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  • Bear, Species, & DNA

    Bear, Species, & DNA

    This activity was created during the Covid-19 pandemic for students to complete at home using the interactive explore at Learn.Genetics. The activity is probably best for 2nd year biology students or AP Biology, but it could potentially work with first year students. The questions aren’t hard, but the concepts can be difficult to grasp. The…

  • Case Study: Diaper Drama

    Case Study: Diaper Drama

    A case study on the urinary system. Students learn about a baby with recurring urinary tract infections due to a duplicate ureter.

  • Brain Anatomy (Coloring)

    Brain Anatomy (Coloring)

    Students learn brain structures and their functions by reading short descriptions and coloring an image. The description are organized into three main areas of the brain: cerebrum, cerebellum, and brain stem. The brain stem also includes structures of the diencephalon (thalamus and hypothalamus). In addition to coloring the image according to the directions, students identify…

  • Cell Membrane Coloring

    Cell Membrane Coloring

    Color the cell membrane with a focus on diffusion, osmosis and transport proteins. Students color the structures of a cell membrane according to the directions. Then they answer questions about cell transport. I designed this worksheet for an introductory biology course to reinforce concepts related to cell transport. An image shows the phospholipid bilayer with…

  • Anatomy of the Eye (Coloring)

    Anatomy of the Eye (Coloring)

    The coloring worksheet is intended to help students learn the location of specific parts of the eye, like the cornea, sclera, lens, and retina.

  • Reinforcement: Chromosomes

    Reinforcement: Chromosomes

    Helpful review on chromosomes which focuses on terms such as diploid and haploid, mitosis and meiosis, and zygote versus gamete. Students also practice chromosome math using chickens as a model, which have 78 chromosomes in body cells. Worksheet is intended as a review for basic level biology students.

  • Color the Parts of a Microscope

    Color the Parts of a Microscope

    Students read text that describe the parts and functions of the microscope and ask them to color the parts as they read.

  • Mitosis – Internet Exploration

    Mitosis – Internet Exploration

    This assignment can be a stand-alone activity to help students learn to identify the phases of mitosis by viewing  various animations.  There are several sites to visit, where students perform tasks, such as labeling and making comparisons. Site 1: Bioman Mitosis Mover This is a game site where you progress through levels. Students can print…

  • Macromolecules: Sketchnotes

    In the past, I’ve had students create concept maps to help them organize the four macromolecules and related details.  This year, I modified the assignment to try to encourage the use of sketching to help students remember the details.  Students were asked to focus on one of the four macromolecules:  lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, or…

  • Cell City

    Cell City

    This popular activity asks students to read a story about a fictional town where each part of the city is compared to the parts of a cell.   For example:  “Widgets are generally produced in small shops around the city, these small shops can be built by the carpenter’s union (whose headquarters are in town hall.)”   In this…

  • Bone Matrix Anatomy (Coloring)

    Bone Matrix Anatomy (Coloring)

    Anatomy students learn about the skeletal system, where they examine bones and how the bones fit together to make up an entire skeleton.   In addition, some course also explore bone tissue and how bone is formed, repaired, and even broken down to release minerals.   The bone matrix is composed of cells called osteocytes…

  • The Anatomy of the Kidney and Nephron

    The Anatomy of the Kidney and Nephron

    This coloring worksheet asks students to color the kidney to identify where structures like the medulla, cortex, renal vessels and ureters are located.   Another image focuses on an individual nephron to identify the glomerulus, proximal and distal tubules, and the Loop of Henle. This worksheet is intended for advanced students of anatomy.  Students will…

  • Simple Mendelian Genetics Practice Problems

    Simple Mendelian Genetics Practice Problems

    Students learning basic Mendelian genetics can practice assigning genotypes and  identifying heterozygous and homozygous configurations.  Squares are set up to do crosses with purple and white flowers as seen in Mendel’s pea plants. The worksheet is very simple, designed for beginning students of biology and genetics.   More difficult versions of genetics practice problems might…

  • Investigation:  Bacteria

    Investigation: Bacteria

    This investigation asks students to take samples from the school and grow bacteria on agar plates.  Students learn to use sterile technique to transfer and stain the bacteria and view under a microscope.   Lab guide includes instructions for how to analyze and compare colonies and identify the three shapes of bacteria:  bacillus, cocci, and…

  • Case Study – What’s Wrong with Timothy?

    Case Study – What’s Wrong with Timothy?

    The endocrine system can be a difficult subject to cover in anatomy.  It isn’t as showy as the other systems where you can label organs or dissect an eyeball.  Students must also memorize a number of hormones and their functions which have complicated names like thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine.   When I first started teaching anatomy,…