All About: Animals & Habitats

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Learn about animals and where they live and what they eat.

Check out Zoos and Aquariums for more information and live cams/webcams.

MULTIPLE ANIMALS

A-Z Animals – “believes that if people are educated about the world’s animal species they will better care for them.”

Animal Fact Guide – “learn about interesting and endangered animals from around the world. Discover what makes an animal unique and get wildlife conservation tips.” Plus teacher tools.

Animalsmart – “lesson plans will stimulate lively discussion and debate, provoke thoughtful questions and concerns as well as spark lots of laughter and maybe even a few tears. They will challenge students to step outside of themselves and see their world through different eyes as they consider the needs and welfare of animals.”

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum -” is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery & classes, natural history museum, and aquarium. We inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”

Ask a Biologist – a biology learning resource tool for students (PreK to 12), teachers, parents, and life-long learners.

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Canadian Museum of Nature (English Site) (French Site) – “is to increase throughout Canada and internationally, interest in, knowledge of and appreciation and respect for the natural world by establishing, maintaining and developing for research and posterity a collection of natural history objects, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, and by demonstrating the natural world, the knowledge derived from it and the understanding it represents.” Be sure to check out their Interactives.

Canadian Wildlife Federation (French Site) – “The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.”

Climate Kids – tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. Games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging. Plants & Animals, Weather, Energy, and more.

Coloring Nature – more than 675 colouring pages of animals, habitats, human body, foods, plants, and more. For children and adults.

Explore – cats, dogs, birds, bears, and more live cams.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants – Beaming Science, Exploration, Adventure, and Conservation into Classrooms Across North America Guest Speakers and Virtual Field Trips with Leading Experts from Around the World Using Technology to Broadcast Live into Classrooms and your Living Room. You can watch live or see past shows on YouTube.

MPala Live –  gives you live cams of African animals, as well as field guides and more. 

Perot Museum – YouTube. Weather, Sports Science, Environment, Chemistry, Physics, Archaeology, Animals, Human Body, Space.

Pets on Mom.com – Birds, Farm Animals, Pets, Fish, Insects, Wildlife, Reptiles, Rodents, and more.

Ranger RickNational Wildlife’s Federation‘s kids site. “We want to help you stay entertained and engaged in the natural world. So we are making our website free to all visitors through the end of June.”

Michigan Department of Natural Resources – “some fun and educational activities aimed at history and the outdoors. We’ve put together an extensive list of links and materials to provide kids and their caregivers with plenty to do. We hope these activities are helpful.”

OneKind Planet – aims to educate, inspire and encourage the world to live a more animal kind lifestyle. We are forever updating our website with new animals, top 10 lists, campaigns and news.”

Wolf Conservation Center – Web cams, activities for kids, and Become a WCC Junior Wolf Biologist.

HABITATS

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum -” is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery & classes, natural history museum, and aquarium. We inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears – “is an online professional development magazine which focuses on preparing elementary teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction.” University of Ohio initiative.

Great Lakes Now – Grades 5 to 8. “These lessons will help students to become familiar with geologic, geographic, and environmental concepts about the Great Lakes, as well as provide them the opportunity to evaluate contemporary issues facing the lakes.” Virtual Field Trips included.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef – An interactive journey. Videos and information about the reef and the creatures that live there.

Explore – ocean, underwater, African, tropical reef, and more live cams.

Kent Wildlife Trust – “Wildlife is in crisis. The natural world isn’t just something for us to enjoy; it sustains us. the decline of nature puts our very survival and prosperity under threat. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our vision is for a better, wilder future.” Check out the Things to Make & Do and the Wildlife tab. Great activities and information.

The Living World Around Us – 4 unit lesson plan about Animals, Plants, Habitats and Communities.

National Marine Sanctuaries Virtual Dives – “Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.”

Nature Conservatory – “We work to meet this ambitious goal by focusing on these key areas of conservation: tackle climate change; protect land and water; provide food and water sustainability; and build healthy cities.” Also take Virtual Field Trips – Grades 5-8 – “allow students to travel the world and explore natural environments without leaving the classroom. Each virtual field trip contains a video, teacher guide, and student activities.”

Nature Vision – “has developed three science packets for K-12 students: Ecosystems, Watersheds, and Humans & Water. These packets were developed with support from Cascade Water Alliance, these packets are available as a free download for teachers and students. Each downloadable packet includes the following: 1. Teacher Overview; 2. Parent/Caregiver Overview; 3. Daily Student Science Lessons.” K to Grade 12.

Ocean School (English Site) (French Site) – learners explore habitats at the bottom of the Gulf of St. Lawrence with virtual reality. Use these resources to keep your kids sharp and engaged while they’re out of school. There’s an educational video and a student activity to capture learning for each weekday, for three weeks.

Online Ocean – Be sure to check out the Education tab and Learning Online resource. (Our educators and animal experts have compiled resources for kids to learn to care for the ocean – and the animals in it – from the comfort of home.)

Perot Museum – YouTube. Weather, Sports Science, Environment, Chemistry, Physics, Archaeology, Animals, Human Body, Space.

Polar Bears & the Tundra – Discovery Education has put together this neat little resource.

Project Noah – “A global citizen science platform to discover, share and identify wildlife”

Rainforest Alliance Kids – games and activities.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources – “some fun and educational activities aimed at history and the outdoors. We’ve put together an extensive list of links and materials to provide kids and their caregivers with plenty to do. We hope these activities are helpful.”

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre – “is located on 3,000 acres of Provincially Significant Wetlands and woodlands in Tay, Ontario in the Heart of Georgian Bay.” At-Home Activities and Resources

BEARS

Canadian Geographic: Grizzly Bear

Defenders of Wildlife – Black Bears.

Get Bear Smart Society – “Learn about living with bears; creating bear smart communities; recreating in bear country; bear safety at work; and managing bears (for wildlife officials).”

Kidsconnect: Bears – facts and worksheets.

Kidzone: Bear Facts

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – Black Bears.

National Geographic: Bears – grizzly, polar, and panda.

National Geographic Kids: Pandas

Pandas International – “is to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda. By providing public awareness and education, support for research, habitat preservation and enhancement, and assistance to Giant Panda Centers.”

Polar Bears & the Tundra – Discovery Education has put together this neat little resource.

BIRDS

The Bird Academy & All About Birds – videos, live cams, games, courses (some paid).

FARM

Alberta Beef – “provides resources for both elementary and secondary classrooms.” Beef Cattle Farming and Ranching in Alberta, Basic Beef Cookery, videos, and infographics.

Farm Food 360 – virtual tours of farms in Canada – sheep, cow, milk production, apple orchards, and more.

Undeniably Dairy – “bring your 5th–8th grade classes behind-the-scenes of the dairy community! Learn about modern farming, dairy’s journey from farm to school, and the innovations that are helping care for cows and communities! Join us for a Virtual Field Trip, a 360º video experience and an interactive 360º hot spot image with accompanying activities and educator guides.”

INSECTS (AND ALL BUGS)

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – butterfly guide and virtual tour.

The Children’s Butterfly Site – Life Cycle, Teaching & Learning Tools, Colouring Pages.

The Mason Bee Company – “was created to inspire and educate the public about the benefits of Mason Bees and increase your garden’s productivity.  As the Honey Bees population declines, home gardeners can play an important role in attracting bees and other pollinators. My goal is to make more people aware of the Mason Bee concept and creating an excitement and awareness of the super pollinator that we need so badly for food supply and environment.” Information and Fun Facts.

National Geographic – Hornets – “Hornets are wasps of the genus Vespa, closely related to (and resembling) yellowjackets.”

Pest World for Kids – “Your home for bug facts and insect information! Explore the exotic world of bugs, arachnids and little critters. What do they look like up close, what do they eat, and what makes these fascinating creatures such pests? Enjoy a fun and educational journey into the world of pests!”

Soft Schools – Hornet Facts

Study.com – Japanese Giant Hornet – Classification, Facts & Life Cycle. “Around the world, there are dozens of different species of hornets. In this lesson you will learn about a particularly unique subspecies, the Japanese Giant Hornet.”

WHALES & DOLPHINS

Marineland – Beluga Whales and Bottlenose Dolphin educational videos and worksheets.

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