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CK-12 Life Science Concepts for Middle School
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CK-12’s Life Science delivers a full course of study in the life sciences for the middle school student, relating an understanding of the history, disciplines, tools, and modern techniques of science to the exploration of cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, prokaryotes, protists,fungi, plants, animals, invertebrates, vertebrates, human biology, and ecology. This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Date Added:
11/29/2012
Classification Activity 1: What is Classification? (Grades 2-5)
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Students explore the importance and process of classification. Students apply the concept of biological classification to a real hierarchy of birds, analyzing bird photos and organizing them into groups based on physical characteristics.

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Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classification Activity 2: Animal Classification (Grades 2-5)
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Students use EOL Species Cards to sort and make observations of animals, then use the RAFT writing strategy to create short presentations about the characteristics of each major group of animals.

Subject:
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Encyclopedia of Life: Smithsonian
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Classifying Animals by Appearance Versus DNA Sequence
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The topic of this video module is how to classify animals based on how closely related they are. The main learning objective is that students will learn how to make phylogenetic trees based on both physical characteristics and on DNA sequence. Students will also learn why the objective and quantitative nature of DNA sequencing is preferable when it come to classifying animals based on how closely related they are. Knowledge prerequisites to this lesson include that students have some understanding of what DNA is and that they have a familiarity with the base-pairing rules and with writing a DNA sequence.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Megan E. Rokop
Date Added:
05/24/2019
Color, Discover, Imagine and Create with the Chrysler Collection
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On the front, students are offered a coloring page based on an object in our collection. On the back, through the lenses of "DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE" students can learn a little about the object, think critically and creatively about the object, and do another related creative activity.

Subject:
Humanities
Visual Art
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Visual Media
Author:
Chrysler Museum of Art
Date Added:
04/10/2020
Common Core Curriculum Grade 1 ELA: Listening and Learning Strand
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The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read-alouds. The 9 units (or domains) provide lessons (including images and texts), as well as instructional objectives, core vocabulary, and assessment materials. The domain topics include: Different Lands, Similar Stories; Fables and Stories; The Human Body; Early World Civilizations; Early American Civilizations; Astronomy; Animals & Habitats; Fairy Tales; and History of the Earth.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Visual Media
Provider:
EngageNY
Date Added:
08/09/2019
Common Misconceptions about Mammals
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This article lists common misconceptions about mammals. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Connecting Classrooms, Sharing Real Data
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This article describes six collaborative and real data projects that engage elementary students in collecting and sharing local data and communicating with students across the country and world.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Critter Catalog: Creating a Field Guide to Animals
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This activity will help students learn about Minnesota animals and characteristics that distinguish them from one another.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Hands-on Lessons and Activities about the Tundra and Ecosystems
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This article highlights hands-on or multimedia lesson plans about the tundra and ecosystem concepts. Science lessons are paired with suggested literacy lesson plans. All lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Investigating Animals: Interdependence of Life In A Habitat
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This activity is a field investigation where students will observe, discuss, and gather evidence on how environmental changes affect animals that live in that habitat.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julie Carroll
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Investigating Classification: Minnesota Vertebrates
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This activity is an interactive game that helps students learn that vertebrates are classified into five groups and that each group has common characteristics that distinguish the animal group from other respective groups.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Stan Mraz
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Is It a Mammal?
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This formative assessment item uncovers misconception and student ideas about classifications of mammals. It will uncover how students think when classifying animals. The probe is aligned to the National Science Education Standards. Information is provided for instructional suggestions and background information.

Subject:
Mathematics
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
01/17/2009
Life Cycle Choice Board
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2.4 The student will investigate and understand that plants and animals undergo a series of orderly changes as they grow and develop. Key ideas includea) animals have life cycles This choice board helps students explore animal life cycles at his/her own pace. Students play an interactive hyper doc board game. This can be individual or whole class. It includes videos, online games, assessments, and is a lot of fun. Great way to engage any learner!  Get started with the center square and move around the board to learn more about life cycles. 

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Game
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Visual Media
Author:
Beth Leake
Date Added:
07/24/2020
Life Size
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In this activity on page 1 of the PDF, learners compare the relative sizes of biological objects (like DNA and bacteria) that can't be seen by the naked eye. Learners will be surprised to discover the range of sizes in the microscopic world. This activity can be followed up with a second activity, "What's in a microbe?", located on page 3 in the same resource.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Julie Yu
Date Added:
11/07/2006
Make a "Mummy"
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The Ancient Egyptians used a naturally-occurring salt from the banks of the Nile River, called natron, to mummify their dead. Natron is made up primarily of sodium carbonate (a very efficient, but relatively expensive, dehydrating material), with about 17% sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). This activity explains how to create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!

Subject:
Matter
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Karen Kalamuck
Date Added:
12/07/2000