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BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species addresses both inquiry and life science content standards through exploration of local biodiversity, collection of animal species, and the investigation of individual animals and how animals interact with one another. Through these activities students will gain a clearer understanding of how organisms meet their basic needs and the role the environment plays in supporting a variety of organisms. A feature of the curriculum is the Critter Catalog, an on-line animal species database developed by the BioKIDS team. A downloadable Invertebrate ID Guide helps in the identification of invertebrate animals found in a typical schoolyard. Students use these guides as the main resource when they write species accounts (conduct research on individual animals). A BioKIDS curriculum binder contains carefully sequenced inquiry-focused activities. The inquiry emphasis encourages students to generate claims from evidence. Exemplars, questions, and sentence starters are provided to help students formulate scientific explanations from evidence throughout a sequence of eleven authentic inquiry situations.


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Danielle Martinez
Danielle Martinez (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

This is a great source for kids to scroll through and learn more about animals and what categories they fall under. 

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
18 years ago
Students in my college Life Science course for prospective K6 teachers performed
MUCH BETTER investigations using the scaffolds provided by the BioKids
curriculum on a field trip to our Arboretum than they did using guidelines from
our Ocean Institute on a field trip to the rocky intertidal in southern
California. It would be wonderful if projects like BioKids were to be
developed for investigations about different kinds of characteristics of diverse

Technical Remarks:

Some of the page numbering on the Invertebrate ID Guide does not match the items
described in the key. Surprisingly, my college students were so enthusiastic
that they were not discouraged and they quickly fixed the page numbers.
Used in course? Yes