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#1: Why are Flamingos Pink?
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In this Wonder of the DayR, we learn about why flamingos are pink. Students have the opportunity to explore the Wonder either as a class or individually. With suggestions for different age groups, Wonder #1 has an activity to engage students with drawing, writing description, or both. 

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Visual Arts
Culinary Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Wendee Mullikin
Acid Lake
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Add acidity to a healthy lake and see what happens to the plants and animals in this interactive activity adapted from EcoKids. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
08/09/2007
Advanced Animal Behavior, Spring 2000
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Reviews selected issues including learning, cognition, perception, foraging and feeding, migration and navigation, defense, and social activities including conflict, collaboration, courtship and reproduction, and communication. The interacting contributions of environment and heredity are examined and the approaches of psychology, ethology, and ecology to this area of study are treated. The relation of human behavior patterns to those of nonhuman animals is explored. Additional readings and a paper are required for graduate credit.

Subject:
Biology
Psychology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Schneider, Gerald
Date Added:
01/01/2000
The Airplane Graveyeard
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During World War Two, a fierce battle between American and Japanese forces on Kwajalein atoll left a trail of debris on the deep lagoon floor. This lagoon now has one of the largest collections of well-preserved aircraft in the world. In this video, as part of the first ever film crew allowed onto this secret military base, Jonathan explores a B-25, F4-U Corsair and Dauntless dive bomber still sitting on the bottom of the ocean, as if ready to take off. Please see the accompanying study guide for educational objectives and discussion points.

Subject:
Film and Music Production
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
Author:
Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group
Date Added:
03/01/2007
An Alaska Native Community Helps Seals
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This video from First Alaskans Institute spotlights the Alaska Native community of St. Paul and its hands-on commitment to care for the land and animals on which it depends. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
All Species Inventory
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students listen to an interview with Kevin Kelly, co-founder and board chairman of the All Species Foundation in San Francisco. Kelly discusses his mission to discover, identify, and document every species on Earth within the next 25 years. Students then read more information about the project, and conclude by answering some related questions. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

Subject:
Zoology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
12/02/2008
Anglerfish
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This video segment from NOVA: "Animal Imposters" shows the lightning-fast strike of the anglerfish. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Animal Adaptations
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In this lesson, students will participate in classroom discussions and visit a website to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) theyve adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. This will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.The Kratts' Creatures website used in this lesson provides students with a simple, visual means for familiarizing themselves with basic world ecosystems as well as some examples of the animals that occupy them.

Subject:
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
04/30/2006
Animal Behavior, Fall 2013
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Most of the major categories of adaptive behavior can be seen in all animals. This course begins with the evolution of behavior, the driver of nervous system evolution, reviewed using concepts developed in ethology, sociobiology, other comparative studies, and in studies of brain evolution. The roles of various types of plasticity are considered, as well as foraging and feeding, defensive and aggressive behavior, courtship and reproduction, migration and navigation, social activities and communication, with contributions of inherited patterns and cognitive abilities. Both field and laboratory based studies are reviewed; and finally, human behavior is considered within the context of primate studies.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Psychology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Schneider, Gerald
Date Added:
01/01/2013
Animal Cell Meiosis Animation
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Meiosis is important in assuring genetic diversity in sexual reproduction. Use this interactive animation to follow Meiosis I (reduction division) and Meiosis II in a continuous sequence or stop at any stage and review critical events.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
11/06/2010
Animal Cell Mitosis Animation
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This animation demonstrates the stages of mitosis in an animal cell. Use the control buttons in the upper left to run the complete animation. Click on any intermediate stage (for example, Anaphase), and see a representative still frame.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
11/06/2010
Animal Cell Puzzle
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Try your hand at assembling the following animal cell jigsaw puzzle created with an image from CELLS alive! This puzzle is 32 pieces and generally takes a few minutes to solve. Have fun!

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
11/06/2010
Animal Communication
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The focus of this Science NetLinks lesson is threefold. First, to expose students to the fact that all species have a capacity for communication. Second, to enlighten students to the fact that communication abilities range from very simple to extremely complex, depending upon the species. Third, to realize that communication is influenced by a species' genetic makeup, its environment, and the numerous ways by which animals and humans respond to and adapt to their surroundings.

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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
09/10/2007
Animal Coverings
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It takes a thick skin to withstand the hardships that life has to offer. This collection of images shows a variety of animals, each with a slightly different type of protective covering. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Animal Diversity
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This lesson from Science NetLinks exposes children to a wide range of animals and guides them through observation of animal similarities, differences, and environmental adaptations. This lesson can be used as part of a study of plants and animals. Before doing the lesson, students should know the meanings of the terms: plant, animal, and living.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
02/06/2008
Animal Diversity
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The lessons presented in this module on animal diversity are based on the social constructivist theory of learning. Learners construct their own understanding and develop their own skills, both individually and as part of a peer group. The activities presented here will help you, but a large part of the responsibility rests on you, in the aim of fostering learner empowerment.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
African Virtual University
Provider Set:
OER@AVU
Author:
Rabotovao, Laurence Joséphine
Date Added:
05/12/2016
Animal Diversity Web
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This site is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods, birds, fishes, insects, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and sharks. Explore special features on mammals, skulls, and frog calls. Students are invited to contribute.

Subject:
Zoology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
NSDL Science Refreshers
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
DLESE Community Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
11/06/2008
Animal Hearing
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In this activity, students learn how an animal's sense of hearing is adapted to -- as well as affected by -- its environment. They begin by exploring how a shark's senses enable it to be an efficient predator. Students then compare a shark's senses to those of a land animal of their choice, and discover how each animal's senses are adapted to its particular environment. Next, they focus on the sense of hearing, and a common cause of hearing loss: continual exposure to loud noises. Students learn how a change in the way that an Arctic community hunts -- using rifles instead of harpoons -- has caused widespread hearing loss. Finally, students research noise levels in their environment and conduct a public awareness campaign about noise pollution and the associated hearing loss.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Animal Inquiry
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Supporting inquiry-based research projects, the Animal Inquiry interactive invites elementary students to explore animal facts and habitats using writing prompts to guide and record their findings.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
08/19/2013
Animal Note Taking Skills
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Students will read an article on animals. Using the provided worksheet students will take notes on an animal of their choosing. Once they have taken notes, they will be asked to write a new report on their animal. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kallam McKay
"Animal Personalidad," Animal Personalities, Novice Mid
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Students will use pictures to determine the emotions that others feel. Afterwards, students will take an animal personality test to determine what type of animal they are most like. Students will then share with others what animal they are most like and why they are most like that animal.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Amber Hoye
Camille Daw
Date Added:
09/09/2019
Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts
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Students listen to fiction and nonfiction read-alouds and explore selected Websites to identify factual information about animals. This lesson focuses on ants, but can be adapted to any animal.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
09/25/2013
Animal Survival
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Learn about the structure and function of living organisms by drawing an imaginary animal in the Take the Stage game show, ANIMAL SURVIVAL! Viewers become contestants on a game show and are challenged to draw an imaginary animal that could live and survive in either the desert, ocean, or the arctic tundra. When drawing the imaginary animal, the contestants write out two distinct structures and a function for each of the structures that help it survive. Learning Objective: Compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive in a specific environment.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Take The Stage
Date Added:
10/25/2019
Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights
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This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why?

We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.

Subject:
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Nathan Nobis
Date Added:
11/26/2019
Animals at the Extremes: Hibernation and Torpor
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Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult conditions in winter. This unit examines the differences between hibernation and torpor, and discusses the characteristic signs of hibernation behavior It explores the triggers that bring on hibernation, and whether internal signals or external season cues are predominant. It also examines the physiological adaptations that occur in hibernating animals.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/06/2007
Animals at the Extremes: Polar Biology
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The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This unit explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses, the environmental effects on diet, activity and fecundity, and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and land-based animals in surviving in this extreme habitat. This unit builds on and develops ideas from two other 'Animals at the extreme' units: The desert environment (S324_1) and Hibernation and torpor (S324_2).

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/06/2007
Animals at the Extremes: the Desert Environment
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Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats. This unit looks at the surprisingly diverse desert climates throughout the world and mammals, birds, lizards and amphibians that survive there. It splits these animals into three groups according to their strategy for survival: evaders, evaporators and endurers, then discusses how these strategies work on a biochemical and physiological level.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/06/2007
An Antipodal Mystery
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The discovery of the platypus had the scientific world in an uproar and kept it tantalized for decades. Here was the strangest animal ever seen. How was one to classify it? It had fur. So, was it a mammal? But then what to make of its duck-like bill? And how did it produce and suckle its young? Based on the book by Ann Moyal titled Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World, the case focuses on classification and evolution and models the scientific process, with scientists arguing, debating, collecting more information, and revising their opinions as more data become available.

Subject:
Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Arabic Alphabet
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This site is dedicated to children's material. This particular webpage features words categorized by the alphabet; users have the option to click on any Arabic letter and listen to a recording of words that begin with the chosen letter. Pictures accompany each word, and no English translation is provided.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Interactive
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Arabic Rescue
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Arabic Language
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Learn Arabic Language is a website that intends to teach the basics of the Arabic language, including background information on Arabic and its history. It contains information on the letters in their isolated position and numbers. The website further contains lists of pronouns, verbs, animal names, foods, grammar information, and more. All Arabic words are transliterated. The website also includes short lists of Arabic language books and Arabic schools throughout the U.S. and Egypt.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
U.S. History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic-learner
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic numbers, animals, and colors games
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Digital Dialects offers vocabulary games in multiple languages. For Arabic, there are five different vocabulary games: numbers 1 Đ 12, numbers 10 Đ 100, animals, colors, and numbers: Arabic script. Their Arabic offerings are all in transliteration without any Arabic script, with the exception of the numbers 1 Đ 12, which has two separate games for both.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Provider:
Digital Dialects
Date Added:
10/14/2013