Life Science Activity Posts

By Laura Hospitál
As we drove West from Central Texas over spring break to the Chihuahuan desert of West Texas and Mexico, not only did it strike me that the view... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students with visual impairment should be introduced to the natural world with real objects when at all possible.  This activity allows students to... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As students are taught the levels of organization from single organism to the biosphere, they are tasked with placing them in order.  This activity... read more
By Will Stark
This experiment provides a low cost solution for investigating the rate of photosynthesis for students who are blind or visually impairedI. It... read more
By Will Stark
A fun alternative to a standard lesson about the structure of DNA is to use different types of candy to represent the different components of the DNA... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students make their own keys describing the tactile and color surfaces of the nitrogen bases of the model (as shown in the picture on the right).... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Ideally this activity should occur after instrution on mitosis but before instruction on meiosis.  I used it as a warm-up to the lesson on Meiosis.... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Many thanks to Kathi Garza and Cindy Bachofer, TSBVI Outreach,  for sharing this activity.    This activity provides a tasty way to learn about... read more
By Laura Hospitál
While talking with a colleague about the structure of the plant cell and the function of the central vacuole, this simple model occured to me.... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Using the MolyMod models and given basic information on energy storage in molecules,  students will consider whether a carbohydrate or a fat molecule... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Through an engaging guesssing game, students have the opportunity to more thoroughly process the structure of the cell and the function of the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students will compare the cell structure of plant and animal cells as an introduction to the Unit. This activity also provides practice in... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In this simple activity, students who are blind or visually impaired have an opportunity to display their creativity and artisitic ability as they... read more
By aroth
Background: DNA, or Deoxyribonucleic Acid, is a special 5-carbon protein, consisting of a double helix. It looks like a ladder with the top and... read more
By aroth
During the 18th century, talk began to center on ideas of the origin and continuity of species not based on the creation account given in the Bible... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students often have difficulty understanding that the entire DNA code for an organism is located in almost every cell of the organism, but only the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Using the familiar tune to The Farmer in the Dell, this activity teaches students the parts of a plant and reinforces these concepts.
By Laura Hospitál
This activity was born of a warm-up in one of my textbooks.  As an introduction to the idea of structure and function in 7th grade science, the... read more
By Kate Fraser
This activity is included in many elementary school science texts in the unit on the human body. As an introductory activity in the study of basic... read more
By Sandra Craig
This activity provides students with a hands-on exercise that relies on shapes rather than the ability to read letters.  Color-coordination of foam... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity is a variation of an activity that I have completed with my students.     Background:  The tongue is the organ for taste.  but... read more
By Laura Hospitál
I was reminded of this activity while considering kinesthetic activities that I use with my students for an interview with Stephanie Ludi (See... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The Latin word scientia, from which the the work "science" hails,  means "to know".  The heart of a scientist is an unquenching desire to know more... read more
By Laura Hospitál
In basic biology courses, students learn about the movement of water into or out of the cell by means of osmosis.    Osmosis is the movement of... read more
By Kate Fraser
By exploring a variety of seeds and seed pods and creating a seed of their own, students understand the benefits that the development of pods have... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity was designed by Jennifer Groeschen for a student who is deafblind. In this activity, the student receives instruction on mitosis and... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This short activity was created for a group of students younger than I have normally taught.  At the early to mid-elementary level, most students... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As I teach the structures of the  nervous system, I have found it useful to utilize significantly oversized models during instruction to provide... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As students complete science projects, it is valuable to review the steps of the scientific method prior to the completion of the project board by... read more
By Laura Hospitál
I have been surprised by how many of my students don't know what the function of flowers is for angiosperms (flowering plants).  Students'... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This activity gives students an opportunity to experience tactually and visually (for low vision students) the basic structure of a flower.  I have... read more
By Sandra Craig
Designed by Sandra Craig, Math & Science Teacher Kansas State School for the Blind       The purpose of this activity is to provide... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Food chains describe the flow of energy through an ecosystem.  This short activity can serve as a good introduction to food chains or as a warm-up... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States with over 1/2 a million deaths annually.   This simple activity models what... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This simple model represents the length and sequence of each organ in the digestive system.  It does not model the structure of each organ.  ... read more
By Selma Walsh
Planting MANY bean plants will address Life Science standards for most grade levels.  Planting the bean seeds at intervals or for several days, will... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This model utilizes boxes of increasingly smaller size to represent the levels of biological classification.  It should be introduced after initial... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Elementary school students learn about the various food sources that animals consume.  They learn the difference between organisms that make their... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The three basic shapes of bacteria are bacillus (rod-shaped), coccus (spherical-shaped), and spirillum (spiral-shaped). This simple model allows... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Punnett squares are commonly used in the study of genetics to predict the outcomes of a genetic cross when considering one or two characteristics. ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Mendel's work with pea plants in the mid 1800s, earned him the title "The Father of Modern Genetics".  His work is discussed in most textbooks as an... read more
By Kate Fraser
Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets.  When you get a cut, platelets (cell fragments that play an important role... read more
By Kate Fraser
In life science textbooks, an introduction to blood types often includes a chart titled blood types and their markers.  Blood type O is usually... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Students of biology learn about the movement of various substances into and out of cells.  This is done either utilizing energy from the cell (active... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Various types of mutations can occur in chromosomes.  These include mutations in which a portion is deleted, inverted, or duplicated.  In addition, ... read more
By Laura Hospitál
This simple model allows the students to identify the parts of a chromosome.  The two identical chromatids and the centromere are clearly... read more
By Laura Hospitál
As per the blog "Using a microscope with students with visual impairments" As middle school and high school life science students are introduced to... read more
By Laura Hospitál
Many young students of cell biology become overwhelmed trying to memorize all of the terms which describe parts of the plant and animal cells and the... read more
By Laura Hospitál
The concept of the relationship between structure and function in living organisms from the smallest level of organization (the cell) to tissues,... read more
By traversh
In this lesson students match animal/print picture cards to a picture of their corresponding natural habitats. This lesson was designed for students... read more

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