An archive of the favorite classroom activities submitted by high school biology and life sciences teachers participating in the Access Excellence program.
- Acid Rain Research
- Students collect samples of rainfall, cloud condensation, and water that trickles
through the soil. These samples are tested for pH, conductivity, and the presence of sulfates,
nitrates, calcium, and magnesium.
- Aerobic and Anaerobic Microbe Analysis in a Subarctic Setting
- Investigating relationships between protozoa, algae and monera in freshwater,
shoreline soil, and reindeer rumen
- Amaryllis Pollination
- Understanding plant reproduction, plant anatomy, hybrids, and seed formation
- Antibiotic Production by Soil Actinomycetes
- Identification of Streptomycetes with antibiotic properties in local soil samples
- An Application of HyperCard-Based Media in the Secondary Biology Classroom
- Student-developed hypercard stacks
- Be A Nutritional Entrepreneur
- Nutrition studies based on design of a restaurant
- Biodiversity Survey - A Unit Study
- A terrestrial biodiversity survey
- Biological and Cultural Diversity of a Latin American Country
- Integration of Biology and Spanish
- Biological Succession in a Microecosystem
- A laboratory activity which helps students understand the concept of biological succession by simulating the process in a microenvironment with various microorganisms
- Biology Research Assignment
- Relating a specific aspect of biology to its current impact on the world
- Students define a biosphere on a distant planet
- Biotech in a Bag
- Students carry out a series of experiments using self-locking plastic baggies. Each experiment demonstrates a phenomenon or principle of biotechnology.
- Building an Ecosystem
- A a single aquatic ecosystem is woven through the curriculum as the students progress through science
- Building and Using a Hydroponic/Aquaculture System in the Classroom
- The title says it all!
- Campus Habitat Improvement Plan
- Students work to improve a plot of land
- Cell Respiration - A Computer Based Laboratory
- Using sensors and computers/calculators in the study of respiration
- Collaboration via Slime Mold
- Using a slime mold as a focus, students pull together the skills and concepts that they have developed to ask a simple question which can be answered on a petri plate
- Consider the Issues
- Incorporating personal and societal issues into a science curriculum
- Criminalistics in the Classroom
- Forensics in the classroom
- Cross/Cultural Sister Watershed Unit
- In depth examination and comparison of 2 major rivers and watersheds
- Designing a Tropical Reserve System
- Examining the complexity of resource, land use, and conservation decisions
- Designer Seeds
- Students enjoy the challenge of the seed structure design component of this activity
and become very competitive as they seek to create a seed that will travel farthest.
- DNA Biotechnology
- Simulations of restriction enzyme activity and gel electrophoresis
- DNA Detectives
- The question this lab helps students answer is:
How is DNA manipulated and analyzed as
forensic evidence? More to the point: 'Who
- DNA Dry Lab
- A lab which illustrates how the order of nucleotides in DNA determines the order of amino acids in proteins.
- DNA Jewelry Models
- Using beads to construct a model of DNA
- Developing a Pedigree of a Family Tree
- A project designed to help students answer questions about how the study of genetics can be directly related to their own families.
- Diffusion & Osmosis with Data Analysis
- An activity to help students understand the essential principles governing diffusion and osmosis
- Digestive System, a Kinesthetic Lesson
- Two parallel strips of tape on the floor 3-4 feet apart and width of classroom represent the digestive tract.
- Dinosaur Paleontology
- Using fossil records to gain an understanding of the life history of dinosaurs
- In this lab you will experience how dolphins and other echolocating animals use their senses to locate and identify objects with out using their sense of sight
- The Effects of Water Quality on the Growth Rate of Freshwater Mussels
- Students will participate in a field and laboratory study to determine if local freshwater mussels are environmentally stressed.
- Endosymbiosis: A Friend Within
- A hands on activity that can be used for review/reinforcement of the ecological principle
- Environmental Report for Marine or Limnological Studies
- In-depth environmental analysis of selected study area
- Evolutionstechnik or Selection and Variation in the Egyptian Origami Bird
- Laboratory exercise simulating evolution
- Fantastic Voyage
- Create various "ports of call" on a voyage through human organs!
- Feeding Facilitation: A lesson in Evolution and Sociobiology
- Linking behavior to biochemical and physiological processes
- Food Forensics: A Case of Mistaken Identity
- This lesson is a summary of a mini-unit put together by myself and five other St.
Louis area teachers during a summer internship in immunology.
- Form and Function in the Marine Environment
- Demonstrating the relationship of form and function in the marine environment
- Genetic Ethics Debate
- Students select topics relating to bioethical questions which they research and debate
- Genetic Health Forum (G.H.F.)
- A week long activity in preparation for a group presentation on a human genetic condition
- Genetically Engineered Food AD
- How has biotechnology been used to improve the quality of food available today?
- Graphing Toad/Frog Respiration
- Need we say more?
- Grasshopper Mark and Recapture (GMR)
- Students estimate the density of a population of insects (grasshoppers) at a
given life cycle stage in a given type of habitat.
- Groundwater Unit Outline with Culminating Project
- Collection and anaysis of well water
- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow....?
- Understanding the effects of an introduced species on the population of native species
- How Fast Do Ants Go?
- Ant observations are used to explain key concepts in biology
- A Human Population Study
- Using local newspapers to compile set of vital statistics for analysis
- Introduction to Human Genetics
- Human differences and similarity comparisons
- It's Those Annoying CAG Repeats! A Huntington's Disease Pedigree Using Direct Genetic Testing
- Role-playing to understand this genetic disease
- Laboratory Explorations in Biology
- A long-term research project for students
- Learning in Cockroaches
- Do cockroaches resond to positive stimuli?
- Life from Non-Life? A Quantitative Determination
- Students defend what "living" means
- Making Connections - ("What You Can Do To Help Stop Global Climate Change")
- Greenhouse effects...conservation of resources
- Mussel Your Way Through Photosynthesis
- Using zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), elodea and an indicator dye, to study
the role of light in photosynthesis
- Natural Resource Management Course Outline
- "Tech Prep" biology with a career pathway in resource management/land management.
- Not Just a Bag of Beans
- Student determination of the types of natural selection and variation that exists in a population, using beans
- Operation Mexfly
- Students gather data in the lab and participate in class Town Meeting
- Organs for Christmas
- Students prepare "Christmas cards" which describe the functions of human organ
- Organs to Go...
- This activity will help students understand the principles of experimental design and reinforce the steps of the scientific method.
- Our Food and Microorganisms
- A series of activities that help students answer questions about how microorganisms can affect our food supply and how they can be controlled
- Partnership in Science Education
- A scientific and cultural exchange with high schools around the world
- Patterns in Nature
- Students will research patterns in nature which illustrate biological and
- Pesticides And The Environment
- The word "pesticide" encompasses many different chemicals which include
herbicides for killing plants, insecticides for killing insects, and fungicides for killing
fungi. Increasing concerns about human health have made people reluctant to ingest
pesticides along with their food.
- Pressure, Force, Muscles and Massage
- Our body is constantly being subjected to external forces. The relation between force
and pressure is straightforward. The more force that is exerted, the greater the
pressure. But the effect of area on pressure is somewhat more subtle. A proper
understanding of the concept of pressure is essential to an understanding of most areas
- Protein Biochemistry: Evidence for Charged Amino Acids in Proteins
- Biosensor probes are used to examine the properties of casein
- Remember to Stop and Smell the Roses: Olfaction and its Relationship to Memory
- Students explain in anatomical terms why memory and olfaction are so closely related
- Simulated Search For A Disease Gene
- Restriction digests and electrophoresis lab
- Singing in Biology
- So Whose Cow is in the Field?
- An original activity designed to stimulate an understanding of genetics in the rural classroom.
- A Stream Ecosystem in the Classroom
- Can a stream be built in a classroom?
- String Cells
- Construction of a cell model, companion poster and a travel brochure!
- Student Cancer Journals -- Personal Reflections and Research on Life and Death Issues
- How do concepts learned in the study of mitosis, biochemistry and cell biology help when making life or death decisions?
- Student Internship Program
- Students keep a daily journal describing their experiences during their 30 hour volunteer internship programs
- Student Research, Tropical Style!
- A field trip to a tropical location is used to help students examine the process of scientific research.
- Students Exploring Cyberspace (SECs) Project
- Project SECs allows biology and social studies students to study AIDS and other current topics in a multinational, interdisciplinary fashion.
- Studying a Piece of an Ecosystem
- Students identify the components of an ecosystem, and how the biotic and abiotic
factors interact with each other.
- Summer Science Career Camp
- A one day camp at school to prepare students for careers
- Surveying and Assessing the Environmental Compatibility of a Building Construction Site
- Students examine an area of land and assess its suitability for construction
- Term Paths
- How can anatomical directions and terms be applied?
- The Coast
- Students explore the unique ecosystems and culture found along the Georgia coast
and the Georgia barrier islands
- The Physiological Tolerance of Two Species of Protozoans
- Examining the differences in pH tolerance between the two species and relating these differences to their respective niches.
- Tobacco and Organisms
- Measuring the physiological response to tobacco
- Travel Brochure for a Cell
- An alternative to cell models to help students understand cell organelles and
- Underwater Hide and Seek
- Students explain why color patterns that are easy to see above water may be difficult to detect under water
- Unit Outline for Environmental Study
- Environmental field studies
- The Upper Palouse Restoration Project
- Introducing the Scientific Method
Using Techniques for Field Data
Collection and Analysis
- Using Bubbles to Explore Membranes
- A hands-on activity that simulates cell membrane structure and function
- Utilization of Veterinarian's Spare Parts
- Student analysis of animal organs
- Vegetative Propagation Project
- In this project students successfully start new plants by various means of vegetative propagation.
- What the Sun Can Do
- How do changes in the ozone level affect the environment?
- Where's the CAT? A DNA Profiling Simulation
- DNA "fingerprinting" for the high school classroom