BASIS Lesson Plan Archive

Explore the range of science experiences that scientists have brought to students in past BASIS lessons.

Kindergarten

Earth Science

All About Volcanoes (Reuter 11-12)
Let it Snow! Transitional Kindergarten (CRS 14-15) 
Planet Protectors! Resource Use and Conservation (ESPM adoption of Colston 11-12, Updated 14-15)

Life Science

Animals Around the World (Domingo 06-07)
Build-a-Bug (Bayer scientist adoption of original Entomology Student Organization 07-08)
Germs and Your Body (Alber Group 08-09)
Sensing the World Around Us (​Neuroscience adoption of Anatomy Enrichment 14-15
 

Physical Science

Buoyancy: Who Sank the Boat? (Bioengineering 09-10)
Hidden Colors (Abby Knight 11-12)
Sink or Float: Experiements in Buoyancy (CRS 11-12)
What's in a Color? (Cal Bioengineering 10-11)

First Grade

Earth Science

Clouds, Clouds Everywhere (Bayer-CRS 11-12)
The Water Cycle (BioE 15-16)

Life Science 

All About Seeds (Okrent, Shurlach, Jones 07-08) 
Animal Body Structure and Habitats (Williams 11-12)
Ask A Tree How Old It Is (DeChant 06-07)
Botany on Your Plate (UC Botanical Gardens 11-12)
Botany on Your Plate, Spanish Version (Clorox 12-13)
Curious Critters (Ocean and You/Cynthia Cudaback 12-13)
Can You Feel Your Heart Beat? (Anatomy Enrichment Program 13-14)
Roots, Seeds, and Stems - Putting Plants Together (Anton, Laurie, and Tania 10-11)
Science and the Beanstalk (Schawel 08-09
Teeth & Skulls! (IB Grad Students 14-15)
Turtles & Tortoises (Barnett and Begum 05-06)
You Are What You Eat: How Diet Shapes Teeth (Atteholt 09-10)

Physical Science

Does Air Really Exist? (Held 07-08)
Exploring States of Matter (Sarpong Group 08-09)
Mysterious Liquids (Tilley Group 08-09, Adapted 14-15)
Sailing Clips, Pepper Fish, Penny Drips: Buoyancy and Surface Tension (Fatehi 07-08)

Second Grade

Earth Science 

Fossil Formation (Alice & Mel 11-12)
Fun With Fossils (Batavia 08-09)
Oceans Are For Everyone! (Ocean Society of Berkeley 15-16)
Soils: The Ground We Stand On (Minda and Olivia 11-12)
Soil Isn't Dirty (Ryals 06-07)
Soils Are Diverse! (Kari & Gavin 14-15)

Life Science

Biodiversity in Insects (Bennett 07-08)
Butterflies (Levinson 06-07)
Good Germs, Bad Germs (Shapira 14-15)
Plants and the Environment (Plants: Kevin, Candice, Jules 10-11)
Plant Life Cycles (Plant and Microbial Biology, 11-12)

Physical Science

Balloon Rocket Cars (​Bayer scientist adoption of original Chemical Engineering group 08-09
Exploring Magnets (CRS Staff 13-14)
Gears in Motion (MEGSCOV 11-12)
Hear All About It!-Sound (Ashmi, Jisella 12-13)
How to Make Things Fly (Smythe 06-07)
Magnets are Sweet (SEED: Brian 10-11)
Making the Band (BGESS group 08-09)
Simple Machines- the Application of Forces (Rahmany, Marukami 12-13)
Sounds and Music (EECS: Matt Spencer 13-14)
Waves (Johnson 10-11) 
Which Falls Faster (Zenz 06-07)

Engineering

Egg Drop Challenge (Stanford University Alternative Spring Break 12-13)
Marshmallow Challenge: A Tower Building Adventure (Venugopalan 12-13)
Materials and Structures (SECO 14-15)

Third Grade

Earth Science

Global Warming (Alivisatos Group 07-08)
There are Days and Seasons (Turn, Turn, Turn) (Pepe & Vandenbroucke 08-09)
Pictures in the Sky (Lum, Abdnour 12-13)
Where Do All The Stars Come From? (Astronomy, 14-15)

Life Science

Adapting to Survive: Predators and Prey (Integrative Biology 14-15)
Aquatic Adaptation (Merzlyak 04-05)
Eye didn't know that (Dr Interns: Sohee 13-14)
Genetics: What makes us different (Jillian & Louisa 14-15)
Learning About Our Guts is a Must (Anatomy Enrichment Program 13-14)
Natural Selection in Predators and Prey (Hammond 11-12)
No Bones About It: How Skeletons Work ( Anatomy Enrichment Program 13-14)
Oil Spills! (Burch,Cherk,Cho,Nuccio,Whiston 07-08)
Plants Adapt to Their Environments (Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Students 14-15)
Survival Strategies and Adaptation in Insects (Hadjistylli 06-07)
Support and Protect! Our Skeletal System at Work (Anatomy Enrichment Program 14-15)
Synesthesia and You (Synesthesia Association: Ben 13-14 )
The Hunger Games: Animal Adaptations for Survival (Integrative Biology Graduate Students 14-15)
The Skin You're In (Anatomy Enrichment Program 13-14)
The Spice of Life: Variation Within Species (ESPM 14-15)

Physical Science

Dry Ice Explorations (Clorox: Day of Science 13-14)
Energy and Energy Conversion (Groves Group 07-08)
Energy: The Currency of Science (Goldman 09-10)
Energy, Energy Conversion and Efficiency (SEED group 08-09
Gak! The Science of Combining Substances (Muller Lab 15-16)
Heat Transfer: It's so cool! (ChemE 11-12)
Renewable Energy & Climate Change (Chemistry 15-16)
It's just a phase! (ChemE: Heat Conduction 13-14) 
Light and the Electormagnetic Spectrum (Adam and Mariana 10-11)
Light and Waves (Schlegel 08-09
Light Can Heat Too (Muren 07-08)
Lights! Colors! Vision! (Neuroscience 15-16 adapted from Steedman 06-07)
Liquid Explorations with BLISS Volunteers (BLISS 10-11)
Matter: A Periodic Puzzle (Selle, Ngo 12-13)
Melting, Freezing and More! (Frechet Group 08-09)
Oobleck (Ellie Jung 10-11)​
Oobleck (SACNAS 14-15)
Open Scope: Build Your Own Scope (Bioengineering 12-13)
Optics and Light (Venugopalan 09-10)
Picture-Perfect Solar Energy (Alivisatos 09-10)
Properties of Matter that Matter (Bertozzi 09-10
Reaction Reasoning (AXE Group 06-07)
Solids, Liquids and Gases (Klein 04-05)
States of Matter: Sublime Suds to Ice Cream Science (Francis 09-10
State of Matter (SECO 13-14)
Things That Glow (Raymond Group 06-07)
What is Color and how do we see it? (Colleen Kirkhart 11-12)
Where does Energy Come From? (SEED 09-10)

Engineering

Robots that Run (EECS: Matt Spencer 13-14)

Fourth Grade

Earth Science

Dirt: Making Dirty Water Clean (Palucis 07-08)
Plate Tectonics (Moschetti 04-05)
Snack Tectonics (USGS: Leslie and Kathryn 13-14)

Life Science

California Food Webs (Integrative Biology, 15-15)
Cells and Microscopes (PMB 15-16)
Composting Communities (Peter Beernik 10-11)
Food Webs Alive! (Entomology Student Organization 08-09)
Play With Your Food (Clif Bar Team 14-15)
Microbe-Body (Edge Group 08-09)
Microorganisms: Good or Evil? (Doudna-Cate Group 08-09)
Microbes in Action (PMB 13-14)
Survival on the Playground (Vos 09-10)
Why do animals migrate? (Frank 11-12)
Worms and Compost (Wong 08-09)
Worm Compost: Turning Waste into Soil (Steven Hall 11-12)
Wildland Fire (Kramer 12-13)
Zombie Apocalypse! (Taylor 15-16)

Physical Science

Can Your Eyes Fool You? (Psychology 14-15)
Electricity, Magnetism, and the Wall Socket (Matt Spencer 10-11)
Energy: The currency of Science (Dan Goldman 13-14)
Engineering Catapult Challenge! (CRS Staff: Jon 13-14)
Global Warming and Renewable Energy (Engineers for a Sustainable World 14-15)
Having Fun With Magnets (Rahmany, Marukami 12-13 
Poles Apart: Electro-Magnetic Attraction & Repulsion (Jackson 09-10
Seeing is Believing (Neuroscience 14-15)
Sticky Balloons and Static Electricity (Paulick 08-09)
Squishy Circuits (Cusumano 12-13) 
Squishy Circuits (EECS 14-15)
What is Renewable Energy (Ostfeld 11-12)
Zap, Crackle and Pop: Static Electricity Everywhere (Jackson 08-09)

Fifth Grade

Earth Science

3rd Grape from the Sun (Nicholas McConnell 10-11) 
Air Pressure and You (Combs 09-10
Air Pressure: Invisible, Powerful, Mysterious (Jackson 08-09
Albedo of Ice and Snow (LBL 15-16)
Clouds Everywhere (Closser 11-12) 
Fluid Densities and Ocean Currents (adapted from SEED) (Philips and Ho 11-12)
Follow the River to Clean Waters (Penny 11-12)
Global Ocean Currents and Fluid Densities (SEED group 09-10)
The Power of Air Pressure (Bouvier-Brown 07-08)
Water in our Atmosphere: Make it Rain! (Cohen Lab 12-13) 
We Love Gravity! (Lehr, Hidrobo 12-13) 
Weather in a Bottle (Poon 07-08)
What's in your Water? - (includes Spanish Worksheet) (Venugopalan 11-12)
The Wonderful World of Water! (Hannah, Lena & Kurt 14-15)

Life Science

Bones (Singer 07-08)
Bones, Muscles, and How We Move (Matt and Alec 10-11)
Brain Talk! How Brains Communicate (Jocelyn and Greg 15-16)
Brains - Spiker Box Demonstrations (Neuroscience Graduate Students 12-13)
Cardiovascular System (Anatomy Enrichment Program 13-14)
DNA (Peter Coppinger 03-04)
DNA Discovery (PMB: Jessica Rodrigues 10-11)
Digestive System (Asha and Leera 13-14)
Feel Dead Brains (Berkeley Cognitive Science Student Association-CSSA 11-12)
A Field Trip Through the Digestive System (Ashmi, Jisella 12-13)
The Healthy Body (SECO 14-15)
Insect Physiology (Entomology Student Organization 09-10
It came from a single cell (Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Students 12-13)
Plants Show Their True Colors (Steinbrenner 12-13)
Please Play with Your Food (Novak 08-09
Remember This?: Neurons (Fischer, Olf 05-06)
Science of Respiration and Blood Circulation (Lee 06-07)
True Blood, True Science (Bayer 14-15)
A Whole New World of DNA and Proteins (Bioengineering Graduate Students 12-13)
Unblock My Heart! (Bioengineering Graduate Students 14-15)

Physical Science

Acids and Bases: Cabbage Juice Indicator (Lee, Standly 04-05) 
The Big Bang: Stardust and the Elements (Cupp 03-04)
Carbon Dioxide is all around us! Measuring CO2 with Probes (Derek Vigil 10-11)
Chalk One Up For Science! pH and Chemical Reactions (Lena & Billy 14-15)
Chemical Reactions (Asha & Leera 12-13)
Chemical Reactions (Chemistry: Mercedes 14-15)
Chemical Workout: Blow It Up! (Maimone Lab Group 13-14)
Chemistry "Magic": Chemical and State Changes (Juedemann 12-13)
The Chemistry of Soap (Bergman/Tilley Group 10-11)
CSI: Chromatography Science Investigation (CRS Staff 12-13)
Conductors and Insulators (Johnson 05-06)
Electricity and Food: Glowing Pickles (Garnett 06-07)
The Elements (Norton 06-07)
Elements of Life (Killilea 05-06)
Gak! (Jorge 10-11)
Glow in the Dark Science (Obermeyer/Mackenzie 11-12)
Green Polymers (Sarpong 09-10)
Heat, Temperature, and the Jiggling of Molecules (Chu 08-09) 
Honey, I Engineered Our Food (BioE 15-16)
How Can You Tell One Gas from Another? (Grass 06-07)
How to Think Like a Scientist (Bertozzi Group 08-09) 
How to Think Like a (Bayer) Scientist (​Bayer adoption of Bertozzi lesson, 10-11)
Matter (Hoai Ngo 11-12)
Measuring the World with Vernier Probes (Vigil 09-10
Periodic Table Selle, Ngo 12-13)
Periodic Table of Students (Guillaudeu 04-05)
Plastics, Recycling & Composting (Chang 15-16
Properties of Metals (Bergman Group 08-09)
Polymer Chemistry: More Than Just Plastics (Alivisatos Group 08-09)
Polymer Possibilities (BioE 11-12)
States of Matter (Long Group 15-16)
The Race to Efficient & Clean Transportation Fuel (SEED 09-10
Water You Waiting For? Dive into the wonders of water (WIMS, Naomi Kohen 11-12)
What is Everything Made Of (Harvey 04-05)
What's that Smell? (Tsai 09-10)

Engineering

Green Roofs (15-16)
Properties of Materials (Nick K. 12-12)
Protect That Pill! (Bioengineering Graduate Students 14-15)


Sixth Grade - Earth Science

Alternative Energy (SEED 10-11)
Clipfish (Integrative Biology 09-10)
Mountain Building (Earth & Planetary Sciences 10-11)
Vision Whitney Lab (WMS: Whitney Lab 13-14 )

Seventh Grade - Life Science

A Whole New World of DNA & Proteins (Bioengineering 13-14)
Clipfish (PMS:Clipfish 13-14)
MS: DNA (MS: DNA Elaine 13-14)
See Your Heart in Action: the EKG (Bioengineering 09-10)
Spring Mechanics (Bioengineering 10-11)

Eighth Grade - Physical Science

Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos (Poon, Detwiler, Loach, Prior 07-08)
Magnetic Mystery Planets (Fillingim & Yan 12-13)
Solar Cells (Garnett and Grass 07-08)
Solar Winds (Fillingim & Yan 11-12)
 


High School

Dissecting Dinosaurs: An exercise in bird anatomy and evolution (Atterholt 12-13)

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