Ideas and inspiration for your biology and life science lessons.
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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).
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!
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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).
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”?
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.