Resources for Teachers

Grade K-2: Biology and Ecosystems

General Biology || General Ecosystem|| Amphibians || Birds || Mammals

General Biology

USGS Kids- Activities
Activities, games, coloring pages, projects, and stories that teach younger children about animals, climate change, bee population declines, wild birds, and more. 

South Florida Kids Page- Activities
Learn about the myriad ecosystems in South Florida and the creatures that inhabit them. The site includes coloring pages, games, and summaries of different animal species. 

Southeast Ecological Science Center Kid's Corner- Activities
Short movie clips of amphibians, games & puzzles, wildlife pictures, and coloring sheets related to animals found in the southeast U.S. with an emphasis on Florida. 

Fossil Lesson Plan: Crinoids- Lesson Plan
W What are fossils? What are crinoids? Make your own easy model of these marine organisms to learn how they live and how we often see them in the geologic record as fossils!

General Ecosystem

Wise Wetland Ways- Activities
Teachers use wetland "artifacts" to discuss how people benefit from wetlands (on back side of poster). 

Amphibians

Reptile and Amphibian Coloring Sheets- Activities
Individual coloring pages for the threatened Western Pond Turtle, the endangered mountain Yellow-Legged Frog, and the invasive Red-Eared Slider and American Bullfrog.

Frog Call Quiz- Activities
Learn the breeding calls of frogs and toads in the eastern United States and Canada.

Birds

Dendroica: An Aid to Identifying North American Birds- Photos
Multiple photos and sounds for most bird species in North America.

Whooping Cranes- Background Information
The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center has been breeding whooping cranes for release to the wild since 1967. This site has extensive information and Frequently Asked Questions about whooping cranes plus videos and a list of recent articles. Be sure to click on the site map to see fascinating photos and information about raising individual chicks. An additional 16-minute video discusses health, exercise, diet, and training of these birds that were once on the brink of extinction.

Mammals

Polar Bears- - Background Information and Activites
Track polar bears by satellite and learn about their habitat.

Sea Otters- Background Information and Video
Learn about sea otter basics and follow links to USGS podcasts, a film, a fact sheet, and other information about sea otters.

Manatees- Background Information and Photos
Read an information sheets about manatees, access photographs, and learn about USGS research on manatees.