Plants and Animals – 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
Alien Assembly Required
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Featuring the characters from the cartoon "Arthur", students engineer robots based on what they'd like it to do and look like.
BBC Bitsize
URL:  Links to videos on various science topics
BioKids: Inquiry of Diverse Species
URL:  www.biokids.umich.eduDescription:  This site includes information for both students and teachers concerning diverse species, especially in southeast Michigan. Check out the Critter Catalog for photos and information about a variety of organisms studied in FOSS modules and courses, including crayfish and cockroaches.
Biology of Plants
URL:  mbgnet.mobot.orgDescription:  Play games, watch video clips, view animated diagrams, and sing songs to learn about plant parts, photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal, and plant adaptations. From the Missouri Botanical Garden.
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.
Cat in the Hat Knows about That
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games and videos with Cat in the Hat characters
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games, Videos, and activities on science and engineering
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.
Exploratorium: Engineering and Tinkering
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  View engineering and tinkering websites, projects, and videos on the Exploratorium website.
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.
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.
Kids Gardening: Ultimate Guide to Teaching Your Children to Love Gardens
URL:  www.yardcare.lifeDescription:  A nice guide on gardening with kids.
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.
URL:  aggie-horticulture.tamu.eduDescription:  This site includes information and resources for growing and maintaining school gardens plus information about botanic and community gardens.
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.
National Gardening Association
URL:  www.kidsgardening.orgDescription:  Information about home gardening.
Next CC
URL: offers activities across nine scales —nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world— to introduce design and its importance.
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.
Peep and the Big Wide World
URL:  peepandthebigwideworld.comDescription:  Games and videos on a variety of science concepts for younger children.
PhET Interactive Simulations
URL:  phet.colorado.eduDescription:  Simulations developed by Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder for all grade levels and genres
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.
Seeding The Garden
URL:  edis.ifas.ufl.eduDescription:  This University of Florida site describe how to use seeds to start a garden.
Sesame Street: STEM
URL:  sesamestreet.orgDescription:  Games and videos using Sesame Street characters on STEM topics
Teachers Try Science – Kid Page
URL:  www.teacherstryscience.orgDescription:  Links to various hands-on experiments for students
Try Engineering
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Resources for learning more about engineering
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.
Teachers Try Science (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.
USDA Plants National Database
URL:  plants.usda.govDescription:  This USDA site includes information on any plant living in North America. Some entries have extensive information and pictures. Primary students may need adult assistance with this site.
URL:  wonderopolis.orgDescription:  Explore the world of wonders. Each day a question is posed and is explored in a variety of ways.