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Mrs. Gruchacz, Principal
372 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4230
Fax: 609.806.4231

Elementary Science Program - Student Resources
(for media see Teacher Resources)

living things
First School Years
living and non-living sort
Crick Web
living and non-living sort
animal babies
Science Net
organism classification
Duke Farms
NJ eagle's nest camera
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
animal webcams
Earth Cam
animal webcams
animal in a habitat
San Diego Zoo
see animals from the zoo
Aven's Corner
animal links
Canadian Museum of Nature
animal behaviors
National Geographic
science for kids
Harcourt Publishers
animal needs
life cycles
LA County Office of Education
interactive animal life cycles
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
animal classification
Kidport Reference Library
how animals are classified
Sheppard Software
animal information and classification games
insect body parts
insect dichotomous key
insect classification
University of Illinois
insect games
animal classification game
Teacher's Domain
animal classification game
Circle 1 Network
Animals of the World game
Soft Schools
Choose the group
Earth Day Canada
Northern and forest food chain game
Arctic food chain game
Pond food chain game
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Food energy pyramid and create a food chain

animal food game
create a food web
Gould League
create a food web with scavengers and decomposers
Gould League
group marine organisms and watch a food web
UCA Berkeley
lady bug life cycle game
Franklin Institute
frog life cycle game
frog mating call tracker
Annenberg Media
track butterfly migration
create a caterpillar with adaptations
Earth Day Canada
animal adaptation games
camouflage and movement
add features to help an animal camouflage
find camouflaged animals in different surroundings
camouflage features game
bury skeletons to make a fossil
predator / prey footprint game
Cool Cosmos
warm and cold blooded animals
skeleton jigsaw game
University of Texas at Austin
observe animal skeletons (vertebrates)
animal evolution interactive
Yale University
Food Web Kerplunk - change ecosystem factors
Explore Learning
Food Pyramid Energy simulation
University of Hawaii
see animals under an electron microscope
virtual owl pellet dissection
University of Illinois - Champaign
view chick embryos through microscope
bird call matching

2009 Science NJCCCS:

5.3 Life Science: All studentswill understand that life science principles are powerful conceptualtools for making sense of the complexity, diversity, andinterconnectedness of life on Earth. Order in natural systems arises in accordance with rules that govern the physical world, and the order of natural systems can be modeled and predicted through the use of mathematics.

A. Organization and Development: Living organisms are composed ofcellular units (structures) that carry out functions required forlife. Cellular units are composed of molecules, which also carry outbiological functions.

  • 5.3.P.A.1 Investigate and compare the basicphysical characteristics of plants, humans, and other animals.
  • 5.3.P.A.2 Observe similarities and differences inthe needs of various living things, and differences between living and nonliving things.
  • 5.3.2.A.1 Group living and nonliving things according to the characteristics that they share.
  • 5.3.4.A.1 Develop and use evidence-based criteria to determine if an unfamiliar object is living or nonliving.
  • 5.3.4.A.2  Compare and contrast structures that have similar functions invarious organisms, and explain how those functions may be carried out by structures that have different physical appearances.
B. Matter and EnergyTransformations: Food is required for energy and building cellular materials. Organisms in an ecosystem have different ways of obtaining food, and some organisms obtain their food directly from other organisms.

  • 5.3.P.B.1 Observe and describe how plants and animals obtain food from their environment, such as by observing the interactions between organisms in a natural habitat.
  • 5.3.2.B.1 Describe the requirements for the care of plants and animals related to meeting their energy needs.
  • 5.3.2.B.2 Compare how different animals obtain food and water.
  • 5.3.4.B.1 Identify sources of energy (food) in avariety of settings (farm, zoo, ocean, forest).
  • 5.3.6.B.2 Illustrate the flow of energy (food) through a community.
  • 5.3.12.B.3 Predict what would happen to an ecosystem if an energy source was removed.
C. Interdependence: All animals and most plants depend on both other organisms and their environment to meet their basic needs.

  • 5.3.P.C.1 Observe and describe how natural habitats provide for the basic needs of plants and animals with respect to shelter, food, water, air, and light (e.g., dig outside in the soil to investigate the kinds of animal life that live in and around the ground).
  • 5.3.2.C.1 Describe the ways in which organisms interact with each other andtheir habitats in order to meet basic needs.
  • 5.2.3.C.2 Identify the characteristics of a habitat that enable the habitat tosupport the growth of many different plants and animals.