SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.
As older students enter the prepubescent years, they start to ask complex and sometimes sensitive questions. How does the egg become an organism? Do plants reproduce the same way as animals? Teaching about reproduction and heredity in these years is important since inaccuracies and misconceptions are easily developed. Whether you are teaching elementary students about characteristics and life cycles, or middle school students about reproduction and heredity, this web guide is an excellent resource for locating some of the best web sites to help develop student understanding from kindergarten through eighth grade.
This web guide has multiple sites to help students and teachers develop an understanding of themes. Some sites are interactive and allow for student exploration into a deeper understanding of the theme. Others are good for core content, career information, or data sources. Use the icons associated with each site to select those that will meet your instructional needs. If you are looking for something specific, such as assessment, you can use the icons at the top as a filter to help you locate the resources you need.
The content contained here also reminds teachers of the sensitive issues that arise when investigating human pedigrees, and offers alternative investigations into all characteristics -- whether genetic or environmental.