Organisms: Grades 5-8

SciGuide

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.

The National Science Education Standards (NSES) for this Life Science topic call on students to appreciate the interrelationships among plants, animals, and their environments. In this guide, "environments" include both living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) components.

Science textbooks and the Internet describe organisms and their environments using common terminology, such as habitats and biomes; food webs, behavior, and populations; and so on. This web guide provides links to teacher- and student-friendly core content, inquiry, and aligned assessment websites.

Some of the examples enable teachers to develop meaningful lesson plans and activities that help students understand organisms and their environments. A team of experienced science teachers reviewed and evaluated each website before submission, and all resources correlate with the NSES.

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Reviews (4)
  • on Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:13 AM

SciGuides are really fantastic. When it's time to teach life science, I can be confident knowing I'll have the Organisms: Grades 5-8 SciGuide to go to for lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources. I'll be able to create outstanding lessons in a shorter amount of time since many resources are easily accessible in this SciGuide.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:06 AM

This collection of lessons combine the inquiry approach into the lifestyles of organisms and their connection to their environment. The web-links available in this sci-guide have been well reviewed by no less than the experts in the field in order to provide consistent truths with other available researches.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:12 PM

This SciGuide contains a bunch of good ideas for lessons however it just takes time to weed through them. I have found the best way is to use the course map. It provides a graphic organizer which separates the lessons into similar themes. The only problem I have with this SciGuide is that some of the branches are lacking hands-on activities. There seems to be a lot of computer based lessons which can be difficult to use in schools with poor computer access for the students.

Travis Toriano
Travis Toriano

  • on Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:11 PM

This SciGuide contains a bunch of good ideas for lessons however it just takes time to weed through them. I have found the best way is to use the course map. It provides a graphic organizer which separates the lessons into similar themes. The only problem I have with this SciGuide is that some of the branches are lacking hands-on activities. There seems to be a lot of computer based lessons which can be difficult to use in schools with poor computer access for the students.

Travis Toriano
Travis Toriano


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