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Life Science

  • Invertebrate Biodiversity with Berlese Funnels Using soil invertebrates, students identify the number of species present in a soil sample and the number of individuals within a species. With some simple math, they can then calculate the density of invertebrates in a plot. View »
  • Bees, Butterflies, and Flowers Introduce your students to the symbiotic relationships between these organisms and to their impact on our food supply and environment. Carolina product developer Brent Atkinson offers background information, a brief discussion of each relationship, and tips for using your schoolyard to attract and sustain pollinating insects. View »
  • Pollinating Wisconsin Fast Plants To produce seeds, plants must be pollinated with a stick or wand. Coss-pollination is also necessary. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Autumn Leaves Autumn Leaves activities designed for Elementary and Middle School Students View »
  • Heredity and Ecosystems: NGSS Activities for 3-D and Phenomena-Based Learning NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts are applied to the DCIs of Heredity and Ecosystems in two, hands-on activities. View »
  • Infographic: Meet the Painted Lady Butterfly Found across the globe, the painted lady offers an exciting educational experience for young students. 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 »
  • The TerrAqua Column Students learn the excitement of constructing their own environmental chambers from recycled materials, and they gain ownership and pride in the experiments they design. View »
  • Hydroponics Using a nutrient-rich water solution and a unique, time-tested approach, you can successfully grow plants with no soil. In a hydroponic system, water does the work. Find out more about this fascinating method and the advantages that make it both appealing and effective. View »
  • Snakeheads Invade the United States Teach your students about the challenges nonnative species pose by focusing on a current example, the northern snakehead fish. Native to China, Russia, and Korea, this fish has established breeding populations in several states. Find out how this might have happened and what scientists are doing about it. View »
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