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Mutations

Mutations

A detailed lesson presentation (32 slides) and accompanying worksheet that ensures students know the meaning of a mutation and can explain how these random changes lead to variation within a species. The lesson begins by challenging the students to remember the letters of the nitrogenous bases on DNA to make the word "mutation" and its definition. Moving forwards, students will recall the structure of DNA and be introduced to RNA in case they haven't met before. Students are guided through an example of healthy DNA and transcription and then translation to work out the amino acids that would be synthesised. This provides the template for the students to work through further examples where different mutations have occurred. Students will see that mutations can change the order of amino acids and with reference to enzymes, will understand why this can be an issue. Students will also see that some mutations have no affect and will recognise that mutations and variation are important for changes in a species. There are progress checks throughout the lesson so that students can assess their understanding. This lesson has been designed for GCSE students but could be used with A level students who are about to look at gene mutations.

By GHScience

Health and disease

Health and disease

A fun, engaging and detailed lesson presentation (36 slides) and accompanying worksheet that ensures that students understanding the meaning of health before looking at communicable and non-communicable diseases. The lesson begins by challenging the students to use an example health survey to complete a definition for health, so that recognise that these means people are free of disease and are healthy both physically and mentally. Moving forwards, students will meet the terms communicable and non-communicable and learn that the key difference between these diseases is whether they can be spread. A quick competition is used to test whether the students can allocate a disease as communicable or non. Time is taken to look at the details of some of these diseases and students will learn that sometimes diseases have aspects of both communicable and non-communicable such as cervical cancer caused by HPV. There are progress checks throughout the lesson so that students can assess their understanding. There is a homework set as part of the learning. This lesson has been designed for GCSE students but is suitable for use with KS3 students who are looking at the health topic.

By GHScience

Blood clotting

Blood clotting

A concise and interesting lesson presentation (19 slides) and accompanying differentiated worksheets that explore the steps involved in the complex process of clotting the blood. The lesson begins by challenging the students to recognise a picture of Queen Victoria before they learn how she is associated with the disease, haemophilia. Moving forwards, students are challenged to recall that platelets are the part of blood involved in blood clotting. A quick competition is used to maintain engagement and to introduce them to fibrinogen. Students will learn how fibrinogen is converted into fibrin and how the network of fibres produced by this protein traps red blood cells. An incomplete flow diagram is used as the progress check where students have to bring together all of the information they have been given to complete the steps involved in clotting. This lesson has been designed for GCSE students but could be used as a starting point for A-level Biology students. Alternatively, if you are looking for a lesson for A-level, my resource "Blood clotting A-level" may be more suitable

By GHScience

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Organisation' lessons

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Organisation' lessons

This bundle of resources contains 12 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Organisation' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. 1. Principles of organisation 2. Enzymes 3. The human digestive system 4. Digestive enzymes 5. The heart 6. The blood 7. Blood vessels 8. Helping the heart 9. Breathing & gas exchange 10. Plant tissues & organs 11. Transport in plants 12. Evaporation & transpiration The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, mid-lesson progress checks, extra challenge tasks, 6-mark exam questions and more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Cells' lessons

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Cells' lessons

This bundle of resources contains 11 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Cells' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. Lessons included: 1. Cells 2. Specialised cells 3. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells 4. Microscopy 5. Chromosomes 6. Mitosis 7. Stem cells 8. Diffusion 9. Osmosis 10. Active Transport 11. Exchanging materials The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, mid-lesson progress checks, extra challenge tasks and 6-mark exam questions and more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Evaporation & Transpiration

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Evaporation & Transpiration

This lesson is designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE Biology 'Organisation' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience Pupils will firstly be introduced to guard cells and stomata and how they are able t control the loss of water from the plant, diagrams of guard cells turgid and flaccid will help with this description. Pupils will then be given a set of questions which they will complete using a video, once completed pupils can then assess their work using the answers provided. The next slide shows the process of transpiration, pupils are shown a diagram and then descriptions of each stage in the transpiration process are shown stage by stage. You may need lower ability pupils to copy the stages up off the board in note form first. For higher ability pupils after you have gone through it a couple of times you can move the slide forward and pupils will need to write a description of the process of transpiration using the list of key words and diagram as a cue. After this has been completed pupils will then focus on the factors affecting the rate of transpiration, pupils will each be given a slip of information about a factor and how it affects the loss of water from the plant. Pupils will need to swap information with those around them to complete their table. If pupils do not quite finish this task they can assess their work using the completed table provided in the PowerPoint. The last activity is for pupils to complete exam questions on the topic of the lesson. Pupils will be given 6 minutes as it is worth 6 marks, they should try and complete the question in silence at the back of their books if possible. The plenary task is for pupils to write down 6 key words from the lesson. All resources are included in the PowerPoint slides, please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and leave feedback if you download and use :) thanks!

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Transport in plants

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Transport in plants

This lesson is designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE Biology 'Organisation' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins by pupils observing a diagram of a phloem and a xylem vessel and discussing what the similarities and differences are between the two tissues. This can lead into a class discussion about the two structures. Next is a quick recap task, pupils should have already looked at the overall function of both of these vessels so pupils now need to complete sentences to describe the role of the xylem an phloem vessel in plants. The next activity is a video, pupils will given a set of questions and they will need to answer these questions using the video. Once finished they can self-assess their work using the answers provided on the PowerPoint. Next, pupils will need to draw two columns in their book entitled Xylem and Phloem and sort statements into these two columns, after this is completed they can assess their work. The last thing students will need to consider is why is transport so important in plants, pupils will discuss/brainstorm in their books why sugars, mineral ions and water are important to the plant. The answers can then be revealed to them. The final activity is a past-paper 6 mark question, pupils will need to attempt to answer this on their own, at the back of their books for an extra challenge! Plenary activity is to complete a summary of what the students have learnt that lesson, a list of key words will be provided to help them complete this task. All resources are included in the PowerPoint, any questions please ask me via the comments section. Any feedback of this lesson would be much appreciated :) thank you!

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Blood Vessels

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Blood Vessels

This lesson is designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE Biology 'Organisation' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins by completing an activity which recaps the role of each of the components of blood. Pupils are then introduced to the three types of blood vessels - artery, vein and capillary. Looking at a diagram provided pupils will need to consider the differences between the three in terms of structure an function. Pupils will then watch a video and answer questions about arteries and capillaries, the answers to the video are provided so that pupils can then self-assess their work. The next slide will show how veins are structured and how they work to move blood back to heart from the rest of the body. Pupils could draw a diagram to represent this if there was time. The next part of the lesson is the longest activity, pupils will need to either copy the blank table into their books or be given a printout of the table. Using cards of information pupils will need to complete the table, which shows the structural features of each of the blood vessels. The answers to this activity are provided so that pupils can either peer or self-assess their work. The next activity is a quick fill-in-the-blank task to demonstrate the role of the capillaries within the body. Students are now introduced to the idea of a double-circulatory system, using a diagram and a description of the system pupils will need to answer questions about the role of this system, which can then be self-assessed. The plenary task is for pupils to pick one question to answer from a list of traffic-light questions, green for most difficult and red for easiest. All resources are included in the lesson, any questions please leave a comment for me to get back to you and any feedback would be much appreciated :) thanks!

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - The blood

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - The blood

This lesson is designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE Biology 'Organisation' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson begins by introducing the composition of the blood - platelets, white blood cells, red blood cells and plasma. Pupils will jump straight into the first activity, they will be given a place mat worksheet which has questions about each of the four components of the blood. Each student will then be given a slip of information about these four components, the students will need to share information to complete their place mat. Once complete, the answers which will be provided on the PowerPoint slide can be used for pupils to either self-assess or peer-assess their work. Pupils will now look at how red blood cells transport of oxygen around the body, once this has been explained using diagrams on the PowerPoint slide pupils will then need to arrange sentences into an order to show how this process occurs. Once completed pupils will self-assess their work using the answers provided. The next activity is a True or False activity about what the students have learnt so far, this could be extended by asking students to re-writing the incorrect sentences so that they make sense. The final activity is a past-paper question on the components of blood, which pupils can then peer or self-assess. The plenary is for pupils to brainstorm key words they have learnt from the topic of the heart and blood so far. All resources are provided in the PowerPoint. Any questions please let me know via the comments section, if you have feedback please do leave a comment :) thanks!

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - The heart

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - The heart

This lesson is designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE Biology specification, particularly the 'Organisation' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins by introducing the heart as an organ and it's function in the body, pupils will have a few minutes to read through the information on the slide as a 'memory test'. Then move the slide forward where pupils have to copy and complete the information about the heart, using key words to help them. Pupils can then self-assess their work. For the next activity pupils are given an information sheet providing information about the structure of the heart and the job of the blood vessels supplying/taking blood away from the hear. Pupils will also be given a worksheet which they will need to complete using this information. Pupils will then be introduced to the idea of valves, they can watch a short video an have a look at the position of the valves within the heart. They will need to Think > Pair > Share ideas about the function of the valves in the heart. After a short class discussion the answer can be provided for them. The next activity will require pupils to sort information into a flow diagram to demonstrate the route the blood flows through from the right atrium onwards. The words they need to fill in the boxes will be provided, they can self-assess their work once it has been completed. The next part of the lesson focuses on problems with blood flow through the heart, firstly pupils are introduced to the idea of coronary arteries being blocked due to cholesterol/fatty deposits. They will provided with some information on the board and will need to answer questions on this information, which can then be assessed once the answers are revealed. Then they will shown the differences between different types of treatment - surgery, stents or statins - and will be asked some questions about the uses, advantages and disadvantages of these examples of treatment for people with cardiovascular disease. Again, all answers are provided for pupils to check their work throughout the lesson. Plenary is to write a twitter message about what the students have learnt this lesson, make sure to #keywords! Any questions please comment on the resource to ask me, any feedback if you have purchased this resource would be much appreciated :) thanks!

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Breathing & Gas Exchange

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - Breathing & Gas Exchange

This lesson is designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology specification, particularly the 'Organisation' SoW. For more resources designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson begins with a video on breathing and the organs of the respiratory system, pupils are provided with a list of questions which they will need to answer using the information in the video. Once the video is finished they can then self-assess their work using the answers provided. Pupils are then provided with an information on breathing and gas exchange, they are also given a worksheet that they will to complete using the information. For lower ability classes it would be best to read through the information as a class, tag-reading, so that they are more familiar with certain words before starting the worksheet. Once completed the answers provided on the PowerPoint slide mean pupils can either self-assess or peer-assess their work. The next task is a mid-plenary, pupils will need to copy and complete the sentences and then mark their work. The next part of the lesson is on adaptations of alveoli, pupils will copy a table off the board and will each be given a card of information. Either discussing on tables or walking around the room pupils will need to complete their table on the four main features of alveoli which make them efficient gas exchange surfaces. The final activity is an exam-style question worth 6 marks, pupils can close their books and sit in silence to complete this task. Once finished they should mark their work. Plenary task is to write a twitter message about what they have learnt this lesson, including #keywords. All resources are included in the lesson, some are found at the end of the PowerPoint. Please leave a comment if you have any questions, any feedback would be appreciated :)! Thanks!

By SWiftScience

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - The human digestive system

NEW AQA Trilogy GCSE (2016) Biology - The human digestive system

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Organisation' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson begins by pupils given a bit of information about the tissues which make up the lining of the stomach. They will need to read this information in pairs and then answer questions in their book, once completed the pupils can self or peer-assess their work using the answers provided on the next slide. Pupils will then be introduced to the digestive system, it's role and the organs involved with this system. They should be able to remember some information from previous lessons on organ systems (see 'Principles of organisation' in my shop!). Now, pupils must read through another card of information in pairs and complete tasks on the board, these tasks will require pupils to label a diagram of a human body to show the locations of the major organ systems and also describe the function of these organs. The next task is a video which pupils will watch and answer questions, list of questions is provided as a worksheet. Pupils will then self-assess their work using the answers provided after the video has finished. The final activity is an exam-style question, pupils will answer this on the sheet and then mark their work using the mark scheme. The plenary task is a word search challenge, there are 10 words associated with digestion in the word search. Pupils will race to complete against each other to complete the word search. You can award a prize if you have any :) All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)

By SWiftScience