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Kids' Web Classroom: Organisms and Their Needs

These kid-friendly sites can provide stimulating and topical hands-on web exploration opportunities for students.

Cool Science for Curious Kids
        Plant structures (the edible parts!), the connection between butterflies and caterpillars, mini-worlds, classifications—this amazing site for kids covers all kinds of organisms topics in a very engaging, interactive format. These modules take a few moments to download, but it's worth a look if you don't mind the wait.

Ranger Rick's Kid's Zone
        This kid site from the National Wildlife Federation offers ideas for playing in the outdoors, virtual nature tours, links to lots of nature and wildlife magazines just for kids, games, and fun facts.

The Adventures of Herman (the worm)
        This is a truly great site. Introducing Herman the worm, site visitors learn about where he came from, his anatomy, where he lives, what he eats, and why humans can't live without him. This site is fun (and educational!) for adults and kids.

Yucky Worm World
        Much like at the Herman site listed above, Wendell the Worm walks young visitors through this site about worms. Learn about earthworms and worms as recyclers, and meet Mary the Worm Woman and Wendell's worm cousins. On the sidebar, don't forget to take a look at Roach World and the Yucky Fun and Games.

Life Science Safari
        Sally, the Adventure Guide, walks student visitors though the wide world of life science, taking trips to investigate bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. This site is fantastic for highlighting the basic structures of these life forms, what they need to survive, and ways in which they compare and contrast with each other. It's very easy to navigate and worth a visit.

The Great Plant Escape
        Help Detective Le Plant unlock the mysteries of plant life. Students learn about plants' structures, needs, and characteristics as they wind their way through the exploration. There's a lot of information for kids here, as well as a teacher's guide.

Meet the Beetles!
        The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has created this site in which visitors can click on one of the beetle images to learn more about them and their special adaptations.

Children's Butterfly Site
        The USGS created this site for younger visitors, but it can be very relevant for teachers working with younger students. It features photo galleries, a coloring page, frequently asked questions, information about butterfly books and videos, links, and more. Take a look at the illustrated Butterfly and Moth Life Cycle, which offers translations in six different languages.

Entomology for Kids
        University of Kentucky Entomology Department created this site for kids to learn more about bugs and have fun while doing it. It offers "Bugfood!" (about insect-themed foods as well as insect-based foods), a mystery bug section where kids can take informed guesses at types of bugs, stories, and games, including a section for teachers and parents.

Entomology for Beginners
        This simple site boils insect anatomy down to the basics through uncomplicated illustrations and brief explanations. This could be a good site to use in conjunction with an oral explanation.

        Designed by and for first graders, this site about worms has thought questions with interesting links; book recommendations and stories; and worm songs, art, and experiments.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9819641.
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