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Life Science

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Photosynthesis, extinction, biomimicry, and bioremediation. Young environmental engineers study these processes. Using photosynthesis as a model and biomimicry as an example, groups research how nature provides hints for engineering...
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Life Science Toolbox for Fifth Grade

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Help build young scholars' understanding of living things with the tools provided in this comprehensive life science resource. Including a total of nine lessons that cover topics ranging from plant and animal life cycles to heredity and...
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Cell Structures and Their Functions

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Life science learners investigate live cells. They examine wet mount slides of cyanobacteria and Elodea plants. They peer into the dynamic microscopic world of protists. Afterward, they construct a model of a cell, including rudimentary...
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Life Science: Classifying Life with Vocabulary

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Practice vocabulary using words from life science. Pupils read new words associated with life science but must guess the definition. They get to discuss their initial definitions after receiving the dictionary definitions on a worksheet....
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Cell Biology

For Teachers 7th
Identify the different cell organelles in prokaryotes. Modelling the cells using Jell-o and candies will be a fun way to experience the cell in a hands-on way (different to using play-doh!). They observe cells under a microscope and draw...
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Collaborative Lab Experiments

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Life science teams experiment by placing sprigs of Elodea into a sodium bicarbonate solution and counting the oxygen bubbles produced. Data is recorded and graphed on a Google spreadsheet, making this not just a lesson in photosynthesis,...
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Science Crossword Puzzles: Life Science

For Students 4th - 7th
Review some simple life science terms using this short and simple crossword puzzle. Young scientists find 6 terms about photosynthesis and other life science topics using provided clues and then plug them into a crossword.
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Study Jams! Animal Cells

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Using stunning computer imagery, this resource introduces life science learners to cells. It zeros in on the animal cell and the function of its more prominent organelles. Additional support is offered in the form of a self-assessment...
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Edible Cell Model Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Science has never tasted so sweet! Engage young scholars in exploring the anatomy of the cell with a fun life science project. Choosing to focus on either plants or animals, students create edible cell models with a key that identifies...
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Language Central for Science Life Science Edition

For Students 2nd - 10th
Whether you are helping your classes review for a life science test or looking to provide some additional support to struggling learners, a free and fun interactive app is something that aspiring biologists of all ages will enjoy.
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Cell City Project - You are the Designer!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How can something as large as a city and as small as a cell have anything in common? That is exactly the question young scientists explore with this engaging life science project. Choosing to focus on a city, school, factory, or other...
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iCell

For Students 5th - 12th
View attractive, three-dimensional models of an animal cell, a bacterium, or a plant cell. Suspended in a translucent, undulating cytoplasm, are all of the major organelles for life science learners to examine. They can zoom in, click on...
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Life Science: Living Things

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Have your class build their vocabulary bank by studying life science terms. Basic terms like organism, cell, unicellular, and vertebrate are included on the definition sheet provided. Demonstrate how to identify different life science...
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Life Science: Plants and their parts

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Introduce the topic of plant vocabulary to your learners by showing them an enlarged picture of a leaf's veins. Now that you've got the attention of your class, read their new vocabulary list, having them repeat each word after you....
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BJU Life Science 6 Word Search

For Students 9th - 10th
Your standard word search activity, this worksheet uses terms specific to the concept of cell reproduction such as cytokinesis, meiosis, and transfer RNA. There are 24 terms to find in this activity but the online interactive nature of...
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What Are Cells?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Energize the cells of young biologists with an edible life science activity. Engaging students in exploring the inner workings of plant and animal cells, this activity involves using colored jello and various sweet and tasty treats to...
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Cells & Organelles

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Familiarize young biologists with the inner workings of eukaryotic cells with this vocabulary worksheet. By cutting out and matching a series of definitions and memorization tips to the organelles listed in the provided table, learners...
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How to Use Classroom Animals to Spark Life Science Inquiry

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Use low maintenance classroom pets to get your students engaged in life science inquiry investigations.
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Tutti Frutti

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Get some competition going in your life science class. Give lab groups a variety of plant parts, all of them fruits, except one. Their mission is to make observations, compare and contrast, in order to be the first to identify the...
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Cell Biology: Cell Structures and Their Functions

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ready to cell-ebrate all things cells? Bring a lesson that covers prokaryotic, eukaryotic, plant, and animal cells to your biology class. Pupils pair up and research organelles, use computers to create tables and presentations, and even...
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Mitosis Claymation Lab Instructions and Rubric

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A single-paged set of instructions and grading system for a mitosis project are laid out for your life science learners. (Note that the page is repeated, making this a two-page document.) Pairs of beginning biologists use clay to model...
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Cells Build Tissues, Organs and Body Systems

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders build a simple animal cell following an instruction guide. In this life science lesson, 6th graders identify the different parts and functions of the cell. They complete a worksheet after the lab.
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Cell and Cell Structure

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Does anyone remember seeing the movie Fantastic Voyage? This app is reminiscent of that imaginary journey through the human body, but in this case, venture even further into individual cells!
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Let’s Get Theoretical About Cells

For Teachers 6th Standards
Get up close and personal with cells in a hands-on journey to discover what makes up living things. Scholars learn valuable microscope skills, delve into the Modern Cell Theory, and gain insight into how cells reproduce. The included lab...
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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.
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Ecosystems Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the basic elements of an ecosystem and their individual roles. In this life science lesson plan, 8th graders conduct a scavenger hunt in their local ecosystem. They collect evidence and explain how each component...
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The Purpose of Each Part of a Plant

For Students 4th - 6th
Beginning botanists can sketch the parts of a plant in individual boxes, or better yet, they can tape or glue actual plant parts in them. Beside each box are a few sentences with selected words left out. From the word bank at the bottom...
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Life Science: Animal Systems

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the importance of life science vocabulary words. In this life science vocabulary words lesson, students understand that it is necessary to understand the vocabulary. Students create a word wall and fill in the blank...
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The Brilliance of Bioluminescence

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
Illuminate the darkest corners of your marine biology or life science class with this feature about bioluminescence. Viewers see that luciferase and luciferin combine in a cool, light-producing reaction. This adaptation helps glowing...
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What Are Cells?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What's in a cell, anyway? Kids read informational text on what makes up both animal and plant cells, including a page of vocabulary terms they will need to be familiar with (cytoplasm, ribosomes, vacuoles, etc.). Full-color images make...
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Why Do Honeybees Love Hexagons?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Float like a butterfly, think like a bee! Build a huge hive, hexagonally! Find out the reason that hexagons are the most efficient storage shape for the honeybees' honeycombs. This neat little video would be a sweet addition to your life...
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Should We Eat Bugs?

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Cricket cookies? Mealworm mac and cheese? Bugs are super nutritious! Why don't we eat them? Viewers discover the history of entomophagy, that is, the practice of eating insects and spiders, by viewing a fascinating video that explores...
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Adding by Dividing

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Cell-ute the cell! Examine how surface-to-volume ratio relates to cell size through hands-on exploration, observe cell division under the microscope, and collect data on the stages of cell division in an onion root tip. Learners pull it...
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Biology Reference Sheet

For Teachers 7th - 12th
First year life science or biology pupils will appreciate this all-inclusive reference page. It provides a diagram of both a plant and an animal cell, the metric system prefixes, classification levels, definitions for cell processes, the...
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All About Seeds!

For Students K - 2nd
How do fruits relate to flowers and seeds? Identify the seeds and their purpose with a coloring activity for kindergartners. Once they color the seeds of apples, bananas, and peas (among others), kids get hands-on experience with bean...
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GED Vocabulary: Life Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this GED life science instructional activity, students complete a crossword puzzle given 8 clues about cell division, genetics, and the human body systems.
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Mitosis & Cell Processes

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students research the process of mitosis and how it progresses to the finished result of cell division. They reflect upon how this causes organisms to grow larger and helps tissues to be renewed.
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Cell Organelles and Their Functions

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students will be using Inspiration, which is a graphic organizer computer program, to create their own model community where they will label the community parts with the corresponding organelle. They will have prior knowledge of cell...
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You Can’t Sneeze On This Tissue

For Teachers 6th Standards
Take your class' understanding of cells to the next level... or levels! Demonstrate the levels of organization using a variety of engaging methods. The teacher's guide includes the materials you'll need to execute a flower dissection,...
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Plant Parts and their Function

For Teachers 3rd
Discover why plants are important to our world. View plant parts and categorize them as stems or buds. Students do a cut and paste of pictures of plants into correct categories.  Students also plant a carrot top,and record the growth and...
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Jello Cells

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a three dimensional model of a cell. In this cellular structure activity, students use gelatin, plastic bags, plastic containers, and fruit to construct a model of a cell. They compare the cells structures and stack them...
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Designing a Germination Experiment

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Students explore botany by participating in a seed experiment. In this plant nutrition lesson plan, students define several science experiment vocabulary terms like observation, treatment, and replicate. Students utilize soaked seeds in...
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Do We Have to Get Old and Die?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
They say nothing in life is guaranteed except death and taxes. But, are taxes the only one sure thing? Pupils ponder the possibility of eternal life with the ageless examples of the mole rat and jellyfish. The narrator discusses why our...
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17 - Cells

For Students 6th - 8th
The first of three pages in this handout provides a brief history of our understanding of the cell. It also differentiates between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The second is a collection of true and false, multiple choice, and short...
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Copycat Engineers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Young engineers learn about biomimicry, which uses nature to generate engineering ideas, in the fifth instructional activity of nine in a Life Science unit. Working in...
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Is Yeast Alive?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Through two investigations, life science learners determine whether or not yeast is alive. They perform tests for metabolism by providing sugar and observing if gas is produced as a byproduct. They incubate some of the sample for at...
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What's Cooking? Photosynthesis

For Students 5th - 9th
Who would expect to learn about photosynthesis during a cooking demonstration? That is exactly what happens when you view this film, one of the best photosynthesis videos you will find! Because the lesson is deliciously delivered through...
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Red Blood Cell Slide! Cholesterol and Your Body

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students compare their family's eating habits with USDA guidelines. In this life science lesson, students play the role of red blood cells traveling through the body's veins and arteries. They discuss ways to keep themselves healthy.
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Plant and Animal Cells - Are they Different?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students observe the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. In this cell activity, students use microscopes to observe self prepared slides of animal and plant cells.
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Storing Water: Waxy Plant Skin

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discover water storing abilities of plants.  In this plant life lesson, students investigate the waxy skin of different plants and discover how much water they are able to hold. Students create a water storage experiment...
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Life Science 2b- Life Cycle of a Plant - Sprouting Seeds

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students grow seeds as they study the life cycle of plants. In this plant life cycle lesson, students plant bean seeds in cups using three different variables. They document the growth of the seeds on the associated worksheets.
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Definitions 1b Life Science: Plants and Their Parts

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore the concept of plant parts. In this plant instructional activity, students discover the different names of the parts of a plant. Then break the words apart, finding the root words and discovering their origins.
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Plant Power

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders discuss the role of plants on Earth's biological system. In this life science lesson, 7th graders explain the process of transpiration and its importance in establishing Earth's climate patterns.
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Comparing Mitosis with Meiosis

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Life science learners view an online animated mini textbook comparing two types of cell division. Working in groups, they use a digital microscope to capture images of cells in different stages of mitosis and meiosis. Then they create an...
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Planting Rabbit King’s Carrot

For Teachers K - 2nd
Even pirates know not to steal stuff you can make yourself! Read The Pirate's Parrot Stole the King's Carrot to engage your class. Then, plant carrots with your class. If this isn't possible with your kiddos, consider cutting out paper...
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The Greenhouse Effect: Warming the Earth Experiment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
First in a two-part lesson on the greenhouse effect, this lesson involves a classroom demonstration of the phenomenon, and a lab group experiment with color and absorption. Although there are easier ways to demonstrate the greenhouse...
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It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
For as small as they are, plankton sure play an enormous role in maintaining marine ecosystems. Dive into an investigation of these tiny organisms with a hands-on life science activity in which children cut out pictures of sea animals...
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Why Are Blue Whales So Enormous?

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Isn't it strange that Earth's largest animal lives on one of its tiniest? Using Sesame-Street-style puppetry, this video explains how this phenomenon happens. Viewers learn that a single mouthful of krill taken in by a whale has the...
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The Eggs Files

For Students 1st - 7th
Everyone knows that eggs break easily. Or do they? Give learners an egg-citing chance to try crushing an egg with one hand, and they likely will fail, due to the pressure being evely distributed around the shell. Life science learners...
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Watch the Screen!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Can a sponge cure cancer? Life science pupils visit the drugstore under the sea in the fifth lesson of six. Working groups research the topic then get hands-on experience by testing the inhibiting effects of several plant extracts on E....
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STEMbite: Engaging Plants

For Students 1st - 6th
The science teacher discusses features of weeds in his backyard and how their thorns are used by the plant to engage animals. Other methods that plants use to engage animals include appearance, scent, and the taste of their products. Mr....
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Where'd You Get Those Genes?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Really a unit, this resource exposes middle schoolers to genetics at their level. They read interviews and biographies, trace a family tree, play games that simulate inheritance concepts, and more! Teacher's procedures, student...
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Body Battles!

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explain the role of white blood cells in fighting infections. In this life science lesson, 7th graders create flow charts showing the immune response process. They act out and play a game to simulate actions of the immune...
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Life Science (1c) -Experiment -Mold Growth

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students experiment with mold growth. In this mold lesson plan, students discuss the five kingdoms and discuss the Fungus Kingdom. They grow mold on a bagged piece of bread and chart the growth daily. 
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Turbidity Experiment

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Learners experiment with turbidity in water. In this turbidity lesson, students get a glass of water and shine a light through it to see how the light reflects. They slowly add dirt and shine the light to show how the dirt affects it...
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The Structure and Function of Cells: Making Biology Fun

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Investigate life below a microscope, and cells and discover the differences between plant and animal cells.
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LS1A - Structure and Function

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Form follows function, from simple bacteria to complex mammals. Demonstrate this essential standard, LS1A, using the tips in a short video about the Next Generation Science Standards. Topics include when to introduce cells and organelles...
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Life Cycle of the Plant - The Pumpkin

For Teachers 1st
First graders access prior knowledge about pumpkins and read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin. They will sequence the life cycle of the pumpkin through the use of picture cards and then sing a song about the life cycle of the pumpkin and plant...
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Pasta Genetics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Four different-shaped and dyed pasta types represent four different alleles. Following a guide sheet, young geneticists practice randomly selecting alleles and discover the traits of the resulting offspring. This is a fun and solid...
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Dance Theatre Of Harlem

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Exposing younger students to fine art enriches their learning experience and opens them up to a different mode of self-expression. Elmo and Zoe attend and narrate a ballet at the Dance Theater of Harlem. Show your class a similar ballet...
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Charlie and the Cell City

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the major components of the cell and their function through an adventure inside the cell with an imaginary little guy named "Charlie." Through the use of the Internet and viewing a video, students identify components...
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Osmosis and Diffusion: Egg Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine why diffusion and osmosis happen in an egg cell.  In this diffusion activity students demonstrate a semi permeable membrane.
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Cells

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the cell and cell processes. They create "cytoplasm", make a model of the cell and its organelles, and simulate the osmosis and the diffusion of materials into and out of the cell.
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Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders participate in scientific inquires regarding the concepts of photosynthesis and cell respiration. In this photosynthesis and cell respiration lesson plan, 5th graders describe the process of photosynthesis with relation to...
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Cells All Around

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students measure the size of an epithelial cell and to estimate the number of epithelial cells in a given area of the body. After watching a video on cells, student groups perform an experiment using a microscope to view some of their...
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Community Cell

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore parts and functions of the cell, and create models of assigned organelles.
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Pumpkins-Life Cycle of a Plant

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
In this lesson, Pumpkins-Life Cycle of a Plant, students study the life cycle of a pumpkin. Students will analyze the pumpkin and how it goes from seed to pumpkin over a three days of activities. Students sing a song teaching them about...
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Sweet 16 Cell Biology Tournament

For Students 8th - 10th
In this cell structures activity, students review the parts of a cell using a "tournament" with brackets. They follow rules for each bracket to determine which cell structures "advance" to the next round.
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Relating Structure to Function in Cells

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders investigate specialized structures in both plants and animals. They relate structure to function, as they determine why the specialization is necessary and useful to the living organisms involved. They use microscopes...
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Plant Structure: What do you see?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore and record information on the plant structures they are given and predict what will happen to a stalk of celery in water. In this plant structure lesson plan, 2nd graders discuss what happens to the celery after 2...
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Plant and Animal Cells

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research photos of different cell organelles. For this life science lesson, 7th graders describe the function of each. They create a photo story presentation using the information they gathered.
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Plant Diversity and Distribution

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Pupils construct a defined plot on school grounds and observed patterns in plant life. They count trees, shrubs, cacti and record on a data sheet. They compare data and generate a plant diversity overlook for their school.
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Osmosis and Diffusion Lab: Honey I Blew Up the Bear

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Beginning biologists explore passive transport through two demonstrations and a hands-on inquiry. Spray air freshener from one spot in the classroom and have class members raise their hands as the scent reaches them. Also, place a teabag...
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7th Science Quiz

For Teachers 7th - 8th
This seventh grade life science quiz has a professional appearance and well-written multiple-choice questions. However, it seems to cover too broad a variety of biology topics for only 15 questions to fully assess. There is one question...
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Mitosis and Meiosis Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Life science class members can choose among five projects to demonstrate thier understanding of both mitosis and meiosis. They may write a newspaper article, poem/song, or children's book, or they can construct a model or poster...
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Leaf Types

For Students 7th - 12th
Seven leaf drawings are the focus of this worksheet. On the first two, young botanists label the parts of the leaf, including the axillary bud. For the remaining five drawings, they simply name the leaf shape. This simple worksheet would...
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Plant Systems

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Young scholars examine plant systems. In this life science lesson, students explore leaf and root systems on paper in a terrarium that they design and construct.
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Science Activity 1: Light & Sound

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Are you looking for lab sheets to go with your class experiment on plant response to light? You are no longer in the dark! This is a lesson that was written for a unit on light, but could easily be used to demonstrate plant behaviors in...
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Discovering DNA: The Recipe for Life

For Teachers 4th - 9th Standards
A pinch of adenine, a dash of thymine and ta-da, you have life! Well, it's not quite that simple, but through this series of activities and experiments young scientists learn about the structure of DNA and how it contains the recipe for...
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How Much Blood Do You Have?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Math or life science learners use a TI graphing calculator to create scatter plots of data comparing body weight to blood volume. Questions are answered on the included worksheet about the data. Colorful how-to cards walk learners...
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Tools of Magnification

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Life science learners need to be able to use a microscope. With this comprehensive resource, they first experience how lenses and magnification work, and then get familiar with using a compound microscope. Tremendous background...
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Lab Safety

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of lab safety using a variety of different activities. The equipment necessary is covered. They draw the different types of lab tools using a graphic organizer.
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Cell Processes and Energy - Review and Reinforce - Photosynthesis

For Students 6th - 9th
Fourteen questions about photosynthesis are presented for life science learners. First, they write out the names of compounds involved in the process. They answer a few questions, and then fill in the blanks. This concise assignment...
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Experiment to Mimic the Digestive System

For Students 6th - 8th
What happens to the food that we eat? Middle-school life science learners delve into the digestive process by completing this laboratory activity. They cut a cheese sandwich into smaller parts to represent chewing, smash it to mimic...
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The Cell Cycle

For Students 9th - 10th
In this biology worksheet, students label 9 diagrams with the correct names. They also write short answers to 6 questions that follow.
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Evidence of Photosynthesis

For Teachers 7th
Hands on science is the way to go! Learners conduct a lab experiment to help them explain how plants make food through photosynthesis. They test for the presence of starch in leaves using iodine solution and identify the basic things...
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Photosynthesis - A Survival Guide

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Young scientists learn what it takes for life on Earth to survive with this series of photosynthesis resources. Offering twelve different activities ranging from independent practice worksheets to in depth scientific experiments, this...
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Designing a Germination Experiment - Part 1

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners experiment with seeds and germination. In this natural science lesson, students discuss the stages of germination. Learners engage in a 4 part hands on science activity to view the process of germination.
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Lesson Plan for Parts of a Flower

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students dissect and identify the different parts of a flower. In this life science instructional activity, students discuss the different ways flowers are pollinated. They draw and label its different parts.
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Nature Superfish

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study the behavior or ocean animals called  billfish. For this life science lesson, students create their own documentary about a local animal. They share their videos with the entire school.
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Lesson Plan for Pasta Butterfly Life Cycle

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students create a butterfly life cycle model using different pasta. In this life science lesson, students identify the correct order of life cycle stages. They compare how their model is similar to the life cycle of a real butterfly.
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Timeline Activity

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young biologists travel back billions of years through history in a collaborative life science project. Given a long sheet of paper and a list of key biological events, students work in small groups creating and illustrating timelines...
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A New Place for Polar Bear

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders apply the design process by creating a suitable environment for a polar bear relocating to a zoo in Ohio.  In this life science lesson, 3rd graders work in groups to state the problem, identify possible solutions, and...
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Bird Ecology Unit

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Birds, plants, and vegetation, is there anything more lovely? There is! Engage your class in the scientific process, data collection, and data analysis. They stroll their campus observing and identifying various birds and plants,...
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Bottle Biology Aquarium

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learners examine the abiotic factors needed by their aquarium creatures to survive. In this life science lesson, students create an aquarium using a soda bottle. They write a detailed description of what they did in this experiment.
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Saxon Math: Algebra 2 (Section 10)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In this 10th of 12 Saxon math sections, the curriculum definitely has an end-of-course feel to it. Conic sections, polar graphing, rational equations, and exponential inequalities all work to stretch the young algebrist and prepare them...
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Matching Worksheet: Life Science

For Students 7th - 10th
In this matching worksheet, students match fifteen words to their definition. They identify words dealing life science such as cell, cell membrane, producer, and antibodies.
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An Inquiry into Alcoholic Fermentation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce life science high schoolers to their new "best buds" yeast! Using a wide variety of materials, lab groups design an experiment that illustrates how yeast acquires the resources it needs to undergo cellular respiration. The...
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Report on Desert Plant or Animal

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students are introduced to desert plants and animals. They demonstrate that the name of an organism does not always match the object. Students perform a guided internet search in order to complete a report.
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A Whole New World of DNA and Proteins

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Lead your young scientists into an exciting world as they participate in a role play and experiment focused on proteins and DNA. After researching the Central Dogma of Biology, individuals or groups participate in a classroom slide...
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Who wants to be a Millionaire Student: 5th Grade Science

For Teachers 5th
Check out this exciting PowerPoint that simulates the famous gameshow "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" The theme of this game is 5th grade science. What a great way to review important facts with your students. Note: You can use this...
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The Bird Project

For Teachers 7th
Students explore the different characteristics and features of birds. In this life science lesson, students research information on the bird of their choice. They prepare a report and present their findings in class.
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What a Fungi

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders perform an experiment to determine the best growing conditions for molds. In this life science lesson, 7th graders explain where molds are commonly found. They collect data and draw diagrams of their observations.
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Do You Need What I Need?

For Teachers 3rd
Student identify the basic human needs. In this life science instructional activity, 3rd graders compare the needs of plants, animals and humans. They apply what they have learned by playing a survival team game.
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Living Systems

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore how different body systems work together. In this life science instructional activity, 8th graders research the organs involved and functions of a body system they chose. They share their findings with the class.
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Cooking Up the Scientific Method

For Teachers 1st
First graders identify the different steps of the scientific method. For this life science lesson, 1st graders apply this method when conducting a series of hands-on activities. They collect data and write observations in their journals.
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GED Vocabulary: Life Science

For Students 8th - 10th
In this life science worksheet, students review terms such as natural selection, cell membrane, molecule, and antibodies by placing 10 terms into a crossword puzzle.
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WET Science Lesson #3: Comparison of Aquatic and Terrestrial Plants

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Elementary life science explorers compare and contrast aquatic and terrestrial plants (elodea and soybeans) in a Venn diagram. Some background information is provided to support direct instruction, and general instructions are provided...
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A Zoo Book for All

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
A visit to the local zoo launches an integrated life science/ language arts research project into the habitat, feeding habits, offspring, lifespan, and other interesting facts about animals. Each group selects two animals to photograph...
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The Bean Growth Experiment

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use modern technologies which allow them to gain a new, dynamic, and intersting understanding of themselves, their community, and the world. They focus on environmental education and the effect of the environment on plant...
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My Miniature Greenhouse!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Here is an activity that will peak your super scientists' interest and knowledge of greenhouse gardening. Green thumbs flourish when they build, prepare, take care of, and observe their seedlings inside a miniature greenhouse. With...
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Ocean Layers I

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How is it possible for ocean water to have layers? The sixth installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program investigates factors that cause different water densities to occur. Experiments...
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Building A Classroom Food Web

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
From bears and owls to chipmunks and trees, all life depends on the sun for the energy to survive. Young biologists develop an understanding of this big idea as they arrange this series of plant and animal picture cards into food webs...
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DNA

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Help your class unravel the mystery of DNA with a comprehensive life science presentation. Slide-by-slide this presentation takes young biologist on an exploration of the structure of DNA, its ability to self-replicate, and common...
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An Analytical Chemist, a Biochemist, an Animal Scientist, and an Oncologist Walk into a Lab...No Joke

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Oncology presents multiple opportunities for research and the collaboration of many different types of scientists. Scholars divide into groups and research the history of mass spectrometry, polarity/non-polarity,...
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Poetry Through Digital Storytelling

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bring digital storytelling to your language arts class! To begin, learners select their own topic, such as a poem that reflects a life experience they had or a historical figure who interests them. Then they work to create a storyboard...
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What Does Life Look Like Under a Microscope?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discover cells make up all living things. In this life science lesson, students investigate living organisms and the cells that create them. Finally the students create a testable question, conduct an investigation, and draw...
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Climbing and Crawling

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students observe and measure plant growth. In this life science instructional activity, students are introduced to bean and Nasturtium seedlings which they will measure and watch the beans climb (grow tall) while the Nasturtium crawl...
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Room to Grow

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine radish plants and compare how they grew based on how closely the seeds were sown. In this life science lesson, students pretend to be growing plants crowded together, then examine how the radishes look based on how much...
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Eating Plants

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students identify parts of a plant. In this life science lesson, student groups locate the leaves and fruits on vegetables, then find the roots. Lesson includes extension activities and background teacher information.
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Sunflower Jigsaw

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students recognize and name the main parts of a flower. In this life science activity, the teacher leads a discussion about the parts of a plant, then students color and cut out the parts of a planet, then glue the parts together...
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Discovering Seeds

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students compare seeds with seedlings. In this life science lesson, students make observations of seedlings and the seeds they grew from, paying special attention to the roots. Lesson includes extension activities.
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Introduction to Seed Germination

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students explore seed germination. In this life science instructional activity, students start seeds in Petri dishes, then observe which ones germinate and make predictions.
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Plant and Animal Cells

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compare and contrast plant and animal cells. In this biology lesson, 7th graders research about the development of the cell theory. They prepare a creative presentation of their research findings such as a brochure or...
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What Makes Flatulence

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Have you ever wanted to use a whoopie cushion during a middle school class? If so, then this is the lesson for you! Pupils conduct an experiment to observe the build-up of gases as food breaks down. While recognizing the role of giggling...
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Lungometer

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Life science learners construct lung-o-meters from gallon-sized milk jugs and then measure their lung capacities. For older students, have them graph the vital lung capacities of each person in the class. Cross-curricular pieces are...
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Ocean Acidification

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If tap water is more acidic than ocean water, why are we so concerned about ocean acidification? The third installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program focuses on carbon dioxide levels in...
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The Discovery of Cells

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders create a timeline about the development of cells. In this life science activity, 7th graders construct the timeline according to specific measurements. They share and display their final product in class.
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Flowers and Their Life Cycles

For Students 7th - 10th
First-time florists will be able to label the structures of simple and composite flowers after reading this handout and answering the comprehension questions. There are a couple of grammatical errors in the text, but the content is...
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The Great Pond Safari

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students study pond life by visiting a pond and completing an associated worksheet. They play an online game based on the pond learning experience.
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Native Species Restoration: Is Saving One Species Hurting Another?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students investigate the effect of human activities upon the environment. The studying experience encourages students to think about the issues involved in native species restoration.
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Plant Nutrition and Nutrients

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students observe seeds growth and examine the different parts of the seedling. In this biology lesson, students compare the growth of seeds planted in soil and in hydroponics. They record their observations in their science journal and...
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Living Things Share Certain Characteristics and Are Distinctly Different in Other Ways.

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders author a page in a class book titled, The Great Book of Body Plans and Internal Structures. For this biology lesson, 7th graders select a cell type to investigate and add to the class book. Students must define vocabulary...
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Teacher's Plant Collection Guide

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore a variety of guidelines that involve collecting plants in a responsible manner and participate in a plant pressing activity. In this teacher's plant collection guide lesson plan, students collect data regarding plants,...
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Animal and Plant Habitats

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders write and illustrate a story. In this habitats instructional activity, 2nd graders learn about different types of plant and animal habitats. Students view video segments about habitats, answer comprehension questions,...
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2005 Grade 8 Science Released Test Questions

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Here is a collection of 22 multiple-choice questions on topics from the physical and life sciences. Apparently they came from an 8th grade comprehensive science exam and have been released for public use. They may serve as a sufficient...
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Cell-ebrations in Science

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students recognize that all living things are made up of cell and that they cannot easily be seen by the naked eye. Students become familiar with the use of microscopes as a tool for investigation.
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Cell Division and Differentiation

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders investigate about mitosis, meiosis, and cell differentiation and their purposes and implications in the development and functioning of multicellular organisms. Students use individual journals and a variety of hands-on...
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Sorting the Gulf Ecosystem

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
A dazzling drawing of the coastal and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico is the centerpiece of this lesson. Display it for your class to view, and have them identify which organisms are plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, reptiles,...
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Dead Stuff: The Secret Ingredient in Our Food Chain

For Students 6th - 9th
A disgusting and direct description of detritus and decomposition is digested in this drill! Your life science class learns about the importance of decomposers in the food chain and finds out how one organism's trash is another...
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Plant Pollination

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate methods of pollination for various flowers. In this plant biology lesson, students learn the parts of a flower and form a hypothesis about the method of pollination for the flower. They determine the validity of...
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Parts of the Cell

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine plant and animal cells to observe the organelles present in the cell, to match the function of each to the organelle on a cell model and to build a model of the plant or animal cell.
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Compare and Contrast Plant and Animal Cells

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students compare and contrast plant and animal cells. In this cell classification lesson, students watch a PowerPoint presentation comparing and contrasting plant and animal cells. Students assemble plant and animal cells at an...
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A Cell Is Like A City

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create analogies that help them remember the cell parts as well as their respective functions.
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Cell physiology and chemistry

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners design an experiment to discriminate between chemical diffusion, osmosis, facilitated diffusion and active transport through a membrane. Be specific about predictions and interpretations!
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Parts of a Plant

For Teachers K
Students explore biology by listening to an in-class lecture. In this plant science instructional activity, students sing songs with their classmates regarding anatomical parts of a plant and create plants from arts and crafts materials....
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Life Science-Types of Ecosystems-Water Temperature-Sunlight/Darkness

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students experience how water temperature is changed by sunlight.  In this earth science instructional activity, students participate in an experiment to see which jar of water is warmer--the one in the sunlight or the one in the dark...
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How Cells Duplicate and Why Where Something Can Go Wrong

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the function of a cell and cell division.  In this investigative lesson students construct a 3-D model of a DNA molecule.
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Life Science 3c - How Do Pale Colors Help Some Animals Survive?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners determine how dark and pale colors help animals. In this camouflage and temperature lesson, students conduct an experiment with light and dark colored beans to show how temperature is affected by their colors. They listen to a...
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Plant Propagation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners successfully start a new plant by any means of vegetative propagation. They select a propagation method which is appropriate for the plant and keep a laboratory journal of the treatment and progress of the new plant.
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Miller-Urey Experiment Amino Acids & The Origins of Life on Earth

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students study the Miller-Urey Experiment including its history and criticism.  In this origins of life lesson students repeat this experiment to see how it works.
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Interactions among Predator and Prey

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars conduct an experiment on predator and prey interactions. In this predator and prey instructional activity, students investigate relationships between predator and prey. Young scholars perform an experiment to see the...
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Animal Life Stages

For Students 9th - 12th
Guide your young scientists in reviewing basic animal processes including digestion and reproduction. Students review the stages of metamorphosis and the different types of body symmetry. This worksheet has 8 matching, 6 true or false, 4...
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Jumping Frogs - A Lesson on The Scientific Method

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use origami frogs to experience the scientific method. They define different scientific terms. Also they test a hypothesis and draw conclusions from observations to go through all the steps of the scientific method.
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The Ocean

For Teachers 3rd
Plant and animal life of the ocean is the focus of this science lesson. Young scientists sort a variety of seashells and explore why many sea animals have shells. They examine the shells, write journal entries highlighting the...
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How Are Plants Similar And Different?

For Teachers 2nd
Studetns create an index card database of different categories of plants such as bushes, trees, flowers, grasses and vegetables. They review the different parts of a plant and label pictures of plants on the database cards. They use the...
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GED Vocabulary: Life Science

For Students 6th - 9th
In this life science worksheet, students review terms such as vaccine, cloning, DNA, and organism by placing 10 terms into a crossword puzzle.
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What Killed the Seeds?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Can a coral cure cancer? Take seventh and eighth grade science sleuths to the underwater drugstore for an investigation into emerging pharmaceutical research. The fifth installment in a series of six has classmates research the wealth of...
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Hot! Hot! Hot!

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Calories are not tiny creatures that sew your clothes tighter every night, but what are they? A science lesson plan, presented at multiple levels, has learners experiment with heat, heat transfer, and graph the function over time. It...
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Lesson Plan: Omelet Cooking Principles

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Although designed for a foods lab, the information in this resource might be just the thing for your own recipe notebook. Illustrated, step-by-step directions for making the perfect omelet, egg-citing puzzles, games, and even...
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Characteristics of Life

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What makes a living thing, well, living? Explore the many characteristics of living things through an animated video. Science scholars become acquainted with the obvious and not-so-obvious traits exhibited by organisms, then learn that...
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Invisible Passengers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
How does water pollution affect the organisms living in the water? Use three science experiments to examine how erosion and other pollutants can affect water quality. Each experiment focuses on a different aspect of pollution and...
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Life Science - Seeds

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders participate in a scientific experiment involving growing lima beans. Students plot information gathered on included charts and graphs. Students use the steps of the scientific method throughout this experiment.
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Plant Structures Word Wall

For Teachers K - 1st
Students review vocabulary words.  In this plants lesson, students learn about the germination process and use the word wall to review the vocabulary terms associated with it.
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Urban Life: What Lives In Our Local Park?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders participate in activities during a visit to Central Park. In this urban life lesson, 5th graders visit Central Park where they explore pond dipping, stream chemistry, and play a native plant Bingo game.
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Life Science (1c)-Classify Animals

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students classify animals by similarities.  In this animal biology lesson plan, students create a chart where they classify animals based on criteria set by the teacher.
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Shape, Form and Function in the Garden

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore biology by researching plant life on the Internet. In this gardening lesson, 5th graders identify the difference between many plant species and their origins while utilizing the Internet to research pond life....