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Cell Exploration Activities

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Engage young biologists in exploring the mysteries of life with this collection of hands-on activities. Enlisting the help of numerous digital resources, students get an up-close look at the structure of plant and animal cells as they...
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Fields in the Life Sciences

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Many fields of study require a specialty and a sub-specialty as you progress through your education. Scholars learn about six sub-specialties of life science. From botany to zoology, our knowledge of the world of living organisms expands...
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Independent Plant Growth Experiment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This is an awesome lesson plan filled with tons of engaging learning activities. Over a period of weeks learners will make observations, collect plant and analyze plant data, read and review agricultural articles, design and conduct an...
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String Cells

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use this resource to have your class learn about the cell. This resource walks learners through the construction of a model of a cell. This project is completed in a cooperative learning group, and  reinforces the higher-order thinking...
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Cell Wall Recipe: A Lesson on Biofuels

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Biotech engineers discover that changes in the DNA code for cell wall formation can help create crops better suited for biofuel production. They extract DNA from wheat germ. They decode paper strips with codes and relate the activity to...
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What’s in Your Cells?

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Organelles, cellular respiration, ATP, and DNA. The passage attached to this life science reading comprehension worksheet is all about cells. After reading about diffusion and osmosis, kids answer a series of questions based on the text.
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Animal Cell Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Directions for making a model of an animal cell as homework are delineated on a single-page handout. It is a useful version of instructions for a classic assignment in any middle school life science curriculum. 
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GED Vocabulary: Life Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this life science vocabulary worksheet, high schoolers complete a crossword puzzle using 10 given clues about various topics of life science such as natural selection, cell structures and function and components of the body systems....
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A Study of Organs

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders dissect animals to investigate their anatomy. In this life science lesson, 7th graders name at least three different internal organs. They explain the functions of these organs.
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What is a Fungus?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
After watching a short film about the anatomy and physiology of fungi, discuss with your class the seven provided Think questions, or make up your own. The animation is in the style of colorful artistic drawings and text that appears in...
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3-D Cell Model

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Life science laureates choose a plant or animal cell to construct a model of as an at-home project. This handout provides guidelines, suggested materials, and a grading rubric for their reference. A full-page letter to parents is also...
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Cells Are Us

For Students 7th
In these life science worksheets students examine cells and cell structure. Students use microscopes to draw what they observe when looking at cellular structure.
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Plant Power

For Teachers 1st
Here is an opportunity for your first graders to take a close look at plants: what they need to survive, how they grow, and the names of each plant part. The book, Corduroy's Garden is used to open the lesson. Then, youngsters utilize...
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Bread Cells

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine plant and animal cells. In this plant and animal cell lesson, 5th graders define what cells are, label their parts, and describe how plant and animal cells are different. They observe cells at a number of web sites,...
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Cellular Respiration

For Teachers 7th Standards
Breathe a sigh of relief! Life science scholars experiment with yeast to uncover the facts about respiration. The lesson guides them through the purpose of respiration and its relationship with photosynthesis. Individuals then focus on...
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Kinder Garden: The Tiny Seed Lesson Plan

For Teachers K - 1st
Make magic in your classroom with a hands-on activity little ones will definitely love. Language arts and life science blend together as the class reads the story The Tiny Seed, and then plants some seeds of their own. Creating your...
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Eukaryotic Cell Organelles

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders compare the parts of animal and plant cells. In this biology instructional activity, 8th graders create and label diagrams of animal and plant cells using Microsoft Word. They create a Venn diagram to summarize the...
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Tissues, Organs and Systems

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Young scientists are introduced to the connections among cells, tissues, organs, and systems in a life science reading comprehension worksheet that asks them to respond to a series of questions based on the passage.
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Build-A-Membrane

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Here's a great activity to bring excitement to protein-studded cell membranes. Pass out the instructions and templates to individuals or small groups. They cut and fold their phospholipid bilayer, channel protein, receptor protein,...
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Cell Cycle, Mitosis and Meiosis

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders describe the processes involved in mitosis and meiosis. In this life science lesson, 7th graders create chromosome models using strings and beads. They play a jeopardy team game at the end of the unit to review concepts...
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Grasslands of North America and Africa: 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Take young ecologists on a trip through the grasslands of North American and Africa with this pair of life science lessons. Engaging students in learning about the plants and animals that call these regions home, this life science...
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Tundra Food Chain Puzzles

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. In this life science lesson plan, 6th graders connect pieces of a tundra ecosystem puzzle. They discuss how changing the nonliving environment affects the living...
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Dichotomous Keys

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students create their own dichotomous key. In this life science lesson, students classify organisms according to their characteristics. They explain how this method is useful to biologists.
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Collecting Compost

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students identify the three stages of soil decomposition. In this life science lesson plan, students make their own compost pile and observe its dynamics from week to week. They collect temperature data and observations.