Biology

Ideas and inspiration for your biology and life science lessons.

  • Jan 12-18, 2020 is DonorsChoose Winter Welcome Week for Teachers

    Jan 12-18, 2020 is DonorsChoose Winter Welcome Week for Teachers

    During Winter Welcome Week, teachers who have never had a project on DonorsChoose are eligible for a $50 welcome donation, and teachers who refer new teachers receive a $25 gift code.

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  • How to care for your termites2:42

    How to care for your termites

    Termites need love, too. In this video, we’ll show you essential points of care your termites will thank you for (actually you won’t get a word of thanks).

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  • How to care for your crayfish4:11

    How to care for your crayfish

    If you’re crazy for crayfish, look no further! This video gives the do’s and don’ts of crayfish care. These hardy snappers are a cinch for young scientists—and a pinch if you’re not careful!

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  • How to pour agar plates2:52

    How to pour agar plates

    If your microorganisms are hungry, prepare them an agar plate! With 3 ways to heat and no-brainer pouring, this process makes growing your specimens a piece of cake.

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  • 10 low-budget models for teaching biology and anatomy

    10 low-budget models for teaching biology and anatomy

    Using models to teach anatomy and biology doesn't have to break the bank. Through Ward’s you can find some exciting, instructive options that give you the biggest bang for your buck.

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  • 12 clearance items to get you ready for the new year

    12 clearance items to get you ready for the new year

    Warning: these deals are expiring by the end of the year!

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  • Micro Media: How to choose the best option1:16

    Micro Media: How to choose the best option

    Specialize your micro media system to fit your needs. Whether you want something cost-efficient or easy-peasy, we have it all! Pick between 3 options and get cracking on growing your microorganisms.

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  • How to prepare a gram stain slide6:20

    How to prepare a gram stain slide

    Don’t think chemistry and biology belong together? Think again! Augment your studies on cell organelles with this gram staining kit. Just don’t stain your clothes—only the slides!

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  • Don’t read this if your school already has enough money.0:45

    Don’t read this if your school already has enough money.

    Science teachers: Did you know Ward’s Science offers complementary services to help educators win grants? We can help find, apply for, and secure funding for you too – just give us a call today.

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  • 8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    Want to teach food chains and predator-prey relationships with owl pellets? Don’t miss these “insider” tips.

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  • The Ewww Experiment, or why you should wash your hands before dinner.1:01

    The Ewww Experiment, or why you should wash your hands before dinner.

    Elementary and middle-school teachers: Show your young science students the importance of cleanliness with this short video, then download our free classroom activity to try it for yourself.

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  • 13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons

    13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons

    If you’re bold enough to boil up some horrific Halloween madness in your classroom this season, then don’t miss this unlucky list of 13 blood-curdling, goosebump-inducing science ideas and activities.

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  • Inside the Ward's Lab: Tarantula Molting1:08

    Inside the Ward's Lab: Tarantula Molting

    Join the small handful of teachers who have a tarantula as a classroom pet and experience this yourself. Or just take a look at this cool video of tarantula molting.

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  • 6 live specimens that make great classroom pets

    6 live specimens that make great classroom pets

    If you’re thinking of adopting an unusual pet for your classroom, your students will be intrigued (to say the least) by any of these six live specimens.

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  • When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    In this extension of Ward’s Effects of Drugs on Daphnia Kit, your students will be discovering the effects of an energy drink on a living water flea Daphnia.

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  • A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety

    A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety

    Safety concerns in the science lab can turn awesome teachers into nervous wrecks. Here’s a quick checklist to ensure your lab is safe (and get back your peace of mind).

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  • Predicting pigments: a biology activity for fall

    Predicting pigments: a biology activity for fall

    Now’s the time to collect different-colored leaves … or get your students to collect them for you (we’ll say it’s part of the activity). They’ll be trying their hand at hypothesis formation.

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  • 5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall

    5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall

    If you’re looking for some quick ideas for the first day of fall, then try these simple, low-cost ideas for your class or lab. If nothing else, try our flying pig (you’ll thank us later).

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  • Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Give your students hands-on experience with a vital skill in this microbiology / general biology activity. They can use simulated media instead of actual bacteria. Will they “keep it clean”?

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  • Burning genes to a CRISPR: a genetics activity

    Burning genes to a CRISPR: a genetics activity

    If you want a genetics activity that will engage your students, then try this extension of our Dragon Genetics Kit. They’ll learn about gene editing, molecular techniques, DNA, and … dragon embryos.

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