Three Dimensions of NGSS
J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series offer richly described characters whose appearances can serve as examples of how parents pass their genes with specific genetic traits to their children. Harry has the same bright green eyes that his mother, Lily, is described with. The Weasley family is known for their red hair and freckles. Draco Malfoy seems to have inherited the almost white blond hair and gray eyes in his father, Lucius. Hagrid is a son produced by a human and a giantess and his size is somewhere between a normal wizard and a giant. These Harry Potter characters provide a way for students to explore and apply basic concepts in genetics to the fictional characters that the students may already know much about by having read the series or watched the movies.
Family portraits, beaded DNA bracelet, DNA extraction, and origami DNA helix
The purpose of the interactive Family Portrait activity is to teach your young scientists about inheritance. By comparing their facial features with the facial features of their parents, the students should be able to recognize similar characteristics between the generations and that they resemble their biological parents.
Inquiry investigations on photosynthesis and respiration
In this unit, students learn about the role of glucose in the body, and how the failure of mechanisms that maintain balance result in chronic high blood glucose levels. Students consider genetic factors that contribute to the disease, as well as environmental factors that influence health, including social, political and economic structures. Throughout the unit, prevention and treatment are emphasized as students learn how good nutrition, exercise, personal choice, public health policies and community engagement can contribute to positive health outcomes. As a summative assignment, students create a Call to Action project, in which they implement direct, meaningful, and relevant actions in order to make a contribution towards combating diabetes within their community.
Science Take-Out develops, manufactures and sells innovative and easy-to-use hands-on science activity kits designed for use by individuals or small groups of students. The activities do not require any special laboratory equipment and can be used in any educational setting.
These compelling stories, in fields ranging from evolutionary biology and genetics to earth science, provide concrete examples of how science works, how evidence is weighed and tested, and how conclusions are reached. Each film runs for about 10 to 30 minutes and is accompanied by a collection of supporting materials, including film guides, quizzes, hands-on activities, and lesson plans, for educators to use to increase the impact of the films in their instruction.
Teach STEM concepts and practices in the great outdoors with PLUM LANDING! This innovative environmental education project from WGBH invites elementary students to virtually visit ecosystems around the world—rainforests, deserts, and more—and then to head outdoors to explore their own ecosystems through lesson plans, videos, online games, and hands-on activities. These resources—aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards—immerse students in content topics and science process skills.