Biochemistry Teacher Resources

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Biodiversity begins at the molecular level. When biology pupils complete this worksheet, they will explore a variety of organic compounds that are necessary for life. Six short-answer questions and a chart of the functional groups are to be completed. You will find this most beneficial to add to your biology curriculum at the advanced high-school or college levels. 
College-level biologists describe ions and van der Waals forces. They identify parts of amino acid chains on diagrams and describe the chains in a checklist. In a second section, learners compare prokaryotic to eukaryotic cells and then match organelles with their functions or characteristics. Finally, they mark portions of a sequence of amino acids that are expected to be transmembrane regions. This is an ideal assignment to give as a unit review.
Two presentations are contained in this resource designed to give biology learners a foundational understanding of chemistry. The first journeys through the basics: atomic structure, the periodic table, isotopes, and valance electrons. The second differentiates types of chemical bonds and demonstrates how to balance equations. Although the focus is chemistry, understanding is critical to studying life processes. Consider adding this to your high school biology curriculum.
After watching an engaging 13-minute video about the colorless blood of icefish, future ichthyologists examine icefish blood and non-icefish blood (blood samples are simulated with Karo syrup mixtures) to determine advantages of different blood viscosities in fish, depending on their habitat. This is designed as a demonstration, but could work well as a group activity. The included extension has pupils designing an experiment to represent their findings. Additional lesson plans are also available.
Sickle cell disease only occurs when both parents contribute the trait, and mostly in those of African descent. Where did it come from? How did it evolve? Tony Allison, a molecular biologist, noticed a connection between sickle cell and immunity against malaria when he was working in East Africa in the 1950s. Follow his story on natural selection and evolution with this note-worthy film. Accompany it with your choice of lessons or activities provided by the publisher.
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few in-depth lesson plans and hands-on activities to use with your biology classes when studying natural selection or heredity.
In this cellular biology exam, learners answer 134 multiple choice questions about cellular structure, reproduction, genetics, and microbiology of organisms. This exam is printable and the answers are available.
In the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, some tiny creatures show just how quickly natural selection can turn a mutation into an advantageous adaptation. Watch a video about rock pocket mice, who show that one small change can make all the difference in survival when the landscape changes drastically. After watching the video, high schoolers take a look at the Hardy-Weinberg theorem, perform some calculations regarding the frequency of heterozygous genotypes in the rock pocket mouse population, and answer some short analysis questions. 
A dynamic, three-part feature explores what caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. Computer animations, interviews, and on-site footage from around the world divulge evidence that it was the K-T Asteroid. The fascinating film comes along with lesson plans, film guides, laboratory activities, and even a PowerPoint presentation to make this a thorough exploration in natural history, and it provides several options that you can choose from.
Discuss how diseases have impacted human history. Divide your class into groups and assign each group one of the following: tuberculosis, malaria, plague, cholera, smallpox, and AIDS. They read up on, complete a concept map, and present to the rest of the class their assigned disease. Afterward, they create artwork and write a paragraph about it. This could be used in a life science class when studying microbiology as a way to demonstrate how it impacts society and as a way to incorporate history, writing, and art into your curriculum. 
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest lactose. Scientists look at the DNA and the history of two cultures that might explain why. Follow the video with one of the accompanying lab activities in which biochemistry learners measure glucose changes over time after adding lactose (milk) to simulated intestinal fluid samples (lactase solution). This is a thick and creamy lesson!
Though it isn't a novel activity to prepare onion cell and Elodea plant cell slides as examples of cells in a microbiology unit, this resource will leave you thoroughly prepared. As pupils examine the slides that they prepare, they draw what they see. The lesson is part of a larger comprehensive unit on microbes that you will definitely want to consider.
In an introductory activity, youngsters take a pre-assessment quiz, get a grasp of a gram of mass, and then estimate the mass of microorganisms that live within a human body. Using Glo Germ™, a material that allows you to simulate the passing of germs by hands, mini microbiologists get an ultraviolet view of the importance of hand washing. To close, small groups construct a concept map of what they have learned, one that will be added to throughout the unit. A wonderful kick-start to a unit that is a whole new world!
Life science learners need to be able to use a microscope. With this comprehensive resource, they first experience how lenses and magnification work, and then get familiar with using a compound microscope. Tremendous background information, detailed set-up and procedure instructions, and even a video that acts as a teaching guide, work together to thoroughly prepare you to implement this classic and vital lesson. 
Following directions from a colorful slide preparation card, beginning biologists examine three different live microorganisms: bacteria, yeast, and paramecia. This is not an unusual activity to do with your class, but if you are doing it for the first time or need a refresher, the lesson plan is so well-written that you will have no questions. Just make sure to order your live specimens early enough to have them on time.
Small groups of life science learners look at Allison's symptoms and discuss a diagnosis. They use a chart of illnesses and draw symptom clues from an envelope to determine what illness she has. A lesson plan like this gives children an opportunity to role-play and practice critical thinking skills. 
Students perform an experiment in which they test foods for the presence of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. They identify the molecular structure of each type of biomolecule and then discuss how biomolecules relate to nutrition and health.
You're not going to find lesson plans any better than those that are produced by The Washington Post. This one is all about insects, and it's a fabulous lesson! It's packed with terrific teaching ideas, student worksheets, website links, extension activities, and a wealth of information about the world of insects for your learners to absorb. Observing and classifying insects are the two main thrusts of th lesson.
Winogradsky columns are ideal for observing the role of bacteria and other microorganisms in an ecosystem. This student activity guide is complete with data tables for observations and analysis questions for processing what was observed. There is an accompanying lecture series, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future that can be used with high school or college biology classes.
A multi-faceted lesson immerses AP biologists into the world of the stem cell. Using PowerPoint presentations, you introduce your class to diabetes and the possibility of finding cures through stem cell research. Online animations and hands-on simulation activity provide experience reading microarrays. A card game is also suggested as a way to review material learned. Take the time to examine all of the resources built into this tremendous biology curriculum package, beginning with the Teacher Materials PDF document.

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