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Hands On Crafts for Kids 12: Living Things (cc)

Hands On Crafts for Kids 12: Living Things (cc)

The focus of this series is "living things." We learn about animals and plants that share our environment while creating great projects, which have been divided into the same classifications used by scientists. With animals we look to see whether or not they have a backbone; then we look at other characteristics like what they eat, where they live, and their body temperature. The groups we study are amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. For invertebrates we divide them into insects, arachnids, crustaceans and mollusks. For plants we talk about the way we see and use plants in everyday life. Every project has 5 steps and 5 main ingredients; plus you'll want to keep basic supplies like scissors, markers, toothpicks and rulers on hand. Produced by Katherine Stull, Inc. Closed-captioned. Programs available on 13 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 13-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail
Also see: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3; Series 4; Series 5; Series 6; Series 7; Series 8; Series 9; Series 10; Series 11; Series 13; Series 14


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1. Animals - Vertebrates: Birds (cc)

1. Animals - Vertebrates: Birds (cc)

Our first category of living things is animals with a backbone or vertebrates. This is the one thing they have in common and their other characteristics can be very different. We start out with birds. These are warm-blooded animals. No matter what the temperature outside, their body temperature stays the same and they Click for more


2. Animals - Vertebrates: Amphibians (cc)

2. Animals - Vertebrates: Amphibians (cc)

Amphibians are our next category of animals with a backbone. They hatch from jelly covered eggs and start out their lives under water, breathing with gills. The babies look very different from adult amphibians. One example is tadpoles and adult frogs. They usually live on or near water and adults can breathe through Click for more


3. Animals - Vertebrates: Fish (cc)

3. Animals - Vertebrates: Fish (cc)

This programs' category is fish - these are vertebrates that live in water and are typically cold blooded, which means their body temperature changes depending on the temperature around them. Fish have scales and 2 sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. Fish also use gills to breathe and most lay eggs. Our Click for more


4. Animals - Vertebrates: Mammals (cc)

4. Animals - Vertebrates: Mammals (cc)

This program's category of animals is mammals. These are animals with a backbone. Mammals also have 4 limbs, which can be arms, legs or even flippers. We look at a broad category of mammals. Here are some facts: Female mammals have the ability to produce milk to feed their babies. Mammals have hair or fur that help Click for more


5. Animals - Vertebrates: Mammals - Herbivores (cc)

5. Animals - Vertebrates: Mammals - Herbivores (cc)

Our first classification of mammals is herbivores. These are animals with a backbone that eat only plant materials. Plant eaters usually have large incisor teeth for cutting and chewing plants. They have large molars for grinding tough plants and they have a different digestive system to allow for slow digestion of Click for more


6. Animals - Vertebrates: Mammals - Carnivores (cc)

6. Animals - Vertebrates: Mammals - Carnivores (cc)

This program's animal category is carnivores. These are mammals with a backbone that feed mostly on meat. What an animal eats is influenced by how it looks. Meat eaters have strong jaws and teeth designed for tearing and crushing. Usually carnivores prey on other animals for food rather than grazing on plants. Our Click for more


7. Animals - Vertebrates: Reptiles (cc)

7. Animals - Vertebrates: Reptiles (cc)

This program's animal group is reptiles. The word reptile means to creep. This group of animals has dry, scaly skin, breathes air and most lay eggs, though many snakes have live babies. They are also cold blooded; their body temperature changes with their environment. They have 4 short legs or no legs at all. Some Click for more


8. Animals - Invertebrates: Arthropods - Insects (cc)

8. Animals - Invertebrates: Arthropods - Insects (cc)

Our next classification of animals is insects. These are invertebrates, which mean they do not have a backbone, but they are arthropods, which mean they have a hard exoskeleton or tough coating on the outside of their body. Their body has 3 parts: the head, thorax and abdomen. Insects have 3 pairs of jointed legs, Click for more


9. Animals - Invertebrates: Arthropods - Arachnids (cc)

9. Animals - Invertebrates: Arthropods - Arachnids (cc)

Arachnids or spiders are an animal and invertebrate or without a backbone. They have an exoskeleton, a two-part segmented body, and 8 jointed legs; they are also predators and attack other animals. First, what's a spider without a web? Create your own glittery window cling. Then it's time for a very whimsical interpretation Click for more


10. Animals - Invertebrates: Crustaceans and Mollusks (cc)

10. Animals - Invertebrates: Crustaceans and Mollusks (cc)

Soft-bodied invertebrates that live in water or on land are grouped as mollusks. Snails, clams, mussels and squid are an example. Mollusks usually have a shell and a fleshy living part; this body has a very distinctive foot or way to move itself. Mollusks are one of the most varied life forms and can be found in places Click for more


11. Plants - True Plants: Flowers (cc)

11. Plants - True Plants: Flowers (cc)

Our study of living creatures in this program is about plants. The plants we feature are all known as land plants. Most plants have the process of photosynthesis in common; this is the process that allows plants to take energy from the sun. Plants also have cell walls. Instead of dividing plants by scientific classes, Click for more


12. Plants - True Plants: Fruits and Vegetables (cc)

12. Plants - True Plants: Fruits and Vegetables (cc)

This program focuses on another common way we see plants everyday - fruits and vegetables. Fruits are a part of the plant and the way that flowering plants spread seeds for new plants. Vegetables are actual parts of the plants - they can be the stem or stalk like celery, the leaves like lettuce, roots like carrots Click for more


13. Plants - True Plants: Trees and Bushes (cc)

13. Plants - True Plants: Trees and Bushes (cc)

Some of the most familiar plants are trees and bushes. Trees are a woody plant with a distinct main stem, or trunk. At maturity, trees are usually the tallest of plants, and their height and single main stem are what make them different from shrubs, which are shorter and have many stems. Trees are perennials, plants Click for more





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