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Reviewing the key terms and ideas from a chapter about viruses and bacteria, this activity helps students to reinforce their knowledge about the makeup and life cycle of a virus. Students answer true/false questions, blanks from a word bank, and complete a chart about the lytic cycle versus the lysogenic cycle. Though the worksheet is designed for an unspecified textbook, the information provided can apply to any standard chapter about viruses.
Students study how being exposed to a harmful microbe doesn't automatically make them ill. They discover the lines of defense against microbe invaders and explore the roles of skin and mucus membranes, white blood cells, and lymphocytes in preventing and fighting infections. Students understand how immunity develops and how vaccination takes advantage of the concept of immunity.
In this "Bill Nye - Genes" worksheet, learners watch the movie and respond to 35 fill in the blank and short answer questions regarding information from the documentary pertaining to genes.
Fourth graders study the components and physiology of the human circulatory system.
A variety of animals' circulatory systems are compared to the human circulatory system. Paul Andersen uses his SMART Board to show the differences between two, three, and four chamber hearts, focusing on the human heart. Blood vessels and blood components are thoroughly discussed, as well as the cardiac cycle. This is a great resource for a biology, anatomy, or physiology class. Note: At the very end of the movie, Andersen refers to the vessels that supply the heart with blood as carotid arteries. Carotid arteries supply the head and neck with blood. Andersen is referring to coronary arteries.
When we speak of blood, we are usually talking about several different components that make up blood. Do you know what blood consists of? This informative video explains the three elements of blood as well as the nutrients in plasma. The functions of each part of blood are also thoroughly described. Perfect for young scientists.
The living environment, from the interior of a cell to the complex relationships among populations, are queried in this final examination. Learners look at air pollution maps, diagrams of cells, population graphs, and drawing of cells. They answer multiple choice, graphing, and written response style questions. This is truly an all-encompassing assessment!
The 2005 version of the Regents High School Examination in the area of ecology is as comprehensive as previous years' exams. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions on everything from the structure of DNA to the interactions within an ecosystem. Questions following include analysis of population graphs, interpreting data, drawing a graph, and short essay responses. The same range of topics is covered. 
In this internal systems and regulation worksheet, students correctly decide if given statements are true or false. Students apply information learned about the circulatory system to the given statements to determine statements of truth and accuracy.
Fifth graders study the circulatory system. In this circulatory system, 5th graders participate in five stations with different activities at each station. Students discuss their findings from each station.
Fourth graders explore the circulatory system as the major highway that transports blood, oxygen, and nutrients to all parts of the body. This is a ten lesson unit utilizing research, and hands on activities to examine the work of iam Harvey.
What a festive way to examine what happens to the heart in different gravitational situations! Small groups place a water-filled balloon in different locations (on a table top, in a tub of water, and held in a vertical position), drawing the shape of the balloon each time. An article is included about g-force and orthostatic hypotension, a fascinating read to help address Common Core State Standards for scientific literacy! Although this is a fun instructional activity, if you are short on time, it can easily be left out of the unit.
Introduce biology classes to the structure of DNA, the role of genes, and how mutations occur with this nifty resource. After viewing an animated video, discuss the accompanying Think questions and then explore the myriad of additional resources that can be accessed through the Dig Deeper feature with your life scientists.
Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially for people with special dietary needs. After learning about standard nutritional needs for adults, learners take on the role of a dietician and work together to create a menu for one of the following unique nutritional needs:
  • High blood pressure
  • Vegetarian
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High performance athletes
  • Astronauts
By examining the special dietary restrictions for their assigned person, groups determine how to ensure a balanced menu while taking into account the unique issues facing their assigned nutritional specialty. Additionally, each child keeps a food diary to get in touch with his/her own caloric intake. To see what the activity might look like, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section.
What is meant by the phrase "form follows function?" Allow your budding biologists to discover first-hand through two activities. In the first, groups work together to discover whether a solid cylinder or an empty cylinder can support more weight, both directly and in relation to the weight of the cylinder. Once complete, learners examine an actual bone to determine whether it is solid or hollow, and what the advantages might be to the form of the bone. Note: while the publisher listed the lesson as being used for third grade through high school, it is most developmentally appropriate for upper-elementary or middle school. If using in high school, have the kids develop their own experiment to answer the question, "is a hollow cylinder or solid cylinder able to support more weight, relative to its own weight?" 
What better way to learn about muscle than by dissecting one? Using cow muscle (beef), learners compare bundles of yarn to muscle fibers as they explore each. The supplemental reading about astronauts losing muscle mass in space and what types of tests are being conducted to combat that atrophy adds real-world value to the instructional activity, as well as a hook to engage kids. Although the publisher states the instructional activity is for grades 3-12, it is most developmentally appropriate for middle school or high school.
Energy comes in many forms, but how do living things get the energy they need to survive and thrive? In a simple, controlled experiment with yeast, water, and sugar, groups make observations about how yeast reacts with water alone, then with water and sugar. Learners record the data they collect on the worksheet provided, then write a paragraph describing their observations. The first of a seven-lesson unit on energy and life, these activities lay the groundwork for the next lesson: energy sources.
Stress the importance of the different types of pressure our mind and body experience in a lesson about how certain types of stress are actually necessary and good for our bodies. As astronauts and people with injuries can attest, not using muscles for even a short period of time can cause them to shrink and can also weaken bones. Give your class a simple conditioning activity to do every other day over two weeks; as they track their data, they should see that regular use of muscles, even in small amounts, builds stamina and strength. Tip: The extension activity should be completed as part of the lesson; it incorporates graphing, which reaches both Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Take the concept of burning calories to a more literal level in the second of seven lessons about energy in the realm of food and fitness. Using simple materials, groups will burn breakfast cereal and a pecan to see which one gives off more heat, recording all data on the provided worksheet. The instructions may be a little difficult to understand regarding the set up for the investigation, so watching the teacher prep video will be helpful.    Note: for younger grades, do the activity as a demonstration to prevent potential injury or fire.
Arm your young scientists with knowledge about anatomy as they build their own model of the elbow joint. Help them get a firm grasp on how muscles and bones interact to allow movement as they try different positions for the muscles on their models. In the activity, groups work together to create a bicep muscle simulation, then, when finished, are challenged to create a tricep. In addition to the model, each child answers some analysis questions about muscles and bones. For upper-middle school or high schoolers, encourage them to create their own, more accurate model at home. 

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