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Drawing sea turtles
This lesson plan takes students step by step through drawing a sea turtle, using the process to discuss the animal's anatomy.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Arachnid anatomy!
This lesson is part of a science unit entitled “Spiders: Fact and Fiction.” During this lesson, learning will focus on specific body anatomy, functions and distinguishing characteristics of spiders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Science)
By Susan Sharples.
Anatomical man
Anatomical man
This fifteenth-century illustration shows believed relations between areas of the body and the zodiacal signs. The caption reads, "Look at the signs of the zodiac. They correspond to each part of the body, starting with pisces, the feet, and working up their...
Format: image/illustration
Water, water everywhere...
This is a good beginning of the year lesson to review fractions, decimals, geometry (the number of degrees in a circle and drawing a circle with a protractor), graphing, and metric measurement. This lesson is a good way for students to meet their peers while working cooperatively in a task-oriented group. The watermelon you will be using for the activity is also a good start-of-the-year treat. Be sure to get an extra watermelon or two to share at the end of the activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Mathematics)
By Jayne Brown.
Anatomy of MyPyramid
We are all individuals and when making choices of foods to eat and exercises, one size does not fit all. This document from, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shows the parts of MyPyramid and what they represent. The pyramid is composed of a...
Format: document/document
Genesis Farm School
Visit this working farm and enter into a learning laboratory where students will have fun and a hands-on experience with nature.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Advanced vocabulary
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.3
Go beyond the basics of LGBTQ to learn other words for sexual and gender identities.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Do you know your body?
Students learn to identify different body parts and how they move. They explore moving and using these parts in general and personal space.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
By Bill Knight.
Scutes of a turtle's carapace
Scutes of a turtle's carapace
The carapace of a turtle, its upper (dorsal) shell, is divided into plates called scutes that overlie a layer of interlocking bones. Typically the scutes are made of keratin, which also makes up human fingernails and the horns of animals...
Format: image/illustration
Port Discover
Students will enjoy visiting this new hands-on science and health center which is geared to the pre-k to fifth grade curriculum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Anatomy of the heart
Students develop their knowledge of the circulatory system by studying the structure and function of the heart and its vessels.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Development and Science)
By Daniel Isenberg and Sharon Mcdonald.
Comparative anatomy: A continuum
In groups, students will design a presentation that will trace the development of an organ system through the major phyla of the animal kingdom looking for the relationships between structure and function by documenting adaptations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Development, Information Skills, and Science)
By Joan Warner and Melissa Thibault.
MyPyramid for kids
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 3.1
This second-grade lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum teaches students about MyPyramid and how a balanced diet from each of the food groups, along with plenty of exercise, will keep them healthy.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living and Mathematics)
Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Health and the Human Body
How do the cells in different systems of the human body differ in form and function? Explore human body systems, their cellular components, and biological hazards that affect your body's health.
Format: bibliography/help
Sex and gender
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.1
Learn about the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, sex and gender, and gender expression.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Facial studies through creation of a face jug
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students study the anatomy of the face and use what they have learned to create thumbnail sketches of expressive faces on jugs. The lesson incorporates elements of social studies, earth science, psychology, and artistic meaning.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Visual Arts Education)
By Lori Shepley, Melissa Thibault, and Nelle Hayes.
Packaging resources
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 2.3
LEARN NC is especially interested in publishing "packages" of resources that integrate instructional plans, best practices, and/or materials for student learning, including primary sources and multimedia. Teachers will be more likely to use and adapt upon...
Format: /help
TV careers: Reality vs. fantasy
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.6
In this lesson for grade seven, students discuss compare television portrayals of careers with reality.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Discovery Place
Discovery Place offers hands-on activities in all areas of science for students from preschool through grade eight and professional development opportunities for educators.
Format: article/field trip opportunity