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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.net:†Many 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 Corner:†Another 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.

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

Cells Alive:†Interactive 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 Cells:†24 pages

Making Cell Models:†Links to instructions for making cell models using all kinds of materials, including clay, Karo syrup,†jello, 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.


Astronauts and Spacesuits
Category: Science
Tags: astronaut how to be an astronaut space suit spacesuit astronaut suit international space station iss outer space

Spacesuits are becoming decidedly less clunky, as illustrated by the†futuristic-looking SpaceX suits†sported by NASA astronauts†Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley. Way cool.

Here are some free resources to learn about the different types of spacesuits and how they've evolved over the years.

How to Dress for Space:†Explore 5 iconic spacesuits in 3D.

Interactive Spacesuit Experience:Slideshow describes spacesuit function and design, and includes a "clickable" spacesuit.

Space Exploration Mini-Unit: Seven lessons, with articles and videos, beginning with how to become an astronaut, and culminating in the future of space exploration.

Free Reader:

Train Like an Astronaut: Combine learning about the requirements of space exploration with physical fitness. This site offers videos and free activity guides that explain how exercise and proper nutrition help astronauts maintain and improve important aspects of fitness such as physical strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Astronaut Videos:†See how astronauts eat, sleep, brush their teeth and do other tasks aboard the International Space Station.

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Science In Your Garden
Category: Science
Tags: science for kids garden earth science life science

If youíre looking for some hands-on activities to study earth and life science, head out to a garden. Itís a living lab that affords all kinds of opportunities to observe science concepts in the natural world, such as:

  • interdependence in an environment

  • life cycles and changes

  • adaptations and biodiversity

  • human impact on the environment.

While in the field, kids get a chance to be the scientists by asking questions, making observations, and coming up with explanations for what they see based on evidence. They can define problems they may encounter in a garden (eg. a plant-damaging pest), and gather additional information to brainstorm solutions.

For an idea of the kinds of investigations that can be done in a garden, visit Nature Works Everywhere, which provides a variety of video lessons and activity guides for topics such as:

The site also has several How-To Garden Videos.

Here are some free garden exploration units for grades 1 - 4. Each unit - Pondering Plants, Soil Stories, Garden Pollinators, and Garden Habitats - includes six lessons.

Additional free resources:

Here are some more ideas from KidsGardening.

Free Readers

chapter on dirt:

(Get the full Dirtmeister's book here).

For Middle and High School Grades

Learn about diversity by tallying how many different species live in your neighborhood.†

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