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Buggin' Out
Category: Science
Tags: bug insect insect identification pictures of bugs insects for kids

 

For budding entomolgists and nature detectives, these free insect investigations help take the learning outside: 

Field Guides: Essential for comparing illustrations with actual crawlies and flying beasties discovered, and for learning fast facts. Here are a couple you can download for free: 

  • Orkin Guide: Has color photos and basic information on common insects, like bees, wasps, mosquitoes, flies, ants, etc. 24 pages.
  • EPA Bug Book: This more comprehensive garden guide contains pictures and information on good and bad bugs, bug control tips, homemade bugspray recipes, and plants that attract good bugs. 52 pages.

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Field Studies:

Basic Insect Observation Worksheet

Cricket StudiesResources for capturing, keeping, and studying crickets, with data worksheets, ideas for experiments, and sample two-week lesson plan.

All About Cells
Category: Science
Tags: cell function cell pictures cell biology cell organelles cell kids science science websites life sciences

If you're doing life science with your middle schoolers this year, these sites can help:

Science-Class.netMany free science resources for elementary and middle-school grades. The section on cells features activities and labs, slideshows, games and quizzes, and links to interactives and other resources. 

 

Biology CornerAnother site with many lesson plans, worksheets and activities focusing on anatomy, biology and physics. The section on cells features lab activities, study guides, and interactive lessons.

Virtual Cell Tour: An interactive that explains parts of animal and plant cells.

Cells AliveInteractive illustrations of animal, plant and bacteria cells. View the site's BioCams to see cells growing. Downloadable worksheets are also available.

Cell Biology Slideshow: 242 slides

Chapter on Cells24 pages

Making Cell Models: Links to instructions for making cell models using all kinds of materials, including clay, Karo syrupjello, and more jello

Cell Download: Instructional slides from a teacher's site featuring information on cell theory, cell cycle, cellular respiration, cell similarities, cell structure and function.

Online Cell Games

CellCraft: Learn about how a cell functions while helping it survive in hostile environments.


Astronauts and Spacesuits
Category: Science
Tags: astronaut how to be an astronaut space suit spacesuit astronaut suit international space station iss outer space

Spacesuits are becoming decidedly less clunky, as illustrated by the futuristic-looking SpaceX suits sported by NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley. Way cool.

Here are some free resources to learn about the different types of spacesuits and how they've evolved over the years.

How to Dress for SpaceExplore 5 iconic spacesuits in 3D.

Interactive Spacesuit Experience: Slideshow describes spacesuit function and design, and includes a "clickable" spacesuit.

Space Exploration Mini-Unit: Seven lessons, with articles and videos, beginning with how to become an astronaut, and culminating in the future of space exploration.

 

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Train Like an Astronaut: Combine learning about the requirements of space exploration with physical fitness. This site offers videos and free activity guides that explain how exercise and proper nutrition help astronauts maintain and improve important aspects of fitness such as physical strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, balance and coordination.

 

 

Astronaut VideosSee how astronauts eat, sleep, brush their teeth and do other tasks aboard the International Space Station.

 

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