Biology/Life Science Lesson Plans and Resources

Free lesson plans for biology and the life sciences including botany, zoology, physiology, anatomy, evolution, and more!

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Breaking the Code
A thematic unit for grades 4-6 introducing the topics of DNA and the genetic code.

Beans to Genes: Genetic Probability
A secondary lesson plan.

The Future's in the Genes
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Education World.

From Jeans to Genes
A middle school lesson plan introducing students to the structure of chromosomes.

Our Genes/Our Choices
Five lesson plans for grades 6-8 or 9-12 from PBS.

Population Genetics
An simulation for grades 9-12.

Genetics Education Center
Genetics lesson plans, resources, and links.

The Genome: Controversy for All Times
A secondary unit examining the ethical and moral issues surrounding research into mapping the human genome.

How Do We Inherit Our Biological Characteristics?
A 10th-grade project investigating the problem of inherited human disorders. It requires Internet access and is aligned with National Science Education Standards

Whose Life Is It?

A high school lesson plan that uses a fictional story to examine some of the ethical and values issues related to human cloning.

The Clone Age
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Evolution Lesson Plans
Understanding Evolution
From the Evolution Wing, this site provides information about and links to other sites related to the history of evolution. See also The Ultimate Creation vs. Evolution Resource.

Evolution Lessons
A collection of high school lesson plans from Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes.

The Evolution of Plants
Information and sample lesson plans from a high school unit.

Hominid Evolution
Another unit for high school biology or advanced biology.

Human Evolution
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education integrating the study of human evolution and history.

Evolution
Also from Discovery, a lesson plan for grades 9-12 in which students learn about Darwin, his theory of evolution, and some of the controversies related to it.

Darwin's Evolution
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about Charles Darwin. See also Darwin Day Foundation
.  

Origin of the Species vs. Zoological Philosophy
A middle or junior high school lesson plan in which students debate the theories of Darwin and Lamarck.

Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial
A 5-day lesson plan. See also Whose ‘Truth’ Is Out There? for a lesson plan from the N.Y. Times. For background information, see The Antievolution Crusade of the 1920s, Clash of Cultures: The Scopes Trial, and The 'Intelligent Design' Debate.

Online Lessons for Students: Learning Evolution
Seven lesson plans providing " multimedia pathways to help students understand evolution and the nature of science
."

Evolution Project
A lesson plan from The Biology Corner.

Tree of Life
Information about phylogeny and biodiversity. "The information is linked together in the form of the evolutionary tree that connects all organisms to each other."

Botany/Plants Lesson Plans an d Resources ( Including Lessons on Farms)
Botany Activities and Lesson Plans
About 20 lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum.

Botany
Many lesson plans from SMILE.

Grounding in  Botany Lesson Plans
Many 9-12 lesson plans from the Huntington Library.

Plants
Lesson plans from the Biology Corner.

Plant Science Lesson Plans
Plant tissue systems, angiosperm, and gymnosperm lesson plans from NGSS Life Science.

All About Plants
An elementary lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Botany and Art and their Roles in Conservation
An interesting lesson plan from the Smithsonian.


Photosynthesis , Trees, and the Greenhouse Effect
A middle-grade-grade lesson plan.

Photosynthesis and Transpiration
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Identifying Parts of a Flower
An elementary-grade lesson plan. See also Friendly Flowers for a K-2 lesson.

Wildflower Garden
A lesson plan in which students design about a wildflower garden. For information on wildflowers, go to The Wildflower Center and Wildflowers.

Gems from the Garden - Digging Up Activities for All Ages
Many for gardening-related activities from Education World.    

What's in a Garden?
An elementary lesson  plan. See also Sharing the Joy of a Garden.

How Does Our Garden Grow?
A primary-grade lesson plan from Evergreen.

The Great Plant Escape
An interdisciplinary program for students in grades 4-5 designed to introduce them to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. available in either Spanish or English.

Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project
An excellent lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read Write Think.

Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.  

AppleQuest
An elaborate WebQuest for grades 5+ about growing apples!


Apples & More
From the University of Illinois Extension, this website offers suggestions for accessible and stimulating activities for a series of lessons about apples. The unit encompasses many areas of the curriculum: math, science, writing, literature, art and social studies. See also Apple Fast Facts.

Johny Appleseed Day Research Activity
An elementary-grade lesson plan.. See also Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed or John Chapman: Which Character is Your Favorite? and Apples, Apples, Apples for other lesson plans.

Farms and Agriculture Lesson Plans
On the Farm Theme Unit
A kindergarten unit.

Farm
Links to worksheets, unit, lesson plans, and other resources from ProTeacher.com.

Wheat Lesson Plans
For grades K-2. See also Lesson Plans Grades 3-6.

From Seed to Plant
A primary-grade lesson plan.

A Day on the Farm
A 1st-grade lesson plan.

From Maize to Milk: A Barnyard Full of Activities

Several activities from Education World.

National Agriculture in the Classroom
Search the new Curriculum Matrix for lesson plans from the USDA. See also Ag Lesson Plans in Power Point Format
.

Agriculture and Environment Lesson Plans
A large number of lesson plans.

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
Select Teaching Resources in the top menu to find lesson plans for a variety of grade levels.

AppleQuest
An elaborate WebQuest for grades 5+ about growing apples!


Apples & More
From the University of Illinois Extension, this website offers suggestions for accessible and stimulating activities for a series of lessons about apples. The unit encompasses many areas of the curriculum: math, science, writing, literature, art and social studies. See also Apple Fast Facts for information and teaching ideas from the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association.

Johny Appleseed Day Research Activity
An elementary-grade lesson plan.. See also Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed or John Chapman: Which Character is Your Favorite? and Apples, Apples, Apples for other lesson plans.

Weather and Agriculture
A high school lesson plan from National Geographic in which students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture.

Pumpkin Themes
Links to many lesson plans and units on pumpkins. See also Pump up the Curriculum with Pumpkins. Go to Fall Holiday Lesson Plans for Halloween ideas.

Hot Seeds
An inquiry-based lesson for grades 5-12 complete with assessment rubrics.

Forestry/Trees Lesson Plans - Click on a topic: forestry, treesleaves, tree rings

Forestry
Sustainable Forestry
A lesson plan from the Penn State School of Forest Resources. See their
From the Woods Series.

Lesson Plans for Forest-Minded Teachers
Many lesson plans in pdf format for a variety of grade levels from the Idaho Forest Products Commission. This site takes a a while to load!

Forestry/Natural Resources Lesson Plans

Many lesson plans organized by grade level.

Forestry Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from Forestinfo.org.

LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guides
Lesson plans for all grade levels from
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Canada's Forest: A Breath of Fresh Air
Nine lesson plans for junior and senior high school.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest
A lesson plan for grade 5 Learn NC.

Biomes: Forests and Seeds
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education in which students learn how seasonal changes affect life in a temperate forest.


Deforestation Lesson Plan
for 3rd-grade.


Trees
Planting Trees
See also
Tree Seedling Planting, A Tree is a Friend, and Forest Info for many more lesson plans.

Climate Change through Tree Planting
A Lesson plan from LEAF.

Parts of a Tree
A kindergarten lesson plan.
See also Trees and Their Parts.

Seasons of Trees
An elementary-grade lesson plan from the above site.

My Life as a Tree
A lesson plan for grades K-4 designed to introduce students to the parts of a tree and how they function.

Talk about Trees
Nine lesson plans about California forests.

National Tree Day
Lesson plans from Planet Ark. See also National Tree Day (Canada).

Uses of Trees
A kindergarten lesson plan in which students identify three or four ways trees are used.

How Does Your Tree Measure Up?  
See also Measuring Trees and Forest Measurements.



Leaves
How are Leaves Alike and Different?
A lesson plan that can be adapted to various grade levels. See also What Tree Is That? for a tree identification field guide.

Tree Identification
A 5th-grade lesson plan. See also
How Appropriate is that Tree?   

Mystery Tree Challenge
An activity for grades 4-12. See also Identifying Trees Using their Leaves in the Summer.

Observe a Leaf
An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students
observe and describe leaves.

Tree and Leaf Identification - Part 1
A 3rd-grade lesson plan. See Parts 2 and 3.

Leaf ID and Leaf Bingo
Another 3rd-grade lesson plan from the above source. See also What Can a Leaf Be?

Tree Rings
It's All in the Rings
A lesson plan for grades 7-12. See also Tree Rings as Records of the Past for a lesson plan  adaptable to grades 1-8 and The Science of Tree Rings for an excellent resource.

Tree Rings: Living Records of Climate
A lesson plan from the EPA. See also Picture Climate: How can We Learn from Tree Rings?

Tree Rings
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the national Park Service. See also What Can We Learn from Old Trees?

Tree Ring Dating
A grade 5 lesson plan from Learn NC.

Rain Forest Lesson Plans
Rain Bird Rain Forest Teaching Curriculum
Curriculum materials and activities for all grade levels. 

Rainforest Alliance Curriculum
Click on the grade level you teach on the left side to find the lesson plans.

Rain Forest Animals
A teacher's guide from Newton's Apple. 

Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Rainforest
An elementary-grade lesson plan from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

The Layers of the Rain Forest
An elementary lesson plan. See Virtual Rainforest for an online tour.

Rainforests
An Internet-based middle-grade or high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Saving the Rain Forest
A lesson plan for grades 2-3. See also
Exploring the Rain Forest Through Print, Graphics, and Sound.

It's Goin' Down; The Rain Forest
A 4-lesson unit from Learning to Give.

Human Impacts in the African Rain Forest: What Can We Do?
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Learn NC. See also Amazon deforestation for a lesson plan from the BBC.

Amazon Rainforest Explorers
A WebQuest. See also Me? Live in a Rainforest?
for another WebQuest. 

  

 
Invasive Species Lesson Plans - Animals and Plants
Invasive Species Educational Resources
Activities and lesson plans from the Wisconsin DNR.

Battlefield Earth
Learning activities about the dangers of invasive species from the National Teacher Training Institute.

Introduction to Invasive Species
An activity form grades 6-8m from National Geographic.

Invasive Species Lesson Plan
Students learn the basics about invasive species. See also Invasive Species for a similar 8th-grade lesson plan.

Invasive Species Lesson Plan: The Invasion Game
From BrainPop, this activity can be sued with grades 3-12.


Invasives: Plants on the Move
An invasive weed curriculum for grades K-12.

Nature's Invaders: Exploring the Effects of Invasive Species on Local Ecosystems
A lesson plan for middle and high school students from the NY Times.

Invasive Plants
High school lesson plans based on Kentucky Core Content.

Seeing Purple -  A Population Explosion
An activity for grades 3-8 through which students learn about the impact of purple loosestrife.

Invasive Species Integrated Curriculum Unit    
A middles school unit about Phragmites, an invasive wetland plant.

Invasive Species Game
A high school lesson plan from the University of Toledo.

Real-Life Aliens: Introduced Species
A lesson plan for high school and above.

Invasive Investigators
A high school lesson plan.

Introduced Animals and Invaders in Hawaii
An instructor's guide from the Honolulu Zoo Society.

Mussel Bound: The Zebra Mussel Invasion |
An Internet-based lesson plan.

Great Lakes Most Unwanted
A lesson plan for grades 4-8. See also Exotic Species: Zebra Muscles and Round Gobies.

Perspectives on Invasive Species in the Great Lakes: An Asian Carp Debate
A lesson plan for grades 9-10.

States Declare War on Asian Carp
An activity for grades 2 and up from Education World. See also Invasion of the Asian Carp and Asian Carp Game.

Zoology/Animals Lesson Plans
Zoology Activities and Lessons Plans
More than 20 lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum.

Zoology
Many lesson plans from the SMILE.

Lessons for Zoology
Many lesson plans from the Lesson Corner.

Animal Science Lesson Plans
From Next Gen Lesson Plans.

Animal Lesson plans
Lesson plans on animal classification, animal behavior, invertebrates, and vertebrates.

National Wildlife Federation
Many lesson plans organized by topic.

Lesson plans for Teachers
Several lesson plans from the Humane Society.

Animals Are Everywhere
A kindergarten lesson plan. See also Animals, Animals, Animals and Animals Around Us.

Marine Animals/Fish
Right Whale Curriculum
Many 4th-grade lesson plans.

In the Company of Whales
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Whales for another lesson plan for grades 6-8. For more information on whales, go to The Whale Centre.  

Whales
A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans for grades 4-8 from Sea World.     

Tale of a Whale
A lesson plan adaptable to many grade levels from Smithsonian Education.

The Rise and Fall of the Whaling Industry
A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans from PBS.


Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses
A Teacher's Guide for grades 4-8. See also the K-3 Teacher's Guide.

Shark!
A teacher's guide for grades 4-8. See also the K-3 Teacher's Guide.

Exploring Our Oceans
A unit from the Yale New Haven Teachers Institute.

Animal Adaptations in the Ocean
An activity for grades 6-8 from National Geographic.

Coral Cam Lesson Plans
Fifteen lesson plans on topics related to coral reefs. Most are adaptable to a variety of grade levels. See also Coral Reef WebQuest.

Sea Shells
A K-2 lesson plan. See also Shells.

Horseshoe Crab Fun
An activity from the NWF.

Biomes: Freshwater and Seawater
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Aquatic Habitats for another middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Fun with Fish
An outdoor education lesson plan in which students learn about fish and fishing.

The Minnesota Fish Quiz
Not a lesson plan, but this interactive, online quiz is a fun way to learn about Minnesota fish species and may be just what you need to motivate the boys in your classroom this spring!

How Many Fish Are in that Pond?
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about sampling and statistical methods used in estimating wildlife populations.

Fish and Ladders
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 about the spawning migration of Chinook Salmon. See the high school version of this lesson.

Creative Writing: I am a Fish
A lesson plan integrating science and creative writing.

Design a Fish
An activity from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium which requires students to design a fish adapted for a coral reef and another for cold marine environments.

Something Fishy
This lesson plan for grades 4 through 12 examines ocean environments and organisms' methods of adapting to survive. For an incredible amount of information on fish, go to Fishbase.

Fish Dissection Lesson Plan
See also Perch Dissection.

Science - Fish Knowledge
Lesson plans from the Wisconsin DNR.

Getting to Know Some of Pennsylvania's Fishes
A lesson plan for grades 4-5.

Having Fish in the Classroom

See also Tanks in Classrooms: Setting Up An Educational Aquarium.

Fish Information Service (FINS)
An elaborate site providing information for aquarists. See also Fish Channel.

Animals: Mammals Lesson Plans
(Lesson plans for fish/marine animals are listed above. Scroll past mammals for lesson plans on farm animals,   reptiles/amphibians, birds, dinosaurs, or insects/spiders. For information and resources on zoos and/or specific animals, go to the Zoos and Museums Page. 

Animal Classification
A K-5 lesson from Discovery Education.


What's a Mammal
A K-5 lesson plan. See also Mammals and Magnificent Mammals.

Oh Deer
A  lesson plan fro grades 3-8.

Wildlife Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from Penn State.

Wildlife Management Activity Guide Index
Lesson plans from the National park Service.

Bats: Thematic Resource
Projects and resources for a variety of subject areas.

North American Bear Center
Many lesson plans and activities. See also Bears/Hibernation for a Pre-K activity.

How Polar Bears Stay Warm
A literature-based primary-grade lesson plan.  See also Why Polar Bears Are White.

What Bear Goes Where?
A lesson plan in which students construct posters of three different bear habitats. See Bears for many similar activities.

Bears

A high school lesson plan from The Discovery Education.

The North American Bison Lesson Plan
For grades 3-5.

Tracking the Buffalo
Background information and classroom materials.

Big Cats
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Dogs
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about characteristics of dogs and dog breeds. See also Breeds of Dogs and Dogs at Work.

Dogs and More Dogs
A classroom activity fro NOVA/PBS.    

Endangered Species Theme Page
Links to lesson plans and resources.

Endangered Species 1: Why Are Species Endangered?
A lesson plan from Science Net Links. See also
Endangered Species 2: Working to Save Endangered Species
.

ABC of Endangered Species
A lesson plan for grades K-6 from Education World. See also Illustrating Endangered Species.

Endangered Species of PA
A high school lesson plan from Penn State University.

Schoolyard Habitats
A "How-To Guide" National Wildlife Federation.

Farm Animals
Farm Animal Sounds: Pen Pals
A kindergarten lesson plan emphasizing animal sounds, listening, and movement.

On the Farm or in the Zoo?
An elementary lesson plan in which students
categorize animals into two groups, farm animals and zoo animals.

Animal Babies on the Farm
A kindergarten or primary-grade lesson plan in which children learn the names of farm animals and match them to their offspring's names.

Names of Farm Animals and Sounds They Make
A K-2 lesson plan.  

Farm Animal Immigrants
A 5th-grade lesson plan in which students will identify a rare or endangered farm animal, locate its country of origin on a world map, and determine why it was an imported.

Fun at the Farm
Elementary-level activities.

Busy Barn Adventure Farm LLC -  Swine Are Divine
A curriculum resource for grades K-4.

Sheep to Sweaters
An idea for an activity from Crayola.

All About Chickens
Chicken activities.

Cows and Chickens Problem
A primary-grade lesson involving problem solving.

The Perfect Cow?
A high school lesson plan

The Story of Milk: From the Cow to the Cup
A K-2 lesson plan. See also Discover Dairy.

Wow that Cow: Cattle Byproducts
A lesson plan for grades K-4. See also Ultimate Harvesting Machine for a K-3 lesson.

Reptiles and Amphibians
Reviled and Revered
Reptiles and amphibians from the Smithsonian Institution. Scroll down the page for 5 lesson plans and resources. Take a look at the Reptile Data Base for information about snakes and other reptiles.

Reptiles Alive
Lesson plans, teacher's guide, reference materials. crafts.

Reptile Adaptation
A K-5 lesson plan from Discovery Education.

All About Reptiles
An elementary lesson plan.

Herp Care Collection
Advice for keeping a reptile in your home or classroom.

Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Eugene Wetlands

Lesson plans about herps found in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Snakes
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also Basic facts about Snakes.

Ambush Warriors
A  lesson plan on snakes for grades 7-8. See also The Guide to Snake Sightings Around your Home and Dealing with Snakes.

Painted Turtle
Activities and ideas from The Science Behind Algonquin's Animals.

Are All Turtles Alike?
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Quick Color Wonder Turtle
An activity from Crayola.

Lesson Plans for Sea Turtles
A literature-based lesson.

Totally Toads
In formation and a Pre-K lesson plan.

Frogs Jump, Toads Hop, Salamanders Crawl!
A lesson plan adaptable to many grade levels.

A Thousand Friends of Frogs
A good source of basic frog information.

Frogs and Toads Are Different (But Still Friends)
A 2nd-grade lesson plan using the book, Frog and Toad Are Friends.
See also Comparing and Contrasting with Frog and Toad.

Frogs: Fact and Folklore
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education.|

Life Cycle of a Frog
An elementary lesson plan. See also Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog.

The Mysterious Tadpole
Activities for using the book by this title with your 4th-graders.

How Far Can a Frog Jump?
A 4th-grade lesson plan introducing the metric system by simulating a jumping frog contest like that described in Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." It may provide an interesting way to integrate science, math, and literature.

Frog Dissection
See also Dissecting a Virtual Frog and Save the Frogs!

Birds
Raptor Center
Great site from the Minnesota Raptor Center.

Birds by Inquiry
A kindergarten lesson plan from Learn NC.

Illinois Prairies Research Institute - Educational Materials
Twelve excellent bird-related lesson plans for grades 3-6.

Birds through the Seasons
A 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

All About Birds WebQuest

Hummingbird Projects and Activities
Several Activities from Operation Ruby Throat.

Watch the Birdie
A 6-week unit for grades 5-6 in which students develop language arts skills while studying North American birds.

Bird Migration
A lesson plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See also On the Fly: Studying Bird Migration and Behavior.

Lesson Plans About Migration
Several lesson plans from Migration Science and Mystery.

Songbirds at the Crossroads of Migration
A curriculum guide from New Jersey Audubon.


Birds
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Birding Basics
A lesson plan for grade 4 from the Wisconsin DNR. See also Birding Basics for grades 5-8 and Avian Adaptations for other lesson plans from this source.

Make Way for the Ducklings Art Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 1-3 for this classic book by Robert McCloskey. See also Make Way for the Ducklings: A Bird's Eyeview of Geography.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
A discussion guide for this book by Richard and Florence Atwater. See also Demonstrating Comprehension through Journal Writing for another lesson plan using this book.

Tacky the Penguin
This primary-grade lesson plan titled "What Makes Us Different?" uses Helen Lester's Tacky the Penguin to explore individual differences.

Meet the Penguins!
Lesson plans and a book list from Scholastic..

Winter Animals
A primary-grade lesson plan about penguins from Scholastic.

Dinosaurs (Scroll down past the lessons for links to sites with dinosaur information, pictures, and a dinosaur dictionary)
Dinosaur Lesson Plan
For the elementary grades.

Dreams and Dinosaurs
Lesson ideas from Crayola.

Dinosaurs
A 2nd-grade unit.

Discovering Dinosaurs
A K-5 lesson plan from the Discovery Education. See also Dinosaurs in Argentina for grades 6-8 lesson.

Dinosaurs! Teaching Guide
For grades k-8 from Scholastic. See also Dinosaurs Before Dark.

Fossils 1: Fossils and DinosaurA
A lesson plan from Science Net Links. See also Fossils 2, Dinosaurs 1: Where Are the Dinosaurs, and Dinosaurs 2: What Were Dinosaurs Like?

Dinosaurs: Meat-Asaurus or Vegie-Asaurus?
An activity for grades 3-5 using The Magic School Bus: The Busasaurus.

National Fossil Day
Educational resources from the National Park Service including activities for all grade levels.

Dinosaur Detective
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Zoom Dinosaurs
An on-line book with fact sheets, printouts, lists of dinosaurs, a dino dictionary, and more.

New Illustrations
Excellent site for locating illustrations of and information about many species of dinosaurs.

DinoDictionary.com
Dinosaurs from A to Z!

Insects (general/lesson collections/lifecycle/characteristics, bees, butterflies, insect information and pictures)

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources
A
directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet.

What's Bugging You?
Ideas for lesson plans and activities from Education World.

Using Live Insects in the Classroom
Information from the University of Kentucky. See also
Insect Models for an Internet-based K-2 lesson plan.

Crickets in the Classroom Page
A unit involving the use of crickets to teach skills of observation and measurement. The page also provides information on crickets and sources for obtaining them. See also Insects: Observing a Cricket for a K-3 lesson plan.

Insect Mania
An elaborate 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge. See also Investigating Insects for another 2nd-grade unit.

Ant Wars!
A middle-grade social insects laboratory exercise.

Life in a Pine Cone
Another middle-grade activity.

The Insect World
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Mystery Bug

A 3rd-grade WebQuest.

Insect Anatomy
A discovery-based lesson plan for grades 6-9.

Insects of the World
A WebQuest complete with an evaluation rubric. See also Creepy Crawly Insect Collection.

Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.

Canadian Honey Council
Curriculum activities for grades 1-3.

Bee Unit Study
Information and activities for a primary-grade unit.


Become a Bee: Bee Anatomy
A lesson plan for grades 1-5.

Get the Buzz on Honey Bees
An elementary lesson plan from Scholastic.

Buzzy, Buzzy Bee
A lesson plan for grades 2-7

Honey Bee Communication: Dance Language
A lesson plan for grades 4-8.

Bees
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Pollination Parties.


Butterfly Website: Butterfly Teaching Tools

Scroll down the page to find many lesson plans. Click on gallery to see butterfly images.

Butterfly Unit: The Life Cycles of Butterflies
A unit for grades 1-2.

Monarch Butterflies
Eight days of primary-grade activities.

Butterfly Cycle
A 2nd-grade art lesson plan that uses Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
.

Butterfly Unit - The Life Cycles of Butterflies
A unit for the primary grades.

Butterflies
A 2nd-grade WebQuest.

A Butterfly's Home
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on creating a butterfly garden. See also Observing the Lifecycle of a Butterfly.

Symmetry in Butterflies
Kindergarten and PreK activities from the MN Science Museum.

Insectlopedia
Information about biting insects.

Orkin Learning Center
Pest library, games and coloring, as well as lesson plans.

Insects.org
An extensive website with great pictures, educational resources, and information on the important role insects play in human culture.

Iowa State University Entomology Image Gallery
More great insect pictures!

Spiders
Be Nice to Spiders
A primary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic.

Spiders

An elementary unit with seven lesson plans.   

Now We Know Spiders
One lesson plan from the above unit using the book Anansi the Spider by G. McDermott.

Spider Webs
A 2nd-grade lesson plan. See also Spider Body Parts.

Spiders, Spiders Everywhere
A WebQuest.

Spooky Spiders and Wacky Webs
A 1st-grade unit.


Senses Lesson Plans

The Five Senses
A lesson plan using My Five Senses by Aliki.

The Five Senses
A first-grade lesson plan from Teachers.net.

Five Senses
A WebQuest for grades K-2.

The Eye: Structure and Function
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Sight and Light.

Virtual Cow Eye’s Dissection
Almost as good as the real thing! It could be used as a high school level pre-lab or an alternative to an actual dissection.

Hearing
Twelve lesson plans for grades K-8. Also, see the Virtual Tour of the Ear.  

The Science of Sound
Information from Scholastic.

The Phenomenon of Sound: Waves
A K-5 lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also Sound Vibrations.

Good Senses
A middle school lesson plan from The Discovery Education. See also Sight and Sound.

The Phenomenon Of Sound: Waves
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Discovery Education.

Sound: Ideas for Interdisciplinary Lessons
Ideas for integrating science and music from the Virtual Museum of Musical Instruments. See also Make Your Own Musical Instrument.


Out Five Senses: What's That Smell?
A Kdg lesson plan.

Senses- Smell
A lesson plan for grades K-2.

Sense of Touch
A Kdg lesson plan. See also Sense of Touch.


Physiology/Anatomy Lesson Plans
Inner Body
Human anatomy online.

Cells Alive!
See images of cells

Visible Human Body
A guided tour!

Body Systems
An elementary-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Building a Baby
Lesson plans from the The Discovery Education.

The Human Body Systems
An upper-elementary unit

Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography
A middle-grade unit that teaches about body systems through movement activities.

Human Anatomy and Physiology WebQuest
See also
Human Body Systems WebQuest.

The Human Skeleton
A constructivist lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Give Me a Break
An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students develop a survey and collect data on broken bones.

The Musculoskeletal System
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.
See also Muscles in Motion.

The Heart: The Engine of Life
Information from the Franklin Institute.

How Does Your Heart Rate?
A lesson plan for grades 2-4 in which students measure and record their heart rates.

Here's to Your Healthy Heart!
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

The Heart
A high school lesson plan.

An Insight Into the Hormones of Life
A middle-grade unit on hormones.

How the Brain Works
A lesson plan from CNN.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology through the Study of Addiction
A Teacher's Guide with five lesson plans for grades 9-12 from the National Institutes of Health Curriculum Supplement Series.

Brain Power
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about the human brain and memory functions. See also Brain Watching for a high school lesson plan.

Neuroscience for Kids
Incredible online information about the human nervous system. Go to Brain Awareness Week Lessons for several lesson plans on the brain and nervous system.

On ‘Punched Out’: Looking at Brain Trauma and Other Risks of Violent Sports
A lesson plan from the NY Times Learning Network.

 

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