Bio in Elementary Schools has moved to Wiki Educator.

Link under 'toolbox' on the left for a printer-friendly version. To print handouts, click the handout, and then click 'download high resolution version'. Please refer to Wikia's disclaimer statement before using this information. Welcome to Biology in elementary schools, a source of tested, hands-on class room activities.

Tested teaching ideas[]

Ideas listed by grade[]

First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Sixth grade (a single idea for now, but a good one!)

Other resources[]


This wiki has been established to share ideas about teaching biology in elementary schools. The motivation behind the creation of this page is twofold: 1. to provide an outlet for the teaching ideas of a group of college educators participating in a workshop-style course; 2. to provide a space where anyone else interested in this topic can place their ideas.

Contributors page[]

New ideas are welcome. Please go to the contributors page to add your page.

Note to teachers and other users of the information[]

Our intent in establishing this site is that all of the information placed here is free for educational use. You may print, copy, distribute (without charge), and modify the content in any way that suites your educational needs. We encourage you to provide a link back to this site on your printed handouts or if you reproduce this material on a web site. Most importantly we encourage you to make the best educational use of this material possible.

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Island of misfit ideas[]

Not all teaching ideas can be perfect. We have evaluated some ideas dredged up from the bowels of the internet and found them lacking, at least in our hands. Others have not been developed because of time or weather constraints. Rather than deleting these ideas, we have left them in place and explained how and why they failed or were otherwise abandoned. This is probably a departure from the typical, but we are not attempting to be typical. There is value in pointing out flaws, and we hope other can learn from our mistakes. On a positive note, we hope that others can point to modifications that could make these ideas viable and valuable teaching tools.

Ideas in need of further development:


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