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  1. A Good Egg

    Animal embryos develop in eggs, which provide development, nourishment and protection. The egg structures of different species differ in unique ways that ensure the survival of their embryos. Examine the eggs of snakes, birds, frogs, and other animals up close to learn about their differences and how the habitats in which they are laid relate to their form and care. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Attention: Some of the items in this box are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  2. Animal Coverings

    Animals come in many shapes and sizes, and have lots of different characteristics. But all animals have coverings, from fur and feathers to scales and shells. An animal's covering is just one of many adaptations that help it survive in its environment. Touch a mammal's fur, examine the different kinds of feathers on a bird's skin, and peek inside a turtle's shell. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  3. Animal Habitats: Pond

    Animals live where they can find resources to meet their needs for food, water, shelter, and reproduction. These places are called habitats. Animals that share the same habitat often interact with and depend on other plant and animal species in the habitat. Use the contents of this box to make connections between animals and a pond habitat through dramatic play with pond puppets and contrast real specimens of dragonflies, beaver pelts, bluegills, and turtle shells. Learn More
  4. Wild in Chicago

    Many animals make their home in Chicago's urban environment. Some of these animals are natives, while others are new to the region and flourish here. Become a field guide writer, observing and researching many species of animals found in urban Chicago. Discuss how students could take action to make their schoolyard or backyard a better place for animals. Then, take action! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Attention: Some of the items in this box are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  5. Skulls and Limbs

    This box includes skulls and skull casts from the American Alligator, Dog, Cat, American Beaver, Mouse, Human, and Road Runner, along with skeletal comparison sets of hind and front limbs. Explore the variation in skulls and limbs that show how animals and humans are highly adapted to different food sources and environments. Use this box with the Systems Biology Lesson "The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals". Learn More

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