Sure, we know a lot of Pokemon are based on animals, but some of those Pokemon are a lot more based on animals than you realize, like a specific species or containing very specific traits and features unique to certain types of animals. Who knew Pokemon could be educational.
Many animals stand out for their special abilities: eagle eye vision, dogs' refined sense of smell, bats' ultrasonic hearing, salamanders' regenerative powers. Contrary to superheros powers in comics and movies, all these animal powers are real superpowers. They exist in nature and maybe one day we could transfer these powers to ourselves.
Your Life As A Dog
Here's what your life would be like if you were a dog. For starters, you would eat twice as much, sleep twice as much, and have 5x better vision at night.
A great introduction to comparative biology.
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Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes
Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.
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This curated list from the American Farm Bureau features free resources for different age groups (K-12) and broken out by topic areas like animals, economy, environment and technology. Check out the Resources menu section for more free downloadable activities and lesson plans related to agriculture.
Have you or your students ever wondered what it might be like to work in a zoo or aquarium?
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has an answer... Zoo and aquarium employment is not always glamorous. Much of the work requires physical strength, as well as the ability to make detailed observations and keep information up-to-date. It takes a special kind of dedication to provide care to animals that require attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week, come snow, rain, or shine. (Sounds a lot like teaching.)
They talk about the types of jobs, fining internships, and provide links to additional resources.
BioInteractive, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, provides high quality multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into the classroom.
Resource areas include short films, lectures, virtual labs, interactive tutorials, classroom resources and teacher guides.
See How A Rat Can Wriggle Up Your Toilet
Not for the faint of heart. This National Geographic video explores everything from how rats can hold their breath for up to 3 minutes to how they squeeze thru small openings. A good springboard for the topic of adaptation in nature.
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Check with your local zoo, wildlife rescue organization, or fish hatchery to see what programs and resources they provide.