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.



Suzanne Tate's Books

Mystic Aquarium (CT)

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Waikiki Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium in Camden NJ

Ranger Rick Magazine

More About Wildlife

There are three types of fish. Jawless fishes include the lamprey and the hagfish. As the term jawless implies, the mouth is always open since there is no jaw with which to close it. Cartilaginous fishes include all sharks, skates, and rays. All other fishes are bony fishes. Please note that all fish have fins, gills, and scales, though the type of scale varies with the species. Whales and dolphins are not fish. They do not have scales or gills and must surface to breathe.

The fish book by Christopher Angelfish

Wish for a fish by Bonnie Worth

Fish That Play Tricks by Dorothy M. Souza

Hello, Fish! Visiting the Coral Reef by Sylvia A. Earle

Fishy Field Trip, Magic School Bus Chapter Book by Martin Schwabacher

Ocean Life: Anemone to Zebra Fish (Book and DVD) by Annie Crawley

Giant Shark: Megalodon, The Super Prehistoric Predator by Caroline Arnold

Great Sharky Shark, A Tale of a Big Hunter by Suzanne Tate

Great White Shark: Ruler of the Sea by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Great White Sharks:  Animal Predator by Sandra Markle 

I didn't know that sharks keep losing their teeth by Claire Llewellyn

Megalodon by Janet Riehecky

Sharks by Jane Walker

Survival in the Sea: The Story of a Hammerhead Shark by Linda S. Lingemann

Swimming with the Hammerhead Sharks by Kenneth Mallory

Tiger Sharks by Julie Murray

What Do Sharks Eat for Dinner? Questions and Answers about Sharks by Melvin Berger

Rays by Jody Sullivan Rake

Rosie Ray, A Tale of Watery Wings by Suzanne Tate

Angelfish by Elaine Landau

Billy Bluefish, A Tale of Big Blues by Suzanne Tate

Clown Fish by Carol K. Lindeen

Coral Reef Hideaway: The Story of a Clown Anemonefish by Doe Boyle

Eels by Jody Sullivan Rake

Ellie and Ollie Eel, A Tale of a Fantastic Voyage by Suzanne Tate

Flossie Flounder, A Tale of a Flat Fish by Suzanne Tate

Lucky Lookdown, A Tale of a Funny Fish by Suzanne Tate

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

Old Reddy Drum, A Tale of a Redfish by Suzanne Tate

Parrotfish by Jody Sullivan

Puffer's Surprise by Barbara Gaines Winkelman

Pufferfish by Jody Sullivan Rake

Salmon by Sylvia M. James

Salmon (Life Cycle) by Julie Murray

Salmon by Deborah Hodge

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis

Spunky Spot, A Tale of One Smart Fish by Suzanne Tate

Stevie B. Seahorse, A Tale of a Proud Papa by Suzanne Tate

Swordfish Returns by Susan Korman

Buck Wilder's Small Fry Fishing Guide by Tim Smith (A complete introduction to the world of fishing.) CAUTION: The game wardens are not idiots! They know that dad or mom is putting the bait on the hook for the little kids. They also know that dad or mom is taking the fish off of the hook. If an adult touches the hook, the rod, the reel, or the bait, that adult needs a fishing license! While you are getting your license, be sure to check on season dates and limits.

Have you considered a visit to an aquarium? See comments above under "Aquatic Invertebrates". Also, there is an excellent Eyewitness Video about Fish.

Directory of Public Aquariums in the USA

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