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Life Science Topics

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K-3 CELLS / GENETICS (24 min.)

The microprojector and its operation

Plant and animal cells

Cell model/cell division/observing an egg

Living vs. non-living

Classifying plants and animals

K-3 MICRO LIFE / FOSSILS (13 min.)

Microscopic life/preparing slides

Characteristics of protists

Microscopic animals (multicellular)

Fossils, model of a fossil

K-3 PLANTS (37 min.)

Useful and harmful plants

Observations and activities with seeds

Investigating plant growth

The parts of a plant and their functions

Simple plants: ferns and mosses

K-3 ANIMALS (17 min.)

Characteristics of vertebrates

Classifying animals

Investigating the earthworm

Mealworms, snails,sow bugs and crickets

Experimenting with brine shrimp

Classroom pets

K-3 HUMANS (19 min.)

Health and safety


The skin, pores and glands

Reaction timer

Lung capacity

Muscles and joints


K-3 ECOSYSTEMS (8 min.)

Needs of living things

Resources in our community

Animal communities

Food chains

Miscellaneous activities




4-6 CELLS/GENETICS (42 min.)

Parts of a cell

Plant and animal cells

Characteristics of microorganisms

How cells reproduce

Life in a drop of water

Making permanent microscope slides


Tissues, organs and organ systems

Characteristics of living things

Asexual and sexual reproduction



Variations among plants and animals

4-6 PLANTS - Section 1 (35 min.)

Flowers - monocots and dicots

Parts of a flower


Importance of cotyledons

Starch and sugar in cotyledons


Observing plant cells


Light and photosynthesis

Carbon dioxide, water and leaves

4-6 PLANTS - Section 2 (20 min.)


Woody vs. vascular stems

Auxins and plant growth

Function and parts of the stem

Tree rings


Vegetative reproduction

Plant adaptations


Importance of soil, value of agriculture

Homemade terrarium


The classification scheme

Classification activities

Protists - fungi, molds, mildew and yeast

4-6 ANIMALS (43 min.)

Classroom pets

Adaptations - natural selection

Live frog lab

Goldfish observations

Fish scales

Earthworm experiments


Life cycles - metamorphosis

Mealworms, daphnia

Food chain

Brine shrimp experiments

Animal footprints

4-6 HUMANS (23 min.)

Classifying - characteristics

Using a torso - investigating body systems

The digestive system


Reaction timer

The eye

Squeeze power

Pulse detector

Teeth and bones

Investigating carbon dioxide production

Nutrition - measuring vitamin C

4-6 ECOSYSTEMS (13 min.)

Animal communities

Producers, consumers and decomposers

Food chains and food webs

Thickness of an egg shell

Investigating owl pellets



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