Biology

Ideas and inspiration for your biology and life science lessons.

  • 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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  • Hey bacteria, why so negative? An intro to gram staining.0:16

    Hey bacteria, why so negative? An intro to gram staining.

    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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