Biology

We Are Aliens! related biology activities for you class room, devised by Chris Carr. Includes activities and worksheets. Supporting videos demonstrate the activities. Activities are available to download as discrete packages, or you can download all the biology resources as a single package.

Classroom Activities:

Is there Life in there?

All life forms on Earth are based on organic biochemistry. This activity requires students to analyse an unknown soil sample (just recovered from a space mission to another planet!) and look for signs of  possible indicators for life.

Curriculum areas covered:

  • Suitable for KS 3 – 4
  • Cell biology
  • Food tests
  • Practical skills
  • How Science Works

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What’s Your Limit?

Conditions on other planets and are unlikely to be within the same ranges as that experienced by Earth. However, a degree of variance from ‘ideal’ ranges may be tolerable for a small number of organisms known as extremophiles.

Curriculum areas covered:

  • Suitable for KS 3 – 4
  • Respiration
  • Cell biology
  • Enzymes & rates of reaction
  • How Science Works

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Martian Death Rays!

Could there be life on Mars? Perhaps so, although the high intensity of UV light means that it is unlikely to be found on the surface. The following experiment will demonstrate why this is the case.

Curriculum areas covered:

  • Suitable for KS 3 – 4
  • Microbiology
  • Cell biology
  • Aseptic technique
  • How Science Works

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Model Cells

The cell is the smallest unit of life and for many millennia single celled organisms were the only form of life on Earth. It’s this type of life that astrobiologists are looking for elsewhere in the solar system. In this fun activity, wallpaper paste is used to build model cells. It’s very good for helping students to appreciate what cells are like and is very memorable.

Curriculum areas covered:

  • Suitable for KS3-4
  • Cell biology
  • Cell organelles

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Download all biology resources (.zip )

Videos For Teachers:

Is There Life In There?

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What’s Your Limit?

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Martian Death Rays

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Make a Cell

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