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Connect the Neurons!

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Create a neuron frenzy as your pupils play the part of the neurons. An engaging lesson creates a human chain of neurons that pass cotton balls posing as neurotransmitters. Scholars learn about pre- and post-synapses as they complete the...
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Dendritic Spines Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This is your brain on drugs ... literally! Your neuroscientists-in-training examine the evidence of drug use on the human brain and how neurons change their connectivity when altered by drugs. They then work together to create testing...
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Plant Cell Crime Scene

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Use science to solve the mystery of the Poplar murder. Pupils use forensic botany to determine if a suspect could be the killer. By analyzing images from a Transmission Electron Microscope, learners determine if the material found on the...
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Cell Diffusion and Permeability: The See-Thru Egg Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Create a model to study a microscopic phenomenon. The seventh of 12 lessons uses an egg (without its shell) to represent a cell membrane. Using different solutions, learners explore the concept of cell diffusion. They monitor...
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Cell Membrane Color Sheet and Build a Cell Membrane

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A cell of another color is still a cell. Pupils color a cell to identify its structures in the fourth segment of a seven-segment series. Groups work together to build a three-dimensional cell membrane segment, which is combined with...
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The Most Important Moment in the History of Life

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn about the first endosymbiosis, which lead to the production of the first organelle, mitochondria that  are able to change shape, divide, reproduce, or grow larger, providing what is needed by a cell. The rest of the video...
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In Da Club - Membranes and Transport

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Wouldn't it be great to learn about cells through osmosis? Introduce learners to the different mechanisms of active and passive transport with a video that shows how the different transports occur across the cell membrane, allowing only...
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Microorganisms in Pond Water

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
That is living in the water? Groups of two to three view pond water with microscopes in order to find microorganisms. They draw pictures of the ones they find in their slides.  The groups compare their drawings to pictures of common pond...
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The Cell: the Building Blocks of Life

For Teachers 5th Standards
Do you have early finishers asking what they can do next, or any budding scientists eager to learn more about plant and animal cells? Then here is a cell unit for you! The packet provides scholars with everything they need in order to...
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How We Think Complex Cells Evolved

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Being able to absorb the abilities of other life forms may seem like something taken from a superhero movie, but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Join the narrator as he takes viewers back billions of years to investigate how...
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What Are Cells?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Energize the cells of young biologists with an edible life science activity. Engaging students in exploring the inner workings of plant and animal cells, this activity involves using colored jello and various sweet and tasty treats to...
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Cell Exploration Activities

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Engage young biologists in exploring the mysteries of life with this collection of hands-on activities. Enlisting the help of numerous digital resources, students get an up-close look at the structure of plant and animal cells as they...
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Cells & Organelles

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Familiarize young biologists with the inner workings of eukaryotic cells with this vocabulary worksheet. By cutting out and matching a series of definitions and memorization tips to the organelles listed in the provided table, students...
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Why it's so Hard to Cure HIV/AIDS

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Believe it or not, a man was cured of HIV in 2008; unfortunately doctors are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how it happened. Follow along with this short video to learn about this deadly virus and the unique...
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The Cell

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Help young biologists piece together an understanding of cell structure with a comprehensive review worksheet. Tasking learners with describing the function of the organelles found in cells and their relationship with one another, this...
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Cell Organelles

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Young scientists take a trip into the microscopic world of cellular biology with this practice exercise. Given pictures of different organelles, students must correctly identify specific parts of each cellular structure to demonstrate...
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Protein Synthesis

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Support young biologists with synthesizing an understanding of living things with this PowerPoint presentation on proteins. As you move through these slides, your class will learn about the role proteins play in sustaining life and...
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At What Moment Are You Dead?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
When is a person no longer living? This question has been puzzled over for millennia, but is there a clear answer? Watch as this video examines the biological line separating life and death.
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How Does Cancer Spread Through the Body?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Cancer's ability to quickly spread from one organ to the next makes it one of the most fatal diseases in recent history. Watch as this short video takes you on a trip into the microscopic world of cancer cells, exploring the different...
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The Evolution of the Human Eye

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Vision is arguably the most important of the five senses, but exactly how did we come by this amazing ability?  Find out with this engaging video on the 500 million year evolution of the human eye.
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How Do Scars Form?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Most of us have suffered an injury we'd prefer to forget, but lingering scars just won't let us. Watch this video to find out exactly what happens during the healing process that cuases these changes to skin and organ tissue.
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How a Wound Heals Itself

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Did you know that the biggest organ in the human body isn't the brain, the liver, or even the lungs? It's the skin. Follow along with this short video as it explores the structure of human skin and its amazing ability to regenerate itself.
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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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Photosynthesis - A Survival Guide

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Young scientists learn what it takes for life on Earth to survive with this series of photosynthesis resources. Offering twelve different activities ranging from independent practice worksheets to in depth scientific experiments, this...