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Classroom Activities

  • Exploring Habitat Degradation with Isopods Habitat degradation and destruction are two of the biggest contributors to biodiversity loss worldwide. This easy activity will encourage your students to explore the effects of habitat degradation on pill bugs. View »
  • Estimating Populations Using Mark-Recapture Mark-recapture is one of the most common methods used by ecologists to determine population size. Engage your students with this exciting activity to get hands-on experience with the Mark-recapture method. View »
  • Plant Biodiversity Field Activity This field activity introduces students to biodiversity through the study of plants and animals in a designated area. But here’s the twist—instead of using a quadrat to designate the area of study, students use a Hula Hoop® instead. View »
  • Teaching with Ecosystem Aquariums By creating and maintaining an aquarium ecosystem in the classroom, students can understand the web of relationships that link organisms to one another, and they can develop a growing sensitivity to living things and what they need to survive. View »
  • Use Guided Inquiry to Explore Your Schoolyard on Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day with an engaging activity that gets your students outside and uses the 5E process of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. View »
  • Air Pollution: Tropospheric Ozone, Particulates, and Indoor Carbon Dioxide "Bad" ozone, dangerous particulates, and significant CO2 buildup—in and around your school! Access a series of field tests students can use to measure your school’s tropospheric ozone levels and the number of deposited particulates in different locations, and to study how carbon dioxide concentrations indoors vary throughout the school day. View »
  • Invasion! Invasion! Engage life science students by investigating a fascinating topic: invasive species. Here’s a lesson plan outline to help you get started. Based on the KWL chart, it guides you through 4 days of invasive species activities that introduce the topic, guide research, and culminate in a research project. View »
  • Two Quick, Easy Ways to Collect Insects for Diversity Studies Get your students outside and engaged with the world around them. In this activity, we’ll look at 2 techniques that make collecting insects in the field quick and easy. Use one or both to collect insects from microenvironments around your school and then examine diversity using Shannon’s or Simpson’s diversity index. View »
  • Experiencing Air Pollution Through Inquiry Inquiring minds want to know: how does air pollution effect plants? With this activity your students can learn about the acute effects caused by common urban pollutants. View »
  • Schoolyard Field Study Conduct a field study of your schoolyard with this activity. It’s an opportunity for students to apply what they’ve learned throughout the year. Students work in groups of 2 to 3 over several class periods. View »
  • Muscular Typogram Flex your skills with this muscleman typogram by artist Aaron Kuehn. It offers a unique and creative way to learn the names and locations of muscles. View »
  • Water Pollution Awareness Demonstration This demonstration is an engagement activity that increases students’ awareness of the current state of global water quality. View »
  • Restriction Enzyme Road Trip: Enduring Understandings in DNA Biotechnology Employing an entertaining road trip analogy, students will model restriction enzyme digestion and demonstrate their learning by modeling the separation of the resulting “DNA” fragments by gel electrophoresis. View »
  • AP® Biology: Statistics Worksheet A set of 4 problems focused on statistics and analysis. View »
  • Making a Scientific Claim: Ocean Acidification Students can use this graphic organizer to write an argument for decreasing atmospheric CO2. View »
  • Urban Stream Syndrome Urban streams often suffer from urban stream syndrome, which is characterized by changes in nutrient levels, hydrology, biodiversity, and other factors. In this activity, students learn how to identify streams that suffer from urban stream syndrome based on visual evidence. View »
  • Water Quality Awareness Use this engaging activity to increase student awareness of the current state of global water quality and availability. View »
  • Chicken Wing Musculature Explore the structures and functions of muscle tissue and practice dissection techniques with this activity. View »
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