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Instructional Materials in Life Science

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Life Sciences. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Biomes Theme Pages

Endangered Species Theme Page

Gardening for Kids Theme Page

Genetics/Biotechnology Theme Page

[The] Human Body's SensesTheme Pages

[The] Human Body's Systems Theme Pages

Oceanography Theme Page

General Life Science Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Life Science. Please read our disclaimer.

Access Excellence
This web site provides a collection of biology-related activities and classroom projects developed by teachers. Topics include: allergies, animal phyla, bioethics problems, DNA, endangered species, ethanol production from corn, infectious disease, nutrition, and transgenic plants. In addition, it provides a vehicle for putting teachers in touch with colleagues and scientists for discussions about teaching biology and new developments in the field. Note: "Teachers First" has grouped the lessons in the Access Excellence collection by topic for easier reference. All links are directly to the Access Excellence site.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Science: Biological and Life Science
Over 75 lesson plans covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Biology Activities
Seven biology activities suitable for high school students from Flinn Scientific. Topics are: bones, DNA, respiration/photosynthesis, cells, predator/prey, enzymes, and bacteria.

Biology Lessons
Over 175 lessons plans, organized by grade level, from the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.

Biology Lessons for Prospective and Practicing Teachers
Lessons requiring simple materials for teaching biology to elementary students.

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans
  • Animal Classifications An 11 day unit on the difference between invertebrates and vertebrates as well as an in depth study of the classes of vertebrates. Primary classes explore the basic characteristics of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • Life Cycles An exploration of the circles of life that surround us daily for primary students. The three week unit examines the four basic steps in the life cycle and reproduction in plants and animals.
  • Life Cycle Study: From Egg to Chick Embryology is the focus of this 4 week unit for primary students who are actively involved in hatching and caring for baby chicks. The life cycles of frogs, moths, and butterflies are also included in the unit.
  • [The] Not So SImple Facts About Simple Organisms Three kingdoms of simple organisms (Monera, Protista, and Fungi) are the focus of study in this 25-30 hour intermediate level unit.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Biological and Life Sciences
Select "Science" and then "Biological and Life Sciences" on their Lesson Collection Page to find about fifty lesson plans in this subject. Subset collections of this subject (Biology; Botony) are also available.

From the Ground Up
There are five lessons in this teachers' guide on food, agriculture and sustainable development: history of agriculture and description of sustainable development, soil, agriculture and chemicals, the real cost of food, and everything's connected. Available for downloading are lessons, background essays, and worksheets.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including copies of previous exams and their keys (e.g., Biology), exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Science curricula in K-12.

Integrating Mathematics, Science and Language
A series of multidisciplinary units (math, science, language arts) for K-3 students from SEDL. Included in each unit is an overview and background information for the teacher, lessons and links to associated web sites on dinosaurs. Units include: K (Five Senses, Spiders, Dinosaurs); Grade 1 (Plants and Seeds, The Human Body, Good Health); Grade 2 (Oceans, Weather, Sun and Stars); Grade 3 (Matter, Sound, Simple Machines).

Internet Lesson Plans
Each month, IBM provides a new set of Internet activities focused around a specific theme for a targeted range of grade levels. Life Science topics that have been developed include: Animals (Grades 4-8); Gardening; (Grades 2-5); Forestry and trees (Grades 5-8); Exploring insects and spiders (Grades K-2, 3-5); and, Zoo animals (Grades 1-3). A teacher's guide is included for each topic.

Life Science
Over 20 brief lesson plans in life science for elementary level students from CanTeach.

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: Biology The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams. Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

New York Times Learning Network
A variety of Life Sciences lesson plans for students in grades 6-12 which use a New York Times article as a starting point.

Project Primary
Professors and primary teachers have collaborated to produce a set of hands-on activities for the teaching of science organized under the headings of botony, chemisty, geology, physics, and zoology. There is also a report on the constructivist perspective on teaching science and the importance of activities within that.

Science Resource Center
The Science Resource Center is a web site where science teachers can share ideas. Life Science teachers can access demonstrations, laboratory investigations, teaching tips, and exams from two selections on the main menu (Life Science and Biology II).

Smile Program Biology Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has close to 200 lesson plans organized under the following headings: Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Environmental Studies and Ecology, General, Genetics, Microbiology, Zoology, and Miscellaneous. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

Snacks about Life Science
The Exploratorium offers these activities/experiments to demonstrate life science concepts.

[The] World Wide Biome Project
Teachers may wish to use this project to provide students with: 1) a standard method of investigating the biomes in which they live; 2) a way of publishing their scientific findings on the World Wide Web for others to view; 3) a site where they can obtain comparative data from other biomes around the world; and 4) a chance to integrate computer skills with ecological sampling skills.

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