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Category: Experiments

Macromolecules… Making Chemistry Fun Again

Okay, so you can tell by the title of this blog post I’m a biologist and not a chemist. (Chemistry teachers, please don’t send me hate mail!) Honestly, I don’t love chemistry and I don’t love teaching it. BUT, I realize how important it is for students to understand biochemistry

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Teaching the Characteristics of Life

Living? Nonliving? Dormant? Dead? Even though teaching living vs. nonliving seems very elementary, you’d be surprised by how often high school students get confused when you throw examples at them. It makes me think of this 90’s “J-E-L-L-O it’s alive!” commercial: But in all seriousness….Teaching characteristics of life is a

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Blood Type Pedigree Lab

This is one lab that you don’t want to miss! It’s easy, the materials are inexpensive (you probably already have them at home), and it ties together multiple concepts. Winner!In this lab, students will analyze a pedigree of a fictitious family. In the introduction, students read that “Jon and Sue

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Teaching pH in a snap!

pH…. one of those chemistry topics that us biology teachers get to teach. In biology I don’t make my students calculate pH and pOH values, but they need to understand what pH is and why maintaining a healthy pH in your body is so important. You may love biochemistry, or

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Everything you need to teach food chains

Is food chains up next in your curriculum? Most students learn food chains in the elementary grades, so how do you make it interesting and rigorous at the secondary level? Here are some great options: ​1. In this interactive from the BBC, students go through 3 levels and identify food chains

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Scientific Method Labs for Biology Teachers

It’s the beginning of the year, and chances are you are starting off teaching or reviewing the scientific method. If you’ve looked around on the internet for scientific method labs, you will notice that the majority are not biology related. Don’t get me wrong- building paper airplanes, measuring bubbles, and

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Teaching Natural Selection and Evolution

Natural selection is one of my favorite topics to teach. Students enter the classroom with prior misconceptions and it’s fun to have students figure out what natural selection and evolution really mean. Here is a list of my favorite natural selection and evolution activities: 1. Battle of the Beaks– This

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Summer Science Activities

IT’S SUMMER! The time we get to sleep in and relax (a little….) As a science teacher I’ve had multiple friends ask me the same question: “What science activities can I do with my kids over the summer?” I remember growing up over the summer my Mom making rock candy

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