A selection of short, engaging practical demonstrations on various biology, chemistry and physics topics. The page also leads to many other useful resources. You will need to join TES in order to download the demonstrations but it is free and only takes 30 seconds!
A powerpoint activity covering different specialised cells. Includes: sperm and egg cells, nerve cells, palisade cells (plant), ciliated cells, root hair cells and red blood cells.
Some lovely images and animations. The commentary may be a bit advanced for 11 year olds and pupils could get lost in this fascinating site.
An excellent flash animation that helps pupils to understand how small cells are. Different cells (and a dust mite) are placed on a pin head and you can zoom in to seem them.
Bitesize revision on cells and systems leading to an activity and a test.
Give pupils an idea of how small cells are with this animation. Requires Java
Aimed at 16+ but some great gallery pictures and cool simulators for various types of microscope
Practical instruction guide for Students and Teachers
Experiments in pollen and seed germination, a teachers guide.
The Body is currently the best of modern cut out activities that now feature 3D organs to position. In several return visits you might also look at muscles, nerves and the skeleton.
Good animations on the history of the compound microscope. There are several interactive activities to try.
Good notes comparing plant and animal cells with a quick quiz to test knowledge.
Good background information on different organ systems.
A good animation in which pupils can learn about the four tissue types that make up the human body.
Handy tips on using a light microscope and a guide to magnification.
A Word file with a body picture to put together. Needs no colouring, no scissors and it uses so much less time than cut and stick. Some terms are beyond syllabus.
A fairly uninspiring menu page, but 3 excellent Flash activities. Students can work their own way through the intro and labelling exercise and then on to the summary test. Also access background info in word format from drop down list box.
Free trial of 3D plant and animal cells diagrams. Quite advanced.
A drag and drop activity in which you label the parts of a plant cell.
This site involves placing organs against a body outline. It also deals with organ systems. Could be used with an IWB coupled with the teacher's own commentary for introducing students to the workings of the human body and the levels of organisation.
Colourised EM images of insects, bacteria, moulds, bedbugs, head louse... Each links to a short paragraph about the organism and a larger image.