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Yeast Mutagenesis Biology/Life Science In this laboratory investigation, students learn the concept of mutagenesis and explore how different substances can act as mutagens. The experiment... Oct 2014
Which Soil Do Plants Like Best? - Part 2, Collecting Data Biology/Life Science Students will explore how plants grow while using the scientific method to conduct an experiment. Mar 2011
Which Soil Do Plants Like Best? - Part 1, Planting Biology/Life Science Students will explore how plants grow while using the scientific method to conduct an experiment. Mar 2011
What is the best brand of paper towel? FOSS-Related, Physical Science Compare different brands of paper towel for their strength and absorbancy through a series of short investigations.  This lesson can be used in... Sep 2009
What is matter? Chemistry, Physical Science This activity is based on a lesson from the Living by Chemistry curriculum developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science (see citation). During this... Sep 2007
What is Life? Biology/Life Science Students will investigate different objects and discuss whether they are alive or not alive. Students are challenged to provide evidence for their... Feb 2007
What is an atom? FOSS-Related, Physical Science The students will repeatedly cut a piece of aluminum foil into smaller and smaller pieces to model the process of how you can break a substance down... Jun 2007
What is a Living Thing, and How Does a Living Thing Respond to Its Environment? - Unit Overview Biology/Life Science, FOSS-Related "What is a Living Thing and How Does a Living Thing Respond to Its Environment?" is a unit designed to be taught prior to teaching the... Jun 2008
What factors affect the oxidation of apples? Biology/Life Science, Chemistry Students observe the browning of apples after cut and being exposed to air and brainstorm ideas about why this might be happening.Students think... Aug 2009
What Do Living Things Have In Common? Biology/Life Science, FOSS-Related Students work in teams to discuss the question "What do all living things have in common?" They record their ideas and share their background... Jun 2008
Wetland Ecosystems, Non-living and living components and Brine Shrimp Biology/Life Science, Earth Science Students work in whole class and small group settings to discuss, observe and learn about a wetland ecosystem (salt ponds) and some of the organisms... Jan 2007
Using wind-up toys and cars to understand energy and energy transfer Physical Science This is a two part lesson:Part 1: Students will explore wind-up toys and try to explain the mechanism of the toy's motion, learning about the... Aug 2016
Understanding Germs (Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi) Biology/Life Science This lesson focuses on understanding "germs" (specifically bacteria, viruses, and fungi), how they cause illness, how they can help us, and some... Jul 2007
Understanding Air Pressure (a lesson series) Earth Science, FOSS-Related, Physical Science The activitites establish the concepts of atmospheric pressure, differences in pressure, how changing volume affects pressure, and a molecular model... Jul 2007
The power of observation Science Skills Students each receive similar looking objects (marble, gem stone, bead, rock) and are given some time to make and record as many observations as... Aug 2013
The Microbial World Around (and In!) Us Biology/Life Science, Science Skills In the first lesson in this two-part series, students are introduced to the concept of microbes by collecting samples to grow on agar Petri dishes.... Sep 2014
The Lungs and Respiratory System Biology/Life Science Students review what they already know about breathing and the respiratory system. After a brief introduction to the respiratory system, students... Jun 2014
The energy of life in zebrafish (lesson six of eight) Biology/Life Science We introduce the concept that life needs energy to grow. We explain a little about microscopy and then the students observe different stages of... Jul 2007
Testing for Lipids, Proteins and Carbohydrates Biology/Life Science, Chemistry Students will test a variety of food samples for the presence of lipids, proteins, simple and complex carbohydrates. Oct 2007
Student Designed Investigations Part 4 - Poster Presentations/Science Fair Biology/Life Science This lesson is from the unit, "What is a Living Thing, and How Does a Living Thing Respond to Its Environment?" The unit is designed to be taught... Jun 2008