Making a model of enzymes

Making a model of enzymes

This is an activity aimed at KS3-4 lower ability students, enabling them to learn the basics of lock and key theory via model building. The resource shows clear learning objectives includes a step by step series of tasks that gradually develop the model, with key questions for students to answer along the way. The resource also includes a personal learning checklist for completion before and after the lesson to show progress, along with a peer assessment sheet for students to assess each other. Key words: enzyme, substrate, lock and key, active site, denaturation, rate, reaction, products, protein, plasticine, personal learning checklist, peer assessment
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Make a Model Prokaryotic (Bacterial) Cell

Make a Model Prokaryotic (Bacterial) Cell

This resource could be used with both GCSE and A-Level biology students. The worksheets included in this resource provide a step-by-step method to construct a model prokaryotic (bacterial) cell using simple resources such as coloured wool, small coloured elastic bands ('loom' bands are ideal), plasticine, sellotape and a plastic freezer bag. The worksheets include a full list of instructional prompts to build the model, each with a key question to check understanding. The worksheets also include an extension page which deals with processes such as scale and binary fission. This is an engaging activity and a great way to turn a very theoretical subject into a practical experience for students. Key words: Prokaryotic, bacterial, binary fission, nucleoid, plasmid, cell wall, pili, flagellum, flagella, pilus, capsule
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AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 1 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 1 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

This is a personal learning checklist (PLC) tailored for the first year of the new AQA Biology Advanced Level specification. This is an excel spreadsheet with five worksheets in total, each one covering specification references: 3.1 Biological molecules 3.2 Cells 3.3 Organisms exchange materials 3.4 Genetic information 6.1-6.5 Mathematical requirements Each worksheet contains the full list of statements/learning outcomes taken directly from the specification, along with a grid for students to RAG rate their confidence as well as space to write notes and set targets. The worksheets have been formatted to allow easy printing of each worksheet. Each worksheet can be printed and collated with others to form a full checklist for the entire year. This is an essential resource for anyone teaching the new biology advanced level specification. Key words: personal learning checklist (PLC), self assessment, targets, AQA, biology
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Osmosis starter worksheet

Osmosis starter worksheet

A resource aimed at GCSE (14-16 year old) biology students, this worksheet consists of nine questions that probe understanding of the process of osmosis. This resource is ideal to use as a starter activity following the classic practical investigation into how different concentrations of salt or sugar solution affect the mass of a potato chip. Key words: osmosis, mass, percentage change, water, concentration
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The Phosphorous Cycle - Draw It!

The Phosphorous Cycle - Draw It!

An activity aimed at A-Level Biology students. This activity involves a series of statements that can be given to a class at the start of a lesson with the instruction that they draw the phosphorous cycle based on this information. Students should initially do this in pairs but can then be teamed up in larger groups to show, discuss and explain their own diagrammatic interpretations of the phosphorus cycle. Finally, the whole class can be brought together to discuss the best way of joining these statements together into an agreed phosphorous cycle. Key words: Phosphorous, cycle, ATP, NADP, weathering, phosphates, fertilisers, glycolysis, kinase, phosphorylation
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Natural and artificial fertilisers

Natural and artificial fertilisers

A resource suitable for post-16 year old students, this worksheet explores the reasons why fertilisers are necessary for healthy plant growth and the advantages/disadvantages of natural and artificial fertilisers. Key words: Natural, artificial, fertiliser
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Types of radiation - active video worksheet

Types of radiation - active video worksheet

A resource aimed at either level 2 or level 3 science students, this single page worksheet provides a series of questions that students should answer as they watch a video demonstration of alpha, beta and gamma radiation. This resource is very useful for occasions where suitable practical demonstration equipment and radioactive sources are not available. The worksheet covers the nature and behaviour of alpha, beta and gamma radiation and is suitable for use as a lesson starter.
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Active video: The Shadow Of Thalidomide

Active video: The Shadow Of Thalidomide

A worksheet resource that could be used by either 14-16 or 16-18 year old biology students, this resource provides an 'active video' task on the history of thalidomide with a series of question prompts that students complete while watching the video clip. the video clip can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0QpnqjKGJo The video clip provides an overview of the thalidomide tragedy and how the United States stood their ground in refusing a drug licence while the disaster played out across the rest of the world. This is a good activity to set the scene for any topic on how drugs are developed and the importance of drug testing and clinical trials. Key words: Thalidomide, disaster, focomelia, drugs, clinical trials, pharmaceutical, USA, regulations
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AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 2 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 2 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

This is a personal learning checklist (PLC) tailored for the second year of the new AQA Biology Advanced Level specification. This is an excel spreadsheet with five worksheets in total, each one covering specification references: 3.5 Energy transfers 3.6 Organisms respond to change 3.7 Genetics & ecosystems 3.8 Control of gene expression 6.1-6.5 Mathematical requirements Each worksheet contains the full list of statements/learning outcomes taken directly from the specification, along with a grid for students to RAG rate their confidence as well as space to write notes and set targets. The worksheets have been formatted to allow easy printing of each worksheet. Each worksheet can be printed and collated with others to form a full checklist for the entire year. Students could also be emailed this PLC and complete using a computer - the final worksheet collates information from the self -analysis carried out on previous pages and presents an overall percentage score for the level of confidence in each topic plus an indication of whether a student is 'secure' in that topic area. This is an essential resource for anyone teaching the new biology advanced level specification. Key words: personal learning checklist (PLC), self assessment, targets, AQA, biology
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The Nerve Impulse - a step by step interactive worksheet

The Nerve Impulse - a step by step interactive worksheet

A comprehensive six page worksheet aimed at advanced biology students, this resource deals with all the major aspects of how a nerve impulse originates and is propagated along a neurone. The worksheets include diagrams that show the different open and closed positions of sodium and potassium channels with space for students to show their own positions of the relevant ions (this is with reference to an online animation - weblink included on the worksheet). The worksheet also has a labelling exercise for the classic action potential graph as well as details on saltatory conductance and factors affecting speed of impulse transmission. Key words: nerve, neurone, depolarisation, repolarisation, refractory period, action potential, resting potential, sodium, potassium, diffusion, ATP, ATPase pump
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The Nerve Impulse - Independent Research Exercise

The Nerve Impulse - Independent Research Exercise

A worksheet aimed at advanced biology students, this resource provides several prompts for students to research and learn about the nature of the nerve impulse and action potential. Extension tasks are also provided along with weblinks to animations and information sources. This is a good activity to set a class as a homework or as an independent learning task prior to teaching of the topic in class. Key words: Nerve, neurone, nerve impulse, action potential, depolarisation, repolarisation, refractory period, resting potential, propagation, sodium, potassium, influx, efflux, membrane
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GCSE Starter: Bacterial cells

GCSE Starter: Bacterial cells

A starter worksheet aimed at GCSE Biology students, this resource provides five questions that recap basic definitions and the concept of magnification. The final questions require students to make measurements of the bacterial cell diagram and calculate magnification of the image (converting millimetres to micrometeres in the process). A useful resource to use in order to reinforce some of the basic ideas on the topic of bacterial/prokaryotic cells. Key words: AQA, biology, bacterial cells, magnification, micrometres, prokaryotic
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Starter: Non-specific defence and phagocytes

Starter: Non-specific defence and phagocytes

A starter activity aimed at GCSE biology students, this resource consists of four questions that recap the idea of barriers and phagocytosis as a means of defence against pathogens. The activity has both closed and open questions, with the final question requiring students to describe and explain an illustration of phagocytosis in their own words. Key words: phagocytosis, barriers, pathogens, defence, immune system
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Active video worksheet: Defense against disease

Active video worksheet: Defense against disease

A resource aimed at GCSE biology students, this worksheet provides 15 questions related to a video clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJuYNlztMc) that neatly introduces the basics on the immune system and how it defends us from attack by pathogens. Use this resource at the start of this topic to set the scene and introduce some of the technical terms that students will meet in more detail as the topic progresses. Students are required to complete the questions as the video plays, ensuring that they remain active rather than passive. Key words: active, video, immune system, barriers, phagocytes, antibodies, antigens, lymphocytes
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AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 1 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 1 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

This is a personal learning checklist (PLC) tailored for the first year of the new AQA Biology Advanced Level specification. This is an excel spreadsheet with five worksheets in total, each one covering specification references: 3.1 Biological molecules 3.2 Cells 3.3 Organisms exchange materials 3.4 Genetic information 6.1-6.5 Mathematical requirements Each worksheet contains the full list of statements/learning outcomes taken directly from the specification, along with a grid for students to RAG rate their confidence as well as space to write notes and set targets. The worksheets have been formatted to allow easy printing of each worksheet. Each worksheet can be printed and collated with others to form a full checklist for the entire year. This is an essential resource for anyone teaching the new biology advanced level specification. Key words: personal learning checklist (PLC), self assessment, targets, AQA, biology
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Conservation of habitats

Conservation of habitats

A worksheet aimed at A-Level Biology students that asks students to apply their knowledge of ecology to that of conservation. The worksheet focuses on how our knowledge of succession can be used to conserve moorland and native bird species in the UK. Full answers are provided on the second page of the worksheet. Key words: Succession, conservation, moorland, birds, ecology, ecosystem, habitat
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AQA Personal Learning Checklist

AQA Personal Learning Checklist

Fantastic value bundle that provides Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs) for the ENTIRE content (all units) of the new AQA A-Level Biology Specification. The PLCs are in excel format and use statements and descriptors directly from the specification, arranged in topic order with clear headings. Red, amber and green boxes are provided next to each statement so that students can evaluate their current understanding. A must-have resource for anyone teaching AQA A-Level Biology. Bonus resource also added for free- which statistical test should I choose?
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Starter: Antibiotics

Starter: Antibiotics

A starter activity aimed at GCSE Biology students, this worksheet provides eight questions that probe student's understanding of what antibiotics are and how their effects can be seen in the laboratory. The worksheet includes reference to an image of an agar plate with zones of inhibition around different types of antibiotics - ideal as a starter/preparation for a lesson involving this practical activity. Key words: antibiotics, bacteria, Alexander Fleming, zone of inhibition, efficacy, incubation
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Primary and secondary immune response

Primary and secondary immune response

A resource aimed at GCSE biology students, this worksheet provides a quick review quiz on the basics of the specific immune response followed by a more in-depth focus on the difference between primary and secondary responses with reference to the classic graph showing changes to plasma antibody levels over time. This is an ideal resource to use in order to probe student's understanding of this complex topic and ensure they have properly grasped the essential information. Key words: Immune, vaccination, lymphocyte, primary, secondary, antibody, antigen, pathogen
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Starter: Vaccination

Starter: Vaccination

A resource aimed at GCSE biology students, this worksheet provides a brief review of basic key terms (e.g. antibody, antigen, phagocyte, lymphocyte) followed by more open ended and challenging questions that require students to fully explain the principles of active immunity in their own words. Key words: active, immunity, phagocyte, lymphocyte, vaccination, antibody, antigen
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Aseptic technique and binary fission in bacterial cells

Aseptic technique and binary fission in bacterial cells

A starter worksheet aimed at 14-16 year old biology students, this resource provides a recap of binary fission in bacterial cells. The worksheet covers several areas including the conditions necessary for optimal growth of bacteria, calculation of how many bacteria will be produced after a given time period, aseptic technique and a final challenge question requiring students to calculate magnification of a bacterial cell diagram. An ideal resource to recap several different concepts and skills in the topic of microbiology. Key words: microbiology, bacteria, agar, aseptic, colonies, binary fission
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Biodiversity

Biodiversity

A worksheet aimed at A-Level Biology students which begins with a quiz on key word definitions (e.g. habitat, population, community, ecosystem, biotic factor, abiotic factor) and then moves on to the concept of diversity. The worksheet includes an exercise on calculating diversity index for two habitats and subsequent interpretation of results. Keywords: Biodiversity, habitat, population, biotic, abiotic, ecosystem, community, population, diversity index
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Food tests - practical instructions and worksheet activity (GCSE Biology)

Food tests - practical instructions and worksheet activity (GCSE Biology)

A resource aimed at GCSE (14-16 year old) biology students, this resource consists of a series of instructions for four food test investigations (testing for a reducing sugar, protein, starch and fat), each of which can be printed out and positioned at various locations/work stations in a laboratory. The resource also contains a worksheet for students to fill in as they complete each investigation - students should test a known sample of a food substance first in order to see for themselves the positive result/colour change before then testing an unknown mixture.
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The Action Potential and Synapse - Sequencing the Key Events

The Action Potential and Synapse - Sequencing the Key Events

A worksheet aimed at advanced biology students, this resource provides two sequencing tasks: one for the events that lead to generation of an action potential and one for the events of synaptic transmission. Both of these topics are frequently examined by most major exam boards and so this is a useful task to reinforce the factual content of these topics with students. Key words: synapse, action potential, nerve, neurone, transmission, vesicle, neurotransmitter, diffusion, depolarisation, repolarisation, refractory period
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