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Life Science, 4th ed. Web Links


Units 1-3 | Units 4-6 | | About Links

Unit 4: The Animal Kingdom

Chapter 12: The Invertebrates

Chapter 13: The Cold-Blooded Vertebrates: Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles

  • eNature.com—Field-guide information and photos of hundreds of North American fish, amphibians, and reptiles
  • BBC–Wildlife—Many animal and habitat articles with current events
  • Shark Research Institute—Much information about sharks, including photos, activities, teaching resources, and shark attack information
  • Net Frog—A virtual frog dissection with photos; good reference for the frog dissection

Chapter 14: The Warm-Blooded Vertebrates: Birds and Mammals

Chapter 15: Animal Behavior and Reproduction

  • Animal Planet—Much information on all kinds of animals, including videos and games
  • How Bats Work—Information on the sense of echolocation in bats

Unit 5: Interactions in the Environment

General Biome Links

Chapter 16: Relationships in Ecosystems

  • Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats—Links to much information on many aspects of ecology, with activities
  • Kids Do Ecology—Much information on all aspects of ecology, with classroom project ideas
  • The Water Cycle—Background information and many diagrams illustrating aspects of the water cycle
  • Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet—Information on circadian rhythms in humans from the National Institutes of Health
  • Biological Clocks—Links to much information on biological clocks and seasonal rhythms from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Chapter 17: Relationships Among Organisms

Chapter 18: Man’s Relationship with the Environment

  • Endangered Species Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service—News and stories about endangered and threatened species of the United States, including a list of endangered species for each state
  • World Wildlife Fund Endangered Species—Stories from WWF regarding its projects in protecting endangered species
  • Invasive Species—USDA resources on invasive species of microbes, aquatic species, plants, and animals
  • Census Bureau—A wealth of demographic data on not just the population but also the habits, business activities, and lifestyle of U.S. citizens
  • The Biodiversity Hotspots—Details on scores of specific regions facing conservation threats with species lists and information
  • U.S. Forest Service—An agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture managing public lands in national forests and grasslands. Find out what National Forests or Grasslands are near you.
  • Pollution Scorecard—A website that lets you enter your zip code to find out what pollution threats are in your area and how your community ranks against others

Unit 6: The Complex Design of the Human Body

General Anatomy Links

  • Inner Body—A detailed tour of all human body systems with extensive text, illustrations, and a few animations
  • Get Body Smart—Clear artwork of all human body systems and structures, plus interactive quizzes and tutorials
  • Profiles in Science—Profiles of many outstanding twentieth-century scientists in the field of medicine
  • The Virtual Body—An interactive presentation of the human brain, heart, skeleton, and digestive system
  • Web Anatomy—Interactive quizzes and games on each of the human body systems
  • The Visual MD—Lots of videos and visuals on many different health topics

Chapter 19: Support and Movement

  • The Integumentary System—Much information on the structure and function of the integumentary system; contains interactive quizzes
  • CDC—Skin Cancer—Information on types of skin cancer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sunscreens Explained—Information on why sunscreens are important, how they work, and an explanation of the SPF number
  • The Living Skeleton—Many x-rays of human bones, both normal and fractured
  • Skeleton: The Bones—Information on the major bones of the human skeleton; contains interactive quizzes
  • Skeleton: The Joints—Information on human joints; contains interactive quizzes

Chapter 20: Internal Balance

Chapter 21: Energy

Chapter 22: Control

Chapter 23: Health


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