REAL Science Odyssey: Life Level 1

Human Body

Cells

Information about cells: https://online.kidsdiscover.com/unit/cells

Beautifully animated video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFuEo2ccTPA

The Human Body

Exploration of the all the body systems: https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

Skeletal and Muscular Systems

Skeletal system activities: https://www.neok12.com/Skeletal-System.htm

Circulatory System

Respiratory System

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/lungs.html

Digestive System

Nutrition: Lots of information and activities from the USDA: https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/nutrition-age/children/kids-corner

Nervous System

Senses information and activities: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chsense.html

Nervous system information: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html

Genetics and Growth

Videos on genetics and DNA: https://www.neok12.com/Genetics.htm

 

 

 

Animals

Cnidaria

Coloring page and information about Cnidaria: https://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/2876

Cnidaria information and facts: https://www.animalstown.com/animals/c/cnidarian/cnidarian.php

Reef information, maps, etc. : https://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/coralreef/coralreef.shtml

Worms

Earthworm information: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/c/common-earthworm/

Earthworms: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/earthworm/

Fun worm facts: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/worms/

How to make a worm compost bin: https://www.eekwi.org/composting-worms#bin

Mollusca

All about mollusks: https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-mollusks

Arthropoda

Classification: https://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/662

Butterfly metamorphosis: http://www.butterflyschool.org/new/meta.html

Spider information, poems, lessons: https://www.kidzone.ws/lw/spiders/activities.htm

Crustaceans: https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-crustaceans

Insect crafts: https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/04/30-bug-crafts-for-kids.html

Echinodermata

All about Echinoderms: https://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/invertebrates/echinoderm/

Chordata

Vertebrates: http://www.biology4kids.com/files/vert_main.html

Fish

Fish classification activities: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/activities/2215_reef.html

All about fish: https://www.kidzone.ws/animals/fish1.htm

Amphibians

Amphibian information: https://www.ducksters.com/animals/amphibians.php

Saving endangered amphibians: http://www.amphibianark.org/education/links-to-curriculum-materials/

Reptiles

All about reptiles: https://www.kidzone.ws/animals/reptiles1.htm

Green Sea Turtle: http://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/green-turtle/

Birds

Bird videos and games: https://www.neok12.com/Birds.htm

Bird information, coloring pages, activities: https://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/

Webcams: https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Mammals

Facts about mammals: https://animalstime.com/facts-mammals-characteristics-mammals-classification-mammals/

Videos about mammals: https://www.neok12.com/Mammals.htmM

Mammal information: https://www.ducksters.com/animals/mammals.php

Whale information: https://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/

Evolution

Evolution for kids, Charles Darwin,activities: https://darwin200.christs.cam.ac.uk/node/36

This PBS site has resources for middle and high school students but may have some useful information for older students or adults: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/everything-you-need-to-teach-evolution/

Suggested Books for Further Reading

Some great, supplemental books you could use for several sections of RSO Life Level 1

# Highly recommended      * More fun than science

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Unit 2: The Cell

# Greg’s Microscope– Millicent E. Selsam

Unit 3: The Human Body

# What’s Inside You– Susan Meredith (Usborne Starting Point Science)

Science and Your Body Rebecca Heddle (Usborne Science Activities)

Somebody: Five Human Anatomy Games– Fun games to help teach anatomy

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body– Joanna Cole

Me and My Amazing Body– Joan Sweeney

Your Insides– Joanna Cole

Easy Make and Learn: The Human Body– Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne (Human body learning projects)

Unit 4: Skeletal and Muscular Systems

The Skeleton Inside You– Philip Balestrino

Unit 5: Circulatory System

Your Blood and Its Cargo– Sigmund Kalina

A Drop of Blood– Paul Showers

Unit 7: Digestive System/ Nutrition

Good Enough To Eat – Lizzy Rockwell

Eat Healthy Feel Great – William Sears, M.D, et. al.

Unit 8: Nervous System

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses – Joanna Cole

My Five Senses– Aliki

Unit 9: Growth and Genetics

When an Animal Grows – Millicent Selsam (about nonhuman animal growth)

Me and My Family Tree – Paul Showers

Unit 10: Classifying Life

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Quickpix Not Just an Animal Game – Aristoplay

# Benny’s Animals and How He Put Them in Order – Millicent E. Selsam

Animals of the Sea – Millicent Selsam

Unit 12: Cnidaria

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Jellyfish – Leighton Taylor

Unit 13: Worms

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Worm Day – Harriet Ziefert

Earthworms – Dorothy Childs Hogner

Unit 14: Mollusca

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

# Are You a Snail – Judy Allen

Unit 15: Echinodermata

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

ARTHOPODA

Unit 16: Insects

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Complete First Book of Nature

The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants – Joanna Cole

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive – Joanna Cole

Zoobooks: Butterflies – The Knowledge Company (distributer)

Butterflies – Karen Shapiro (Scholastic “Hello Reader!” book)

# The Butterfly House – Eve Bunting

# Waiting for Wings – Lois Ehlert

Are You a Butterfly? – Judy Allen

Are You a Ladybug? – Judy Allen

Are You an Ant? – Judy Allen

*Crickwing – Janell Cannon

Ma Jiang and the Orange Ants – Barbara Ann Porter

# Terry and the Caterpillars – Millicent Selsam

Unit 17: Arachnids

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Are You a Spider? – Judy Allen

*Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

Unit 18: Crustaceans

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

A House for Hermit Crab – Eric Carle

Pagoo – Holling C. Holling

*Kermit the Hermit – Bill Peet

CHORDATA

Unit 20: Fish

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Complete First Book of Nature

# Plenty of Fish – Millicent Selsam

*Swimmy – Leo Lionni

Unit 21: Amphibians

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

# Song of La Selva – Joan Banks

*Frog and Toad Are Friends – Arnold Lobel

*Frog and Toad Together – Arnold Lobel

*Frog and Toad – Arnold Lobel

Unit 22: Reptiles

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Imagine You Are a Crocodile Karen Wallace

The Moon of the Alligators Jean Craighead George

*Verdi Janelle Cannon

Unit 23: Birds

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Complete First Book of Nature

#Tony’s BirdsMillicent Selsam

See How they Grow- Owl– Kim Taylor

*Make Way for Ducklings– Robert McCloskey

An Egg is Quiet – Dianna Hurts Aston, Sylvia Long

Unit 24: Mammals

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Complete First Book of Nature

#Nature DetectiveMillicent Selsam

*Stellaluna Janell Cannon

 

THE PLANT KINGDOM

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Complete First Book of Nature

*Franklin Plants a TreePaulette Borgeois

* Our Tree Named Steve – Alan Zweibel, David Catrow

Unit 25: Flowers

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Complete First Book of Nature

The Reason for a Flower- Ruth Heller

Unit 26: Seeds

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

#Seeds and More SeedsMillicent Selsam

The Tiny Seed- Eric Carle

*The Carrot Seed- Ruth Kraus

Unit 27: Leaves

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Unit 28: Stems and Roots

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

 

OTHER LIFE SCIENCE TOPICS

Evolutions/Natural Selection

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

The Story of Life on Earth- Margaret Monro

EvolutionJoanna Cole

Evolution- The Beast in You (an activity book) – Marc McCutcheon

Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution– Jonathan Tweet, Karen Lewis

Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (For Kids series)- Kristan Lawson

Prehistoric Life

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Natural World

The Story of Life on Earth- Margaret Monro

Wild and Wooly Mammoths- Aliki

Dinosaur BonesAliki

Digging Up Dinosaurs Aliki

Patrick’s Dinosaurs- Carol Carrick

What Happened to Patrick’s Dinosaurs? – Carol Carrick

Reproduction

The Human Body: A First Discovery Book Scholastic

Everybody has a Bellybutton Laurence Pringle

How You Were Born- Joanna Cole

Before You Were Born- Ann Douglas

Field Guide Suggestions

There are often field guides that will be specific to the area where you live.  Those are the best for finding things that you encounter while exploring. 

Arthropods

Insects (Peterson Field Guide Series) – Donald J. Borrer, Richard E. White

Spiders and Their Kin (Golden Guide) – Herbert W. Levi

Birds

Field Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Society) – Shirley L. Scott

Stokes Field Guide to Birds (by region) – Donald and Lillian Stokes

Field Guide to Western (or Eastern) Birds (Peterson Series) – Roger Tory Peterson

Birds of North America (Golden Guide) – Chandler S. Robbins et al

Reptiles and Amphibians

A Field Guide to Western (or Eastern) Reptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guide Series) – Robert C. Stebbins

Mammals

A Field Guide to the Mammals of America North and Mexico (Peterson Field Guide Series)

Wild Flowers

There are several field guides for wildflowers that are specific to region and it is best to find one that matches where you are exploring. 

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Flowers – National Audubon Society

Trees

There are several field guides for trees that are specific to region and it is best to find one that matches where you are exploring. 

A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Including the Midwest (Peterson Field Guides) – Roger Tory Peterson, Mariner Books, et al.

 

Care of Unusual “Pets”

# Pets in a Jar- Seymour Simon

Animal Care from Protozoa to Small Mammals– F. Barbara Orlans

Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method- Sally Kneidel

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