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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...
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Discovering DNA: The Recipe for Life

For Teachers 4th - 9th Standards
A pinch of adenine, a dash of thymine and ta-da, you have life! Well, it's not quite that simple, but through this series of activities and experiments young scientists learn about the structure of DNA and how it contains the recipe for...
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Bacteria: Structure and Function

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
For as small as they are, there sure is a lot of information for young scientists to learn about bacteria. Help simplify the subject with this instructional presentation that explores the structure, nutrition, and reproduction of...
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Why Do We Pass Gas?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Flatulence is a fact of life. But what exactly is happening in our bodies that produces this excess gas? Find out with this entertaining, yet educational, video that explores the different types of bacteria that aid digestion and the...
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Cell City Project - You are the Designer!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How can something as large as a city and as small as a cell have anything in common? That is exactly the question young scientists explore with this engaging life science project. Choosing to focus on a city, school, factory, or other...
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Analogy of the Cell Project

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Intended to supplement your existing cell function and organelle lessons, pairs work together to develop a real-world analogy for cell structures. In addition to writing paragraphs about the comparison, each group will make a short...
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Cell and Cell Structure

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Does anyone remember seeing the movie Fantastic Voyage? This app is reminiscent of that imaginary journey through the human body, but in this case, venture even further into individual cells!
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Energy for Life (Energy from Food)

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Energy comes in many forms, but how do living things get the energy they need to survive and thrive? In a simple, controlled experiment with yeast, water, and sugar, groups make observations about how yeast reacts with water alone, then...
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Neuron to Neuron

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is a neuron? How do brain cells communicate with one another? Are there other types of brain cells besides neurons? In the third of six videos about the brain, Dr. David Eagleman takes a closer look at neurons and their functions....
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The Operating System of Life

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
How is a factory of robots similar to a cell? Examine cell structure, specialization, communication, replication, and more through the lens of a robot factory. Cell metaphors can be a fun concept as an assignment; after watching the...
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Neuron Anatomy Activity

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Reinforce the neural connections in the brains of your young biologists with a simple anatomy worksheet. Looking at the provided diagram of a neuron, students are asked to correctly identify and describe the function of each of the six...
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Photosynthesis Diagrams Worksheet

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Help young botanists get to the root of photosynthesis with this series of worksheets. By completing these diagrams, students demonstrate their understanding of the biological structures and chemical reactions that make this amazing...
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3-D Cell Model

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Life science laureates choose a plant or animal cell to construct a model of as an at-home project. This handout provides guidelines, suggested materials, and a grading rubric for their reference. A full-page letter to parents is also...
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Osmosis and Diffusion Lab: Honey I Blew Up the Bear

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Beginning biologists explore passive transport through two demonstrations and a hands-on inquiry. Spray air freshener from one spot in the classroom and have class members raise their hands as the scent reaches them. Also, place a teabag...