STEM Curriculum Support Resources

The BioEYES team has curated a list of worthwhile virtual extensions that support home learning science curricula. Prior participation in the BioEYES program is not necessary in order to benefit from these resources. We offer these to you in an effort to enhance and further the virtual learning being done at home during this time. If anything other than a computer is needed, it is noted.

Elementary School

Brain Pop

They are offering 30 days of free access – no credit card needed, just an email address. This offers videos, activities, games and quizzes. Many students are familiar with this site.

  • Time: Varies, about 15 minutes/topic
  • Science topics aligned with Project BioEYES:
    • Cellular life and genetics (26 videos to choose from)
    • Diversity of life (43 videos to choose from)
    • Ecology and behavior (26 videos to choose from)

Coloring Pages

Arizona State’s “Ask a Biologist” website offers a plethora of science learning opportunities. They have many coloring pages, some of which include life cycles, anatomy, and bugs.

  • Time: Varies
  • Materials needed: printer, paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils

BioEYES-Related Activities:

"Zebrafish: Just Like Me?"

A one page reading that gives background about the zebrafish and how it is similar to humans. At the end are 4 questions to answer.
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Materials needed: paper and pencil
Zebrafish Development Flipbook

Create a flipbook that depicts the zebrafish embryo developing from fertilization through hatching.
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials needed: printer, paper, stapler or binder clip, scissors

8th Grade/Middle School

Guppy Guppy Revolution

Who knew?! Zebrafish aren’t the only small fish having a big impact in the science community! Learn the cool story of the Trinidadian guppy and what it can teach us about evolution. (reading, videos, simulation)

  • Time: Varies, typically 15+ minutes

The Peppered Moth - A Seasoned Survivor

Melanin production is common to many animals (ex. humans, zebrafish, moths). But have you heard of “industrial melanism”? Find out what this is and play a natural selection game! (reading, simulation)

  • Time: Varies, typically 15+ minutes

PBS: Nova Labs, Evolution

"Guess the Embryo"

Watch 4 embryos develop and guess what they become!

  • Time: 5-10 minutes
"The Zoo of You"

How closely do your body parts match those of other animals?
  • Time: 5-10 minutes

Be Healthy As a Fish

This project is from the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Poland. Even though this was developed for 5th and 6th grades, there is a lot of good stuff here about evolution! Humans are very similar to fish, and scientists can use the zebrafish to research diseases that affect humans too. (Video and 35 page student booklet with fun questions and prompts).

  • What’s needed: Download the student booklet and either print it or answer the questions on a separate piece of paper
  • Time: 6 minute video and varied time to complete student booklet

High School

The Ocean's Green Machine

A video provided by NASA introducing phytoplankton. Phytoplankton form the base of the marine food, provide half of the oxygen on Earth, and are an important remover of CO2 from the atmosphere. The video explains how satellites are used to monitor phytoplankton and how warming waters and acidification negatively affect their populations. (Video)

  • Time: 5 minutes

Exploring Trophic Cascades

An interactive module used to explore examples of how changes in one species affect species at other trophic levels as well as the entire ecosystem. (Reading, video, simulations)

  • Time: Varies, ~1 hour

Take Action for Nature and Your Community: Alaska Native Perspectives on Earth and Climate

Visual, self-directed lesson for students to explore human relationships with the natural world. Students will learn how both Alaska Native ways of knowing and Western science can be used to study and help the environment, and take action on a local environmental issue. (Reading, video, critical thinking, optional projects)

  • Time: Varies, ~1 hour for readings

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