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Use low maintenance classroom pets to get your students engaged in life science inquiry investigations.
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 what they see.
Students develop an understanding of the different fields of study that are encompassed by the term, life science. They view and discuss a video on the topic. In small groups they focus on on of the examples shown in the video to create a decorated poster.
Learners investigate the difference between living and non-living things.  In this life science lesson, students discover the different characteristics of living things and the natural or human created non-living things.  Learners search their school grounds for living things with a magnifying glass.
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 terms. Also, discuss the root of the words in order to compare them to other words they already know. Consider finding the roots together and then assigning groups of learners to brainstorm a list of words that start with the same root. 
Students explore concepts in life science using segments drawn from Discovery Channel. In this life science instructional activity, students participate in discussions about the food chain. Students create a poster to illustrate a predator and prey relationship of the Serengeti.
Students experiment with mold growth. In this mold lesson, students discuss the five kingdoms and discuss the Fungus Kingdom. They grow mold on a bagged piece of bread and chart the growth daily. 
Seventh graders identify the characteristics of a plant. In this life science lesson, 7th graders explain how plants adapt to their environment. They observe pictures and discuss their observations.
In this word search activity, students locate words related to life science. The word list includes energy, called, and molecule.
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. Finally, post these words near the door they exit from to ensure they build familiarity with the words. 
In this word search worksheet, students locate words related to the life science. The word list includes energy, organ, and necessary.
Students describe how ringworm and roundworm cause diseases in both humans and animals. In this life science lesson, students research how these diseases can be transmitted. They create an information brochure to promote public awareness about this health hazard.
Seventh graders research about the effect of climate on different ecosystems. In this life science lesson, 7th graders present their research by creating a poster, infomercial, skit or song. They discuss how organisms adapt to climate change.
Participate in a life science unit that examines the relationships of living organisms to each other and to their environment as well as the student's role in the cycle of life. Through hands-on activities, research, and scientific investigations they explore the problem of persistent pollutants and their harmful effects on both humans and ecosystems.
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 choose one solution using their knowledge of polar bears' environments.
Seventh graders compare and contrast plant and animal cells. For 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 photo story.
Students discover cells make up all living things. For 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 their own conclusions.
Third graders utilize one approach to the design process by using a life science example to work through the design process. This lesson integrates the Science and Technology and Life Sciences standards.
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 structures: cell membrane, nucleus, chloroplast, cell wall, mitochondria, vacuole, and possibly flagella or cilia. Bonus activities include causing plasmolysis in plant cell, and separating plant pigments via chromatography. This is an A+ resource!
High schoolers analyze the three models on the origin of troglobitic fauna. For this life science lesson, students also consider how the Zonation model explains the fauna's origin. They also use the Internet to research solutional and volcanic cave formation.

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