Grades 6-8

Dance of the Moons

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Dance of the Moons

Find out how this 10th-grader from Oregon was able to take the back-and-forth motion he observed in Jupiter's moons and use it to figure out their circular motions.

Got Cats? Get Worms!

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Got Cats? Get Worms!

Meet a 12th-grader from Louisiana who's seeking an environmentally friendly solution to animal waste. His motivation? Ten family cats and the four smelly litter pans he's charged with cleaning!

Make Your Own Weather Station

Make Your Own Weather Station

Surrounding Earth is a layer of air, the atmosphere, where conditions are always changing. Try your hand at predicting weather patterns by making a wind vane, a rain gauge, and a barometer.

GOLD Glossary

Curriculum Materials

GOLD Glossary

What is the gold standard? How does an alloy differ from a compound? And what happens when a metal tarnishes? Find out with this glossary from "alloy" to "volume."

GOLD Booklist for Kids

Curriculum Materials

GOLD Booklist for Kids

How does gold form and what does it take to extract it from the earth? You'll find everything from colorful field guides to tales about the quest for gold in this list of kid-friendly titles.

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Glossary

Curriculum Materials

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Glossary

What are squamata? Why is the term "cold-blooded" incorrect? And how does chemoreception work? Find out with this glossary—from "adaptation" to "vertebrate."

Curriculum Materials

Lizards & Snakes Booklist for Kids

Want to learn more about the legged and legless lizards known as squamates? You'll find everything from colorful field guides to tales of unusual behavior in this list of kid-friendly titles.

The World Through a Bat's Ears

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The World Through a Bat's Ears

This 10th-grader from New York first became fascinated with bats when she observed their "magical movements" in Israel's Negev Desert as a young child. Trek with her to Ontario to study their behavioral ecology.

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