NGSS Aligned Resources for MS-LS1-4.
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
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Cicadas: The Dormant Army Beneath Your Feet
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What's the buzz that happens every 13 or 17 years? The emergence of the cicadas! This quick and flashy animation explains the lifecycle of these unusual insects and ponders the timing. On the host site, you will also find comprehension...
Study Jams! Gymnosperms: Seeds in Cones
3 mins 5th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
Two very hip teenagers walk through the forest collecting evergreen cones. One teaches the other about gymnosperms: cycads, ginkoes, gnetophytes, and conifers. He tries to convince his friend how amazing cones are, while she defends...
Study Jams! Plants with Seeds
2 mins 5th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
Are your blooms doomed? Not if you plant your seeds in the proper condition! Cartoon character teenagers explore seed-bearing plants, germination, and seed dispersal. They compare gymnosperms with cones, angiosperms with flowers. They...
Study Jams! Angiosperms: Seeds in Fruit
3 mins 6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Flowers are lovely, but they are also very practical if you are a plant! In this video, kids learn that without a flower, there would be no seeds. They also find out about the two types of seeds: monocots and dicots. Pollination and...
The Loathsome, Lethal Mosquito
3 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Mosquitos: they are annoying, cause pain and discomfort, and are some of the most prolific disease carriers in the animal kingdom, so why don't we simply eradicate them? In a short video, explore some of the different ways mosquitos can...
How Whales Breathe, Communicate... and Fart with Their Faces
6 mins 4th - 8th
Dr. Joy Reidenberg is an expert in comparative anatomy, but also quite relatable to preteens! Here, she lectures on echolocation by likening it to "farting with the face!" She explains with film, actual whale voice recordings, diagrams,...
The Secret Lives of Baby Fish
4 mins 5th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Dive into an exploration of the life cycles of coral reef fish with this short instructional video. Starting off as larvae floating in the oceans' currents, these little fish can travel thousands of miles, avoiding numerous hazards as...
Life Science Toolbox for Fifth Grade
3rd - 7th CCSS: Adaptable
Help build young scholars' understanding of living things with the tools provided in this comprehensive life science resource. Including a total of nine lessons that cover topics ranging from plant and animal life cycles to heredity and...