All of my life science products in one big bundle! A mish-mash of materials that are original and creative. Purchase now at 30% off. This bundle includes over 260 pages, 24 labs, numerous activities, games, foldables, graphic organizers and other things. Many ideas are completely original!! Not everything is pictured in the preview. Below are links to each of the products.
The first 3 products make up my Back to School Scientific Method Bundle:
Back to School Scientific Method Lab Activities
This packet contains the directions and student lab sheets for 3 labs. The well known 'Drops on a Penny' is included, along with 'Spring a Leak?' and 'Where the Green Grass Grows.' FUN, EASY and CHEAP activities to start your year off! Your students will go home and rave to their parents about how much fun your science class is! These are the PERFECT follow up to an introduction to the scientific method, but can also stand alone! Materials needed for all 3: pennies, eyedroppers, cups of water, paper towels, plastic sandwich bags, sharp pencils, 2 pots, potting soil (or just soil from your back yard), grass seed, water. 'Drops on a Penny' takes about 40 minutes, 'Spring a Leak?' takes about 20-30 minutes and 'Where the Green Grass Grows is a long term (3-4 weeks/ about 10 minutes, twice a week) project. The preview contains the directions for one lab and the student lab sheets for two of the labs. You can easily vary the amount of background information you give to the students based on their grade level and ability (All background information is provided in the directions). THIS IS GREAT HANDS-ON SCIENCE for grades 3-8. Have fun!
Back to School Scientific Method PowerPoint
A super informative presentation on the scientific method. Great for a review or introduction. Appropriate for grades 6-9. Includes descriptions of hypothesis, control and variable. Describes what to include in a comprehensive conclusion. A great overview if you intend on competing in science fair!!
Scientific Method Read and Write Handouts
This packet contains 3 separate assignments that can be used for classwork or homework. Each handout contains two columns. The left column describes a scenario in which the scientific method was used and the right column contains questions that correlate to what is being read in the left column.
***Just added to the bundle: Student Note Sheet for the PowerPoint***
Back to School Introduction to the Metric System
Six student pages total, this packet contains three pages of introductory handouts that will help acquaint students with the metric system and understand why it's easier than the English system. Three student lab sheets are included for metric length, mass and volume activities. Directions are also included for a super fun metric game designed to help students gain confidence and practice with the metric system. Metric conversions are not included in this packet.
These next 3 products make up my "All My Cell Stuff in a Fun Little Bundle."
Cell Reproduction: Handouts and Activities covering Mitosis, Meiosis and DNA
Need something new for mitosis, meiosis and DNA? This package contains the following:
1. Blank note sheet designed for students to draw the stages of cell reproduction (mitosis) as you draw them on the board.
2. Mitosis onion root lab: just the right level for a middle school life science class
3. Freddy the Fruit Fly Mitosis drawing activity: walks you through the stages of mitosis in the cell of a fruit fly. Draw the chromosomes in color for this great illustration of what is going on! Follow up questions at the end.
4. Freddy the Fruit Fly Meiosis: The same as #3, but for meiosis.
5. Venn Diagram: Mitosis vs. Meiosis Venn Diagram, with questions to help students get started and a rubric for easy grading!
6. DNA note sheet with coloring section and follow up questions to help students understand and remember the structure of DNA and how it copies itself.
Cell Handout and Lab Activities
Made for a middle school life science class, I made these handouts to help review the parts/functions of the cell. The following handouts are included:
1. Cell analogy: review the functions of the parts of the cell; compare the cell to a city; have students make their own analogy
2. Cell foldable: fold lengthwise and have students color, cut, whole punch and fill out the definitions of terms for a study guide in their binder
3. Plant vs. Animal Cell: a lab sheet comparing plant and animal cell organelles
4. Cell Theory: a quick handout to review the parts of cell theory and scientists who contributed; I use this after I have taught cell theory as a warm up at the beginning of class and have students color the sheet and keep for studying.
I have....Who has? Cells!
I have... Who has? 21 Questions and answers that include cell parts/functions, prokaryotic/eukaryotic differences, cell theory parts/scientists, cell/tissue/organ/system, and definition of a virus. A great and fun wrap up to any review game. My students love to see how fast they can get through after we go through once or twice. Save yourself the prep time and add a nice little game to your class! Enjoy!
Characteristics of Living Things
This packet contains one lab activity, one coloring/activity sheet and one review/homework sheet all to reinforce the five characteristics of living things. Appropriate for grades 4-6. Great back-to-school activities to start off your year!
Live Earthworm Lab Activity
This is a hands-on lab activity, appropriate for grades 3-7, that investigates the earthworm. You'll need live earthworms, paper towels, water, vinegar and eyedroppers. Pre-lab questions, directions, data table for observations and post-lab questions are included. Students will LOVE this activity! A perfect addition to a unit on soil, animals or segmented worms. Enjoy! You'll be glad you tried it!
Post Mendelian Genetics Project
Need a ready-to-go, creative, hands-on project to review post-Mendelian patterns of genetic inheritance? Well, you found it! All you need to have on hand are as many pennies (or other coins) as you have students and markers, colored pencils or crayons. This project includes the genetic profiles for 22 males and 22 females, each with pre-determined genotypes to assure genetic variability within your class. Students begin by using the ready-to-go filled-in genotype/phenotype chart for their 'parents.' After determining these traits and 'creating' the parents, they use their coin to determine which allele from each parent is passed on to the offspring. After crossing parents and determining the child's genotypes and phenotypes, students answer follow-up questions based on the class results. Project includes sex chromosomes, sex-linked genes (color blindness), multiple alleles (blood type), polygenic inheritance (eye and hair color), co-dominance (blood type), incomplete dominance (hair texture) and recessive genetic disorders (cystic fibrosis). Also included, a handout on blood type.
Frog Dissection Lab
About to embark on that oh-so-anticipated frog dissection? Need some help? This packet has everything you need! Broken into 3 sections (external anatomy, anatomy of the mouth and internal anatomy) this lab takes 2 class periods, or about an hour and a half. Lab directions, questions and a follow-up handout are included, along with all answer keys.
Cow Eye Dissection Lab
Directions and questions for dissecting a cow eye. Also includes a diagram of the eye, fun facts, an activity on how to find your blind spot and all answer keys. Appropriate for grades 4-7, I run this lab for each of the 4th grade classes at my school. It's a HUGE hit!!! This packet has everything you need to teach and dissect the eye.
Science Fair Guide
This product was created for students who participate in the National Science Fair, but would also work for a school science fair. The guide contains a table of contents and ten pages of notes on each step of science fair. Tips on picking a project, writing a research paper, writing a hypothesis, writing an experiment plan/procedure, experimenting, data tables/graphs, writing a conclusion and abstract, board layout and presenting are included. There is one student page in the guide for students to fill out on selecting a topic. Also included in this packet (but not for the guide itself) is an activity sheet and teacher directions for teaching students how to write an experiment procedure.
Classification of Living Things PPT and Student Note Sheet
This PowerPoint was made for a 6th grade life science class, but is appropriate for any middle school level life science. This presentation is 11 slides long, introduces the concept of classification, KPCOFGS, species, binomial nomenclature, dichotomous keys (defined) and field guides. There are NO pictures in this presentation, only text. It does include all transitions, animations and a complete 1.5 page student note sheet. It's ready to go right now! You could even leave this with a sub.
Spoiled Milk: An Inquiry Based Bacteria Lab
Need a ready to go, inquiry based bacteria lab to get your students thinking and interested in bacteria? All you need is this lab, some milk, glass jars (baby food jars work well), and possibly a fridge. Appropriate for grades 4-7, this is a life science lab in which students will use the idea of spoiled/curdled milk to help them determine what are the best growing conditions for bacteria. An explanation is given as to why milk curdles. Five student pages included, as well as one teacher page with notes. Have fun!
AP Bio Chi Squared Activities
I realize this is a life science bundle, but just in case you teach high school AP Biology, I added this in without including it in the price.
Protists: Graphic Organizer with Key and Observation/Lab Sheet
Use the graphic organizer for introduction or review. Protists are broken down into plant-like (algae), animal-like (protozoans) and fungus-like. Red, green, and brown algae, diatoms, dinoflagellates and the euglena included under plant-like. Protozoans broken down by how they move: ciliates, flagellates, pseudopods and 'can't move.' Examples given for most groups on the key. Have students color for a visual aide. Key is handy for students who are absent or need some help. A very simple lab sheet included if you have access to protist slides. I have students draw the amoeba, paramecium, diatoms and the euglena.
Plants: Interactive NB page, Foldable and Graphic Organizer
Need something new for plants? Here are some crafty, hands-on materials to help your students learn the parts/functions of the leaf, visualize the groups of plants, and understand the differences between monocots and dicots. Appropriate for grades 6-8. Please check out the preview, it has some pictures of the materials!
Animal Characteristics: Activities for Camouflage, Cnidarians and Flatworms
Three hands-on lab activities for teaching the importance of camouflage, characteristics of cnidarians (hydra observation lab) and flatworms (planarian observation lab). Just the right level for the middle school life science class. All answer keys included!
Materials for all 3 labs:
wooden clothes pin or popsicle sticks, markers, hydra, daphnia, microscope, planaria, toothpicks, magnifying glasses, petri dishes
**Just added: Back to School Scientific Method Lab Activities: Part II; Science Fair Board Headers in 8 fonts**