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  • Using Anchoring Phenomenon with Lessons

    Using Anchoring Phenomenon with Lessons

    Start lessons on osmosis with an activity and anchoring phenomenon. View cells exposed to salt and observe how they change!

  • Microscope Labeling

    Microscope Labeling

     This simple worksheet pairs with a lesson on the light microscope, where beginning biology students learn the parts of the light microscope and the steps needed to focus a slide under high power.

  • Random Sampling

    Random Sampling

    Students model how field biologists would use a sampling technique to estimate the number of sunflowers in a field.  First, they choose 10 plots at random by choosing paper slips, then take the average of those plots.  The worksheet walks them through the steps of then using the average and the overall size of the…

  • Niche Partitioning – Gorongosa Phenomenon

    Niche Partitioning – Gorongosa Phenomenon

    In order to convert my lectures to phenomenon-based lessons, I started the community interaction chapter with a mini-case about how animals on the savanna share one resource, grasses.   The idea is that students would slowly build their understanding of how energy transfers through ecosystems and how populations within an area are limited by those resources. …

  • Ecology Lesson on Trophic Cascades

    Ecology Lesson on Trophic Cascades

    This year I decided to change the way I teach the last unit of the year, which is ecology.   Our textbook is really old, and not aligned to NGSS.  The lessons followed a familiar “old-school” pattern:  take notes mainly about definitions, do an activity or lab, then take a quiz.  This year, I wanted to…

  • Evolution: Fact, Fiction, or Opinion

    Evolution: Fact, Fiction, or Opinion

    This lesson can be used to introduce evolution and establish what your students already understand (or misunderstand) about evolutionary theory.    Statements can be printed and cut into slips and students work in small groups to categorize each statement as either Fact, Fiction, or Opinion.    The included answer key has quick explanations as well…

  • Biome Project

    Biome Project

    Students become experts in a biome and create a product, such as a pamphlet, to showcase details about their assigned ecosystem (tundra, forest, ocean..etc.)

  • Lesson Plan Template

    Lesson Plan Template

    Lesson plan template for google docs. Save to your own drive or print.

  • 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…

  • Case Study:  How Did the Guppy Get His Color?

    Case Study: How Did the Guppy Get His Color?

    This case study examines evolution in guppies as evidenced by color variation in populations.  It is based on an iconic study performed by John Endler where he collected data on guppies by scoring the size, number, and brightness of spots. Students progress though the slides (lecture and discussion), and examine details of Endler’s study, such as where…

  • Construct a DNA Model Using Marshmallows

    Construct a DNA Model Using Marshmallows

    Use marshmallows and toothpicks to construct a model of DNA. Mini marshmallows represents the nucleotides, large marshmallows represent deoxyribose.

  • Meiosis Case:  SRY not SRY

    Meiosis Case: SRY not SRY

    Students are given a scenario about a female athlete who was stripped of her medal when it was discovered that her cells contain a Y chromosome.

  • Zoobiquity – Review and Discussion Questions

    Zoobiquity – Review and Discussion Questions

    I try to read at least one non-fiction book per year to try to keep myself up to date and inspired with new knowledge and advances in medicine.   I have a classroom set of “Stiff” that I require my AP Biology students to read during the unit on anatomy.  Recently, in a graduate class…

  • Comparing a Human and Avian Skeleton

    Comparing a Human and Avian Skeleton

    Students often learn the bones of a human skeleton in health, but biology class can reinforce these lessons by comparing the human skeleton to that of other vertebrates.  In this case, students color the skeleton of a bird and a human according to the directions.   The colors will illustrate how many of the bones…

  • Activity:  Which Disease Is the Worst?

    Activity: Which Disease Is the Worst?

    In this activity, students work in groups to read about different types of diseases and ultimately rank them from the least dangerous to the most dangerous.   There is no actual right answer to this, and the cards are designed to foster discussion and provide a basic overview of the types of pathogens that cause…