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Chapter 2 - Animals




Unit A - Plants and Animals

  • Chapter 2 - Animals

How do animals grow and change?


Hands-on Activity

Make an Ecosystem Diorama

Now you can gaze at your favorite museum diorama anytime you want, night or day. Grab your crayons, and create a shoe-box replica of A Wading Bird Rookery, The Olympic Rain Forest, or A Giant Cactus Forest.



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.


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.


Hands-on Activity

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Coloring Book

How does a Veiled Chameleon's body resemble its environment? What colors are a Burmese Python's spots? Use what you know about squamates to bring these drawings to life.


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.



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.



Science Explorations: Investigate the Giant Squid

With unblinking eyes the size of soccer balls and a body that can stretch the length of a bowling alley, the giant squid has long fascinated humans. Investigate the largest invertebrate on Earth.



It Takes All Kinds to Make a World

The ocean's one diverse place—with alga so tiny that 10 million can fit in a single teaspoon to whales longer than three school buses. Take the surfboard challenge, and ride the waves of biodiversity!


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