From vast mountain forests to the tiniest cells in a petri dish, the study of biology is wonderful and amazing!
Explore the amazing world of biology with the Complete Introduction to Biology kit (Grades 6-8) from Home Science Tools. This kit will take you on a journey through biology - the study of life - where you'll learn about microorganisms, cells, DNA, genetics, animals, plants, and more.
The kit includes 15 unique hands-on experiments, 35+ science supplies and a 58-page full-color manual. The primary topics covered in this kit include:
- Cell Biology/Structure & Function
- DNA & Genetics
- Diversity in Nature
Your student will experience biology topics including:
- Growing bacteria, mold, yeast and protists
- Practicing microbial culturing and microscopy techniques (microscope not included)
- Dissecting and examining a sheep heart to understand how the heart regulates blood flow
- Diving into genetics of blood types, disease and DNA
They will also answer questions such as:
- What defines life?
- Why does bread rise when you add yeast?
- Where can I find bacteria and mold?
- How does the heart work?
- What are the kingdoms of life?
We highly recommend an LED Microscope for kids ages 12+. Experiments in this kit can be done without a microscope but for the best experience, we recommend our Home LED Microscope or our Home 1000X LED Microscope.
Interested in learning more? Check out our Complete Introduction to Biology (Grades 6-8) Sample!
This kit contains the following items:
● Assorted Gummy Bears
● 7 Clear Plastic Cups
● 2 Sheets Drawing Paper
● Isopropyl Alcohol, 30 mL
● Dish Detergent, 10 mL
● 6” Bamboo Skewer
● Test Tube Rack
● 2 Large Test Tubes
● 1 Size 0 Stopper
● 12 White Chenille Stems
● Beads - Red, Blue, Green & Yellow
● 24 Plastic Chips
● Blood Type Testing Kit
● Prepared Nutrient Agar, 125 mL
● Permanent Marker
● 6 Petri Dishes
● 4 Zip Lock Bags
● 1 mL Pipet
● Sheep Heart Dissection Kit
● 8 Sterile Swabs (4 packs of 2)
● Vinyl Apron
● 1 ft Parafilm
● 4 pair Nitrile Gloves
● 10 pack of Filter Paper
● Safety Glasses, Adult Size
● Dry Protist Culture
● 12 Microscope Slides
● Yeast Packet
● 5 Medium Balloons
● UV Flashlight
● Plastic Stir Rod
● 10 mL graduated cylinder
You provide the following:
● Tap Water
● Spring Water
● 4 Slices of Bread
● Spinach leaves
● 3x AAA Batteries
●Measuring spoons (1/4 tsp to 1 tbsp)
● Stovetop (to boil water)
● 400x - 1000x Microscope (recommended but required only for Activity 10)
NGSS science standards alignment
- MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
- MS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
- MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
- 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.
- MS-LS1-5: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
- MS-LS1-6: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
- MS-LS2-2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
- MS-LS3-1: Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.
- MS-LS3-2: Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
- MS-LS4-4: Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
- MS-LS4-5: Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.