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Bioscience Rocks is a shop that specialises in resources for A-Level Biology and Applied Science students. The resources include a range of activities, starters, worksheets and powerpoints, all of which have been used successfully with students of a wide range of abilities. The author is a National Expert Teacher of Science (awarded by National Science Learning Centre) and also a National Space Academy Lead Educator with a long track record of producing high quality educational resources.

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Bioscience Rocks is a shop that specialises in resources for A-Level Biology and Applied Science students. The resources include a range of activities, starters, worksheets and powerpoints, all of which have been used successfully with students of a wide range of abilities. The author is a National Expert Teacher of Science (awarded by National Science Learning Centre) and also a National Space Academy Lead Educator with a long track record of producing high quality educational resources.
The Phosphorous Cycle - Draw It!
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The Phosphorous Cycle - Draw It!

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

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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
Counting bacterial colonies on an agar plate
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Counting bacterial colonies on an agar plate

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This worksheet is aimed at either GCSE or A-Level students studying microbiology. The worksheet is an ideal lesson starter to use following preparation and incubation of agar plates that have been inoculated with bacteria (from unpasteurised milk in this example, but easily adaptable for any other source of bacteria). The worksheet introduces the idea of binary fission and the concept of a visible colony being made of many thousands of individual bacterial cells. The worksheet also includes an activity on counting bacterial colonies and estimating numbers based on dilutions that would set students up well for a subsequent lesson where they did this activity using their own agar plates. Key words: Agar, bacteria, colony, estimate, milk, pasteurisation, binary fission
Hypothermia/Hyperthermia & Endotherms /Ectotherms
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Hypothermia/Hyperthermia & Endotherms /Ectotherms

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A worksheet aimed at advanced biology students which concisely deals with the causes and mechanisms of hypothermia and hyperthermia. The worksheet concludes by looking at how endotherms and ectotherms regulate body temperature. Both sections of the worksheet include questions that help students to build their understanding withe reference to graphical displays of core temperature for each scenario. Key words: temperature, hypothermia, hyperthermia, endotherm, ectotherm
Codominance questions
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Codominance questions

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A worksheet aimed at advanced biology students, this resource consists of eight questions that focus on both multiple alleles and codominance. The examples chosen include fur colour in cats, hair colour in cattle and the appearance of the (fictional) American Bigfoot! A good resource to use as either a starter or plenary exercise to test understanding of either codominance or multiple alleles and phenotypic ratios. Key words: genetics, phenotype, codominance, multiple alleles, monohybrid
Amino acids
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Amino acids

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Worksheet starter task to recap the basics of amino acid structure
Starter task - mitosis (GCSE AQA Biology)
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Starter task - mitosis (GCSE AQA Biology)

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A worksheet starter task aimed at GCSE (14-16 year old) biology students. The worksheet consists of six questions related to the topic of mitosis whereby students are required to sort diagrams showing different stages of cell division and describe key events.
Calculating magnification, diagram size and real size
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Calculating magnification, diagram size and real size

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A worksheet aimed at advanced biology students, this resource contains a number of exercises that require students to make measurements from diagrams and calculate magnification. The exercises also require changing the subject of the magnification formula to work out real size of cells and using a scale bar to calculate magnification. Finally. there are questions about the nature of magnification and resolution and the electron microscope.
Enzyme inhibitors starter/plenary
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Enzyme inhibitors starter/plenary

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A worksheet that can serve as either a starter or plenary review of competitive and non-competitive inhibitors. The worksheet ends with a review of end-product inhibition - often missed by students when they revise this topic. Key words: enzyme, inhibitor, active site, competitive, non-competitive, end-product To view more resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/cmrcarr
AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 1 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)
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AQA Biology Advanced Level Year 1 Personal Learning Checklist (PLC)

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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
Photosynthesis - the Hill Reaction. Evidence for the light dependent reaction.
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Photosynthesis - the Hill Reaction. Evidence for the light dependent reaction.

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A resource aimed at advanced biology students, this worksheet contains a practical schedule for the Hill reaction - a classic practical investigation which provides evidence for the light dependent reactions of photosynthesis. The worksheet contains practical instructions, tables for students to complete with their observations and a list of follow up questions that probes understanding of both the experimental procedure and importance of controls plus the background biochemical theory. The experiment is simple to set up (I recommend using spinach leaves) and straightforward to perform making it an ideal practical to add to what can otherwise be a fairly 'dry' topic. Key words: Hill reaction, NADP, light dependent reaction, light independent reaction, photosynthesis, chloroplast, cells, DCPIP, reduction, colour, expeirment, investigation, control
Continuous versus discontinuous variation
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Continuous versus discontinuous variation

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A resource aimed at 14-18 year old biology students, this worksheet is useful as a starter or plenary exercise comparing continuous and discontinuous variation. The worksheet requires students to identify which traits fall into which category and considers the classic normal distribution curve shown by continuously variable characteristics. For more able students, the worksheet includes a section on using standard deviation to predict the percentage of the population that would occupy certain ranges. Key words: continuous, variation, discontinuous, genetics, monogenic, polygenic
On the hunt for stem cells!
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On the hunt for stem cells!

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An activity aimed at GCSE biology (age 14-16) students on the topic of stem cells. The activity includes a powerpoint presentation and a questionnaire word document. The powerpoint can be printed out on separate sheets of A4 and posted around the classroom for students to find - each slide has a suitable image together with clear explanatory text. The questionnaire matches the slides and so students can then match the answer to the relevant question. In terms of delivery, students can be paired up after they complete the activity and asked to verbally test each other on their knowledge of stem cells, checking that the information gathered has been understood. This can then lead into a whole class teacher-led discussion using the powerpoint slides to summarise the topic and check responses to each question. The activity includes coverage of the nature of stem cells, embryonic versus adult stem cells, IVF, uses of stem cells, ethical issues, tissue culture and medical treatments that are possible using stem cell therapy.
Cardiac Cycle - Interpreting pressure change graphs
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Cardiac Cycle - Interpreting pressure change graphs

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A resource aimed at Advanced Biology students, this worksheet provides a list of questions related to understanding the events of the cardiac cycle. The questions focus on the characteristic pressure change graph that shows AV valves and semi-lunar valves opening and closing as pressure of blood between artery, atria and ventricles changes. Students often struggle to articulate the difference in pressure as the cause of valves opening and closing; these questions will help to reinforce key concepts. Key words: artery, ventricle, atria, semi-lunar, atrio-ventricular, pressure
Gene therapy research task
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Gene therapy research task

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A worksheet aimed at advanced biology students, this resource provides a research task for students to understand the principles, mechanisms and applications of gene therapy. The worksheet includes a series of prompts/questions and also provides several weblinks to online resources. Key words: gene therapy, vector, disease, virus, liposome, cancer, somatic, germ line, gametes
What am I? Ecology quiz
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What am I? Ecology quiz

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A quiz that asks students to give the correct word that matches each description. Useful as a recap of key vocabulary. The worksheet also contains an extension question based on quadrat sampling where students are asked to calculate population density of a plant species.
Christmas Science Experiment - Diffusion
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Christmas Science Experiment - Diffusion

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An activity aimed at either 7-10 year olds (simply do the activity described on the first two pages and ask students to describe their observations) or 11-14 year old students(ask students to complete the worksheet of questions on diffusion), this resource provides a really engaging way of of showing students the phenomenon of diffusion in a quick, simple, creative and edible way! Students are tasked with creating a simple picture or image on a plate using vegetable oil and a drinking straw. Skittle sweets/candy are then added to each area of the image and water is added. The colours from the skittle sweets/candy will start to diffuse and spread across the plate, colouring the image in. The colours are prevented from running into each other by the lines of oil. The activity provides a great way of discussing key questions such as why the colours are spreading, why are some colours spreading faster than others, what effect different temperature water has on the rate of spread of the colour and why oil stops the colours from spreading any further. Most importantly though, the investigation is a FUN science activity tailored to Christmas! The resource includes: Instruction sheet with diagrams, question worksheet for 11-14 year olds and various templates designs for Christmas pictures Key words: diffusion, colour, art, christmas, santa, holly, reindeer, fun, skittles, spread, investigation
Dihybrid cross questions with modified ratios
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Dihybrid cross questions with modified ratios

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A resource aimed at advanced biology students, this worksheet provides some more unusual examples of dihybrid cross genetics including malvidin production in primrose, kernel colour in wheat and fruit colour in squash; all students will be aware of the classic 9:3:3:1 ratio, but they can often struggle when other factors such as codominance are included in the question. This resource is ideal stretch and challenge material for more able students once they have mastered the basics of the dihybrid cross. It is also ideal preparation for the more challenging questions on this topic favoured by most exam boards. Keywords: dihybrid, ratio, cross, genetics
Aseptic technique
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Aseptic technique

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A resource suitable for use with both GCSE and A-Level students as a lesson starter, this worksheet provides an account of aseptic technique from an instruction manual; after each step in the instructions, students are required to comment on the reasons why each technique or precaution is necessary. A useful exercise to use at the beginning or an investigation involving microbiology. Key words: aseptic, bacteria, agar, contamination
Lung disorders and disease - Fick's Law
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Lung disorders and disease - Fick's Law

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This resource is aimed at A-Level Biology students and lists the mechanisms behind each of four different lung diseases and disorders: asthma, tuberculosis, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. As well as being a useful collection of revision notes in itself, the task here is for students to explain how each of these diseases causes a reduced tolerance to exercise - this is often asked in exam questions and requires students to apply their knowledge of Fick's Law. Each disease will impact on surface area, concentration gradient and/or thickness of exchange surface thereby reducing the rate of diffusion; the challenge is for students to explain this