Last week, before our planned field trip to the American Museum of Natural History to see the new Creatures of Light exhibit about bioluminescent organisms, Mikro and I did some reading and research on the topic. He was very excited to make a book of drawings of his favorite bioluminescent critters. He's still working on labeling them and composing a little blurb about each, but here are some of his drawings:
Here are some of the resources we used or are using for the topic:
Glow-in-the-dark Animals by Kris Hirschmann.
Fireflies by Sally M. Walker.
Fireflies in Nature and the Laboratory by Lynn Poole.
The Winking, Blinking Sea : All About Bioluminescence by Mary Batten.
Aglow in the Dark : the Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone.
Living Lanterns; Luminescence in Animals; by Hilda Simon.
Ocean (American Museum of Natural History) by Robert Dinwiddie, Philip Eales, Sue Scott and Michael Scott.
TED Talk: Dr. Edith Widder: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bioluminescence
Dr. Widder on using bioluminescence to fight pollution
Glowing tadpoles as pollution detectors
TED TALK: Dr. Edith Widder: Glowing Life in an Underwater World
Bioluminescence from Sea and Sky
More than Meets the Eye
How stuff works bioluminescence
TEDTalk: David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
TED Talk: David Gallo: Life in the Deep Oceans
How the Jelly Got Its Glow
A Bioluminescence song from AMNH
Giant squid curriculum and teacher background material.
Science photo library
Growing dinoflagellates at home
Bioluminescence: Nature's Bright Idea
The Bioluminescence Webpage
Bioluminescence Lesson Plan from Nat Geo
The Jellies Zone
Deep Sea Ecosystem from AMNH
AMNH Bio Bulletin
Dive Into Worlds Within the Sea interactive
Journey to the Bottom of the Sea interactive
It Takes All Kinds to Make a World (Ocean biodiversity interactive)
AMNH Oceans Booklist
Investigate the Giant Squid
Explore deep oceans curriculum
Jellies Down Deep
We got to see the AMNH exhibit this Sunday, and really enjoyed it.