Time and Sanity Saving Lab and Dissection Ideas

Lesson Plan: Muscular System Blinking Lab

When you're teaching the human body systems, it can be fun to start from the outside and work your way in. After completing the Integumentary system, we liked to move in another layer, the muscular system.  Here's how we taught this lesson in our class - the kids...

Lesson Plan: Integumentary System Sensory Lab

We love teaching our Human Body Unit from the inside out. Skin, muscles, bones, and all the other systems that work in-between. Before we begin though, we like to introduce important vocabulary using prefixes/suffixes/root words used in the medical community - it's a...

Lesson Plan: Earthworm Dissection

Ya...they're kinda slimy.  They can be a bit smelly too.  No matter how you slice 'em, kids love to explore the earthworm!  These invertebrates make for some of the easiest dissections and they are great way to introduce comparative anatomy when discussing the human...

5 Tips for Managing Dissection in your Class

Dissections are a great way to introduce comparative anatomy to middle and high school students.  They love to see relationships between their bodies and other organisms and they are always blown away when you tell them that so many animals and humans are similar in...

3 Tips for Differentiating Lessons in Science

Differentiation... every instructional coach, administrator and professional development seminar's favorite buzz word.  It can be overwhelming, but it does't necessarily mean that you need to call the school nurse for the defibrillator. Do these questions seem like...

10 Tips for Teaching Cells

Knock knock... Who's there? Egg cell... Egg cell who? Egg-Cell-ent ideas for teaching cells!  If you're looking for some ideas to "cell" kids on your cells unit, these tips might be just  what "eu" need... :-)Graphic Organizers and Analogies: As students learn the...

10 Ways to Teach the Scientific Method

At the start of the school year it can be a daunting task to reteach the scientific method to your students, especially considering they were just in school two months ago! To help you combat scientific method regression, we've gathered 10 easy ways to teach the...

Lesson Plan: Observation and Inference Activity

Your students may have a difficult time understanding how science class relates to what scientists do in the real world. What do scientists do to learn about their surroundings?  How do scientists gather data and determine which data is reliable? A great way to kick...

Teacher Tools: Lab Safety Tips

Once you have introductions and classroom logistics out of the way, it's time to get down to the real meat of your lessons: LABS.  But wait!  How are you going to ensure that your budding scientists are aware of the dangers that lurk in the science laboratory?  Here...

Teacher Tools: Refresher Course in the Scientific Method

It's the first thing kids learn when they enter into their very first science class - the backbone of all scientific inquiry - the scientific method. You'd think that students would know and understand how to implement those six little steps that have been required...

Ten Things You Should Do for a Great Back to School

Welcome back to school! Whether you’re new to the classroom or a seasoned vet, the first week is ALWAYS nerve-wracking, conjuring up nightmares of dissections gone awry and showing up to work in only your lab coat... yikes! We know all too well how hard those first...

NGSS, GSE, TEKS and Getting Nerdy

Doesn't it feel like your state standards are ever-changing? Just when you think you've mastered your teaching style and have come up with a perfect method for delivering life science content to your knowledge-hungry students, something happens - sequences get...

Lesson Plan: Create and Use STEAM Science Stations

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to science lab stations, let us fill you in on why they should be a staple lesson for your curriculum - and why making them CROSS-CURRICULAR by using STEAM science lab stations will help your kids to transcend the basic...

Lesson Plan: Making Seed Bombs

As teachers, it's always tough to find time to work on a lesson plan AND make time with our loved ones. This week was all about making moments count with my little Nugget, so I decided to combine family time and lesson planning by putting our little seed bomb project,...

Teacher Tools: Five Things to Do Now for a Safe Lab

As science teachers, we all know that safety is key. Students can't learn in a chaotic classroom, especially with the hazards that some lab experiments create. Every student needs to understand and adhere to the rules of the science lab. Every parent or guardian needs...

Lesson Plan: STEM Lab for ANY Classroom

How does a water strider bug walk on the surface of a lake? Why does water bead and roll off of a duck’s back?  Why does water come out of a faucet in large  droplets?  Surface tension, that’s why! In this STEM Lab you’ll be swimming in science as you try to break...

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