These fun symbiosis lessons take a tough science topic and make it easy for children of all ages to understand!


Symbiosis sounds like a topic that should be saved for high schoolers, but these unique symbiosis lessons are perfect for 1st-8th graders. You’ll be amazed when your children or students start using words like facultative and endosymbiont in easy conversations!

What exactly is the relationship between whales and barnacles? How does mistletoe weasel its way into the vascular system of a tree? Why do arctic foxes follow polar bears around in the tundra? All of these questions and so many more can be answered by your students after an amazing study of symbiosis.

Cindy breaks down tough concepts and rich scientific vocabulary so that elementary and middle school students don’t even think twice about the difficulty of symbiosis. In eight symbiosis lessons (that can each be stretched out into several days) children will learn:

  • the three main types of symbiosis – mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism,
  • about symbionts and hosts,
  • the difference between obligate and facultative symbiosis,
  • the difference between ectosymbionts and endosymbionts, and
  • lots of amazing symbiotic relationships.

Yes, really. The curriculum teaches these topics in ways that students younger than high school CAN understand them easily!

Kid-friendly text and videos do the teaching and follow-up activities accompany each of the symbiosis lessons. Children have opportunities to create nature journal pages, do simple research projects, and participate in hands-on activities. All are easy, optional, and easily tweaked if you’re teaching multiple ages.

Prepare your children with knowledge of upper level sciences through connections to real life examples in nature. It truly does make high school science and beyond easier in the end!

Use the symbiosis lessons as your science curriculum for part of a semester or as a supplement to what you’re already using during science. The symbiosis topic fits in with any study of plants or animals. 

  • 34 pages
  • Digital curriculum
  • Appropriate for black and white printing
  • Printing is not necessary
  • Content suitable for charter schools


What is No Sweat Nature Study?

Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?

No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.

No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.

No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.

Well, it’s here. 

The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.

Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.

Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?

Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.

Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.

I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.

But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.

Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!

  • You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
  • The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
  • Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.

This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!

Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!


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