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Examples of Biology Lessons

These model biology lessons are provided to guide teachers in the development of their own lessons. All illustrate the 5E instructional format and are designed to incorporate technology or methodology for designing and/or completing investigations. They can be used as shown or can be modified to suit a particular group of students. A complete list of materials required, along with specific procedures, are provided with each. More lessons will be added to this site as they are developed.

Model Lessons  Core Learning Goals Description
The Copper Basin Problem 1.1 - 1.5 and 3.5, 3.6 The Copper Basin in Tennessee provides a real-world setting for students to investigate an important biological issue - the effect of strip-mining on the environment. Students design and complete investigations that illustrate the interdependence of living organisms within the biosphere.
Developed by: Sue Gray, High School Biology Teacher, Westlake High School, Charles County, Maryland
Regulation of an Enzyme 1.1 - 1.7 and 3.1, 3.2 Students use CBL technology to determine the correlation between enzyme structure and function. Students discover the significance of temperature, pH, and concentration on the ability of an enzyme to function.
Developed by: Michelle Thornton, High School Biology Teacher, Linganore High School, Frederick County, Maryland
Oysters 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7 and 3.2, 3.5, 3.6 The issue of oyster decline in the Chesapeake Bay provides a framework for students to investigate the anatomy and physiology of the oyster. Students interact with real data and images to explore the relationship between the oyster and its biotic and abiotic environment.
Developed by: J. Adam Frederick, Jackie Takacs, Dan Jacobs, Maryland Sea Grant