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The Ogre Bully

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
English language arts, math, science, dramatic arts, and cooking; this lesson has it all! In this multidisciplinary resource, your scholars will take part in a read aloud of The Ogre Bully by A.B. Hoffmire and have a grand conversation...
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Spring Is Sprung: Water Movement in Plants

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Young scientists use food coloring and celery stalks to determine how water travels through plants. 
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Rain Forest Teaching Curriculum

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Take young naturalists on an exploration of the world's tropical rainforests with this extensive collection of lessons and activities. Whether its creating leaf and flower prints or investigating the absorption spectrum of chlorophyl,...
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Living or Nonliving

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
It's alive! Or is it? Through a series of shared readings, whole class activities, and independent exercises children explore the difference between living and non-living things, creating a pair of printable books to demonstrate their...
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Living and Non-Living Sort

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
What do an ice cream cone, bicycle, and alarm clock all have in common? That's exactly what young scientists will find out as sort these pictures and learn about the differences between living and non-living things.
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Studying Grassland Ecosystems

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
At first glance, grassland ecosystems might seem dull and uninteresting, but once you start to explore it's amazing the things you'll find! Through this series of engaging lessons, activities, and experiments, elementary students examine...
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Ocean Discovery

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Immerse your young marine biologists in the world of marine animals. The lesson plan includes several activities that are age-appropriate for preschoolers and kindergartners, including coloring pages, gluing feathers and sand onto paper...
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Do Plants Need Light?

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Turn your classroom into a greenhouse with a lesson on plant growth. First, investigate the different parts of seeds, identifying the seed coat, cotyledon, and embryo. Then plant the seeds and watch them grow! Measure the new plants...
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Plant or Animal?

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which...
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Animals' Needs

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Explore the wonderful world of earthworms as your class learns about the requirements of animal life. After building soda bottle terrariums, students observe worms over the course of a couple weeks, building an understanding that all...
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Air and Breathing

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Blow some bubbles and learn how living things need air in the eighth lesson plan of this series. Young scientists investigate this important gas by observing bubbles and monitoring their own breathing. A simple and fun activity that...
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Needs of Living Things: Post-Assessment

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Assess your class's knowledge of the needs of living things with the final lesson in a series. Given a large piece of paper and coloring utensils, young scientists draw a picture of themselves and a plant or animal of their choosing,...
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A Place to Be

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Home sweet home. Humans, birds, beavers, ants, we all need a place place to rest and keep us safe. In the ninth lesson of this series, the importance of shelter is discussed as the teacher reads aloud the book Tillena Lou's Day in the...
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Need or Want?

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Even as adults it can be hard to distinguish needs from wants. Using pictures of common, everyday items, children make a pocket chart separating the objects they need from those that they want. Discuss their choices, explaining that...
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Needs of Plants

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
What better way to learn about plant life than by creating a class garden? Young botanists start with a brief discussion about radishes before planting seeds and watching them grow. To determine the importance of water, sunlight, and...
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Food for Kids

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Immediately capture the attention of your class with the smell of freshly popped popcorn in the sixth lesson of this series on the needs of living things. Young scientists first use their senses to make and record observations of...
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Needs of Living Things: Pre-Assessment

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Determine your class's prior knowledge about the necessities of life with this pre-assessment for a unit on living things. Learners draw pictures of themselves with all the things they need to live, grow, and survive. These drawings will...
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Healthy Snacks

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Assess your pupils' ability to identify healthy food choices in the final lesson of this series on food science. Given five different food labels, young nutritionists will rank them from most to least healthy, supporting their choices...
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Using Food Labels

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Help your class make sense of nutrition labels with the ninth instructional activity of this series. After explaining the different information provided on packaged food labels, perform an activity that demonstrates the amount of sugar...
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Plant Parts You Eat

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Plants provide a variety of delicious foods essential for human survival. In the fourth lesson of this series on food science, young scientists investigate common fruits, vegetables, and grains in order to determine which plant part is...
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What's That Food?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Get things cooking with the first lesson in this series on the science of food. Working in small groups, young scientists make and record observations about different mystery foods. These descriptions are then shared with the class and...
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What's Is Soil Made Of?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second instructional activity of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of...
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Spiders in Space

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Does a spider spin its web differently in space? What other ways might microgravity affect an arachnid? Pick a topic to research, plan an investigation, and follow astronauts on the International Space Station as they perform some of the...
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Butterflies in Space

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How does gravity affect the life cycle of a butterfly? Learn first-hand what types of investigations astronauts perform in space by following along with one of NASA's experiments. Create butterfly habitats in the classroom with specific...