Plants and Animals
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Where are the Animals? (Habitats)
Names of Animals, Babies, and Groups of Animals - did you know that a baby shark is a pup, a female ferret is a jill, and a group of lions is a pride? Check out other animals too, including an info page for each one.
Habitat Animal Printouts. The Earth has many different environments, varying in temperature, moisture, light, and many other factors
Switcherzoo – make new animals!
The Wild Habitat...the area, the animals and games
Geography Action! Lesson plans, science, games, activities,
events, and photos featuring
A habitat (which is Latin for "it inhabits") is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species.
An animal’s habitat is its home. Animals look to their habitats to provide food, shelter, and protection from predators.
An interactive woodland and pond scene where children aged 8-9 can spot plants and animals, and then place them into food chains.
Grasslands - Includes savanna and temperate grassland
Habitats - Click on the habitat you wish to explore.
Within each ecosystem, there are habitats which may also vary in size. A habitat is the place where a population lives.
Animal Planet - the network that's nothing but animals.
eNature.com - bring nature to your computer by exploring info and photos of almost any North American plant or animal. Check out diverse habitats, get tips from Audubon experts, and more!
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information - search the database, check out the penguin cam, and get info on on Shamu TV, zoological careers, adventure camps, and more!
Defenders of Wildlife: Kids' Planet - check out fact sheets on all kinds of animals, play wild games, and learn about world wide wolves!
EcoKids Clubhouse - cool site that teaches you all about the planet and its animals. Includes games, news and facts about animals, special guests, gallery of children's art, and a discussion area.
Amazing Animals of the World - choose a continent and obtain profiles of the animals living there. Try a quiz after learning about the animals or guess what the mystery animal is.
Animal Diversity Web - provides comprehensive data on all kinds of animals, from mammals to echinoderms. Features a quick search tool for finding specific animals.
Animal Doc Com - ever think about
being a veterinarian? Find out what vet students are learning about dogs,
horses, sheep, cattle, llamas, and more from The
Animal Nation - visit this weekly online newspaper that focuses on different cool mammals, insects, birds, and fish!
Animals in Our Backyard
- map of animals from the nature trail at
Animals of the World - check out the work that these 1st grade students have done on their favorite animals.
Animals, Myths, and Legends - read tales from Oban the Knowledge Keeper. Includes legends like How the Kangaroo Got Its Tail, How Kangaroo Gets a Pouch, and Crow Brings Daylight.
ASPCA's Animaland - visit the ASPCA's special kids section for the lowdown on the animal kingdom. You can ask Azula anything about animals, play some games, or read about wild careers too!
Borrico.com - check out this fun page that has tons of animal pictures, sounds, and descriptions.
C.L.A.W.s to the Rescue - read about how animals have saved people's lives or how they help them in their daily routine.
Creature Feature - find out which animal is currently featured here from National Geographic. Includes archives along with audio and video clips!
Creatures of the Night and You - this great ThinkQuest Junior site is an exploration into the sights and sounds, truths and fictions of nocturnal and crepuscular creatures. Lots of pictures, myths, activities, and more!
Critter Clinic - find out about veterinarians and the animals they treat on this site created by students.
Cyber Zoo - large collection of animals from various biomes. Includes photos and animal movies, mostly using Quicktime.
EEK! Environmental Education for Kids - get all sorts of neat information about plants, animals, and the great outdoors. This neat magazine is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Extreme Science - the biggest, the baddest, and the best in the natural world are all gathered at this site. Includes pictures, info, types of scientists who study these phenomena, and where to go for more information.
Hints and Things: Terms for Groups of Animals - ever wonder how you should refer to a group of barracudas? Find the collective names for all sorts of animals at this site.
Investigate Biodiversity - go on a virtual expedition and explore Earth's endangered ecosystems. Learn about conservation scientists and their fields of specialty and find articles, student science fair projects, and other resources.
KidsCom's Animals of the World - guess the identity of the mystery animal by clicking on fun and interesting clues, then learn about the animal you guessed!
Life Science Safari - check out the facts about living things with Safari Sally including cell structure and classification for animals, plants, bacteria, protists, and fungi!
National Geographic Animals & Nature - find conservation maps, animal wallpaper, coloring book, animal photo of the day, and more.
NATURE Online - official site of the PBS program. Be sure to check out the video clips, interactive animal games, and free e-greetings!
Nature: Inside the Animal
Mind - this PBS site explores questions about animal intelligence,
emotions, and consciousness. Includes audio and video clips.
NATURE: Triumph of Life - learn about the remarkable story of evolution and its survivors. This companion site to the PBS series features essays, video clips, and interactive features that explore the amazing story of life on Earth.
NatureServe - An Online Encyclopedia of Life - search for any plant, animal, or ecological community with this natural encyclopedia. Each detailed result gives you a summary, info on distribution and status, and more.
Ocean Oasis Field Guide
- check out the fish, marine mammals and invertebrates, land animals, and
plants of the
Poisonous Plants and Animals
- discover how different species use their poison to prey and to protect. This
ThinkQuest site also explains toxicology and how some venoms can be used to
actually help people!
Prehistoric Life - information from the Canadian Museum of Nature about a bunch of prehistoric animals, as well as the origins of some animals currently alive today.
Pulse of the Planet - check out today's two-minute sound portrait. Earth's nature, culture, and science are presented in interviews with extraordinary natural sound. From nationalgeographic.com.
Rickert's Nature Preserve - private
preserve located in
- explore nature's role as a master engineer through animal robots! Get facts
about real animals and find out where this interactive exhibit will appear
Shape of Life, The - tells the story of the great diversity of animal life on earth. Includes pictures, activities, and career questions and answers with biologists and paleontologists.
Skulls & Skeletons - come see what the bones of your favorite animal look like.
Web of Species -
take a virtual nature walk at
Yellowstone Online Animal Alphabet Book - click on a letter to see a picture of an animal in
Peek into the habitats of different kinds of animals to see how they meet their needs. Visit a pond, a desert, a forest, a rainforest, and other habitats to discover how different animals and plants survive and thrive in these unique environments.
Discover the unique environment where the water meets the land that includes rocky and sandy shores, as well as tide pools, home to crabs, barnacles, and starfish. Demonstrates how tides and waves affect the other species that live on, in, and out of the water. Students discover the amazing living habitat of the reef.
Desert Habitats (21:00)
Take a video field trip to some of the driest regions on Earth to learn how different plants and animals adapt to little rainfall and extremes in temperature. Discover how different animals find food, water, and shelter. See the characteristics that allow desert life to thrive. Discover how rainfall and differences in temperature between day and night affect life in the desert.
Forest Habitats (15:00)
Visit deciduous and evergreen forests to see the plants and animals that make this ecosystem their home. Discover how living things change over time and adapt to their surroundings.
Plant Habitats around the World (22:00)
Students discover a wide variety of plants and the environments in which they live—desert, tundra, forests, mountains, etc. They will investigate and understand that plants have life needs--food, air, water, light, and a place to grow.
Tropical Rainforest Habitat, The (15:00)
Peek inside the wettest habitat on land to learn about the special adaptations plants and animals make to ensure survival, including symbiosis. Take students through three layers of the rainforest to understand the importance of the rainforest to living things. See that much of the rainforest continues to be destroyed and discover the efforts taken to protect the rainforest for future generations.
Animals Around Us (21:04)
Take students on a
wildlife tour of the diverse animals and habitats found in the
Head, tail, wings, feathers, fur, and claws. Discover how these and other parts of animals help them live in different habitats. Learn how to tell what kind of food an animal eats based on the shape of its teeth.
Animal Adaptations (24:00)
How Plants Grow (19:00)
Students will investigate and understand that in order for seeds to germinate and grow they must receive certain basic needs—food, air, water, light, and a place to grow. Next, they are introduced to the parts of a plant and learn how plants produce their own food. They also see how plants and animals depend upon each other for growth.
The Magic School Bus Hops Home
Identifies the components of an organism's habitat and looks at the relationships of the biological food chain. Focusing on a friendly forest frog, the program discusses predators and prey while also outlining the importance of food, shelter, and protection to an animal's survival
The Magic School Bus Gets Swamped
The Magic School Bus discovers the environmental benefits of the swamp habitat.
The Magic School Bus All Dried Up
Travels with Ms. Frizzle and the Students against Desert Scarcity to the driest place on earth in order to study desert animal diversity. Highlighting the crucial components of an organism's habitat--food, water, shelter, and protection--the program ventures into the desert ecosystem…
Links Updated 4/1/08