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Life Science

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Infographic: The Hierarchy of Life Visually explore life's levels of organization—from cells to organisms—using this concise infographic. View »
  • Hairy Inheritance: Investigating Variation Selection and Evolution with Wisconsin Fast Plants® This activity guides students and teachers through the art of selection, hypothesizes on the mode of inheritance, and measures gain from selection using a trait easily observed on Fast Plants: hairs. View »
  • Infographic: Meet the Painted Lady Butterfly Found across the globe, the painted lady offers an exciting educational experience for young students. View »
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well Aligned with NGSS Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well-Aligned with NGSS Teachers have relied on Wisconsin Fast Plants® for over 25 years. A new way of planting them and Fast Plants’ enduring classroom benefits make them ideal for addressing current standards. Dr Hedi Baxter Lauffer, director of the Fast Plants® program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gives you the details. 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 »
  • Photosynthesis Modeling with Pop Beads While studying photosynthesis, students can have difficulty understanding how the carbon in CO2 becomes the carbon in glucose. Use this activity to clarify the process. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Natural Selection in 50 Minutes Help your students understand why common misconceptions about natural selection aren't true using some craft store beads, our instructions, and 50 minutes. View »
  • Osmosis Eggsperiment Is your osmosis lesson all it’s cracked up to be? Get it cooking with this fun, hands-on activity. Using a couple of fresh chicken eggs and a few household items, students can discover the hard-boiled facts about osmosis in animal cells—unscrambling an abstract concept by making it tangible. View »