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Chapter 4 - Life Processes

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Unit B - Animals as Living Things

Chapter 4 - Life Processes

Discover more about how animals grow and develop and how their different adaptations help them survive in their environments.

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Hands-on Activity

Slowing the Flow

All mammals—dogs, sea lions, and even you—have an adaptation for surviving in cold water. Take the plunge, and learn why the mammalian diving reflex is your cold-water friend.

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Hands-on Activity

Draw a Monarch

You don't have to be a terrific artist to create a scientific illustration of a monarch butterfly—just willing to take your time researching and re-creating what you find. Learn how.

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Ocean Creature Feature

To survive in the icy Pacific, a sea otter has about a million hairs in every square inch of its fur. Now, that's dense! Take a close look at ocean adaptations while boosting your OLogy card collection.

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Hands-on Activity

Crazy Camouflage

Unlike humans, some animals can instantly change the color or pattern of their skin. Take a hands-on look at how the masters of disguise known as flounders can don several different looks.

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What's the Big Idea About Marine Biology?

How is the ocean like a layer cake? What cool and spooky creatures live there? And just how important is the ocean to humans? Dive deep into marine biology with this kid-friendly introduction.

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All About Cloning

After singing a song about a cloned sheep to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," kids investigate the how and why of cloning. This Web page helps kids understand cloning and explains some of the ethical issues involved.

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Imagine It's the Year 2020

Would you clone your dog if you could? Do you have the right to know that you're eating cloned chicken? Step into the future for a look at the questions you may one day have to answer.

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Article

Metamorphosis

The butterfly begins life as an egg, emerges as a caterpillar, and then undergoes a complete change in body form during development.

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Article

Antarctic Adaptations

Unlike human visitors, Antarctica's plants and animals don't require high-tech gear. How have these organisms adapted to thrive—not just survive—in such an extreme environment?

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