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Life Science

 

Life science explores descriptions and behavior of organisms, environments, habitats, life cycles, and ecosystems.

Be sure to look at the different set of resources listed at the Student/Learner webpage for this topic.

Screen shot from siteBrain Geography
This "Hot Science" website provides a quick look at the geography of the human brain. The diagram is interactive, so that one can look at different sections of the "brain" in order to discover its functions. There is a quiz at the end of this short website.

The teachers’ guide provides the "Diving Reflex Activity" to simulate human response to physical trauma.

Screen shot from siteThe Electronic Naturalist
“The natural world right before your eyes!”  The Electronic Naturalist, sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and the Cayuga Nature Center, is a new on-line education program providing a weekly environmental education unit. Each unit has artwork, text, activities, additional websites, plus online access to a professional naturalist. There are two reading levels for the material: Quick Read (grades K-3) and Full Read (grades 4-8).

Screen shot from siteEnvironmental Information on the Internet
The North American Association for Environmental Information is a guide and clearinghouse for lesson plans and classroom resources related to environmental education.

Screen shot from siteMap of the Human Heart
Watch this animated diagram of a human heart going through its six basic steps. Then, learn the Amazing Heart Facts: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/heart/heartfacts.html

Screen shot from siteShark Attack
This is a wonderful website for those people interested in sharks. It was created by the NOVA program of the same name, for the Public Broadcasting System. There is a clickable shark with which to view anatomy, there is information about the evolution of the shark as well as its life cycle, and there is an exploration of the six senses of the shark. Also, the "Hot Science" site has an interactive section on The Hunt–Shark Bytes.

Virtual Biomes: What’s It Like Where You Live?
This wonderful website is a product of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The website is well-designed, with large print and plenty of white space on each page. The activities are aligned with with National Geography Standards and National Science Education Standards. Each of the six land biomes (rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate, and grasslands) contains a comprehensive look at the flora, fauna, and physical processes to be found within the biome. Graphs, maps, and other visuals are used throughout the site. Some animations are included to explain physical processes, such as tides. There are also two additional websites for water ecosystems:

Freshwater Ecosystems

Marine Ecosystems

A trip to one of these virtual biomes is a must! (This website has some references to an audience of children. However, the site is useful to adult literacy programs.)

To submit ideas and resources for this section, please contact Susan Cowles.