Structured note-sheet for your students to research major figures in the history of microbiology. I use this for extension in the Edexcel International GCSE Biology as it crosses over with Edexcel International GCSE History unit B2: Changes in Medicine. A further task for quick students is to construct a timeline on the back.
An introduction to statistics for A-level biologists. Takes the student through terms and symbols used, then puts them through several instructions on Microsoft Excel. After this students should be able to describe their data (range, median, standard deviation, etc) but this does not extend to choosing an appropriate statistical test. Takes nearly two hours with plenty of talk around the subject and examples. I recommend you try the exercise beforehand.
Structure your pupil’s arguing muscles with this pre-researched debate on Genetically Modified Organisms. I collected common arguments for both sides so all you have to do is give one list to half your pupils and the other list to the other half. 30 minute class activity.
Guide-sheet detailing how data is presented, how science is conducted, what an experiment write-up looks like; and discusses reliability, validity and accuracy. I use it for all sciences, usually after our first experiment of the year, so the student can consider specific answers to the prompting questions.
Turn your classroom into a protein factory with this activity for working out codons, transcribing DNA, and translating RNA into a polypeptide sequence. Kinaesthetic yet detailed - extra information is available for higher level candidates (5' cap, poly-A tail) but will not hinder those who don't need as much information.
Hand-drawn diagram of an apple flower and fruit - showing how one turns into the other. Activities for your students to understand flower and fruit parts, action of pollination. Light lesson-structure ideas to introduce flowers, fruits, seed distribution and dormancy.