BIOTA50

URLs organized per topic

Red Team – Cell structure and function, the cell cycle, cellular transport mechanisms

  1. Cell cycle activity – page links to post showing how I implemented this activity in class.
  2. Animal cell explorer – a simple game to introduce some cellular process as well as cell parts and functions (sample low-level tasks would include asking students to list the processes and structures as they explore the game and provide a brief description of these, higher-order tasks might involve creating a short roleplaying activity or other analogies to introduce the concepts mentioned to other students).
  3. Cellcraft – a simple game to introduce some eukaryotic cell parts and functions  (sample low-level tasks would include asking students to list the processes and structures as they explore the game and provide a brief description of these, higher-order tasks might involve creating a short roleplaying activity or other analogies to introduce the concepts mentioned to other students)
  4. Cell defense, the plasma membrane – game/simulation that asks you to build your own cell membrane (you may start with a question asking students to predict what features a good cell membrane or barrier should have, an accompanying worksheet also illustrates how sequential questioning may be done as well)
  5. 3D animation of the inside of the cell – video for more advanced learners giving a virtual tour of the inside of the cell (suggested activity would be to have learners list 5-10 different structures shown in the animation, find out what they do, and create a story or narration for the part of the tour that shows these structures in action)
  6. BONUS links: CrashCourse Biology – entertaining summary for a unit on cell parts and functions, good for review before a summative assessment, The Cell Song – can be used as an inspiration for students to produce their own songs or poems to help them remember the different parts of the cell

Green Team – Molecules of life, photosynthesis and cellular respiration

  1. How enzymes work – page links to post showing how I implemented this activity in class
  2. Biomolecules – link to a page showing information on dehydration and condensation reaction, carbohydrates, and lipids
  3. Photosynthesis (simple overview) and photosynthesis (complex)
  4. Cellular respiration (simple overview) and cellular respiration (complex)
  5. Protein folding – with suggested assessment questions but requires you to download and play an external file and allow many programs to run
  6. BONUS links – Cellular respiration song to the tune of “I’ve got a feeling,” always a hit and an inspiration for my students to right their own nerdy songs and a cartoon version of cellular respiration by the Amoeba sisters

Blue Team – Nephron function, nerve impulse transmission, sliding filament theory of muscle contraction

  1. Kidney and nephron function site 1 and site 2
  2. Nerve impulse transmission – page links to post showing how I implemented this activity in class.
  3. Sliding filament theory of muscle contraction – page links to post showing how I implemented this activity in class.
  4. Maintaining homeostasis – an exercise showing the interdependence of body systems and simulates the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in maintaining balance

Orange Team – Central dogma of molecular biology, genetic engineering tools and techniques

  1. Site for The Search for the Genetic Material – accompanying site to the worksheet on the discovery of DNA as the genetic material
  2. Control of Gene Expression – accompanying link to the worksheet on the discovery of DNA as the genetic material
  3. Activity on biotechnology – accompanying link to the worksheet on biotechnology

Purple Team – Evolution and natural selection

  1. Activity on evolution and natural selection using this main site – to view sample questions, input any value in the google form provided on this page. Scroll down to see more links.

Workshop Materials

  1. Workshop 11 Handout
  2. Workshop 11 Presentation