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  • Big Ideas in Evolution Made Simple—Cosmos and Yeast Respiration Help your students understand the Big Ideas in evolution through hands-on investigations and the 2014 TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Science teacher Matthew Bostick presents background information, suggests several ideas for hands-on investigations, and offers follow-up questions to tie together some of the Big Ideas. View »
  • Plant Biodiversity Field Activity This field activity introduces students to biodiversity through the study of plants and animals in a designated area. But here’s the twist—instead of using a quadrat to designate the area of study, students use a Hula Hoop® instead. View »
  • Getting Ready for Butterflies The painted lady butterfly is one of the most popular insects for classrooms. See how easy it is to care for these beautiful insects and learn some creative ideas for hands-on activities. View »
  • Ant Zombies and Other Mind Control Parasites Parasites are pesky little creatures. They wreak havoc on their hosts and can cause the host they’re attacking to do some pretty surprising things. Add interest to your next classroom discussion on parasites with these real-life examples. View »
  • Bees at School Bradley James, co-owner of Beepods, explains the benefits of keeping bees at school. Learn about the buzz, and why bees are the perfect organism to engage students and promote hands-on learning. View »
  • Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? What happens when fall arrives that transforms green leaves into a vibrant display of colors? And why do we see red leaves in some parts of the country but not in others? The answer is “more than meets the eye.” View »
  • Hydroponic Nutrient Solution After a structured investigation of a hydroponic technology, students design an experiment to test different nutrient solutions. View »
  • Answering Questions about Mammalian Reproductive Cycles What does it mean to “breed like rabbits”? Answering your students’ questions about mating and reproduction can be challenging. Understanding the concepts of mammalian reproduction is key for broader discussions of evolution, biodiversity, ecology, and animal behavior. View »
  • Pollinating Wisconsin Fast Plants To produce seeds, plants must be pollinated with a stick or wand. Coss-pollination is also necessary. View »
  • How Animals Survive Over Winter We humans survive cold winter temperatures with hats, coats, and gloves or by staying indoors. But other organisms have developed different ways to deal with frigid weather. Add relevance to your students’ study of homeostasis with this article about animal behavior during winter. View »
  • Making 3D Phylogenetic Trees with Mobiles Students grow in understanding as they create 3-dimensional phylogenetic trees comprised of mobiles. And it’s done using easy-to-find, inexpensive materials. View »
  • Classifying Organisms with Your Students Living organisms get students' attention and are great tools for teaching life science. Here's an activity that introduces students to taxonomy and includes collecting, caring for, and classifying living organisms. View »