Put a hands on twist to learning the Phases of the Moon. With this wheel students can easily visualize how the moon changes it's state in each phase.
Easily put together by connecting the two wheels with a brass fastener. Great reinforcing activity that gives clarity. Also great if your grade tak
This activity is a Mitosis and Meiosis Pop Bead Lab Simulation. In this guided activity, students will use pop bead kits to assemble and manipulate chromosomes during both types of cell division. The student handout is 9 pages long. It contains instructions, guided hints to the n
Cellular Respiration - Using Cabbage Juice to Observe CO2 Production
In this lab on cellular respiration, students will observe the gas exchange (carbon dioxide release) that occurs during the reactions of cellular respiration.
Summary: Students role-play a water molecule by rolling dice to simulate the movement of water within the water cycle.
Objectives: The students will:
describe the movement of water within the water cycle
identify the states of water as it moves through the water cycle
determine the importance of te
This is a lesson plan with printable worksheet for modeling the movement of earth's plates. Lesson instructions are included, and the students LOVE to eat the earth's crust and mantle after you finish.
The printable worksheet provides them with a visual reminder of their learning. I consistently f
This is the new installment of my paper animal dissections. It can be used instead of real dissections to save an animal's life and to allow all students the access. My own biology students enjoy doing these paper dissections. It reinforces human anatomy studies as well as comparative anatomy.
Science - Help students explore Rocks and Minerals through websites that feature interactive games, activities, videos, and text. Among many other exciting activities, students go on a rocks and minerals "expedition" that will keep them engaged and motivated. My students greatly enjoyed doing this p
Very few, if any, Earth Science related topics will be more relevant for your students to understand than that of global warming and climate change. Your students will have heard about it in the news, in the media, and at home. Lucky for us teachers, this is one of those topics that lends itself rea
Use this video to kick off this classroom caper of the Rogue Rodent Mystery and help your students visualize the place of Alice's last know whereabouts! This will build excitement for the investigation and reinforce the learning of each hands-on activity for your young learners.
Watch your students learn, build, and play with cells in fun and interactive ways! In this webquest, your students will learn all about prokaryotes, and eukaryotic plant and animal cells, while working through engaging short video tutorials, fun interactive cell simulations, and ending with a highly
This scientific method blended learning science station incorporates an online simulation station, group collaboration station, and a teacher-led station. You can do all three scientific method stations or pick and choose the stations you want your students to investigate. No matt
This is one of my favorite activities! The students really have a lot of fun with this lesson. After a brief talk about how the DNA in each of us is different, I relate that to how each food item has a different bar code as well. I use bar codes (DNA samples) and place them around my room on various
An introduction to "heat" and "temperature"
3 methods of heat transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation
Sea Breeze vs. Land Breeze:
-direction of breeze flow
-Check for understanding breeze identification
Extension idea: Students create a Ven
Come let's explore the world of genetics by creating Celebrity Babies! Students will use Punnett Squares and the concepts of heredity to become genetic counselors for some of the most popular celebrity couples of today! Included in this activity is:
1. Student Lab Worksheet
2. Teachers' Guide
This is a simulation that shows the relationship between predator and prey populations in an ecosystem. It is a hands-on activity that your students are sure to enjoy. The data obtained will demonstrate how animals in an ecosystem depend on each other and show how the predator/prey relationship he
Incorporate TECHNOLOGY into your next electricity lesson with this PRINT & GO virtual lab activity (with answer key). This activity gives students the opportunity to practice building simple circuits via an online virtual lab. No set-up required!
If you have played the Traveling Nitrogen Activity found at: http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/nitrogen_activity.pdf this game is exactly like that but modified for biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem.
Students will travel as a white-tailed deer to different lab stations to s
This original activity may be used as an introduction or review of
Symbiotic Relationships and Limiting Factors.
In this activity, students will be paired together with a partner to simulate several types of symbiotic relationships. Organisms (students) will try to fulfill their requirements for
An EZ Prep solution for science.
This is a fun four day project titled "Code-name: Reentry" which places students in a hands-on critical thinking and problem solving experience. It is also a great introduction into science fair and the scientific method.
Students are grouped and "hired" by NASA to
NEW and IMPROVED! I updated the previous version of this activity to make it more user friendly. This updated version should take about 1-1.5 hours to complete.
I really like this activity and am quite proud to share it with the TpT community. This is a paper model activity where students will be g
Students use PhET Sim to explore density in an inquiry based lab.
Check out the sim here:
This lab first walks students through finding volume through water displacement. Then students explore densities of different materials wi
This is my take on the paper plate assignment where students cut out magazine pictures of foods and place them on the make believe plate in the right proportions to match the MyPlate guidelines. I made the chart easy to follow so that students can easily decide what to eat to match the guidelines.
Students in grades 5 - 9 model the spread of an infectious disease under the entertaining theme of a zombie outbreak. One student unknowingly is patient zero and students simulate the spread of an airborne illness. This highly engaging activity covers health topics, nature of science, and math ski
This is an experiment I use in my class every year. It serves two purposes. It visually shows the students each step of the water cycle (evidence of evaporation is the water droplets-condensation-on the plastic wrap and sides of the container, precipitation is proved by the water collection in the s
This lab is suitable for students from grades 5-8 and addresses the following learning goals:
I can survey a group of people to collect data
I can tally data and organize by main idea
I can create a bar graph or pie chart with the data I collect
I can model how the Earth experiences seasons
I can mo
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration - Device-Based Scavenger Hunt Activity.
This activity is the coolest thing I've created and your kids are going to love it, mine do. Think of a scavenger hunt, then add devices (Smartphones, Chromebooks, Laptops, or Tablets), engaged students, and learning t
Here is the companion to the male shark paper dissection that has been quite popular. Many teachers have decided to give students the option to do a paper dissection rather than a real dissection if it goes against their beliefs. Some teachers use these for when a student is absent for a real diss
This simple activity can be done with partners or alone. The end product (shown in photo) is like catching DNA in the act of replication when it is half done. It works well when you have only one hour to do an activity and does not need the details you would need with other DNA building activities
States of Matter and Physical Changes science stations This states of matter with Physical Changes blended learning rotation station incorporates an online simulation station, group collaboration station, and a teacher-led station. You can do all three states of matter stations or p
This a 31 slide power point show designed to make conduction, convection and radiation apply to the real life situation of cooking. It does so with a great dose of humor as you can inject teachers' names. The slides are ridiculous, a bit gross, and animated...just the kind of things that kids rememb
Looking for differentiated activities to introduce, or review, Matter? Check out the Matter & Change Student Learning Stations. Stations are a great way to get your students up and moving around the room; while differentiating to meet the needs of the various learners in your classroom.
This handout accompanies the NOVA website, "How cells divide" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/how-cells-divide.html). The website directly compares mitosis and meiosis side by side. The handout I created guides students through the website, directing them to record key pieces of information. T
Students will choose two of three virtual heredity simulation websites to practice their Punnett square genetic skills in breeding lemmings, fies, and norns (cartoon character) to distinguish the difference between genotypes and phenotypes as well as calculate probability.
Students participate in a real life scenario as they use their previous introduction to waves to figure out what size and speed of plunger will make the biggest waves in the wave pool at their new job. This sheet provides guided instruction through completing the Interactive Glencoe Science Virtual
This model can be made with paper and pencil or if you have the kit from KD Biographics obtained from various Biological Supply companies, you can easily use that! I also have a DNA replication lab/activity that uses the same pieces. I used this lab activity in my classes and it was a great help in
This activity allows students to better understand the actions of hormones (such as insulin, testosterone, and estrogen) and their cell receptors. Students start by reading and completing a graphic organizer. Next, students match specific hormones with receptors based on shape. Finally, students
Go paperless with this Motion Graphs Digital Inquiry Investigation. This is a digital inquiry investigation that operates in the internet "cloud" to allow your students to access, edit, and print from any computer or device. Formatted to work with both GOOGLE Drive
This lab can be done as an assessment, group activity or as a preview to cell division. I just did this lab with my students and found that as they explained each phase to me while they manipulated the pipe cleaner chromosomes, they really got a good grasp on the process. The set-up and clean-up i
I came up with this activity to teach the metric system to my gifted students. The problem centers around Taylor Swift going on tour and requiring some information from my students. You could definitely change the artist to someone more popular with your group of kids.
I posed the problem to them
This is a good activity for students who are just beginning to balance chemical equations. The paper gives a brief explanation and then directs students to go to an Internet site to complete the simulation. I posted this on Google classroom and had them jot down the score for each level and a sample
This engaging inquiry-based mini-unit helps students develop a conceptual understanding about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Here's what's included:
Activity 1: Earth’s Water: This inquiry activity helps students conceptualize the available water for human consumption. Exten
This is one of my favorite enzyme labs, because it allows students to explore different concepts of enzymes and really helps them understand it! This lab takes a little bit of planning, but trust me – it is worth it!
I have supplied a materials list (by station). I usually allocate 2 days for this
Using the Glencoe simulation at http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/PS08/PS08.html, students work on a self-guided, self-paced virtual lab to understand the relationship between temperature, pressure, and volume relating to a gas.
Students will be asked to predict, gen
This bundle includes two units: Plant Structures and Animal Structures. This bundle was created to support NGSS 4-LS1-1: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support
survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. The unit is appropr
This is a great hands on activity which demonstrates which blood types are safe to give in a blood transfusion and which are unsafe. It involves using colored water to simulate the different blood types (A, B, AB and O). Students simply mix the different "types" from a Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½donorÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ to a Ã
This is a great project to do with your class. Students will learn to use triangulation to locate the epicenter of an earthquake using data from three stations. Included are 3 seismograph readings for 3 earthquakes along with the exact location of each earthquake. Students will be excited to see
With this activity students will:
1. Construct a food web of reef organisms using cards representing those organisms. Marked on the animal cards is also energy points and mercury levels of each organism.
2. Construct a numbers pyramid, energy pyramid and bioaccumulation pyramid based on their ori
This worksheet is similar to the human face lab, but this one uses alien features to make it a little more fun. Students flip the coin to see whether a dominant or recessive trait is used, and then determine what the phenotype of the child will be. They then draw and color the child according to t
This fast-paced simulation is a fun way to practice, reinforce, or review Punnett squares in a real-world based simulation. It uses a genetic disease found in Basset hounds to analyze the effects of inheritance.
In the simulation, students are business owners and they must trace the pedigree of th
A simple simulation with pop beads. This lab is one in which students have to show the process to the teacher in their own way. I love this for an alternative way of assessment. You would need to cover the stages with them first.