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This life science vocabulary list and definitions will be useful when teaching a parent and offspring unit. Some nice ideas are included in the plan about the word origins, word structure and definition testing methods. There is also a printable list of vocabulary words.
Practice vocabulary using words from life science. Pupils read new words associated with life science but must guess the definition. They get to discuss their initial definitions after receiving the dictionary definitions on a worksheet. This is designed to have a quiz at the end.
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.
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 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. Students search their school grounds for living things with a magnifying glass.
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.
Begin with a demonstration of exothermic reactions and discussion of chemosynthesis. Your aspiring oceanographers research vent communities and then craft a mural of a vent community. This is a terrific method of introducing learners to chemosynthetic organisms and their habitats, combining both earth and life science concepts.
The central video for this lesson 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 lesson 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.
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.
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.
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.
Using a miniature coral reef aquarium kit, young ecologists model this unique ecosystem. They research various coral reef organisms and their niches, and they culminate the project by working together to write a report. Use this activity as an enrichment when you are teaching an ecology unit to your life science learners.