Plants and Animals

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Plant and Animal Needs


Plant Needs


Animals Eating


Plant and Animal Lifecycles


Where are the Animals?  (Habitats)






Animal Groups


Frog Lifecycle




Animals and their Habitats


Teacher Resources - Animals


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.


Biome/Habitat Animal Printouts -

Habitat Animal Printouts. The Earth has many different environments, varying in temperature, moisture, light, and many other factors




Plant Part Salad




Switcherzoo – make new animals!


Red-eyed Tree Frogs






Build a Prairie

Build an Online Habitat

The Wild Habitat...the area, the animals and games

Geography Action!, Science, Habitats, Conservation: National ...

Geography Action! Lesson plans, science, games, activities, events, and photos featuring North America's habitats.

Habitat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A habitat (which is Latin for "it inhabits") is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species.

Scholastic's The Magic School - The Great Habitat Match-Up

An animal’s habitat is its home. Animals look to their habitats to provide food, shelter, and protection from predators.

BBC - Schools Science Clips - Habitats

An interactive woodland and pond scene where children aged 8-9 can spot plants and animals, and then place them into food chains.

All About Ponds

Grasslands - Includes savanna and temperate grassland

Habitats - Click on the habitat you wish to explore.

WWF - Habitats

Habitats. Polar Regions · Animal Life · Coniferous Forests · Animal Life · Temperate Forests · Grasslands · Animal Life

Living Things: Habitats & Ecosystems

Within each ecosystem, there are habitats which may also vary in size. A habitat is the place where a population lives.


Additional Resources


Animal Planet - the network that's nothing but animals. - 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 University of Georgia. You can even ask a vet a question!

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 Pocantico Hills School in New York. There's facts, student art, and photographs for each animal.

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! - 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 Baja California region.

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

Rickert's Nature Preserve - private preserve located in Minnesota offering photos and details about the land as well as the many plants and animals that live there.

Robot Zoo - 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 next.
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 Wellesley College in Massachusetts and learn about the plants, animals, and landscapes that grace the area.
Yellowstone Online Animal Alphabet Book - click on a letter to see a picture of an animal in Yellowstone Park whose name starts with that letter and to read about the animal.


Streaming Video


Habitats: Homes for Living Things (15:00)

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.

Curriculum Standards  


Ocean Habitats: Shoreline and Reef (16:00)

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.

Curriculum Standards  


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.

Curriculum Standards  


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.

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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.

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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.

Curriculum Standards  


Animals Around Us (21:04)

Take students on a wildlife tour of the diverse animals and habitats found in the United States. The video, which showcases animals in their environments, provides a great way to help students go beyond their own geographic experience.

Teacher's Guide  


Animal Features and their Functions (13:00)

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)

Welcome to Camp Wilderness! Join Counselor Tom and the campers of Team Five as they travel through the animal kingdom and learn about the adaptations animals have make in order to live and prosper. Covers both the physical and behavioral adaptations of animals in regard to getting food, water, oxygen, protection from predators, shelter, and reproduction. Students will learn just how important adaptation is in the survival of all animal species.

Curriculum Standards  


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.

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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