Biology

Ideas and inspiration for your biology and life science lessons.

  • Hey little bacteria, why so negative?0:16

    Hey little bacteria, why so negative?

    To identify bacteria as gram-negative or gram-positive based on cell walls, you have to do some gram staining. Find out how with our step-by-step biology activity for high school and college students.

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  • How to make your own algae beads and have a ball studying photosynthesis

    How to make your own algae beads and have a ball studying photosynthesis

    This activity for grades 6 through 12 will show you everything you need to make your own algae beads so your students can learn about the most vital biochemical processes on the planet.

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  • Free stuff for your class. (It's easier than you think)

    Free stuff for your class. (It's easier than you think)

    Learn how DonorsChoose.org can help you fund the science materials you need, so you can make your science classroom dreams a reality.

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  • Bullfrog dissection: Everything you ever wanted to know in under six minutes.5:28

    Bullfrog dissection: Everything you ever wanted to know in under six minutes.

    It’s dissection like you’ve never seen it before. This engaging video helps science teachers and students discover anatomy in a surprising new way.

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  • How to cultivate and care for your butterfly larvae (plus a free activity!)5:25

    How to cultivate and care for your butterfly larvae (plus a free activity!)

    These painted ladies are more than just a pretty face - they're a robust teaching tool for your life science classroom.

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  • Critters in the Classroom: Insect Edition - Madagascar hissing cockroach5:32

    Critters in the Classroom: Insect Edition - Madagascar hissing cockroach

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  • How to prepare a bacteria sub-culture6:47

    How to prepare a bacteria sub-culture

    Learn how to properly prepare an aseptic bacteria subculture in order to multiply your bacteria and prepare it for use by more students at once, or with repeated experiments.

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  • How to culture and care for daphnia3:17

    How to culture and care for daphnia

    When it comes to teaching physiology and the effects of temperature on metabolism, these tiny crustaceans offer huge payoff in the classroom.

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  • Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula6:44

    Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

    Hailing from southern Peru and Northern Chile from the Atacama Desert, these friendly creatures are docile and calm when handled, making them a fascinating classroom pet.

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  • The thorny problem – a Japanese beetle lesson plan.

    The thorny problem – a Japanese beetle lesson plan.

    Download this easy biology lesson plan and use live beetles to help middle school science students gather, analyze, interpret, and report scientific data.

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  • A spectacular ocean view – marine mural lesson plan.

    A spectacular ocean view – marine mural lesson plan.

    Download this artful biology lesson plan for a creative way to teach high school science students about undersea food webs and ocean ecosystems.

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  • Microscope cleaning, care and maintenance - tips to keep your scopes in tip-top shape.10:59

    Microscope cleaning, care and maintenance - tips to keep your scopes in tip-top shape.

    In this pre-recorded webinar segment, we'll show you how to solve common troubleshooting challenges, and take proper care of your microscopes so they'll take care of you for years to come.

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  • Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Bess beetles (plus a free activity!)6:12

    Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Bess beetles (plus a free activity!)

    Whether you call them bessbugs, bess beetles, Betsy bugs, or by their formal name, Odontotaenius disjunctus sp. these large beetles are perfect for demonstrating a variety of life science concepts.

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  • Quality Biology Models

    Quality Biology Models

    For detailed demonstration and study. ~Learn More~#

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  • Scalpel safety: How to prepare a scalpel and stay out of the ER1:16

    Scalpel safety: How to prepare a scalpel and stay out of the ER

    When your dissection lessons call for sharp objects, this quick scalpel safety primer will help you and your students stay focused on the lesson at hand, and out of the ER.

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  • Cash for your class – how to land that education grant.

    Cash for your class – how to land that education grant.

    Find out how to take advantage of the millions of dollars awarded to teachers every year with no-obligation, complimentary grant assistance.

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  • All about Science Olympiad: How to start a team, tips for new coaches, and more.30:25

    All about Science Olympiad: How to start a team, tips for new coaches, and more.

    Want to bring your most passionate science students together for creative problem solving, teamwork, and science fun outside the classroom? Start a Science Olympiad team! We'll show you how.

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  • Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Pill bugs and sow bugs5:57

    Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Pill bugs and sow bugs

    Ideal for teaching animal behavior and demonstrating response to stimuli such as light or heat, these wingless crustaceans are easy to maintain and do not bite or sting.

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  • 5 things to know about science grants (and 9 steps to win one)

    5 things to know about science grants (and 9 steps to win one)

    Give us five minutes and we'll fill you in on the most effective strategies and techniques used by grant-winning educators around the country.

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  • Foliage findings – a leaf pigment lesson plan.

    Foliage findings – a leaf pigment lesson plan.

    Download this simple biology lesson plan and introduce elementary science students to the plant pigments responsible for autumn leaf colors.

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