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Friday, June 27, 2014

Biology Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks?
Bell Ringers?
Exit Slips?

Whatever you want to call them, they are a great classroom management tool and a wonderful way to teach, review, and reinforce vital concepts in biology.
A few days ago I wrote a lengthy blog post about my success in using "warm-ups" for my biology classes last year.  Click this link to see that blog post.   In this post I described the materials I used in my first unit of the school year.

This blog post is about my second set of interactive notebook inserts or warm -ups.  This set covers a unit on cell structure and physiology.  This ended up being a set of 59 warm ups or pages that cover cell structure and function, photosynthesis, respiration, and mitosis and meiosis.

As discussed in my previous blog post, these activities turned the first few chaotic minutes of my class into a time of meaningful learning.  But the absolute best thing to come out of this was that it created a fabulous study guide for my semester exam.

The content that is covered is evident from the titles:
Cell Structure and Function Titles (16 pages):
·    The History of Cell Studies
·    Cell Structure 101
·    The Animal Cell
·    The Plant Cell
·    The Size of Cells
·    Surface Area to Volume Ratio in Cells
·    Internal Organization of the Cell
·    The Cell Membrane
·    Ribosomes and the Endoplasmic Reticulum
·    Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
·    The “Other” Organelles
·    Plant versus Animal
·    Cellular Organization
·    Transport Across the Membrane 1
·    Transport Across the Membrane 2
·    Thinking Critically About Cells

Photosynthesis Titles (11 pages):
·    Energy Flow
·    Chemical Energy and ATP
·    Introduction to Photosynthesis
·    Light! Pigments! Action!
·    The Chloroplast
·    Electron Carriers
·    Overview to the Stages of Photosynthesis
·    Light Dependent Reaction
·    The Calvin Cycle
·    Alternatives to the 3-Carbon Pathway
·    Thinking Critically About Photosynthesis

Cellular Respiration Titles (14 pages):
·    Chemical Energy and ATP
·    The Relationship Between Photosynthesis and Respiration
·    Overview of Respiration
·    Glycolysis
·    The Fate of Pyruvic Acid
·    The Mitochondria
·    Overview of Aerobic Respiration
·    Krebs Cycle
·    Electron Transport Chain
·    ATP Accounting
·    Respiration Recap and Review
·    Fermentation
·    Comparison of Photosynthesis and Respiration
·    Thinking Critically About Cellular Respiration

Cell Division (Mitosis and Meiosis) Titles (18 pages):
·    Introduction to Cell Division
·    Chromosomes
·    The Cell Cycle
·    Let’s Draw the Stages
·    Name That Stage!
·    Interphase
·    Prophase
·    Metaphase
·    Anaphase
·    Telophase / Cytokinesis
·    The Mitotic Spindle
·    Differences in Animal and Plant Cell Mitosis
·    Results / Importance of Mitosis
·    Asexual versus Sexual Reproduction
·    Cell Division and Chromosome Number
·    Meiosis
·    Comparing Mitosis to Meiosis

·    Thinking Critically About Cell Division

The above pictures show the student pages.  Each is also accompanied by a teacher answer key.

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  1. Wonderful ideas and work. I cant wait to buy and use them in my biology classes