room listing objectives and suggested activities. You can also find a Student's Corner which will help students organize their work in one of four units.
  84. Zoo Matchmaker - The Minnesota Zoo asks you to oversee a captive breeding program to either build genetic diversity or provide disease protection in a tiger population. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data


  1. African Primates at Home - Five monkeys, a gorilla and a chimp are featured here. Brief information is given, and a sound file is available for most. This resource includes voice instructions for students
  2. Animal Information database is a site developed by Sea World and Busch Gardens. You can get quick facts about many different animals or you can follow links to give more detailed information.
  3. Animal Resources compiled by edHelper.com
  4. Animals - Elementary Science page at Internet4Classrooms
  5. Arctic Animals from Enchanted Learning
  6. Arctic Wildlife Portfolio
  7. Antelopes to Zebras - Fact sheets about the animals found at the Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Oregon.
  8. Bats - Take a Quiz or follow links to find out more about these mammals. This site is posted by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkley. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Bats a Thematic Resource - find information about bats
  10. Bear - The mission of the North American Bear Center is to enhance the understanding of the general public of the habits, needs and environment of bears in North America.
  11. Bird Links posted by the National Audubon Society
  12. Birds - The Life of Birds from PBS
  13. Birds: Online Bird Guide from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A dynamic online guide for bird species identifications and in-depth information, including sounds, video, and distribution maps.
  14. Bird Sounds - free backyard bird sounds to download and use This resource includes voice instructions for students
  15. Butterflies
    1. Butterflies - from Enchanted Learning
    2. Butterflies of Hawaii
    3. Butterflies of Japan
    4. Butterflies of North America - a searchable database of butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico
    5. Butterfly Garden - A butterfly garden, large or small, can attract butterflies to your back yard. Here are some tips for creating your own garden
    6. The Butterfly Web Site - Learn more about the fascinating world of butterflies.
  16. Cats: Plans for Perfection - A National Geographic location
  17. Critter Guide - search for fun facts about animals (from PBS)
  18. Dog Breeds - Information on 100 breeds, ranging from the world's smallest breed (the Chihuahua) to the tallest (the Irish Wolfhound).
  19. Fish Features - An interactive unit for second and third grade sheltered students.
  20. Frogs
    1. Alien Caribbean Frogs in Hawaii - this site also has frog calls online (several recordings of E. coqui calls) This resource includes voice instructions for students
    2. Animal Diversity Web page of frog calls . This resource includes voice instructions for students
    3. Calls of the Frogs and Toads of Texas This resource includes voice instructions for students
    4. Frogs: The Amazing, Adaptable Frog from the Exploratorium
    5. Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - from the American Museum of Natural History
    6. Frogs and Toads in Color and Sound This resource includes voice instructions for students
    7. Frogs for Kids - Here's lots of stuff about frogs! You can see pictures of frogs, find out what kinds of frogs live in Minnesota, hear what their calls sound like, print out pages to color and learn lots about frogs! This resource includes voice instructions for students
    8. Manitoba Frog and Toad Calls This resource includes voice instructions for students
  21. Gremlins: Faces in the Forest - Go to the forests of the Amazon to see marmosets and tamarins, the world's smallest monkeys.
  22. Grizzlies of Siberia: Walking with Giants - A PBS site
  23. Horse - The Museum of the Horse:
  24. Insectclopedia - An encyclopedia of insects.
  25. Night Creatures of the Kalahari - Nova online
  26. Organisms of Hawaii - Links to images of organisms of Hawaii on the internet
  27. Punxsutawney Phil - Exactly how did a groundhog start predicting the weather?
  28. Raccoons on the World Wide Web
  29. Sea Dwellers from the Secrets of the Ocean Realm (from PBS) - your chance to get up close and personal with some of the most fearsome and fascinating creatures that roam the ocean's depths
  30. Tiger Information Center - all about tigers
  31. Wildlife Fact Sheets posted by Texas Parks and Wildlife
  32. How Wolves Communicate This resource includes voice instructions for students

Rain forest links

  1. Amazon Interactive allows you to explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities. Learn about the rain forest and the Quichua people who call it home. Discover the ways in which the Quichua live off the land. Then try your hand at running a community-based ecotourism project along the Río Napo.
  2. tqtime=0222" TARGET="_blank"> Amazon Life - learning ecology through Amazon Rain forest
  3. BRAIN : Brisbane Rain forest Action & Information Network was established in 1995 as a bush care group sponsored by the Brisbane City Council in Queensland, Australia. The focus of the group is active rain forest regeneration and rehabilitation at a number of sites around Brisbane.
  4. Reader's Digest presents Manu: Peru's Hidden Rain forest . After you take the tour be sure to take the quiz to see how much you know about the rain forest.
  5. Nature's Crumbling Cathedral : The Tropical Rain forest
  6. Rain forest Action Network includes some very helpful links such as Kids' Corner, What you can do, and Rain forest Information
  7. Rainforest Biome : Almost anything you want to know about plants in rainforests.
  8. Rain forests: Diversity and Destruction
  9. Rain forest Resources posted by the Rain forest Alliance.

Zoos & Museums

  1. American Museum of Natural History (site map)
  2. Dallas Zoo - the largest zoological experience in Texas
  3. Electronic Zoo - Links to many species
  4. Pittsburgh Zoo - Find out where penguins live, what a Komodo dragon likes to eat, or how the spectacled bear got its name among other things.
  5. ZooNet for Kids

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