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10 Great Biology Activities and Lessons

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Biology activities and lessons allow students to investigate and learn about biology through hands-on experience. Below is a list of 10 great biology activities and lessons for K-12 teachers and students.

K-8 Activities and Lessons


1. Cells

Activities and lesson plans for teaching students about molecules and cells.
Objectives: Identify major cell components; know structures and functions of components; understand protein synthesis.
Resources: Cell Anatomy

2. Mitosis

Activities and lesson plans for learning about mitosis: chromosome replication and division.
Objectives: Know how cells reproduce; understand chromosome replication.
Resources: Mitosis

3. Meiosis

Activities and lesson plans for learning about meiosis.
Objectives: Describe the steps in meiosis; understand the difference between mitosis and meiosis.
Resources: Meiosis

4. Owl Pellet Dissection

Activities and lessons for learning about owl pellet dissections.
Objectives: To learn about owl eating habits and digestion.
Resources: Online Dissections

5. Osmosis

Water movement activities and lessons for learning about osmosis.
Objectives: Understand concentration gradients; describe solutions.
Resources: Diffusion, Passive Transport, and Osmosis

8-12 Activities and Lessons


1. Drosophila Melanogaster and Mendelian Genetics

Activities and lessons for learning about Mendelian Genetics.
Objective: To learn how to use the fruit fly to apply knowledge of Mendelian genetics.
Resources: Mendelian Genetics

2. Diffusion, Osmosis and Cell Membranes

Activities and lessons for learning about diffusion, osmosis, and cell membranes.
Objectives: To understand the function of the cell membrane; to understand how passive transport works.
Resources: Diffusion, Passive Transport, and Osmosis

3. Neurobiology

Activities and lessons for learning about how neurons work.
Objectives: To understand the anatomy of a neuron; to make a model of a neuron.
Resources: Nervous Tissue

4. The Heart

Activities and lessons for learning about the human heart.
Objectives: To understand the anatomy of the heart and blood circulation.
Resources: Heart Anatomy

5. Body Fat

Activities and lessons for learning about fat cells.
Objectives: To learn about fat cells and their function; to understand the importance of fat in a diet.
Resources: Lipids

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