BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species is a research project of the University of Michigan. We developed an 8-week, inquiry-focused curriculum for 5th and 6th graders, as well as technological resources to support it (including this website). For more information, see About Us.
Our Critter Catalog covers animals found in Michigan, specifically written for BioKIDS participants. For other animals, see the Animal Diversity Web. For other internet sources, see Links for Kids and Links for Teachers.
Try our Critter Catalog. If your animal is an invertebrate, try the Invertebrate ID Guide. Our staff has developed this key to help students identify invertebrates they are likely to find in their schoolyards. You might also try identification guides available through a library, these are geared more towards identifying animals, whereas our Critter Catalog is more about the animals and how they live. A great site for insects, spiders, and other land arthropods is BugGuide.Net.
Use our Track and Sign Guide.
Login using Teacher Login, then choose CyberTracker Tools. CyberTracker is a program written by South African conservation biologists (http://www.cybertracker.org) and customized by our staff for southeast Michigan. Teachers must login in order to work with CyberTracker tools.
Logging in with Teacher Login is only necessary to upload or view CyberTracker data. If you need a login name or password, please contact BioKIDSemail@example.com.
Try Links for teachers , which includes both background information and links to other curricula. Don't forget there is also the Animal Diversity Web which has more advanced information than the Critter Catalog and also includes lots more animals from all over the world.
Go to About Us for an overview of the BioKIDS project and its partners.
The Animal Diversity Web is an online encyclopedia of animal natural history created by University of Michigan researchers and college students all over North America.