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Ch 2: Biology Basics for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Teach students the basics of biology through the lessons in this chapter. Students will benefit from this resource because it will reinforce the topics that are being discussed in the classroom. It can also be used to prepare for homework assignments or an upcoming test.

Biology Basics for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This helpful and engaging chapter can help elementary school students learn all the basics of biology including topics on microbiology, solubility, and cell biology. You can use these lessons to supplement the teaching materials you are already using in your classroom or they can replace the teaching materials. The short self-assessment quizzes can be used to gauge your student's understanding and retention of this chapter.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with biology basics will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about biology basics. 

  •  Students who have fallen behind in understanding cell biology, mixtures & solutions and the atomic theory
  •  Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about biology basics
  •  Students who prefer multiple ways of learning biology (visual or auditory)
  •  Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  •  Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about biology basics
  •  Students who struggle to understand their biology teachers
  •  Students who attend schools without extra biology resources

How It Works

  •  Find lessons in the chapter that cover biology topics your student needs to learn or review.
  •  Press play to watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  •  Review the lesson or video transcripts, emphasizing the highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about biology basics.
  •  Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  •  Verify your student understands basics of biology by completing the Biology Basics for Elementary School chapter exam.

38 Lessons in Chapter 2: Biology Basics for Elementary School
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What is Cell Biology? - Lesson for Kids

1. What is Cell Biology? - Lesson for Kids

This lesson introduces you to the field of cell biology. Learn about the different areas of cell biology research, and how that research helps living things.

Microbiology Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

2. Microbiology Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

This lesson will introduce you to the world of microbiology. You'll learn about the different types of microscopic organisms and will also find out why scientists like to study them.

Solubility Lesson for Kids: Definition & Rules

3. Solubility Lesson for Kids: Definition & Rules

Certain chemicals are able to dissolve into other chemicals because of a property called solubility. In this lesson, we'll explore solubility and its different levels and limits.

Mixtures & Solutions Lesson for Kids: Definitions & Examples

4. Mixtures & Solutions Lesson for Kids: Definitions & Examples

Mixtures and solutions are all over the place, you just have to know what you are looking for to find them. Learn how to define mixture and solution, as well as identify real-world examples of both.

Michael Faraday Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

5. Michael Faraday Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Michael Faraday was a famous scientist in London in the 1800's. In this lesson, you will learn how Michael Faraday went from a poor boy to an amazing scientist that would help create inventions that shape our lives today.

Michael Faraday Lesson for Kids: Experiments & Inventions

6. Michael Faraday Lesson for Kids: Experiments & Inventions

If you like staying cool in air conditioning, playing with electronic toys, and using a microwave, then you should thank Michael Faraday. This lesson shows how Faraday's experiments in the 1800s led to many inventions that we still use today.

Ernest Rutherford Lesson for Kids: Facts & Atomic Theory

7. Ernest Rutherford Lesson for Kids: Facts & Atomic Theory

Ernest Rutherford was a scientist whose work helped identify the smallest particles in any object. His experiments laid the foundation to understanding atoms. Let's explore more about Rutherford and his atomic theory.

Food Groups: Lesson for Kids

8. Food Groups: Lesson for Kids

Food is essential to life. However, some foods are better for us than others. This lesson will teach you about the five food groups, give examples of each group, tell you how much you need to eat daily and talk about some benefits of healthy eating.

Dominant & Recessive Genes: Lesson for Kids

9. Dominant & Recessive Genes: Lesson for Kids

To build a building, or even a paper airplane, you need instructions. Genes are the instructions for your body. Learn about two types of genes - dominant and recessive - and see how they make the different characteristics of your body.

What is Plasma? - Lesson for Kids

10. What is Plasma? - Lesson for Kids

Plasma is a gas with a lot of energy and is the fourth state of matter. This lesson will teach you some cool facts about plasma, what it is and where you can see it on Earth and out in space.

Amino Acids Definition: Lesson for Kids

11. Amino Acids Definition: Lesson for Kids

Proteins make up many parts of your body. Your body makes different proteins by linking amino acids together in different ways. Learn about the basic structure of an amino acid and the two types of amino acids.

Antibodies Definition: Lesson for Kids

12. Antibodies Definition: Lesson for Kids

The environment is full of invaders that want to get into your body and make you sick. In this lesson, learn about B cells and the antibodies they make to stop this from happening!

Nutrition Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

13. Nutrition Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Have you ever felt tired or a little sick after eating? It maybe because you're eating foods that taste good, but that aren't very good for your body. In this lesson, you will learn about nutrition and what to feed your body so you feel energized and healthy.

Decomposers Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

14. Decomposers Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Imagine entering a restaurant, ordering a meal, and the waiter brings out a bag of garbage for you. Gross, right? But for a decomposer, that's a very tasty meal. This lesson focuses on decomposers' way of life, examples of them, and how they help the environment.

Coral Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

15. Coral Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

There are many different kinds of coral that live in the ocean. Come learn about coral, whether it's a plant or an animal, how it gets its food, why it's important, and some other cool facts about it.

Genome Definition: Lesson for Kids

16. Genome Definition: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that every living thing has a unique set of instructions for building its body? Learn what a genome is, what it is made of and how a genome affects what you look like in this lesson.

Human Genome Project Lesson for Kids

17. Human Genome Project Lesson for Kids

All living things have a secret code inside of them called DNA. The Human Genome Project wanted to crack this code and find out what our DNA says. Let's see if it worked!

Covalent Bonds: Lesson for Kids

18. Covalent Bonds: Lesson for Kids

Atoms have a special way of creating covalent bonds with other atoms. In this lesson, you will learn about what a covalent bond is and how electrons are involved in covalent bonds.

Organism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Classification

19. Organism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Classification

In this lesson you will find that you could classify every living thing on the planet. Living things, called organisms, can be organized into categories from very broad to more specific using levels of classification.

Biomass Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

20. Biomass Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Biomass is material that comes from living things. Because living things have energy, biomass provides a renewable source of energy to fuel our vehicles, heat our homes, and make electricity.

Difference Between Viruses & Bacteria: Lesson for Kids

21. Difference Between Viruses & Bacteria: Lesson for Kids

Bacteria and viruses are both germs, but what makes one different from the other? In this lesson, learn the differences in size, structure, and reproduction of bacteria and viruses.

Homogeneous Mixture Definition: Lesson for Kids

22. Homogeneous Mixture Definition: Lesson for Kids

In chemistry, when you put one or more things together that aren't combined chemically, you start to have a mixture. There are two types of mixtures in chemistry. Today we are going to talk about homogeneous mixtures.

Eukaryotic Cells Definition: Lesson for Kids

23. Eukaryotic Cells Definition: Lesson for Kids

There are two types of cells: eukaryotic and prokaryotic. We humans are made of eukaryotic cells because our cells have a nucleus. Let's learn more about what makes a eukaryotic cell different.

Prokaryotic Cells Definition: Lesson for Kids

24. Prokaryotic Cells Definition: Lesson for Kids

There are two types of cells: eukaryotic and prokaryotic. You and I are not made of prokaryotic cells. Prokaryotic cells are the smallest type of cell and include all types of bacteria. Read on to learn more!

Proton Definition: Lesson for Kids

25. Proton Definition: Lesson for Kids

All matter is made up of elements. So why is everything around us so different? The answer has to do with tiny particles called protons. This lesson focuses on the nature of protons, where they're found, and how they work.

Resistor Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

26. Resistor Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Resistors are parts of electrical circuits that provide electrical power. In this lesson, you will learn what a resistor is, why it is important in a circuit, and how it operates within a circuit.

Molecules Definition: Lesson for Kids

27. Molecules Definition: Lesson for Kids

Would you like to know what a molecule is? In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of a molecule and discover where molecules are found, what they're made of, and how they're built.

Species Definition: Lesson for Kids

28. Species Definition: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard the term homo sapiens? That is the scientific name for the human species! You are part of a species that is different from all other animals. Learn more about what makes a species in this lesson.

Exercise Lesson for Kids: Importance & Benefits

29. Exercise Lesson for Kids: Importance & Benefits

Exercise is very important for your health, but it doesn't always mean you have to hit the gym! Exercise can include a lot of activities you do every day. Learn more about why exercise is so important, at any age.

Farm Facts: Lesson for Kids

30. Farm Facts: Lesson for Kids

Farms produce food and fiber for people and animals. There are various types of farms that specialize in a specific product. In this lesson, you'll learn about types of farms and some of the business aspects that are involved.

Family Definition: Lesson for Kids

31. Family Definition: Lesson for Kids

Some people say that your family is one of the most important things in life, but what exactly is a family? Come and learn about how family is scientifically defined, how you can learn more about your family, and see some different examples of family structures.

Fertilization Definition: Lesson for Kids

32. Fertilization Definition: Lesson for Kids

You might know that it takes about nine months for a baby to be born, but did you know that a pregnancy can't happen without a process called fertilization? Learn what fertilization means and how it happens inside a woman's reproductive system.

Mendel's Law of Segregation: Lesson for Kids

33. Mendel's Law of Segregation: Lesson for Kids

You probably know you got everything from your eye color to the shape of your tongue from your parents. But did you know that Mendel's Law of Segregation is what determines if you get a tongue like your mom or your dad? Let's learn all about it!

Genotype vs. Phenotype Lesson for Kids: Definitions & Examples

34. Genotype vs. Phenotype Lesson for Kids: Definitions & Examples

The terms genotype and phenotype not only sound similar they are also closely related. Learn how an organism's genetic makeup -its genotype- affects its appearance or phenotype in this lesson.

How does Bacteria Reproduce? - Lesson for Kids

35. How does Bacteria Reproduce? - Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about how the smallest living thing reproduces. You'll explore the most common way that bacteria reproduce, along with several unique ways bacteria reproduce.

Diseases Caused by Bacteria: Lesson for Kids

36. Diseases Caused by Bacteria: Lesson for Kids

Harmful bacteria can invade your body, and when they do, they usually cause illness. In this lesson, learn about bacterial illnesses in the ears, nose, and throat; digestive tract; and skin. Also, we'll explore how to beat these illnesses with antibiotics!

Parasitism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

37. Parasitism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Parasites are everywhere! They live on our skin, in our food, and in the air. In this lesson, we investigate different types of parasitism and will learn some common examples of each.

Archaea Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

38. Archaea Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

When you think about microscopic creatures, bacteria probably come to mind. But, bacteria aren't the only single-celled organisms around. Learn about Archaea - single-celled creatures that can be found in extreme places - in this lesson.

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