Kids' Web Classroom: Organisms and Their
These kid-friendly sites can provide stimulating
and topical hands-on web exploration opportunities
Cool Science for
Plant structures (the edible parts!), the connection between
butterflies and caterpillars, mini-worlds,
classificationsthis 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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