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This page is a list of websites that have anything to do with the science of biologoy, from plants to animals, bacteria and viruses, the weird and wonderful world of living things!


  • Subscribe to Robert Krampf's weekly email list which outlines easy science experiments and explanations in a fun and easy to understand way. Includes archives of past experiments and videos which show him conducting the experiment.
  • CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures
  • Geo Science Links - a list of websites that have anything to do with the geology of the Earth, rock and mineral collecting, soil sciences, etc.
  • Bio Science Links - a list of links to websites about anything to do with the science of biologoy, from plants to animals, bacteria and viruses, the weird and wonderful world of living things!
  • The Department of Environment Water, Heritage, and the Arts has a huge list of publications, both online and available in printed format, for free:
  • 7 page e-booklet for teachers and parents full of links to teaching sites and competitions etc:
    http://www.eiaa.asn.au/upl_images/careers%20parent%20info%20web% 20education%20collation.pdf
  • How to Teach Science: a fantastic resource by Teresa, well worth a visit. Don't forget to sign up for her regular informative and practical newsletter!
  • Nova Science in the News is a website produced by the Australian Academy of Science that looks at the [secular] science behind the headlines. Their goal is to provide reliable and up-to-date information for senior secondary school teachers to use in class, although anyone with an interest in topical issues will also find Nova useful. The information is checked for accuracy by experts in the field and is updated regularly.
  • Clouds Kendal found a great website devoted to cloud appreciation. There
    are some terrific photographs in the gallery and some poetry too.



  • Human Vs Kangaroo - a wise person doesn't mess with a kangaroo, especially jacks (males). Never lift your arms above your head or you'll be inviting a boxing match! Use this interesting article as a starting point for a unit study or webquest on aggressive behaviour in animals to discover the different reasons they fight.
  • Interested in frogs? What about the Cutest and Deadliest Frogs on Earth? This amazing collection of photos is sure to inspire further study!





  • The San Andreas Fault from Above: stunning aerial photographs showing the famous San Adreas Fault in western USA with an excellent summary of information about the fault and history of recent earthquakes.
  • Recent Earthquakes Measured by Geoscience Australia: felt an earthquake recently? Geoscience Australia, a federal government agency measures all seismic activity - view the magnitude of the latest shake and found out where it was on this site.
  • Understanding Earthquakes: is a brilliant site for children, with quizes, games, first hand accounts, history of the science of seismology and links to other sites.
  • Earthquakes from Weather Wiz Kids: great graphics showing how faults in the earth produce quakes, plus an animation that shows children how they actually happen. Simple explanations suitable for primary aged children displayed in an engaging manner. Plus tips on what to do if you're caught in an earthquake!
  • National Geographic's page on Earthquakes has a series of well-written articles, safety tips, photos gallery of pictures of earthquake devastation and the after effects both on human population and nature, earthquake video montage and an educational video.
  • How Stuff Works: Earthquakes is a brilliant series of 11 articles that explains using text and animations all aspects of earthquakes.
  • 42Explore's page on Earthquakes is a must visit as it has links to all the best earthquake sites on the internet, but not only that, it has a huge list of activities homeschooling students can do to explore the topic!


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