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Teaching with Collections
Students examine collections. In these real-world collections lessons, students examine and describe buttons and shells. Students will then sort, classify, and graph items according to various indicated descriptors.
This Old Tubeworm
Students plot data to construct and interpret a graph about vestimentiferans at cold-seep sites in the Gulf of Mexico. In this deep sea lesson, students plot data provided for the growth of tubeworms. They use the graphs to determine growth rates and ages of the tubeworms.
Students investigate the differences and similarities between shallow-water and deep-sea coral reefs. In this coral reef lesson plan, students research and compare the characteristics of reefs. Students describe various lifeforms in coral reefs.
PRIMATE CLASSIFICATION: Evolution, Cladograms,
Students transfer examples (names) of primates from their location in an outline hierarchy of primate groups into a set of nested boxes reflecting that same hierarchy. A cladogram can then be drawn illustrating how these groups are related in an evolution
Classification with Pictures
Students examine the concept of taxonomy. They research an animal and how they are classified. They present their material to the class using technology. They are to include illustrations with their presentation.
Entering the Twilight Zone
Young scholars investigate deep-sea habitats. They define key vocabulary terms, conduct research on a deep ocean habitat in small groups, identify six organisms from their assigned habitat, and prepare an information card for each organism.
Biology Trivia Questions
Students answer 71 questions about a variety of topics in biology. In this biology trivia lesson plan, students use the internet to find the answer to questions about the systems of the body, their structures and functions, the different species in the various kingdoms and phyla and different types of diseases.
Algae: An Overview
The main characteristics and definitive features of red, green, brown, and 4 other algea are listed along with great photos and examples. The details involved with reproduction styles, and information about traits of each Phyla are given. There are many diagrams and clear images in this logical and complete presentation.
Evolution of Plants
This is a wonderful PowerPoint! It gives excellent details of different types of ferns and their characteristics which help them to survive and produce spores in many varied habitats.
The Five Classes of Vertebrates
What a terrific lesson! Learners discuss the animal kingdom, and classify them as vertebrates and invertebrates. They also identify them as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. There is even a taxonomic breakdown of popular animals.
Animal Kingdom - Invertebrates
Sixty-five slides cover the invertebrate phyla in deliberate detail. The presentation begins with general characteristics of all animals, it differentiates among they types of food eaters, and then it separates vertebrates from vertebrates. A slide is also included on symmetry. The rest of the PowerPoint is dedicated to sponges, cnidarians, and the worms. Most of the photos and diagrams, which are found on every slide, are clear and legible. This resource will be a strong support to your classification curriculum.
In a Class of Their Own
Students explore taxonomy and how birds are classified in this scientific system. They use this knowledge to create entries for a field guide to birds that can be used to identify different species.
Insects: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Students perform a series of investigations about insects. They examine live insects, explore insect-related websites, develop scientific journals and design educational brochures. They research the study of insects as a career.
Fossil Kit II
Youngsters examine four fossil replicas and chart their time periods, vertebrate or invertebrate, and the names of other organisms living at the same time. A specific fossil kit is available for sale if you do not have the same samples. The background reading material and student handouts are high-quality, so it may be worthwhile to invest in the fossils required: ammonite, oviraptor egg, crinoid, and trilobite.
Students complete a unit on fossils. They read and discuss informational handouts, define key vocabulary terms, answer discussion questions, create a geologic timeline and a timeline of their own life, analyze bones, and create a fossil cast.
Flatfish: A Movement Activity
Students discover not all fish in the water look the same and that some have adapted to life on the bottom such as flatfish. Students participate in a movement activity that relates to facts about flatfish.
The Spider Silk Project
Seventh graders study spiders. They view spider silk through a microscope and compare it to human hair or other fibrous materials. In groups, they compare the strength and elasticity of spider silk. Finally they watch a teacher demonstration on polymers.
Exploring the Temperate Forest: Biodiversity and Interdependence
Learners examine the consequences of cutting down large amounts of forests throughout the world. In groups, they use the internet to complete a module taking them on a tour through different temperate forests. To end the lesson, they research the problems animals face after their homelands are cut down.
In this taxonomy worksheet, learners learn about Linnaeus' system for classifying living things. Students complete 2 fill in the blank and 2 short answer questions based on what they read.
The External Anatomy of the Crayfish
Young scholars investigate the external anatomy of a crayfish. In this arthropod lesson plan, students study the structures of the head, the body and the appendages of a crayfish. They locate specific structures present in arthropods and determine the sex of their crayfish. They label a picture of the structures they observed in the crayfish.