Grades 6-8

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 Pantano Wash: Investigating an Ecosystem

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Pantano Wash: Investigating an Ecosystem

How do the many trees and shrubs that live at the bottom of dry riverbeds survive flash floods? Investigate the answer with this 7th-grader from Arizona as he monitors a neighborhood wash.

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.

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.

Tsunami Science: Reducing the Risk

Science Bulletin

Tsunami Science: Reducing the Risk

The scientific data left in the wake of the horrific December 26, 2004 tsunami is proving invaluable to better prepare for future events. Meet the researchers at the crest of this relatively young science. Featured are the geologists, seismologists, and computer modelers of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, an area replete with geological and anthropological evidence of past tsunamis. Learn how the region is preparing for its inevitable next wave.

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