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Odds and Ends
  • Science Alphabet Border : (Word Doc) (Life Science Version) Print and paste onto construction paper to create a great border and to reinforce vocabulary.
  • More lesson plans and resources at Sciencespot!
  • BrainPOP Science Movies : Health & General Science
  • F.A.Q.'s - Before you send an email, take a look here for the answer to your question.
Scientific Method, Metric System
Lab Safety & Equipment

Interactive:

Intro to Statistics & the Lab Notebook
  • Learning How to Graph Correctly Lab : What days are the busiest in the Maternity Ward?Collect class data on Birthdays. Make a Bar Graph to represent what day of the week had the most births. Make a Line Graph to represent what numerical day of the month had the most births.
Cells :Theory, Cycle, & Respiration 
  • Prokaryotes & Eukaryotes
  • Activity: Break class into groups to research a part of the cell. Groups then share results with each other. Parts of the Cell: Membrane, Cell Wall, Nucleus, ER, Ribosomes, Golgi App, Vacuoles, Mitochondria, Chloroplasts, Filaments & Tubules, Lysosomes.
  • Plant and and Animal Cells for Kids
Genetics, Heredity, DNA

Interactive

Microscope
Classification

 

Virus
  • Movie Lesson: "Outbreak" - This is a great movie to show and discuss how viruses spread and to use vocabulary such as "host" and "mutation".  The kids really get involved. (Since it is "R" rated, look for the edited on version on cable, sometimes its on TNT or USA, if you see it, be sure to record it and save it.  I do not have a copy, sorry)
Bacteria
Protists
Fungus
Introduction to Animals
Sponges
Cnidarians
  • All about coral - Coriss - NOAA
Worms
Mollusks

Interactive:

Arthropods
Insects

Interactive:

Fish, Amphibian, & Reptile

Interactive:

  • Froguts.com - an interactive alternative to dissection. 
Birds

Interactive

Mammals

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Biomes, Ecosystems, Succession

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Evolution
  • Lab: Natural Selection  (pdf)- using beans, students will simulate natural selection.
Plants, Flowers, Fruit and Seed, Tissue, Roots, Stems and Leaves

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Brain

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