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How to Use Classroom Animals to Spark Life Science Inquiry
Use low maintenance classroom pets to get your students engaged in life science inquiry investigations.
Life Science (1c) -Experiment -Mold Growth
Young scholars 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.
Life Science Experiment-Student Pulse
Students participate in several activities to test their pulse. In this physical fitness lesson, students are taught how to take their pulse properly and are introduced to several physical activities. When the students have completed an activity, such as jogging, students take their pulse and write them down. Students analyze their findings.
My Friend, the Volcano
Working in cooperative groups, young scientists research and report on how undersea volcanic activity may benefit marine ecosystems. There are many links to websites that you can use to stimulate curiosity or for pupils to use for gathering research information. This is a terrific tie between earth and life science concepts.
Students create a model of a muscle tendon. In this muscle tendon lesson plan, students create a model of a working muscle tendon. Students use clay, straws and yarn to make the model.
What is Wrong with My Pet? - An Introduction to Zoonoses
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.
The Basics:Life Science
Pupils explore concepts in life science using segments drawn from Discovery Channel. In this life science lesson, students participate in discussions about the food chain. Pupils create a poster to illustrate a predator and prey relationship of the Serengeti.
Life Systems- Interacting Organisms
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.
The Importance of Tropisms
Students investigate plant tropisms using the scientific method. For this life science lesson, students learn about tropisms and test the response of corn seedlings to gravity. Response questions, extensions, and an adaptation for older students are also included.
Wherever We Go, There They Are!
The central video for this activity is not available through the included resource link. However, the activity that simulates the passing of a virus through a population is impacting and the other resource links are invaluable. Use this activity in a life science unit when covering viruses, or in a health class when covering communicable disease. Either way, you will find a plethora of ideas written into this resource, including cross-curricular extensions.
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.
Carbon Cycle Role Play
Anytime you make concepts clear with role playing or hands-on experience, it's a win for the whole class. Ping-Pong balls are used to represent carbon in a carbon cycle role-play activity. In small groups, children first discuss what carbon is and how it moves through each of Earth's spheres. They show how carbon moves by drawing a card and acting out the movement of the carbon as described on the card. This is a great visual way to represent the carbon cycle!
Medicine from the Ocean
If you are looking for Internet research ideas for your life science class, here's one that focuses on a fascinating topic: the ocean as a resource for medicine. Researchers use the web to explore marine organisms that provide medicine components, marine-related careers, and coral reefs. A series of worksheets guides them to predetermined websites and keeps them on-task with comprehension questions.
Animal Life Cycles
Students participate in numerous activities to gather information about parts of the life cycle. In this life science lesson plan, the teacher choose from a number of activities to create or support an interdisciplinary unit about the life cycle. Activities include hands-on experiences with animals in the classroom and writing assignments.
Students explore the elements of the scientific method and how they relate to experimental design. They read descriptions of experiments and identify the elements of experimental design.
Organic and Inorganic Waste
Students conduct a scientific investigation about organic or inorganic waste. In this organic or inorganic waste lesson, students create a compost heap to determine the difference between inorganic and organic waste. Students record their waste experiment.
Student Designed Investigations: Observations
Students choose an organism and create an experiment with that organism. In this observation lesson plan, students expose a living thing to something from its environment and record their observations. Students must have some prior knowledge to complete this lesson plan. Students understand how organisms sense things in their environment and respond so they survive.
Independent Plant Growth Experiment
This is an awesome lesson 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 experiment based on a developed hypothesis, conduct research, and work toward having a strong paper and product for the science fair.
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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.
Life Science - Seeds
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.