Teacher Resources for Science

by Frank H. Osborne, Ph. D. (c) 2005

Introduction

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.
Habitats
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.
Energy
Activities exploring heat, light and electricity.

Earth Sciences

Geology

Fossils
Fossils are keys to the past and give evidence of past geologic conditions.
Maps
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.
Water
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.

Meteorology

Weather Basics
Weather consists of factors that can be measured.

Astronomy

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.

Environmental Studies

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
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.
Recycling
A study of recycling focusing on plastics.
Water and Wastewater
Water, its sources, and its fate after use.