Teacher Resources for Science
by Frank H. Osborne, Ph. D. (c) 2005
This Web Page links to a series of lesson ideas that I developed for use by
teachers and teacher candidates. These lesson ideas cover many aspects of
science. They are sorted according to the various scientific disciplines
as listed below.
Characteristics of Life: Biology
- Outline of Biology
- An outline of the major topics included in life sciences.
- Basic Classification
- An introduction to the taxonomy and classification of living organisms.
- Exploring the Senses
- Study of the senses concentrating on the sense of touch.
- Animal Life Cycle
- General life cycle of animals.
- Frog Life Cycle
- Introduction to the life cycle of an ordinary vertebrate organism.
- Plant Life Cycle
- Plants have life cycles too.
- Bean Plant Activities
- A series of classroom activities featuring bean plants.
- Study of world climate biomes and the habitats they contain.
- Animal Adaptations
- How animals are adapted to different habitats and climates.
- Plant Adaptations
- How plants are adapted to different habitats and climates.
- Plants and Animals in the Environment
- Relationships between plants and animals in the ecosytem.
- Pyramid of Energy in Ecology
- Relationship of energy and food chains in nature.
Properties of Matter: Chemistry
- Properties of Materials
- Beginning the study of materials and their properties.
- Grouping Materials
- Different materials and objects can be sorted into groups based on properties.
- Properties of Air
- Activities demonstrating that air has weight, takes up space and can be compressed.
- Properties of Water
- Activities demonstrating that water changes state based on temperature.
- Properties of Rocks and Soils
- Rocks and soils are earth materials that have properties.
- Heating and Cooling Matter
- Study of the effect of heat on materials.
- Mixtures of Matter
- Examples of various mixtures of materials.
Natural Laws: Physics
- Objects and Forces
- The effects of forces on objects and their measurement.
- Rolling Objects
- Why different object roll at different speeds.
- Pushing and Pulling Objects
- More study of the effects of forces on objects.
- Remote Forces Act at a Distance
- Effects of gravity, static electriciy and magnetism.
- Activities exploring heat, light and electricity.
- Fossils are keys to the past and give evidence of past geologic conditions.
- Introduction to maps and their use in the earth sciences.
- The Four Natural Resources
- Rock/soil, air, water, sun and their importance to life on Earth.
- Sources of water, its distribution on Earth, and its properties.
- The Water Cycle
- A study of the water cycle and its importance in nature.
- Mohs Hardness Scale
- A table indicating how hard various materials are to scratch.
- Geologic Time Scale
- A table indicating the basic geological time divisions.
- Key to Rocks
- Guide to sorting rocks in a systematic fashion.
- Weather Basics
- Weather consists of factors that can be measured.
- Sun and Shadows
- Methods of studying the sun and its effects.
- Paper Sundials
- Following the Sun with the sundial's shadow.
- Phases of the Moon
- A study of the lunar cycle.
- A Model for the Phases of the Moon
- Modeling the lunar cycle in the classroom.
- Time and Motion
- The day, the month and the year are related to the motions of the earth-moon-sun system.
- Major Components of the Solar System
- Survey of the major elements of the solar system.
- Sizes and Distances
- All the measurements you need to make a classroom wall model of the solar system by size or distance.
- Star Patterns
- Some of the familiar patterns formed by the stars and their seasonal changes.
- Indoors and Outdoors
- Comparison of indoor and outdoor environments.
- Four Natural Resources
- Soil and rock, air, water, and sun are the four major components of the (physical) non-living environment.
- Pollution can come from a point source or it may be general non-point-source pollution.
- Producing and Consuming Natural Resources
- Production and utilization of products is based on availablility of natural resources.
- A study of recycling focusing on plastics.
- Water and Wastewater
- Water, its sources, and its fate after use.