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Life-Size Printout: Adult, Modern Homo Sapiens

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
A set of printable skeletons will make a perfect addition to any class learning about life science. With life-size displays of both an adult and juvenile skeleton, the educational resource will engage young scientists as they learn about...
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The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
After watching an engaging 13-minute video about the colorless blood of icefish, future ichthyologists examine icefish blood and non-icefish blood (blood samples are simulated with Karo syrup mixtures) to determine advantages of...
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Next Generation Science Standards

For Students K - 12th Standards
Are you having trouble deciphering the Next Generation Science Standards on the website, or just trying to find the standards for your grade in a quick-and-easy format? If so, here is a free and easy-to-navigate app made with you in mind.
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Antibody Attack - Discover How Antibodies Launch Attacks on Invaders

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Jump into the action and help antibodies defend against an antigen attack! Investigators match antibodies with antigens to model the body's identification and recall of specific pathogens. Young biologists also recognize that each...
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Skin Shield - Explore the Body’s First Line of Defense Against Pathogens

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Make pathogens and the body's defense systems come alive for young biologists in a hands-on activity. Investigators model the skin's protection against infection by observing and comparing changes in a punctured tomato and an intact...
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Coronaviruses – What They Are and How They Can Make You Sick

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
With new diseases comes new science. A thorough lesson describes how coronaviruses replicate in the body and trigger an immune response. Pupils discover how the workings of different body systems contribute to the effect of the virus and...
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Life Size - Explore the Size and Scale of Microscopic Biology

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Compare sizes of microscopic items. Given a set of labels of microscopic objects, pupils try to place them in order from smallest to largest. Scholars then compare their lists to the actual comparisons along with the measurements of the...
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How Big Is a Virus?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get a magnified look at cells. Learners see the relative size of cells by virtually viewing a display at the Exploratorium. When the width of a hair is scaled to be almost a foot, a virus is no bigger than a poppy seed. Scholars hear an...
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Cellular Soap Opera - Soap Films Can Behave Like Membranes

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Soap, suds, and cell membranes. Pupils create a model of a cell membrane by using soap films. They experiment with trying to pass different objects through the film without popping it. Using a tube, they create a passageway through the...
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How Does Soap Inactivate Coronaviruses?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Washing hands is a simple way to stop the spread. Viewers watch a short video on why it is important to wash hands to curtail coronaviruses. The presenter provides an explanation of how soap and alcohol disrupt the membrane of a virus,...
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Viral Packaging

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Create a protective protein shell as a package. Using the included template, pupils tape together 20 triangles to create a 20-sided shape to represent the protective shell of a virus. The model of the protein shell incases the nucleic...
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Animal Research and Vaccines

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Animals save lives. In small groups pupils research the role of animals in the development of vaccines. Each team investigates one disease to find out how the vaccine was developed and how animals played a role n the research. Groups...
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Learning From Animals

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is all research on animals bad? Learners use a video to understand how animal research benefits humans. Pupils read about a drug modification turned deadly and the result of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Scholars use a...
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The Innate Immune System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
My body is my castle. Pupils learn about the innate immune system in the second lesson of a three-part unit on the immune system by comparing the innate immune system to a castle and moat. Groups conduct a simulation where they try to...
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Discovery and Development of Vaccines

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Stop the spread. Pupils work through two activities to gain an understanding of vaccines and immunity. Learners research different types of vaccines and how they are made and explore the advantages and disadvantages of them. Using a...
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Development of Disease and Infection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's all in the cards. Using cards to simulate a disease's attack on the immune system, pupils develop an understanding of how the immune system and pathogens react to each other and why at times the pathogen wins. Groups play a game to...
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The Adaptive Immune System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Attack the pathogen from within. Learners delve deeper into the immune system and find out about the adaptive immune system such as T and B cells. Groups create graphical models of the adaptive immune system along with a multimedia...
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Organs and Tissues of the Immune System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's virus-fighting time! Pupils learn how viruses attack and reproduce and how the immune system works to protect the body. They identify unfamiliar terms and tissues and organs of the immune system. Working in small groups, scholars...
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Gusty: The Gut Microbiome Card Game

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Build up your gut. Groups up to four play a card game to learn more about the microbiome in the gut. Learners try to build a healthy gut with their cards. The player acquiring six microbes without any pathogens wins the game. 
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Infectious Diseases: Bird Flu Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Understanding how viruses spread has never been more important. A well-designed WebQuest lesson has young scientists research viruses, how they spread, and how they are treated. They also consider the trends in common viruses in the world.
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Find My Plankton Baby Picture

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get a better understanding of babies in the sea. The class learns about the two kinds of plankton. They then determine the baby pictures of eight marine animals given a picture of the adult and some hints about the larvae. When scholars...
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What's This? Frozen Tissue

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take a peek into thousands of frozen samples. Learners try to identify an image of a piece of frozen tissue. After choosing the correct answer, scholars find out more information about the American Museum of Natural History's Frozen...
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Concepts of Biology – 1st Canadian Edition

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How diverse are living things? Individuals explore topics such as cells as the foundation for life, cell division and genetics, molecular biology, and animal reproduction using an open resource Biology textbook. They learn key terms...
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Digestion of a Hamburger

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
How do bodies digest all of the parts of a hamburger? An interesting video follows a hamburger through the digestive system, showing the pathway of digestion and explaining how each of the components of a hamburger—the bun, the meat, and...