High School biology lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for biology, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

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Evolution

Evolution

This is for a 100 minute lesson, but there are two tasks which could be split over two 50 min lessons. The Timeline Poster is one activity and the Darwin text based activity is the second activity. The text may be too textual for low ability or low reading age students, my low reading age group had an LSA and they were ACE!

By biscuitcrumbs

KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

Get £3 FREE to use in my shop. Enter code MEGA-MARCH at www.tes.com/redeem**This resource has been recommended by the TES Resource Team** *UPDATED JANUARY 2017* Added a crossword puzzle with answers.This resource pack will get your learners thinking about electricity and electric circuits. It includes:• A lucid and logical 69-slide PowerPoint which includes many visual aids. The slides are thoughtfully animated (not over-animated) to allow opportunities for learners to participate and promote class discussions.• Seven pages of interactive notes (scaffolded notes). These notes fit perfectly with the presentation. I find this activity keeps lower-level students engaged during the lessons while allowing differentiation for higher achievers. • A crossword (with answers), some homework questions and a quiz.**Just print and go! Or customize to fit the needs of your class.**Learning objectives covered in this resources are listed below.• By the end of these lessons, pupils should know:1. that electricity is a form of energy.2. that current electricity can be produced from cells, batteries or the mains3. that there are a range of appliances in the home, which use electricity.4. that we can represent components by symbols. 5. that current electricity flows in conductors but not in insulators.6. that a complete path is needed from one side of the battery to the other for electricity to flow.7. how a switch works.8. that there are two types of circuit, series and parallel.9. that current is measured in Amps. 10. that current is measured using an ammeter. 11. how to connect and use an ammeter.12. that in a series circuit, the current is the same all the way round the circuit.13. that in a parallel circuit, the current is shared but not lost or used up. 14. that the current in a series circuit depends upon the number and type of components used. 15. that a battery is a store of electrical energy.16. that voltage is a measure of the amount of energy or push given to the current.17. that more cells in series equals more voltage. 18. that the effect of voltage upon current and bulb brightness.19. that an electric current causes a wire to become hot. .20. that the bigger the current, the higher the temperature of the wire.21. that if too much current flows, the wire will melt.Hope you find it useful. Your feedback is much appreciated.

By sciencecorner

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KS3 - Lesson 6 - Puberty

KS3 - Lesson 6 - Puberty

Lesson on puberty with video links to click on. There are two PowerPoint attached - higher and lower. Hope this is useful.

By MissAli87

Specialised Cells

Specialised Cells

This is an introductory lesson into specialised cells. Pupils have the task of identifying the roles of different individuals and then the task of identifying the role of 8 different specialised cells. They have to join the dots to create a diagram for each cell and correctly match the definition to each cell. This resource pack includes differentiated worksheets and the Moo or False plenary. Pupils love this activity!

By TeachElite

Combined Science Practical workshop

Combined Science Practical workshop

This is a workshop we did with students to go through some key concepts when relating to variables and planning and evaluating practicals with the new GCSE curriculum. We finish each workshop with a kahoot quiz that has been made specifically for the Combined Science curriculum, including a mixture of questions of Bio, Chem and Physics.

By kelly210188

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Preventing and treating disease: vaccination, antibiotics and painkillers, discovering and developing drugs, making and using monoclonal antibodies

Preventing and treating disease: vaccination, antibiotics and painkillers, discovering and developing drugs, making and using monoclonal antibodies

A lesson sequence for the NEW AQA GCSE Biology specification on Preventing and Treating disease. Lessons included are:6.1 Vaccination6.2 Antibiotics and painkillers6.3 Discovering drugs6.4 Developing drugs6.5 Making monoclonal antibodies6.6 Using monoclonal antibodiesAll PowerPoint presentations include pupil activities to achieve each learning objective and fully integrated answers so you do not have to spend the time to develop your own mark schemes/answers to each task.

By MEst

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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 8 Topic 20 Gene expression

AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 8 Topic 20 Gene expression

Complete set of PowerPoints, bespoke student class notes, any additional resources and marks schemes for (approximately) six 1.5 hour lessons covering Year 2 topic no. 20 Gene Expression. These resources have taken several hours to develop and are offered here for a bargain, considering the amount of work that has gone into producing them. In this bundle, the class notes, PowerPoints and all other resources are fully editable to suit your style of teaching. They make reference to, and may require students to access both the Toole & Toole and AQA A Level Biology Student Book 2 (Lowrie & Smith) for some independent study. If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis DNA chromosomes

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis DNA chromosomes

PowerPoint reviewing the basics of DNA, how it differs between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the structure of a chromosome (unpicking the differences between chromosomes and chromatids), haploid/diploid terminology and what homologous chromosomes are. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material. This also has a video embedded which introduces the fateful encounter hypothesis, but then uses the video to ask the students to think about the structure of mitochondrial DNA. The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 2 Triplet code

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 2 Triplet code

PowerPoint reviewing the basics of DNA, and what is a gene. Then goes on to the triplet code and introduces the terms, degenerate, non-overlapping and universal. It then goes on to consider how we understand it is a triplet code, and not a singlet or doublet code. It also requires students to use the codon table and gets them to think about using the complement of the DNA nucleotides (in mRNA) to determine the amino acid sequence. This also has a video embedded which answers the question - what percentage of the human genome are introns? Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material. The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 4 Transcription

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 4 Transcription

PowerPoint detailing transcription and splicing. Also included is a student version you can upload to your VLE, which doesn't contain all the answers. There's an introduction to transcription and translation, focusing on the locations where these occur and then a few short animations to show transcription. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material (i.e. drawing a labelled amino acid). The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis RNA structure

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis RNA structure

PowerPoint detailing the structure of mRNA and tRNA. Really focuses on the correct use of terminology in this lesson, and the students ability to use the codon table. There's a short quiz at the end. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material. The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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Year 7 - Cells Topic - Human Biology

Year 7 - Cells Topic - Human Biology

Hi All, Within this bank of 'ready to go' resources you will find a full scheme of differentiated power points for Human Biology in year 7 in addition some worksheets that I feel are very useful. Please give them a go, any feedback is welcome as always.ThanksJ

By jack_cooper1991

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 5 Translation

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 5 Translation

PowerPoint detailing translation, with a card sort activity that students can use to learn the process, but also figure out the missing words. Also included is a student version you can upload to your VLE, which doesn't contain all the answers. There's a quick quiz to recap the structures of DNA, tRNA and mRNA and a recap on transcription and splicing. There's short animation to show translation, but this does include the presence of a release factor (which is not in the spec). Also, it contains information about amino acid activation, which you can of course remove if you would like. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material (i.e. drawing a labelled amino acid). The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity 2 Meiosis

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity 2 Meiosis

A lot of work has gone into this, hence the price! PowerPoint detailing meiosis along with a few card sort activities. Although students do not need to know the stages of meiosis, I use this an an opportunity to recap mitosis and to think about the differences between mitosis and meiosis, and the differences between meiosis 1 and meiosis 2. I have the cards printed on different colours, corresponding to those on the PPT background for meiosis 1 & 2. Crssing over and independent segregation are also detailed with animations and non-disjunction is also considered. There's 10 questions near the end of the PPT, which are on the worksheet for this lesson (available separately on TES), but the answers are provided here. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material (i.e. mitosis, DNA, haploid, diploid terminology, etc). The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity 1 Mutations

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity 1 Mutations

PowerPoint introducing the topic and detailing gene mutations at AS level. Contains a few chances for students to use the codon table to identify the amino acid sequences. Sickle cell anaemia is used as an example of a genetic mutation and where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material (i.e. drawing a labelled amino acid). The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.

By andrew.m.oldfield

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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity 4 Selection

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity 4 Selection

PowerPoint on selection at AS level, Includes an introduction to the work of Florey, Chain and Heatley on the development of penicillin and links this to (earlier year 1 material about) prokaryotes. There's a card sort activity, which students match up with numbers associated with images of antibiotic resistance which is used to and illustrate directional selection. Stabilising selection is exemplified by human birth weights. The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic. There's also a very quick meiosis quiz included for a recap.

By andrew.m.oldfield

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity

AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 9: Genetic diversity

Complete set of PowerPoints, bespoke student class notes, any additional resources and marks schemes for (approximately) four 1.5 hour lessons covering Year 1 topic no. 9 genetic diversity. These resources have taken several hours to develop and are offered here for a bargain, considering the amount of work that has gone into producing and perfecting them. In this bundle, the class notes, PowerPoints and all other resources are fully editable to suit your style of teaching. They make reference to, and may require students to access both the Toole & Toole and AQA AS Level Biology Student Book (Lowrie & Smith) for some independent study. If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help.

By andrew.m.oldfield

Stem Cells - word map

Stem Cells - word map

Stem Cells - word map. Support students to understand the term/summarise the keyword. Particularly useful with SEN students.

By schandler1