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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. 
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 participate in several activities to test their pulse. In this physical fitness activity, 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.
Students explore concepts in life science using segments drawn from Discovery Channel. In this life science lesson, students participate in discussions about the food chain. Students create a poster to illustrate a predator and prey relationship of the Serengeti.
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!
A series of lab activities helps to fill ecology classes in on the production of biofuels. They perform chromatography and fermentation experiments, writing up their own lab reports for each activity. The lesson concludes with a discussion of ethanol as an alternative source of energy. Plenty of teacher support is provided: vocabulary list, materials, procedures, resource links to articles, and more!
Learners observe how the sun's rays can cause evaporation and discuss its role in the weather cycle. They discover what the sun's energy brings to plants. They examine how different types of technology can enhance the amount of solar energy.
Coral Reefs are the focus of a life science lesson plan. Upper graders look at how coral reefs are formed, how the animals and plants reproduce, and the variety of ways that humans benefit from coral reefs around the world. Groups of students identify the major coral reefs that are in danger due to human activities, and propose plans to reduce those negative impacts. A terrific PowerPoint presentation, and excellent weblinks are embedded in this plan.
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 instructional activity in photosynthesis, but also an ideal practice in using this technology-based form of collaboration and sharing information. Though the author designated this as a 7th-9th grade instructional activity, most upper-elementary learners can certainly handle the technology and the content.
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 answer questions about the reading passages. The third page is an answer key. The complexity of information makes this most appropriate for junior high life science classes.
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.
Seventh graders identify the characteristics of a plant. In this life science lesson plan, 7th graders explain how plants adapt to their environment. They observe pictures and discuss their observations.
In this word search worksheet, 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. 
Students explore the concept of plant parts. In this plant lesson, students discover the different names of the parts of a plant. Then break the words apart, finding the root words and discovering their origins.
Practice defining words that have to do with plant life cycles.  The list included here is mainly for structural units, but could be used to review their relevance and the process of the life cycle.

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