Symbiosis Activities for Middle School Science
The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of symbiosis. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Symbiosis 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Symbiosis Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.
The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.
After completing the Symbiosis 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe a symbiotic relationship, and identify/differentiate examples of mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism.
The Symbiosis Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.
In this lab, students will use a card-matching game to analyze different kinds of symbiotic relationships.
The Symbiosis Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.
These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
Visual Data & Graphing
You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.
Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups
These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.
Review Board Games
Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.
Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.
Essential Questions and Standards
Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the symbiosis unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.
- What is a symbiotic relationship?
- What is the difference between mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism?
- What are examples of each?
- MS LS1-4 - Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively
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