What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ARKive is a digital library that contains over 100,000 high-quality videos and photographs of the word's animals, plants, and fungi. Their goal is to create a durable record of our planet's biodiversity and they're currently focusing on endangered species. ARKive is jam-packed with interesting information and activities to help kids learn more. Games on the site are fun but don't promote learning as well as the lesson resources.
What kids can learn
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
- learning from consequences
Engagement, Approach, Support
Vivid images and fun activities and games will draw kids in; 100,000 videos and photos will keep them coming back.
Activities in each lesson build on each other and give kids a way to develop their own understanding. Games on the site are fun but don't promote learning as well as the lesson resources.
Lesson plans have extensions for advanced kids or links to additional activities. Unfortunately, games, quizzes, and activities are heavily text-based, making them less accessible to kids with varying learning needs.
What's it about?
ARKIVE is a free online resource that gathers the best virtual documentation of endangered animals, plants, and fungi. Gripping videos, photographs, and information catalog 15,000 of the world's endangered species. Additional activities are organized into age categories for kids 5-18 years old with the most materials in the 7-11 and 11-14 age groups. Topics focus on biodiversity, human impact, and evolution.
Is it any good?
ARKive videos and pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Lovers of the natural world will be tempted to spend hours exploring these rare glimpses into life on the planet. The learning resources and activities are top notch with lots of opportunities for kids to expand on what they already know. Kids will think the games are fun and want to play again and again. Keep in mind that in games like Team Wild, kids may learn nuggets of information, like about captive breeding programs, but the game itself is simply based on eye hand coordination. ARKive is digitally preserving living things and giving kids a chance to marvel at our planet's resources.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about choices we make and how they affect the living things around us.
Families can also get involved in conservation efforts for an endangered species.
For families interested in social responsibility and global awareness check out our list of Sites That Help Kids Do Good.