Middle School Life Science Teacher Guide - PS-3850



All-new, standards-based, STEM-focused Middle School Life Science Teacher Guide has been designed by educators and curriculum experts for both new and experienced teachers. The 13 core lab activities engage students as they collect real-time data, make predictions, use critical thinking skills, and build vocabulary skills with key terms challenges. Students get practice for standardized exams with multiple-choice questions.

The guide includes assessment, as well as a flash drive with teacher tips, the full teacher edition, and an editable MS Word version of student handouts. The guide supports the use of SPARKvue, the SPARK Science Learning System, and all PASPORT interfaces.


  • Spiral-bound Teacher Guide with PDF versions of each activity and a wealth of resources
  • Editable Word files for each student version
  • Flash Drive containing all information in electronic format
  • Experiments

    Acid Effects on Teeth

    Use a pH sensor as a means of quantitatively describing the acidity of various beverages.

    Acid Rain and Seed Germination

    Use a pH sensor to determine the effect of acid rain on the germination of bean seeds.

    Air Pressure and the Lungs

    Use an absolute pressure sensor to measure the change in air pressure within a model “chest cavity” while causing the syringe "diaphragm" to change its volume.

    Introduction to Acids and Bases

    Use a pH sensor to measure the pH of several different household chemicals

    Muscle Fatigue

    Use a force sensor to investigate and observe changes in the muscular movement of bones during a prolonged period of sustained exertion.


    Use a light sensor and absolute pressure sensor to measure the change in light and pressure in an aquatic ecosystem as an Elodea or other aquatic plant undergoes photosynthesis.

    Recovery Heart Rate

    Use a heart rate sensor to determine students’ resting heart rate, their heart rate with exercise, and their recovery heart rate.

    Seasonal Pond Exploration

    Use a pH sensor and temperature sensor to measure temperature and pH over the course of a day in a vernal pond.

    Sunlight and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Plants

    Use a pH sensor to collect pH data to demonstrate the relationship between photosynthesis and light.

    Thermoregulation of the Body

    Use a fast response temperature sensor to observe that different parts of the body are at different temperatures and these differences are related to their distance from the heart.


    Use a weather sensor to measure the change in humidity and temperature of a small potted plant over a 24-hour period.

    Venous Blood Flow

    Use a heart rate sensor to measure students’ heart rate while standing, lying flat, and lying flat with both legs raised.

    Yeast Growth

    Use a temperature sensor and absolute pressure sensor to measure the change in pressure inside a flask of fermenting yeast cells at two different temperatures.

    Buying Guide

    Add a Probeware Bundle

    Each lab manual has a corresponding Starter Bundle that contains  sensors needed for one group to perform most or all of the activities in that manual.

    If you are purchasing all three Teacher Guides we recommend the Standard Bundle which provides a set of the sensors needed to perform the 49 activities in all three manuals.