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Chapter 3 - Describing Animals




Unit B - Animals as Living Things

Chapter 3 - Describing Animals

Discover how scientists classify and describe animals.



Nature Explorations

No matter what the weather or season, you can explore nature with these 11 challenges. See just how good your observation skills are by comparing butterflies, leaves, reptiles, fish, and more. Then record your own observations in a field journal.



They Glow!

Most of the deep sea is very dark, with little or no sunlight. But that doesn't mean marine animals are in the dark! Learn how these clever creatures create their own light.


Hands-on Activity

Create a Coral Reef

Did you know that, at their core, coral reefs are the skeletons of thousands of dead coral? Make your own coral reef diorama—with pasta, Play-Doh™, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and hair curlers.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

¡Que Vivan las Serpientes Muertas!

"What can I do for a decent science fair project?" See how this 12th-grader from Ohio turned his answer to this common question—a road mortality survey of snakes—into a four-year study and a published paper. 


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Morphologic Variation in the Common Periwinkle

The common periwinkle, now one of the most abundant marine gastropods on the North Atlantic coast, was introduced accidentally to Nova Scotia around 1857. Investigate it with an 11th-grader from Maine.


Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Explore the rich diversity of frogs and learn about their evolution, biology, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments in this popular exhibition, on view from May 18, 2013, through January 5, 2014.

May 18, 2013 - January 5, 2014

American Museum of Natural History

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New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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