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Life Science Website Resources

If you type “life science” into your favorite search engine, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of hits listed. Many sites include adult as well as student information, lesson plans, and activities that can be used to enhance your science instruction. This list represents a few excellent sites out of the thousands available.

Specific topics, in alphabetical order, are followed by miscellaneous life science resources. Topics include: cellular respiration, human body, microscopes, multicellular organisms, owls and other birds, photosynthesis, plants, pond life, science lessons.

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Cellular Respiration

Chemistry 4 Kids Educational Site
This website contains simple descriptions of chemical reactions that take place in animal and plant cells.
www.chem4kids.com/files/bio_metabolism.html
This page describes metabolism in plant and animal cells.

Biology 4 Kids Educational Site
This website contains simple descriptions and diagrams of respiration.
www.biology4kids.com/files/cell_mito.html
This page describes mitochondria and the role in respiration.

Kidipede Educational Site of History and Science
This website contains biology information for middle school students.

www.historyforkids.org/scienceforkids/chemistry/reactions/combustion/digestion
This page describes cellular respiration as combustion.

www.historyforkids.org/scienceforkids/biology/cells/mitochondria.htm
This page describes mitochondria in the cells of plants and animals.

Human Body

A tour of the systems of the human body
www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

Body Systems
http://www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_main.html
This page presents the concept of body systems in animals.

Circulatory System
www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_circulatory.html
http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=54036&cat_id=20607
http://yucky.discovery.com/noflash/body/pg000131.html
www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/bodyblood.htm

Respiratory System
http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=54039&cat_id=20607
http://yucky.discovery.com/noflash/body/pg000138.html
www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/body_lungs.htm

Digestive System
http://kidshealth.org/kid/cancer_center/HTBW/digestive_system.html
http://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Digestive_System_for_Kids
http://yucky.discovery.com/noflash/body/pg000126.html
www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/bodydigest.htm

Urinary System
http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=54027&cat_id=20607
http://yucky.discovery.com/noflash/body/pg000128.html
www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/waterbody.htm

Microscopes

www.usborne-quicklinks.com
E enter key word “microscope”

Multicellular Organisms

Biology 4 Kids Educational Site
This website contains simple descriptions and diagrams about plant and animal biology.

www.biology4kids.com/files/cell2_main.html
This page describes cells in plants and animals.

www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_main.html
This page presents the concept of animal systems.

www.biology4kids.com/files/systems_circulatory.html
This page explains how animals feed every cell in their body.

Owls (and other birds)

Kidwings Educational Site about Birds
www.kidwings.com/owlpellets/flash/v4/index.htm
This website has interactive activities about birds that were developed by an elementary school library media specialist in New York. The owl pellet pages show photographs of owl pellets from several owl species, which you click on to dissect the owl pellet to see what is inside!

Chipper Woods Bird Observatory
www.wbu.com/chipperwoods/photos/owls.htm
Website of a federal and state nonprofit organization in Indiana. The owl pellet page discusses owl pellets, and pellets made by other types of birds.

Photosynthesis

Animation of Photosynthesis
Chapter 1 introduces photosynthesis as a big science idea. If science is taught poorly, it becomes a bunch of long words to memorize. Photosynthesis is not just a word in science textbooks. Photosynthesis happens all around us, captures solar energy to power living beings (such as us), and makes the oxygen that we breathe.
www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/methuselah/photosynthesis.html
This animation shows what is happening.

Biology 4 Kids Educational Site
This website contains simple descriptions and diagrams of photosynthesis.

www.biology4kids.com/files/plants_photosynthesis.html
This page explains the process of photosynthesis in plant cells.

www.biology4kids.com/files/cell_chloroplast.html
This page describes chloroplasts and their role in photosynthesis.

Kidipede Educational Site of History and Science
This website contains biology information for middle school students.

www.historyforkids.org/scienceforkids/biology/cells/photosynthesis.htm
This page describes photosynthesis.

You Tube Home Video by Children
This website contains some videos that are related to biology.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihxVt3DJaF0
This link is a very funny (and accurate) educational home video that teaches about photosynthesis. It is a play on “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

Photosynthesis activity from Cal Academy
Lessons include: “Pondering Photosynthesis”; “Stomata Investigation”; and “Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Role-Play”
www.calacademy.org/teachers/upload/docs/PhotosynthesisCurriculum.pdf

Plants

Biology 4 Kids Educational Site
This website contains simple descriptions and diagrams about plant biology.

www.biology4kids.com/files/plants_main.html
This page presents the basic biology of plants.

www.biology4kids.com/files/plants_structure.html
This page describes plant organs and their functions.

www.biology4kids.com/files/plants_xylemphloem.html
This page explains how plants feed every cell in their body.

Pond Life

This site has movies of pond life.
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/moviegallery/pondscum.html

These pages will guide you through the hidden world of freshwater microorganisms.
www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/wimsmall/smal1.html
In case there is a problem with the url, it's called "The smallest page on the web."

Pond Life Identification Kit
A resource from the UK that shows what living things can be found in pond water. A simple guide to small and microscopic pond life.
www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/pond/index.html

4-H Earth Connections Pond Study
A handy set of cards and other information that helps with pond organism identification.
www.umaine.edu/umext/earthconnections/activities/28.htm

Pond Life
Excellent line drawings for identification of microscopic pond life.
www.extension.usu.edu/AITC/lessons/pdf/micro_pond.pdf

Freshwater Ecology
Explanations and diagrams of pond ecosystems.
www.yvw.com.au/waterschool/seniors/ecology/freshwatereco/pondfoodweb.html

Ponds and Wetlands Food Web
Actual photos of common pond animals in a food web.
www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/talks/centre_intro/foodweb.htm

Science Lessons

Life science lessons from Discovery
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/lifescience.html

Other Life Science Oriented Websites

A forum discussing life sciences with articles, lectures, book reviews, etc.
www.whatislife.com

Homework help for students but has excellent links with adult level information
www.homeworkspot.com/middle/science/lifescience.htm

Neuroscience for kids — including activities and a books and articles link with excellent adult information.
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html

Astrobiology Magazine — information about evolution and climatic change and so much more
http://www.astrobio.net/news

“What is life?” from Wikia
http://humanscience.wikia.com/wiki/What_is_Life%3F

How stuff works site with articles covering conservation, evolution, genetic science, and plants.
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life-science-channel.htm

This site has interesting animations using quick time and the site is split up with tabs for beginners, intermediate, and advanced exploring the different ideas to define the meaning of life. Also, has other science disciplines along the bottom of the page. Check out the educational links.
www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/earth/Life/life.html
www.livescience.com

You must register to use this resource, but it is FREE. Videos, articles, images, information, as well as links to professional development.
www.teachersdomain.org/sci/life/index.html

Life science dictionary
http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/pages/dictionary.html

Classification safari
www.vilenski.org/science/safari/menu/index.html

Museum of natural history — websites for kids, lesson plans, information
www.amnh.org

Smithsonian Institute — In the “explore a topic” tab there are multiple resources including articles, descriptions and photos, and sample collecting and preservation techniques.
www.mnh.si.edu

Oakland Museum of California — Check out "Listening to Nature: A Soundwalk Across California" and "California Underground: Our Caves and Subterranean Habits."
http://www.museumca.org/global/resources.html

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