Hands-on science investigations for primary school children aged 5 - 11 years old


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Families & teenagers (aged 12+)
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Free to download, ARKive’s fun-packed teaching  resources cover  a range  of key  science and biology  subjects  including: adaptation,  endangered species,  food  chains,  Darwin  and  natural  selection, classification, identification, conservation, and biodiversity. These teaching resources include: classroom presentations, activities and handouts, teachers' notes as well as links to ARKive species profiles and scrapbooks.

Plants (Star)
Students will learn about the different parts of the plant and what each part does, as well as about seeds and their different dispersal methods. They will learn what a plant needs in order to grow, and how to test the effects of food, light and warmth on plant growth.

Adaptation - Design a Species (SuperStar)
By creating and designing a new species, students learn how animals are adapted to survive in particular habitats.

Marvellous Mini-beasts - Design a Species (SuperStar)
By creating and designing a new species of mini-beast, students learn how different species of invertebrate are adapted to survive in particular habitats.

Sizing up Species (SuperStar)
Combining skills in mathematics, science and art, students will learn about species heights and lengths while practicing estimation, measurement and comparison skills.

Pacific Northwest Temperate Rainforests (SuperStar)
Students investigate ecosystems and understand that they include living and non-living things. They develop basic food chains identifying producers and consumers. They understand that ecosystems can change through both natural causes and human activities.

School Museum (MegaStar)
Following an exploration of endangered species and conservation issues, students develop their understanding of key biological concepts by designing and creating an interactive exhibit for an ARKive School Museum.

Go to the ARKive website to download the free activities