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Seventh graders identify the three different symbiotic relationships. In this life science lesson, 7th graders research about the symbiotic relationship between two organisms they chose. They write a letter to a tropical fish company explaining the consequences of clownfish overfishing.
Students recognize that all living things are made up of cell and that they cannot easily be seen by the naked eye. Students become familiar with the use of microscopes as a tool for investigation.
Students investigate the concept of lab safety using a variety of different activities. The equipment necessary is covered. They draw the different types of lab tools using a graphic organizer.
Students investigate the story "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle. This story is used to introduce the children to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate.
Students investigate what a controlled group is by creating an experiment.  In this plant growth lesson, students identify the different parts of a plant and discuss what is needed for a plant to be successfully grown.  Students grow a few plants in different conditions and record their data on a chart as the plant grows.
Your standard word search activity, this worksheet uses terms specific to the concept of cell reproduction such as cytokinesis, meiosis, and transfer RNA. There are 24 terms to find in this activity but the online interactive nature of this word search allows you to increase or decrease the number of rows and columns as well as access the answers immediately. The content of this worksheet should be reviewed before its used since some terms are non-scientific.
In this living things worksheet, learners study 5 pictures of animals, plants and objects. Students must circle only the pictures that show living things. 
Seventh graders explain the role of white blood cells in fighting infections. In this life science lesson, 7th graders create flow charts showing the immune response process. They act out and play a game to simulate actions of the immune system.
Students explore the concept of plant parts. In this plant lesson plan, 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.
Students grow seeds as they study the life cycle of plants. In this plant life cycle instructional activity, students plant bean seeds in cups using three different variables. They document the growth of the seeds on the associated worksheets.
Second graders study the habitats of plants and animals. They use Kidspiration to practice naming plants and animals in given habitats. Students use Internet sites to research animal and plant habitats. They will then use Microsoft Word to write and illustrate a story about plant and animal habitats.
In this biology activity, students grow corn plants in growth pouches as the control group in an experiment on plant growth in microgravity. Then they analyze any differences that occur between Earth-grown and space-grown corn plants.
Students examine the abiotic factors needed by their aquarium creatures to survive. In this life science lesson, students create an aquarium using a soda bottle. They write a detailed description of what they did in this experiment.
Students construct a terrarium using soda bottles. In this life science lesson, students explain the role of each creatures in the new habitat. They write a report about what they did in this activity.
Eighth graders explore how different organisms pass their traits to their offspring. For this life science lesson, 8th graders differentiate recessive and dominant alleles. They predict the phenotype based on the genotype of an organism.
Students find common needs between plants and animals. In this plants and animals lesson students compare that both plants and animals need food and water. They also find the differences between plant and animal needs.
Seventh graders research photos of different cell organelles. In this life science lesson, 7th graders describe the function of each. They create a photo story presentation using the information they gathered.
Tenth graders study how cells and organisms acquire and release energy through photosynthesis and cellular respiration. They explain that living organisms use matter and energy to synthesize a variety of organic molecules and they will model this through a play.
Second graders are introduced to the diverse environments found in Ohio. They perform a variety of investigations to deepen their understanding of plants and animals that reside in these areas. They explore the needs of plants and animals, the predator-prey relationship, and how plants and animals are affected by Ohio's seasonal changes.

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