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Life Science Resources

Free Native Plant Habitat Resources
http://www.wnps.org/education/resources/middleschool.html
Creating a native plant habitat garden or restoration project provides countless opportunities for learning.  This guide from the Washington Native Plant Society provides student checklists, forms, activities, a school-year flow chart outlining integration of curricular materials, and how-to guides for planning.  

The Elephants of Cameroon 
http://www.nczooeletrack.org
Track the project of radio-collaring to study the land-use patterns of the Cameroon elephants.

The Bridge 
http://www.vims.edu/bridge
Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center connecting marine education to all other fields of science.

Monarch Watch 
http://www.MonarchWatch.org/
This site covers the migration of this butterfly as well as promoting conservation of the species.

Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration 
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
This project presents methods to track birds and butterfly migrations, reports migration progress with maps, gives weather forecasts for migrating birds and provides classroom lessons for tracking migration.

Wildflowers in Bloom 
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/wildflowers.html
Click on a wildflower's name to see a picture and to see if it will grow in your area.

School Gardens 
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/kindergarden/child/school/sgintro.htm
A complete guide for planting a school garden along with ideas and curricula to go with it.

Gene School 
http://library.thinkquest.org/28599
Students will find an overview of the genetics field and a starting place for finding out more about genetics.

Bugscope 
http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu
Magnify learning in a whole new way. Using a microscope controlled over the internet, K-12 students around the country can get a close-up view of bugs.

Iowa State University's Tasty Insect Recipes 
http://www.ent.iastate.edu/misc/insectsasfood.html

"Sci4Kids" 
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids
Great site from the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service(ARS) that proves "science is everywhere you look". Also has a section called "Dr. Watts" where kids can e-mail their questions to ARS scientists.

Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World 
http://www.hhmi.org/senses
This site, from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, features current research to help you make sense of the senses. Contains articles and graphics.

JASON Project 
http://www.jasonproject.org
An integrated, multimedia, science education program based on the National Science Standards. Follow the exciting adventures and learn how to become a part of this project. Winner of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Education and Acadenia.

National Wildlife Federation 
http://www.nwf.org
A web site full of good information for environmental education. Also, access photos and articles from several popular nature magazines. Cool place for kids to play games or go on virtual tours.

The Albatross Project 
http://www.wfu.edu/albatross
Join Biologist, David Anderson of Wake Forest University, in the satellite tracking of two species of albatross, a type of seabird. Research opportunities targeted for students in grades three - seven. Participation is absolutely without charge.

Honolulu Community College Dinosaurs 
http://hcc.hawaii.edu/dinos/dinos.1.html
What child (or adult) can pass up the opportunity to learn more about these giant creatures. Nice graphics and links to enhance any unit on dinosaurs.

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center 
http://gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/
This multimedia wonderland may have you dressing up like a beekeeper to hunt the elusive virgin queen bee. Find out how to handle the swarming African honey bees, a.k.a. the dreaded "killer" bees.

Access Excellence (Biology) 
http://www.accessexcellence.org/
Access Excellence is a national educational program sponsored by the biotechnology industry pioneer, Genentech, Inc., that puts high school biology teachers in touch with their colleagues, scientists and critical sources of new scientific information through an online network.

In Search of Giant Squids 
http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/squid.html
Follow the Smithsonian scientists in their quest for the elusive giant squid. There will be a special pilot program with the Smithsonian Institution and Northeast Mississippi students to become intimately involved with this program.

TheYuckiest Site on the Internet 
http://www.yucky.com
Did you know that if you're ever stung by a sting ray, you can apply scrunched up cockroaches to he wound to make it heal faster? On this page, you can find out all sorts of things about the cockroach and other bugs, besides what you think you know of them already.  The best place for science entertainment.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit 
http://www-itg.lbl.gov/vfrog/
Ugh! Yeck! How about a unique way to dissect a frog without destroying the frog population or having your students accidentally cut themselves.

The Interactive Frog Dissection 
http://frog.edschool.virginia.edu/
Just how many ways can you cut up those poor frogs??? Another site for dissecting the frog.

Neuroscience for Kids 
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html
The nervous system is explained in text and illustrations designed for children. Activities and experiments are provided.

Welcome To Steve's Ant Farm 
http://www.stevesantfarm.com
This page houses a relatively live picture (updated every five minutes) of Steve Chambers' ant farm. It's now available 24 hours, so you can peek in on the industrious little fellows any time. There's also a movie file of the ants here, so you can get the creepy-crawlies even when you're not connected..



Mary Wroten
Science Specialist 
mwroten@mde.k12.ms.us

 
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