Many homeschoolers and quite a few elementary school teachers feel unprepared to teach science.  I believe that this is in large part because they have no idea where to obtain the materials necessary to teach labs.  I have dealt with two very large companies, who although their primary purpose is to supply schools, will sell to individuals.  However, neither one will sell either chemicals or live bacteria and viruses.  These two are:  Ward Science Supplies and Carolina Biological.  Don't be fooled by the name.  Both sell materials to teach:  biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics from kindergarten through graduate school.  A third company, Home Science Tools, sells primarily to homeschoolers.  They will provide chemicals in the very small quantities that a homeschooler would wish.



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All birds have feathers and they are the only animals that do have feathers. All birds have wings, but not all are capable of flight. All birds lay eggs, but many other animals do as well.


Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds by Tish Rabe

Have You Seen Birds by Joanne Oppenheim

The Bird Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

What's the Difference? Birds by Stephen Savage

DK Eye Wonder: Birds by Samantha Gray and Sarah Walker

Amazing Worlds Magazine: Birds editor Mary-Clare Mitchell

I Didn't Know That Some Birds Hang Upside Down by Claire Llewelleyn

Birds, Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines by Caroline Arnold

Feathers: Poems about Birds by Eileen Spinelli

Beaks! by Sneed B. Collard

Bird Nests by Helen Frost

Birds' Nests by Julia Obolensky

A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenlens

From Egg to Chicken by Gerald Legg

Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller

From Egg to Robin by Susan Canizares

Magic School Bus: Flies from the Nest by Joanna Cole

Late Little Robin by Howard Goldsmith (Migration)

Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert

Why do Birds Sing? by Joan Holub

Animal Lives: Barn Owl by Sally Tagholm

Bald Eagle by Gordon Morrison

Bald Eagles by Karen Dudley

Bluebird Summer by Deborah Hopkinson

Booby Hatch by Betsy Lewin

Cardinals by Julie Murray

Christmas Eve Blizzard by Andrea Vlahakis (Cardinal)

City Hawk: The Story of Pale Maleby Meghan McCarthy

Come Back, Pigeon by Antoine Schneider

The Company of Crows: A Book of Poems by Marilyn Singer

Crows by Natalie Lunis

A Dazzle of Hummingbirds by Bruce Berger

Eagles by Julie Murray

Extinct Birds and Those in Danger of Extinction by Philip Steele

Finches by Lynn M. Stone

Finches by Sharon Sharth

Flamingoes by Lynn M. Stone

Flamingoes, Loons, and Pelicans by Mel Boring

Hawks by Deborah Kops

Hummingbirds by Diane Swanson

If you should hear a honey guide by April Pulley Sayre

It's a Hummingbird's Life by Irene Kelly

Johnny Longlegs, A Tale of Big Birds by Suzanne Tate (A Great Blue Heron Meets a Flamingo)

Lizards for Lunch: A Road Runner's Tale by Conrad J. Storad

Luba and the Wren by Patricia Polacco

Luck: The Story of a Sandhill Crane by Jean Craighead George

Mud City: A Flamingo Story by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Night of the Pufflings by Bruce McMillan

The Nightingale by Hans Christian Anderson illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Ostriches and Other Flightless Birds by Caroline Arnold

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Owls by Gail Gibbons

Parrots by Julie Murray

Penguins by Gail Gibbons

Penguins, A New True Book by Emilie U. Lepthien

Perky Pelican, A Tale of a Lively Bird by Suzanne Tate

Perry Penguin, A Tale of a Brave Family by Suzanne Tate

A Picture Book of Water Birds by Gracie Mabie

Robins: Songbirds of Spring by Mia Posada

The Robins in Your Backyard by Nancy Carol Willis

Salty Seagull, A Tale of an Old Salt by Suzanne Tate

Sandhill Cranes by Lynn M. Stone

Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi

Song for the Whooping Crane by Eileen Spinelli

Sparrows by Christine Webber

The Sparrows by Robert Slaughter

Spoonbill Swamp by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds by Deborah Ruddell

Two Blue Jays by Anne F. Rockwell

Watching Water Birds by Jim Arnosky

Whoo oo is it by Megan McDonald

Why Noah Chose the Dove by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Woodpeckers by Julie Murray


Bird Songs by Les Beletsky (This utilizes the recordings from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.)

Sing, Nightingale, Sing! (with CD) by Francoise de Guibert

There are battery powered devices which will play recordings of various types of birds. I found mine (Identiflyer) at the local Wild Birds, Unlimited.


Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream by Robert Burleigh

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies


Bateman's Guide to Backyard Birds by Robert Bateman

Kitchen Table Bird Book by John Ham

Golden Guide to Birds by Herbert S. Zim and Ira N. Gabrielson

The best way to study birds is to invite them into your backyard. Certain plants which provide either food, nesting sites, or cover will help. In the summer, you can provide a hummingbird feeder and in the winter a bird feeder for those birds who remain. Be cautious about bird feeders in the summer if you live in bear territory! Bird nesting boxes will be appreciated by many species. If you provide a bird bath, you will need to flush it daily or install a device to ripple the water constantly. Standing water invites mosquito breeding. In the spring, when you observe birds carrying nesting materials, you can provide small pieces of string or yarn. If you have a problem with birds flying into windows buy very cheap, very garish rubber snakes and place them on the shrubbery in front of the windows.

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