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Plants, Flowers and Trees
Category: Science
Tags: parts of plants parts of flowers identifying trees

Free resources to supplement your study of plants, flowers, and trees, including interactives, free readers, and virtual forests and trips. 

Start with Dig Deeper soil science site which offers free booklets, experiments and games. 

To study plant processes, check out this interactive doc on photosynthesis and cellular respiration: 

The Great Plant EscapePresents information in six "case files" so that kids can solve the mysteries of plant life. Covers: parts of plants, life cycle of plants, soil, seeds, and plant reproduction. Each case file has several hands-on activities or experiments that can be done.

                                

 Photosynthesis: An interactive that     explains the process.

 Photonsynthesis Videos: From NeoK12; also has links to quiz games and puzzles   

Life of a Tree: Interactive 

Flower Parts: An interactive describing the parts of a flower and how flowers reproduce. Here's another one that mentions pollination.                       

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant Reproduction: from Glencoe Life Science; 32 pages

MicroorganismsText and interactives that teach about fungi and algae

Free BrainPop MoviesThese cover: how flowering plants produce seeds; photosynthesis and respiration; gymnosperms and angiosperms

 

 

Dr. Arbor Talks Trees: Animated lessons about tree anatomy and identification. Includes teachers guide.

Take a walk in the forest and ID trees using this dichotomous key.

 

All About Cells
Category: Science
Tags: cell function cell pictures cell biology cell organelles cell kids science science websites life sciences

If you're doing life science with your middle schoolers this year, these sites can help:

Science-Class.netMany free science resources for elementary and middle-school grades. The section on cells features activities and labs, slideshows, games and quizzes, and links to interactives and other resources. 

 

Biology CornerAnother site with many lesson plans, worksheets and activities focusing on anatomy, biology and physics. The section on cells features lab activities, study guides, and interactive lessons.

Cells Are UsFree middle-school curriculum with five instructional units. More emphasis is placed on cell functions, (rather than structure), and includes activities.

Virtual Cell Tour: An interactive that explains parts of animal and plant cells.

Cells AliveInteractive illustrations of animal, plant and bacteria cells. View the site's BioCams to see cells growing. Downloadable worksheets are also available.

Cell Biology Slideshow: 242 slides

Chapter on Cells24 pages

Making Cell Models: Links to instructions for making cell models using all kinds of materials, including clay, Karo syrupjello, and more jello

Cell Download: Instructional slides from a teacher's site featuring information on cell theory, cell cycle, cellular respiration, cell similarities, cell structure and function.

Online Cell Games

CellCraft: Learn about how a cell functions while helping it survive in hostile environments.


Atoms and Elements
Category: Science
Tags: periodic table of the elements the elements what is an element element chart periodic table the bohr model
Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash
 
Here's a nice intereactive from BBC Bitesize on Atoms, Elements, and their Properties.

This BrainPop Video discusses the evolution of the atomic model

Chem4Kids has information on matter, atoms, and the elements.

Understanding the Atom: Worksheets with answers for middle-school. 61 pp.

You've probably seen the Periodic Table of Videos featuring this dude (a professor at the University of Nottingham). 

 

Here are more periodic table resources.

Downloads available at this site:

How To Draw Bohr Diagrams

 

Elements Worksheet

Elemental Puzzles

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