Science Starters: Biology

Topics: Animals, Cells, Genetics & DNA, Ecology, Human Biology, Living Things

 

Animals

Animal ID
Fish, Frogs, Owls, Raptors, Salamanders, Snakes, Spiders, Turtles, Furbearers,
Animal Tracks 1, Animal Tracks 2

Classification Challenges
Kingdoms, Arthropods, Mollusks, Mammals 1, Mammals 2, Mammals 3, SpongeBob Classification

Mystery Critters
Who Am I 1, Who Am I 2, Who Am I 3, Who Am I 4, Who Am I 5, Who Am I 6, Who Am I 7
Note: Each of these "Who am I?" starters has three animals for the kids to identify using a series of clues. Most of them focus on Illinois animals, but you can edit them to apply to your state.
 

Animal Scrambles
Critters 1, Critters 2, Critters 3, Critters 4, Illinois Critters

Birds
Bird Beaks, Bird Feet, Bird Nests, Backyard Birds, Raptor ID
Also available ... Eagle Trivia: Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4, Set 5

Insects
Trivia Set 1, Trivia Set 2, Trivia Set 3, Trivia Set 4

Basics Set 1, Basics Set 2, Basics Set 3

Insect Who am I 1, Insect Who am I Set 2, Insect Who am I Set 3, Insect Who am I Set 4

Orders 1, Orders 2, Orders 3

Animal Jokes
Bug Jokes 1, Bug Jokes 2, Frog Jokes, Snake Jokes, Spider Jokes

Challenge your students to some Bat Trivia.  Thanks to Tamar Smirl for sharing this starter!

Cell Basics

Cell Organelle - Plant Cell, Animal Cell, Cell Scramble 1, Cell Scramble 2
Mystery Cells - Challenge 1
Cell Division - Mitosis 1, Mitosis 2

Genetics & DNA

Genetics Basics - Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4, Set 5
Genetics Challenge -  Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4, Set 5
Punnett Practice -   Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4, Set 5
DNA BasicsDNA Basics 1, DNA Basics 2, DNA Challenge 1, DNA Challenge 2, DNA Challenge 3

SpongeBob Trivia -  Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4, Set 5
Note:  Since I use the SpongeBob genetics lessons in this unit, I throw in a few of these for fun.

Ecology

EcoBasics - EcoBasics 1, EcoBasics 2, EcoBasics
EcoScrambles - EcoScramble 1, EcoScramble 2, EcoScramble 3
Food Webs - Food Webs 1, Food Webs 2, Food Webs 3
Invasive Species -  Invasive ID 1, Invasive ID 2

Environmental Topics - Trash Tales (Ocean Garbage), Human Trash Footprint, Tree Tales (Sahara Desert), Fish Tales (Fish Survey), Dinner Time (Global Warming)
NOTE:  Links have been provided within each presentation to the video or podast needed. You will want to preview each presentation before sharing it with your classes to make sure you can view or listen to the files. If possible, you may want to download the videos to prevent problems playing them directly from the websites.

Human Body
These starters submitted by Rebecca Bryant challenge students to use their knowledge of the organ systems.

Cardiovascular SystemSet 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4
Excretory System -  Set 1, Set 2, Set 3
Respiratory System - Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4, Set 5

Living Things
These starters submitted by Rebecca Bryant relate to the levels of organization (cells, tissues, etc.) in living things and characteristics of living things.

Dead or Alive - Set 1, Set 2
Levels of Organization - :Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4

Do you have starters that you'd like to share? If so, e-mail them to me as PowerPoint 2003 and I'll add them to this page!

 

Also available ...
CSI WarmUps
Student Answer Sheet
Answer Bookmark

Daily Science Trivia
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