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Teaching the Scientific Method: 3 Types of Experiments

So you’ve just started your year and you’re immediately hit with a unit on the scientific method. While many high school units include more traditional lessons, a scientific method unit naturally lends itself to inquiry learning and hands-on activities. Using open-ended scientific inquiry at the beginning of the year can

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Teacher Supplies List for Human Anatomy and Physiology

It’s back-to-school season and you just got thrown into teaching an Anatomy and Physiology course. You know this class should have lots of lab activities and hands-on lessons, but you don’t know where to start. Here is a list of supplies and equipment traditionally used for an Anatomy and Physiology

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Dissection Lab Tips for Teachers

Many middle school and high school science classes include animal dissections. They can be included in a discussion of human body systems or as an exploration of comparative anatomy during a unit on animal classification. Dissections can be intimidating for teachers and students, although they can be one of the

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3 Inexpensive Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Labs

Do you struggle to make your cellular energy unit engaging for students? I have, too! Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are abstract concepts and many students struggle with them. Rather than just drilling them on molecular pathways and chemical equations, I’ve always tried to incorporate labs and activities to bring these

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How and When to Write a Biology Lab Report

I’m not sure that any high school science teacher would say she loves having students write lab reports. It’s often a lot like getting your kids to eat their vegetables- you know it’s good for them, but what a struggle to get them to do it! And grading lab reports

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Using Histology in your Human Anatomy Course

When you think of anatomy and physiology labs, chances are you think of dissections or other hands-on lab experiences. Perhaps that’s one reason the study of cells and tissues (called histology) is often overlooked in the high school anatomy classroom. Medical professionals understand that histology is essential to our understanding

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Earth Day Projects for Secondary Students

Earth Day is a great opportunity to bring relevant environmental issues into the middle school or high school classroom. These teens are part of a generation that will soon be responsible for protecting the environment and encouraging conservation in their own communities, so let’s make sure they’re aware of what

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5 Activities to Promote Movement in the Science Classroom

Scientific research has shown the average learner needs to move his or her body every 20–30 minutes. When students (or adults for that matter!) sit too long, it can lead to decreased oxygen flow to the brain, reducing the ability to concentrate or remember new information. Fortunately, getting students moving

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Holiday Science Lesson Ideas that Teens Will Love!

It’s hard to contain the excitement during the holiday season. Instead of fighting it, harness their energy with some fun holiday ideas! With these science lessons, your high school students will be learning in festive ways and you can continue to work on content all the way until that glorious

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12 Halloween Ideas For Your Anatomy Class

Skeletons and fake blood? It’s like Halloween was made for Anatomy classes! Although I always include lots of experiments, projects, and labs in my Anatomy and Physiology course, Halloween is the perfect time to incorporate a few more. These engaging and creative Anatomy lesson ideas are sure to wow your

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Going Virtual with Biology Labs

I know many of you are planning for different circumstances in your Biology classrooms this year. In the last few years, large populations of students learned virtually and many schools forbid science labs even in face-to-face environments, so naturally, teachers were looking for virtual lab options. Many free virtual Biology

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