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BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species addresses both inquiry and life science content standards through exploration of local biodiversity, collection of animal species, and the investigation of individual animals and how animals interact with one another. Through these activities students will gain a clearer understanding of how organisms meet their basic needs and the role the environment plays in supporting a variety of organisms. A feature of the curriculum is the Critter Catalog, an on-line animal species database developed by the BioKIDS team. A downloadable Invertebrate ID Guide helps in the identification of invertebrate animals found in a typical schoolyard. Students use these guides as the main resource when they write species accounts (conduct research on individual animals).... Show More
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Danielle Martinez
Danielle Martinez (Teacher (K-12))
1 year ago

This is a great source for kids to scroll through and learn more about animals and what categories they fall under. 

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
14 years ago
Students in my college Life Science course for prospective K6 teachers performed
MUCH BETTER investigations using the scaffolds provided by the BioKids
curriculum on a field trip to our Arboretum than they did using guidelines from
our Ocean Institute on a field trip to the rocky intertidal in southern
California. It would be wonderful if projects like BioKids were to be
developed for investigations about different kinds of characteristics of diverse
ecosystems.

Technical Remarks:

Some of the page numbering on the Invertebrate ID Guide does not match the items
described in the key. Surprisingly, my college students were so enthusiastic
that they were not discouraged and they quickly fixed the page numbers.
Used in course? Yes