Cell Biology Inspiration

The following links are very useful in teaching Cell Biology:

 

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: PBS Evolution Video

DarwinVideoCoverThese questions follow the NOVA video Darwin’s Dangerous Idea from the PBS Evolution series. There is a printable worksheet and answer key available in both .doc and .pdf formats. For more information about the film visit the website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/darwin/
The video is 2 hours long and is available through the PBS store or your library

I like to use this video near the beginning of our study of Evolution. In addition to discussing Evolution, the following topics become good discussions with this video:
What scientists do – the fact that in science your success is measured by what you can publish in scientific journals, and funding for your work is provided based on both your past work and your ideas
How the field of science has changed since the 1850s
The influence of religion on society and on scientific debate in that time period

Brief summary of the video:
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea takes us back in time to Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle and his work and life upon his return from that journey. It shows us about his struggle to come to terms with his findings and his fear about how to present them. The video is long but in addition to documentary-style interviews and imagery there is a fictional depiction of Darwin’s life that brings the film together.

If you would like to use my video worksheet it is available at my TPT Store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Darwins-Dangerous-Idea-PBS-Evolution-Video-Worksheet

 

Evolution Resource Inspiration

dragonflywingThe following list of websites are all related to Evolution and can be used as either teacher or student resources:

Do you have any great Evolution resources to add to this list?  Please post them in the comments and I’ll update the list!

Evolution Lecture & Note Guide

DarwinthumbThis PowerPoint presentation and student note guide handout contains 23 slides introducing Evolution and a 7-page handout for students to fill in during the lecture. I have used it with Freshmen and Sophomore Biology classes. It includes the definitions of evolution, the scientists who contributed to evolutionary theory, Darwin’s journey on the HMS Beagle, geologic change, natural selection, and evidence for evolution.

This presentation with class discussion would take 70-90 minutes in my classroom, depending on the depth of discussion. The student note guide is included as both an editable Word document and a PDF file.

handout previewThis is available at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store for a small fee: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Evolution-Lecture-Presentation-Student-Note-Guide

Photosynthesis Lecture Notes & Note Guide

Photosynthesis Sample Slide
This PowerPoint presentation and student note guide handout contains 20 slides introducing Photosynthesis and a 7-page handout for students to fill in during the lecture. I have used it with Freshmen and Sophomore Biology classes. It includes the role of photosynthesis, the conversion of light energy to chemical energy, and producers in our environment. It then describes the overall photosynthesis reaction and the highlights of the light-dependent and light-independent reactions, ending with the Calvin Cycle.

Normally this presentation with class discussion would fill a 90-minute block in my classroom.

This item is available in my TeachersPayTeachers Store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Photosynthesis-PresentationNotes page thumbnail

Photosynthesis Resources

leaf_pattern_by_ccplazza-d56m8egThe following links are photosynthesis topics that I have used in my classes:

Is there another resource that you like to use in your class?  Please share in the comments! Thanks

DNA – The Secret of Photo 51

Photo 51The NOVA video The Secret of Photo 51 is a resource that I like to use near the beginning of our study of DNA when we are learning about the structure of DNA. It is a good introduction to the work that went on in discovering the structure of DNA and also gets into ‘What Scientists Do.’

Brief summary of the video:

The Secret of Photo 51 takes us into post-World War II Europe where the race to determine the structure of DNA was heating up. The video describes what Watson and Crick were doing, but focuses on their ‘unknowing collaborator’ Rosalind Franklin. She was using X-ray diffraction techniques to analyze the structure of DNA. It is said that without knowledge of her unpublished work Watson and Crick would not have been able to determine the structure of DNA.

In addition to discussing DNA structure, the following topics become good discussions with this video:

  • What scientists do – the fact that in science your success is measured by what you can publish in scientific journals, and funding for your work is provided based on both your past work and your ideas
  • How life has changed for women scientists – Rosalind Franklin was not treated well, or as an equal, by the men that she was working with at the time
  • Scientific press vs. popular press (in terms of Watson’s book)
  • The Nobel Prize – I like to describe it as winning the Superbowl of science!

The video is 1 hour long and is available through the PBS store or your library. For more information about the film visit the PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/photo51/

I have created a video guide with questions for students to fill in as they watch this film.  If you are interested in the handout it is available through my Teacher Pay Teachers store by clicking here:  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/DNA-The-Secret-of-Photo-51-Video-Worksheet