Labs & Activities

Quick Labs

Quick Labs provide hands-on experience, require few materials, and reinforce key concepts.

Observing Homeostasis 8

Predicting Results 15

Modeling Ionic Bonds 37

Demonstrating Polarity 52

Comparing Surface Cells 73

Observing Diffusion 98

Analyzing Photosynthesis 123

Comparing CO2 Production 139

Identifying Prefixes and Suffixes 158

Calculating Probability 181

Determining Genotypes 185

Comparing and Contrasting RNA Types 209

Modeling Post-Transcription Control 221

Modeling Linkage 237

Comparing Unique Characteristics 260

Modeling Radioactive Decay 284

Observing Adaptations Around You 309

Evaluating Selection 324

Practicing Classification 339

Modeling Groundwater 372

Demonstrating Population Doubling 391

Modeling Predation 400

Comparing Organisms in Terrestrial and Aquatic Biomes 427

Estimating Microscopic Diversity 439

Evaluating Environmental Issues in the News 449

Modeling the Spread of Disease 474

Calculating Nanometers 484

Comparing Funguslike Protists 515

Dissecting a Mushroom 531

Making a Plant-Based Menu 546

Examining Ferns 573

Observing Roots 590

Observing Stems 593

Predicting Seed Dispersal 620

Visualizing Phototropism 637

Identifying Animal Characteristics 661

Identifying Poriferans, Ctenophorans, and Cnidarians 678

Comparing Flatworms and Roundworms 697

Describing a Mollusk 710

Observing Crayfish Behavior 730

Interpreting Nonverbal Communication 753

Modeling Chordate Characteristics 769

Analyzing a Phylogenetic Tree 780

Modeling a Shark Adaptation 786

Comparing Fish and Amphibian Skin 800

Modeling Snake Swallowing 833

Comparing Wing Structures 845

Comparing Gestation Periods 873

Recognizing Learned Behavior 889

Testing Muscle Stamina and Strength 920

Determining Heart Rate 934

Organizing the Immune Response 966

Analyzing Kidney Filtration 997

Observing a Lens 1018

Observing Solubilities 1032

Summarizing Vocabulary 1057


more on your own.

Advanced project ideas from Scientific American's "Amateur Scientist" allow you to explore more on your own.

chapter 7 Measuring the Metabolism of

Small Organisms 130

chapter 10 Spooling the Stuff of Life 192

chapter 13 Sorting Molecules with Electricity 254

chapter 20 Birds of a Feather Flock Together . . 398

chapter 21 Building a Consciousness of Streams 416

chapter 29 Expert Secrets for

Preserving Plants 582

chapter 30 Pond Scum

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