Classroom Activities with Live Organisms

Classroom activities with live organisms can center on behavioral, morphological, ecological, or other emphasis categories, and involve the practice of basic science skills such as measuring, observing, and collecting and analyzing data. Suggested general classroom activities include:

  • Learn to care for life by providing suitable habitats, food, water, and other needs
  • Observe differences between plants and animals
  • Study life cycles
  • Observe growth, development, and reproduction
  • Observe food chains and webs
  • Study behavioral responses to normal ranges of environmental factors
  • Observe differences among individuals of the same species
  • Measure growth responses to environmental factors
  • Study population growth
  • Culture algae, protozoa, and invertebrates
  • Clone plants (duckweed, African violet, etc.)

These investigations are suitable for open-ended assignments and science fair projects. Observational studies also can be done with living organisms. Many animal behaviors are easy to identify and record.