Biology Lesson Plan Menu                                              


Developed in 2012

Effects of Nitrates and and Phosphates on Aquatic Ecosystems (Grades 6-8)

Introduction to Stem Cells (Grades 9 & 10)

Trees Tell a Story (Grades 3-5)

What Are Some Ethical Issues Regarding Genetic Engineering? (Grades 9 & 10)

What are the Reactants and Products in the Process of Photosynthesis? (Grades 9 & 10)

Who Dunnit? Modeling the Use of DNA Evidence in Crime Solving (Grades 8 & 9)


  • Developed in 2011

    Atlantic Sea Scallop Dredge Design Challenge (Grades 9 & 10)

    The Cell Cycle and Mitosis (Grades 8 & 9)

    Conducting Action Research on the Impact of Environmental Issues on Community Health (Grades 9 & 10)

    Genetic Mutations (Grades (9 & 10)

    Kidney Dissection (Grades 9 & 10)

    Lifesaver Protein Modeling (Grades 9 - 12)


    Developed in 2010

    Genetic Variation (Grades 9 & 10)

    Investigating Factors That Affect Rate of Enzyme Action (Grades 9 & 10)

    Micropipette and the Metric System (Grades 9 & 10)

    Interactive Meiosis (Grades 9 & 10)

    Modeling Protein Structure

    Thinking Like a Scientist (Grades 9 & 10)

    Understanding Kidney Disease (Grades 3-5)

    Whose Brain is THAT?!


    Developed in 2009

    Bacterial Transformation

    Blood Analysis

    Blood, I Presume?

    Concept Mapping

    DNA Extraction From Living Things

    Investigating Factors That Affect Cell Membrane Permeability

    Lets Grow Some Microbes!

    Sheep Brain Dissection


    Developed in 2008

    Amino acids and protein

    Amoeba this!!!! Amoeba that!!!!

    Bacteria and basic experimental design

    Coral reefs endangered

    Genetics and molecular biology

    Hormone-induced plant propagation lab using carrot root cultures

    How does a pedigree help us to trace a trait that is inherited?

    Restriction digest + DNA comparison

    Using Cytochrome-C to explore evolutionary relationships

    What is pH?


    Developed in 2007

    An introduction to inquiry and field work using the Winogradsky column

    Celebrex on trial: A case study for science research

    How do we culture bacterial colonies and prepare them for identification?

    Identifying mitochondrial inheritance in a budding Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells acking (Serine/Threonine Phosphatase) PTC1

    La! Crime Investigation Unit - Where did Tony drown? Was it an accident?

    Natural selection

    Stimulating inquiry thinking skills and strengthening laboratory skills

    Using sexual reproduction in yeast to illustrate the advantages of sexual reproduction

    Water and surface tension


    Developed in 2006

    Beta Thallassemia and genetic counseling

    Identifying disease genes using BLAST (Basic logic alignment search tool)

    Infectous disease case study Part II

    Inside the Cranium: Neuropsychiatric Disorders

    Introduction to the immune response

    Labs on a chip

    Polymerase chain reaction activity

    Stimulating inquiry thinking skills and strengthening laboratory skills

    The process of mitosis

    Transformation with a firefly gene

    Using VNTR analysis to identify guilt in at a crime scene

    What repair proteins are expressed in C-ferns after exposure to varying amounts of UV radiation?


    Developed in 2005

    Are proteins expressed during different developmental stages of C. elegans?

    Gel electrophoresis simulation

    How is the genetic code ultimately translated into a protein?

    Infectious disease study Part I

    Molecular structure of proteins

    Natural selection

    Sexual selection in the animal kingdom

    What is the anatomy of the visual system?

    What proof is there to support biological evolution?


    Developed in 2004

    Anticodons and amino acids game

    Cell size changes

    Do detergents containing enzymes really perform better than those lacking enzymes?

    Feed me Seymour or How to tend to your man-eating plant

    How are the eyes of different organisms adapted for sight?

    How can we use kitchen electrophoresis to learn about gel electrophoresis?

    How do we use scientific inquiry to solve the world’s problems?


    Struggle for existence and population growth in aphids

    The effects of ultra-violet light on yeast


    What is the purpose of Karyotyping?

    Why is excretion necessary for life?


    Developed in 2003

    Assessment of protein function through the use of gene knockouts in mammalian cell culture

    Cell swelling and shrinking

    Design your own biological experiment

    DNA Activities

    Experimental design and the scientific method: Every breath you take

    How do cells reproduce?

    How do we generate a large amount of a specific DNA sample?

    How do white blood cells fight foreign organisms that invade our body?

    The Tragedy of the Commons

    What are most recent developments in animal and human cloning?

    The Wonderful World of Yeast


    Developed in 2002

    Antibiotic resistance in E. coli

    Do different types of orange juice contain the same amounts of vitamin C?

    How can gel-electrophoresis help in the identification of a DNA sample?

    Identifying food nutrients

    Introducing the concept of Medical Ecology (as related to the West Nile Virus)

    Things living in a pond

    A virtual visit to the microbial zoo


    Developed in 2001

    Autoimmune disease

    Determining the characteristics of living things

    Extraction and digestion of calf thymus DNA

    Extraction of DNA from white onion

    How can we describe the function and characteristics of the human immune system?

    How do restriction enzymes work?

    The human genome & DNA electrophoresis and forensics

    Human genome group research project

    Introduction to the digestive system

    Isolating bacteria from a mix culture


    What are the characteristics of biomes?

    What does that DNA molecule really look like???


    Developed in 2000

    Antibody and antibody specificity

    Can two species of slime molds survive within a given physical space?

    Demonstrating the understanding of cellular organelles

    Growing barley and detecting the presence of amino acids

    How can we determine the concentration of an unknown solution?

    How can we observe genetic variation within a species?

    How can we target tumor angiogenesis?

    How is the media dealing with cancer in our society today?

    Lesson plans for the Living Environment

    Observing and recording biological data

    Taster/non-taster lab activity

    Teaching the chemical and structural properties of DNA

    Which household cleaners or soaps work best against bacteria?


    Developed in 1999

    Cytoskeleton of a cell

    Determining the effectiveness of hand washing

    DNA extraction from a variety of tissue samples

    General microbiology lab skills

    Growing barley for use in biosynthesis experiments

    How can we study the differences in animal and plant cells using the compound microscope?

    How clean are the laboratory tables?

    How to culture bacteria in the laboratory

    Is cancer on the rise or decline in America today?

    Learning  the structure and function of DNA

    Transformation of E. coli with antibiotic resistance

    Using the scientific method to determine which conditions best favor plant growth

    Who done it?” Analysis of molecular fingerprints left at the scene of the crime

    Developed in 1998

    Activities of the immune system

    An introduction to genetic disorders

    Cloning and b-Galactosidase

    Defining health in a comprehensive way

    How many bacteria on your food?    

    How can we extract human DNA ?

    How to keep a scientific journal

    Structure and functions of proteins


    Developed in 1997

    Bacterial transformation

    Investigating the method by which the body defends against pathogens

    Investigating space requirement of seed plants

    Trichinella Forensics

    Vitamin C and protein analysis

    What does my bacteria look like?


    Developed in 1996

    Animated video productions - life cycles

    Introducing students to Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapy and the technique of creating literary research papers using library and computer resources

    Red blood cell count

    Students investigate osmosis as they determine how carrot cells respond to two different environments


    Developed 1995

    Comparing DNA sources (and other projects)

    Extraction of DNA from white onion

    How can you predict the characteristics of an unborn baby?

    How do we operate the spectrophotometer?

    How mutations lead to changes in cell structure and function

    Investigating the regulation of leukocyte adhesion through extracellular matrices