Structures Of Life – Recommended Websites

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
All websites are appropriate for students except for those marked as teacher-only.
10 Resources for National Engineers Week
URL:  blogs.kqed.orgDescription:  Links to interactive STEM and science websites with real-world applications of physics and engineering
All About Snails
URL:  www.kiddyhouse.comDescription:  This site includes information about the snail, coloring activities, worksheets, clip art, stories and Internet-based lesson.
America's Crayfish
URL:  Facts and information on the crayfish in America
Backyard Tree Identification Guide
URL:  www.homeadvisor.comDescription:  A guide to identifying different trees
Bill Nye's Online Labs
URL:  billnye.comDescription:  This site contains Bill Nye the Science Guy's online labs which contain chemistry experiments.
Bio-Inspired Design
URL:  www.kidsciencechallenge.comDescription:  The Kids' Science Challenge contains videos, games, and downloadable hands-on science activities. The Bio-Inspired Design section describes engineering based on organic structures.
URL:  www.biology4kids.comDescription:  Examines xylem and phloem. User friendly, includes slides.
BBC Bitsize
URL:  Links to videos on various science topics
Calflora: A Botanical Resource For California On The Internet
URL:  www.calflora.orgDescription:  Search plants found in California. Nonnatives are included here, too.
California Carnivores
URL:  www.californiacarnivores.comDescription:  Everything you ever wanted to know about carnivorous plants.
Cosley Zoo: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
URL:  cosleyzoo.orgDescription:  Facts and information on the Madagascar hissing cockroach
URL:  crayfishblue.weebly.comDescription:  Facts and information on the crayfish created by a group of elementary students.
Crayfish Species by Geographic Region
URL:  www.usgs.govDescription:  This site lists native species of crayfish by region. Click on the map of the United States and your state to learn about the crayfish of your region.
"Critters" in the Classroom: Hissing Roaches
URL:  Carolina Biological expert biologist Tim Woody explores the popular “Hissing Roach” and how to set up a classroom habitat. Also known as “Madagascar Hissing Roaches” and “Hissers”, these big but gentle bugs are great for the classroom.
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games, Videos, and activities on science and engineering
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
URL:  www.nps.govDescription:  The home page for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, sponsored by the National Park Service.
Desert USA
URL:  desertusa.comDescription:  A guide to the deserts of the southwestern United States. Information about the ecosystems and land use.
eGFI Dream Up the Future
URL:  teachers.egfi-k12.orgDescription:  Teacher site for links to student engineering projects and teacher professional development,
URL:  www.audubon.orgDescription:  This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
Engineering Games
URL:  engineering-games.netDescription:  This site provides links to a variety of engineering games, culled from different sites.
ESPECIES Animal Fact Sheets
URL:  defenders.orgDescription:  Electronic facts sheets on over 50 endangered species.
Exploratorium: Engineering and Tinkering
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  View engineering and tinkering websites, projects, and videos on the Exploratorium website.
Find a State Park
URL:  www.stateparks.orgDescription:  Find a local state park.
Fun Science Demos
URL:  Over 150 science demos for every important idea in science
Growing a Pineapple
URL:  aggie-horticulture.tamu.eduDescription:  Getting a pineapple top to take root is no mystery once you follow these instructions.
How to Set up Hissing Cockroaches
URL:  Video on how to set up a Madagascar hissing cockroach habitat
How Wolves Communicate
URL:  www.units.muohio.eduDescription:  Explores communication among wolves.
I Was Wondering: Women's Adventures in Science
URL:  www.eiu.eduDescription:  This project of the National Academy of Sciences showcases the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and highlights the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists.
Insect Answers
URL:  citybugs.tamu.eduDescription:  Frequently asked questions and information about common household, lawn and garden, and agriculture pests. The site includes an identification key and field guide to common insects. Although the focus is on insects found in Texas, this is still a valuable source of information.
Kid's Corner
URL:  education.usgs.govDescription:  Explore the USGS Biological Resources Division for kids.
Kiddy House
URL:  www.kiddyhouse.comDescription:  Stories, crafts, and information on frogs, farms, and snails are just a few of the offerings at this site for parents, kids, and teachers. The All About Snails site includes information about land and pond snails, activities, and worksheets.
URL:  garden.orgDescription:  The National Gardening Association provides parents and educators with ideas, resources, and information. Check here for grants for school garden projects. Primary students may need some adult assistance with this site.
KIds Gardening: Ultimate Guide to Teaching Your Children to Love Gardens
URL:  www.yardcare.lifeDescription:  A nice guide on gardening with kids.
URL:  aggie-horticulture.tamu.eduDescription:  This site includes information and resources for growing and maintaining school gardens plus information about botanic and community gardens.
La Brea Tar Pits
URL:  www.ucmp.berkeley.eduDescription:  A description of the La Bea tar pits in Los Angeles, from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Learning Games for Kids
URL:  www.learninggamesforkids.comDescription:  Games on a variety of topics
URL:  new.learningscience.orgDescription:  This site currates the best online science simulations, visualizations, websites, and videos from around the world. Made for K–12 teachers and students, all resources are NGSS-aligned and free.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (The Children's Museum, CT)
URL:  UTC Wildlife Sanctuary Director Cindy King meets a Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach in the second of a series of “Meet the Animals” video teaching sessions at the Children's Museum in West Hartford, CT.
Mono Lake
URL:  www.monolake.orgDescription:  Mono Lake website sponsored by the Mono Lake Committee.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
URL:  montereybay.noaa.govDescription:  Home page for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Museum of Paleontology
URL:  www.ucmp.berkeley.eduDescription:  The University of California Museum of Paleontology. Explore what's new at the museum, its collections, exhibits, and programs, learn more about evolution, or follow the link to to view a fossil gallery or explore paleontology in the U.S. by state and time period.
My First Garden
URL:  urbanext.illinois.eduDescription:  Children's site for gardening basics
National Gardening Association
URL:  www.kidsgardening.orgDescription:  Information about home gardening.
National Geographic: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
URL:  www.nationalgeographic.comDescription:  Facts and information on the Madagascar hissing cockroach
National Park Service, Threatened And Endangered Species
URL:  www.nature.nps.govDescription:  Links to lists of endangered species in North America and national parks. Also links to articles on restoration and protection efforts for the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Navy STEM for the Classroom
URL:  www.navystemfortheclassroom.comDescription:  STEM related fields and information from the US Navy
Next CC
URL: offers activities across nine scales —nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world— to introduce design and its importance.
NOAA's Ark
URL:  www.photolib.noaa.govDescription:  This collection of images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) includes many wonderful pictures of both land- and ocean-dwelling creatures, including bears, whales, birds, and walruses.
NWF Garden for Wildlife
URL:  www.nwf.orgDescription:  Get your wildlife habitat certified and access resources for increasing biodiversity.
PBS Kids Sci Girls
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Website designed to especially engage girls in science.
PBS Learning Media
URL:  pbslearningmedia.orgDescription:  PBS Learning Media Library offers a variety of resources for science and engineering subjects.
PhET Interactive Simulations
URL:  phet.colorado.eduDescription:  Simulations developed by Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder for all grade levels and genres
Plants for Kids
URL:  Kid-friendly site on plants. Includes experiments, games, facts, quizzes, projects, lessons, images, videos, and topics.
Plant Interactives for Kids!
URL:  www.rnr.lsu.eduDescription:  This website from Vermillion Parrish Schools in Louisiana includes many multimedia activities for studying plants.
Planting Science
URL:  www.plantingscience.orgDescription:  Scientists provide online mentoring to students as they design and think through their own inquiry projects on plants.
Raising Snails
URL:  www.nal.usda.govDescription:  USDA site explaining how to commercially raise snails, and lots of other information about snails in general.
URL:  www.backyardnature.netDescription:  Learn all about roots.
Rosamund Gifford Zoo: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
URL:  rosamondgiffordzoo.orgDescription:  Facts and information on the Madagascar hissing cockroach
Saguaro National Park
URL:  www.nps.govDescription:  Home page for the Saguaro National Park, sponsored by the National Park Service.
Science Kids Engineering for Kids
URL:  Discover the world of engineering with a range of free games, science fair projects, experiments, interesting facts, videos, quizzes, worksheets and more.
Save Our Species
URL:  www.epa.govDescription:  Pictures and facts about some of the endangered plants and animals in the United States, including why they are endangered.
Seed Dispersal
URL:  www.mbgnet.netDescription:  This site includes examples of five trees and how they disperse their seeds. Includes student experiments. Primary students may need adult assistance with this site.
Teachers Try Science – Kid Page
URL:  www.teacherstryscience.orgDescription:  Links to various hands-on experiments for students
The Animal Facts: Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
URL:  theanimalfacts.comDescription:  Facts and information on the Madagascar hissing cockroach
The Art of Camouflage
URL:  artwolfe.photoshelter.comDescription:  Learn more about animal camouflage. Includes a project about protective coloration in animals.
The Boston Schoolyard Initiative
URL:  www.schoolyards.orgDescription:  The Boston Schoolyard Initiative shares resources for educators who want to improve their schoolyard, their outdoor teaching practice, or to find curricular resources.
The Globe Program
URL:  www.globe.govDescription:  GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program, which includes investigations and observations of weather.
The Great Plant Escape
URL:  www.urbanext.uiuc.eduDescription:  Help Detective Leplant and his partners unlock the amazing mysteries of plant life. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Program. Includes a Spanish version. Young students may need help with reading the text.
The La Brea Exploration Guide
URL:  www.tarpits.orgDescription:  The website for the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles. Explore how the tar pits formed, what types of plants and animals became trapped, and how scientists have used these fossil deposits to open a window into the world of prehistoric Los Angeles.
The Spruce Pets: Keeping Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches as Pets
URL:  www.thesprucepets.comDescription:  Facts and information on the Madagascar hissing cockroach
Try Engineering
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Resources for learning more about engineering
Try Engineering Games
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Games to get students interested in engineering. Field Trips
URL:  www.tryscience.orgDescription:  Find out about more than 400 science and technology centers and museums worldwide. Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.
USGS Science Education Website
URL:  education.usgs.govDescription:  Explore things on, in, around, and about Earth, such as plants and animals, land, water, and maps. Shows how biology, geology, hydrology, and geography help us understand our changing world.
What is a Sabertooth?
URL:  www.ucmp.berkeley.eduDescription:  A description of two different saber-toothed cats, from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Wonderwise: Women in Science Learning Series
URL:  wonderwise.unl.eduDescription:  Introduces you to women who have made science their career. You can take several field trips, including space geology, African plant exploration, and urban ecology.
URL:  wonderopolis.orgDescription:  Explore the world of wonders. Each day a question is posed and is explored in a variety of ways.