Biology Lesson Plans and Resources

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

Last updated on 5-2-2017!


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

Under the Spell of Spiders
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.

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

Spiders, Spiders Everywhere
A WebQuest. See also Spider 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

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.

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
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, including one titled, Anatomy of the Brain.

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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