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Students explore the process of decomposition and draw conclusions about the important role decomposers play in the flow of energy. They complete diagrams of the energy flow by adding decomposers and explain how decomposers get their energy. Students explain why decomposers are important to other living things.
Explore the different types of symbiotic relationships that exist between species. Your class will investigate how humans influence the evolution of bacteria through the development of antibiotics.
Students complete a unit on fossils. They read and discuss informational handouts, define key vocabulary terms, answer discussion questions, create a geologic timeline and a timeline of their own life, analyze bones, and create a fossil cast.
Learners identify the different biogeochemical cycles on Earth. In this biology lesson, students observe microbes under a microscope. They compare and contrast respiration and photosynthesis.
Fourth graders identify the different habitats found in the seven regions of the United States. In this ecology instructional activity, 4th graders write an essay about how humans affect the ecosystem and vice versa. They discuss how changes on one ecosystem has domino effect on others.
Students consider the cultural, historical, and social implications of domesticating animals as pets. They create informative posters of various animals, illustrating their histories as pets.
Young scholars explore the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Plate Tectonics. In this history of life lesson, students explain two ways the Theory of Plate Tectonics and the Big Bang are of direct benefits to humans.
From hunter-gatherers to the Neolithic Age, this PowerPoint walks you through the history and beginnings of human society. Many facts about the various stages of humanity are embedded in this presentation. This is a great resource to use as a lecture guide. Note: The Chalkboard Challenge Game may be disabled.
Students focus on tool use by primates, examining in particular the tools chimpanzees use. They create similar tools themselves, and think critically about the differences and similarities between human and other primate tool use.
Young scholars examine the guidelines the United States Department of Agriculture places on food. In groups, they create a list of the foods they consume and discuss the political and environmental implications of purchasing the food. They use the internet to research the food situation around the world and how food is stored and transported. To end the lesson plan, they discover how to be better food consumers to help protect areas of the world facing malnutrition and political unrest.
This sequence of slides covers each main macromolecule that is involved with human structure and function. The history of nucleotide research and the way that they are formed is summarized, a diagram accompanies the explanation. The main examples of their function are listed.
Students choose a problem or question related to biology research the problem, possible solutions, and supporting data, and make a decision about a solution to the problem or an answer to the question based on their accumulated data.
A worksheet showing both historic and current ranges of mountain lion populations is given to emerging ecologists. They examine human population data as well and try to determine if there is any correlation. Critical-thinking questions and a population map for coloring are provided in addition to thorough teacher support. This is part of a series of superb lessons published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department for science teachers everywhere.
Students study toxins. In this biology lesson plan, students identify toxins contained within household products and determine specific affects that toxins may have on the human body.
Students examine pictures of animals and imagine what kind of food that animal eats. They examine the shape, for example, of the mouth, tongue, jaw, and teeth for clues. They record their predictions on a piece of paper, then share them.
Students research about the leading causes of heart disease. In this biology lesson, students survey the faculty and staff of their school regarding their heart health. They create a presentation to share their findings with the class.
Here is the first of four poignant lessons on how humans and oceans interact, even if people live far from the coast. This particular instructional activity also examines studies that are taking place in Antarctica of how climate change is affecting the world oceans. Begin the session with a slide show. Break the class into groups where they will brainstorm and create graphic organizers of their thoughts regarding the assigned questions. A slide show, narrated by Dr. Oscar Schofield of Rutgers University, follows. Although the unit is written for residents of Kansas, there is very little content that is specific to the state, so do not overlook this worthy unit! Simply create a new version of the worksheet, changing the name of the state to your own.
Students explore the senses of different animals. In this biology lesson plan students will study the animals selected for their grades. The students will learn about the brain and how the senses of that animal have developed.
Learners investigate the function and structures of cells. In this biology lesson, students identify the different parts of a cell using a graphic organizer. They define the cell theory and how it relates to a cell as a whole.
Students study DNA and how it was discovered.  In this biology lesson students see the effects of mapping the human genome would have.