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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Protists - The Protozoans

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Five pages provide thorough coverage of three protozoans: euglena, amoebae, and paramecia. For each, junior biologists read factual text, label the organism, and write answers to several questions. This neatly organized assignment is...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Who's Got Game? The Lion or the Mouse?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Discuss bullying, folk tales, and more using this resource. Learners read the story The Lion and the Mouse by Toni and Slade Morrison, engage in cause and effect activities, make predictions, and discuss bullying. This is a motivating...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

How Scientists Work

For Teachers 4th - 6th
The arsenal of tools a scientist uses to observe the world are varied. This great presentation gives students a look at some of the strategies they should use when looking at the world around them. The information can be used as a...
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Lesson Plan
Discovery Education

Clutter Cutter

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Challenge young learners to cut the clutter with this fun engineering project. As employees of a home and office supply company, young engineers are asked to develop devices that organize everyday items. After participating in a...
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Activity
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Insects?

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Can you tell the difference between a bug and an insect? Aren't they the exact same thing? Let your learners explore, identify, classify, and document the differences they see in bugs and insects. The activity sheet suggests several...
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Scholastic

Study Jams! The Kingdoms of Life

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Life science learners discuss the characteristics of five kingdoms of life: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria in this video. Viewers find out from the dialogue that scientists group organisms according to similarities. This...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Fly Detective

For Students 3rd - 4th
Learners use classification skills and clues to determine which flying insect is the one they need to circle. They read four clues and examine each of the five insects depicted. They then deduce which one is the mystery insect. Answers...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Distinguishing Between Flowers

For Students 4th - 6th
A branching key is a great way to classify different types of animals and plants! Fifth graders answer several yes/no answers about three different plants. They then create their own key to differentiate between an iris, a rose, and a...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Introductory Bacteria and Virus Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Compare and contrast eukaryotes, prokaryotes, and viruses with a chart and a Venn diagram. Beginning microbiologists consider motility, reproductive ability, DNA content, and the presence of organelles. They write short answers to...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Classification Schemes

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Junior biologists journey through the hiearchy of living things with these activites. Using a dichotomous key, they identify common algae, plants, and fish. They design their own key for a mixture of seeds and a collection of...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Unidentified (Flying?) Arthropods

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Beginning biologists learn the characteristics of the five classes in the arthropod phylum. A student handout lists characteristics to help them identify five specimens. You will need to collect an example of each: arachnida, crustacea,...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Systematics and the Phylogenetic Revolution

For Students 9th - 12th
This assignment conducts a thorough exploration of systematics. Clearly designed for an AP biology course, questions pertain to taxonomic categories, phylogeny, and construction of cladograms. 
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Organizer
Curated OER

Campbell's Biology

For Students 9th - 12th
Six chapters of a biology characteteristics of different domains xt are covered in this twenty-page assignment. Biology buffs chart the characteristics of different groups of organisms and address many critical-thinking questions about...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

It Counts

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students classify and compare plants using specific information, observations, and numbers. In this mathematical inquiry lesson, students use plant characteristics to describe, compare, and classify them. They attempt to develop a system...
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PPT
Curated OER

Classify Animals

For Teachers K - 2nd
Give your class an idea of how animals are classified by scientists with this interactive PowerPoint activity. They are presented with six different animals, they answer yes or no questions until only one animal remains alongside...
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PPT
Curated OER

Kingdom Animalia: Sponges, Cnidarians, Flatworms, and Roundworms

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As you work through the biological hierarchy, visit several phyla within the animal kingdom. This PowerPoint introduces viewers to characteristics and reproduction in sponges, cnidarian, flatworms, and roundworms. Make sure to add the...
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PPT
Curated OER

Bacteria

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The first slide lists the six kingdoms in the biological hierarchy, but the remaining 10 slides cover characteristics of archaebacteria and eubacteria. Topics include how energy is obtained, arrangement, and shape. This brief, but...
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PPT
Curated OER

Taxonomy - The Science of Naming Organisms

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Carolus Linnaeus designed the binomial nomenclature system of naming organisms that is still in use more than 200 years later. By viewing this PowerPoint, upcoming biologists learn how to use it. They are also introduced to the hierarchy...
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PPT
Curated OER

Vertebrates: Part II, Reptiles & Birds

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Zoologists tour of the worlds of reptiles and birds when viewing this presentation. The physical characteristics, methods of reproduction, homeostasis, and special senses of each are detailed. Diagrams include the reptile egg, bird...
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PPT
Curated OER

Taxonomy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Biology novices name the seven levels of classification and use binomial nomenclature for naming living organisms. The first half of this presentation bestows a brief history of taxonomy, while the second half instructs on how to use our...
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PPT
Curated OER

Diversity of Modern Life

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Convey classification to your amateur biologists with this bright and bold presentation. After you introduce each kingdom, query your viewers with the included reinforcement questions. Since there are no photos of the different...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Do Touch!

For Teachers K
Students explore the sense of touch. They investigate unknown solids using the sense of touch. Pupils use their senses of touch to match feely gloves. Students explore body parts, by tracing their hands and feet on paper. They create a...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

From Curiosity Cabinet to Museum Collection

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Learners study binomial nomenclature and museum-based research. They create a curiosity box, label the objects in their curiosity box , develop a classification scheme for the objects, and create a database of all objects collected by...
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PPT
Curated OER

Arthropods

For Teachers 7th - 10th
A set of note-taking slides introduces your biologists to the characteristics and the four subphyla of arthropods. Nothing flashy is included, but it is a tidy and straightforward presentation that you can use when your class is studying...