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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.

Free Online Books:†

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Field Studies:

Basic Insect Observation Worksheet

Cricket Studies:†Resources 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.net:†Many 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 Corner:†Another 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 Alive:†Interactive 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 Cells:†24 pages

Making Cell Models:†Links to instructions for making cell models using all kinds of materials, including clay, Karo syrup,†jello, 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.


Science In Your Garden
Category: Science
Tags: science for kids garden earth science life science

If youíre looking for some hands-on activities to study earth and life science, head out to a garden. Itís a living lab that affords all kinds of opportunities to observe science concepts in the natural world, such as:

  • interdependence in an environment

  • life cycles and changes

  • adaptations and biodiversity

  • human impact on the environment.

While in the field, kids get a chance to be the scientists by asking questions, making observations, and coming up with explanations for what they see based on evidence. They can define problems they may encounter in a garden (eg. a plant-damaging pest), and gather additional information to brainstorm solutions.

For an idea of the kinds of investigations that can be done in a garden, visit Nature Works Everywhere, which provides a variety of video lessons and activity guides for topics such as:

The site also has several How-To Garden Videos.

Here are some free garden exploration units for grades 1 - 4. Each unit - Pondering Plants, Soil Stories, Garden Pollinators, and Garden Habitats - includes six lessons.

Additional free resources:

Here are some more ideas from KidsGardening.

Free Readers

chapter on dirt:

(Get the full Dirtmeister's book here).

For Middle and High School Grades

Learn about diversity by tallying how many different species live in your neighborhood.†

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