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Memory Items

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Ready to have an "unforgettable" time in science class? Try a fun and insightful activity, suitable for a wide age group of learners. Explore how human memory works when pupils try to remember objects they've seen before comparing the...
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Ethics of Dissection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's an elephant in your classroom. That's right — a big, awkward elephant named Dissection. Sure, you'd like to talk about him ... but how? Whether you're a seasoned teacher or fresh out of student teaching, the topic of dissection...
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Chemotaxis using C. elegans

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Ever wondered what roundworms like? Or what they don't like? Explore the sensory preferences of C. elegans through this controlled chemotaxis experiment. Biology class members brainstorm what substances might attract — or repel — the...
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How Whales Breathe, Communicate... and Fart with Their Faces

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
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,...
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Next Generation Science Standards

For Students K - 12th Standards
Are you having trouble deciphering the Next Generation Science Standards on the website, or just trying to find the standards for your grade in a quick-and-easy format? If so, here is a free and easy-to-navigate app made with you in mind.
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How the Body Works—Tongue

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Nurb is selling tongues. He pitches his product by showing all of the amazing tasks it can perform. Cute cartoon characters, colorful animation, and preteen-appealing humor make this clip a "terrific tool for tasteful teaching." (How's...
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How the Body Works—Teeth

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
In the setting of a variety show, Nurb sings onstage about human teeth. He goes through the progression of how they grow, when they are lost, and when wisdom teeth come in. He chirps about the different types of teeth and what roles they...
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How the Body Works—Hair

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Standing in a forest of hair, Chloe and Nurb discuss how hair grows, why it doesn't hurt to cut it, why it shines, and more! Pair this with the skin video for full coverage of external features of the human body! 
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How the Body Works—Skin

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Take an elevator down under the surface of the skin! Animations show that new skin cells are formed and the old ones are shed in the epidermis, how melanin provides color and nerves and blood vessels reside in the dermis, and what the...
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How the Body Works: Muscles

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Viewers visit the gym where two kids and a body-building adult are working out. The characters discuss three types of muscles: smooth, cardiac, and skeletal. With middle school humor, colorful animation, and clear information, viewers...
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How the Body Works: Immune Cells

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Nate is learning about human body systems, and in this episode he finds out about how important the immune system is. The leucocyte army explains that bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites can pose a threat. The nose serves as the...
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Study Jams! The Nervous System

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Get your class thinking with animations of neurons in action and explanations of how stimuli is transported and processed. This film makes an ideal introduction or review of the nervous system. The parts of the brain and what they...
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Study Jams! The Senses: Hearing

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
How does this sound? It's a rockin' video starring two teenage girls talking about music, hearing, and the ear. Listeners hear that the ear does not only gather sound waves, but also helps us maintain balance. They also will get an...
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How the Body Works—Eyes

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
You might find this video a little silly-ary (ciliary, as in, ciliary muscle). Giant, hat-wearing eyeballs with legs walk around as Chloe and the Nurb discuss different features of this light-collecting organ. Get your class focusing on...
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Sensational Sharks

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewPray that you are not the prey of sharks! The class watches a video and a webcam on sharks and make observations about the different types of sharks. Learners compare two sharks and list their similarities and differences. They then...
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How Loud Is Too Loud?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
How loud was that? Individuals build wheels displaying different sounds. Then, learners use the wheels to find the number of decibels the sound creates and how long they could withstand the sound before potential hearing damage.
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Animal Diversity and Tracking

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
What exactly are those glowing eyes in the night? Learners run an experiment to attract local wildlife and then document the number of visitors by identifying their tracks. They then analyze the data to draw conclusions about the types...
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STEM Construction Block Activities

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Build on techies' knowledge of engineering design. A set of STEM lessons for grades one through six provides instructors with suggestions for engineering instruction. The activities require pupils to design and build structures, such as...
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Caeno-WHAT??

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Can you feel that? Can you smell that? Since pupils can't ask worms about their sense of smell and touch, they design and complete an experiment to answer these questions. Using soil of their own, individuals expose nematodes to...
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The Young Naturalist

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Beginning with a brief history of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, then followed by a discussion of his interest in nature, young scientists take to the outdoors to locate and observe local plants and insects. Scholars return to...
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Open Inquiry using C. elegans

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wondered what motivates a roundworm? Introduce your biology class to C. elegans, a non-parasitic model organism that can help them understand behavioral stimuli. Paired pupils design an experiment to test the worm's reaction to...
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C. elegans and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce the topic of astrobiology in a unit that's out of this world. Biology scholars examine the search for extraterrestrial life by culturing roundworms, a species that has been key in helping researchers understand the challenges...
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Welcome To Your Senses

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell—oh the world of senses! What do these five senses have to do with the brain? The answer: everything. Explore how the brain sends and receives messages by having the class participate in several sense...
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Manduca sexta Wax Model

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Caterpillars' and moths' most obvious change is physical, but what happens to their nervous systems as they complete metamorphosis? Through a hands-on investigation, young scholars construct the nervous system of a caterpillar. They then...