Introduction to Biology
Give your students an insight into the amazing world of biology with this easy lesson plan and fun activities. Teach biology basics and let children experiment with microscopes and other equipment, taking a magnified look into the world of bacteria, microorganisms and cells. This introduction to biology offers some great biology basics, easy activities, interesting questions and other useful teaching ideas.
An introduction to biology:
Ask if any of the students can give a general definition of biology.
Once you’ve listened to their answers help them out by giving them a good definition such as:
- Biology is the science of living things: The life sciences collectively, including botany, anatomy, physiology and zoology.
- So what exactly does a biologist do?
- What kind of jobs involve biology?
Simple microscope activity:
If you do have microscopes available then let the students experiment with them. Show them the basics first and then give them some interesting biology samples to look at under the microscope. Things like hair strands, food, plants and clothing fibers are always interesting.
Bring the students back and talk about what they saw under the microscope. Is what they saw different from what they see with the naked eye? Does this affect what they think about these objects?
Microscopes have many uses in biology, they can be used to investigate cells as well as bacteria growth, plant decay and much more.
Another easy activity you can try is to help the children make an agar plate to grow bacteria. For more detailed information on this fun activity check out our breeding bacteria experiment.
Other areas of biology:
Other important areas of biology that can be mentioned in your introduction to biology include anatomy, physiology, neurology and evolution. Ask plenty of open ended questions to help stimulate discussion while being prepared to step in and offer some useful points when their ideas start running dry.
- What do muscles in the human body do?
- Why do some people have black hair and others blonde?
- How does your brain work?
- Why do giraffes have long necks?