Free Biology Homework Assignments
Biology Homework Assignments
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Aerobic Cellular Respiration
Helps students relate gas exchange to the steps of aerobic respiration.
Where do the bubbles in beer come from?
Catabolism of Proteins and Fats
Students describe how the breakdown of fats and proteins produced molecules that can "take cuts" into the steps of cellular respiration.
Students choose whether to track their own diet and calculate calories consumed, or read one of two books that do a good job of relating cell biology to human health - Ultrametabolism or Ultraprevention. Students love this assignment, and frequently comment on how much they learned.
TV show, from Animal Planet, presenting case studies of people with parasitic infections. So interesting, you'll learn about parasitism without even trying!
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GENERAL BIOLOGY / CELL BIOLOGY
Assignment based on the Radiolab podcast "Yellow Fluff and Other Curious Encounters" an episode based on the curious characters called scientists and their quest for knowledge. What's in Oliver Sacks' fine wooden box? What did Jerry Coyne feed his pet maggot? What the heck are scientists thinking, anyways? Teaching opportunities for this episode: scientific curiosity, periodic table, parabolas and parasites In "Darwinvaganza", students learn about some of the experiments done and observations made by Charles Darwin during the 20+ years he spent 'shoring up' and struggling with the implications of his theory of natural selection. Teaching opportunities for this episode: Charles Darwin, natural selection, evolution, true love
Prokaryote Cell Structure
Students label and define parts of a prokaryotic cell.
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"Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing."
- Thomas Huxley (1825-95)
Curious stories about what drives scientists!
The story of Henrietta Lack's and her immortal cells.
The Nature / nurture mashup of epigenetics.
What was Chuck Darwin doing during the 20+ years he noodled over his new theory before publishing?
Science will use it to fight cancer and maybe even bring extinct animals back from the dead!
Viruses have been downsizing!
What's eating you is smarter than you think!
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Cell Division - Meiosis
Diagram and describe steps of meiosis starting with six chromosomes.
Cell Division - Mitosis
Diagram and describe steps of mitosis starting with six chromosomes.
Episode explores CRISPR, a cutting-edge method of genetic engineering discovered with the help of E. coli. Scientists may someday use CRISPR to fight cancer and even resurrect extinct animals. But could tinkering with this biotechnology change the course of human evolution?
Teaching opportunities for this episode: genetic engineering, bioethics
Prompts students to relate the antiparallel nature of DNA to how it must be copied.
Genetic Transcription & Translation
Students define these processes, transcribe a segment of DNA and translate proteins.
a genetics episode presenting "stories of nature and nurture slamming into each other and shaping our biological blueprint".
Genetics & Heredity
Students examine their phenotype and possible genotype for several traits of simple inheritance.
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Differential & Selective Bacterial Growth Media
Students identify and describe the selective and differential aspects of of two types of specialized growth media from photos.
Microbial Genetics & Gene Transfer
Assignment helps students rehearse their understanding of the different types of microbial horizontal gene transfer.
The "Patient Zero" podcast episode begins with the story of perhaps the most iconic Patient Zero of all time: Typhoid Mary, then unfolds a molecular detective story to pinpoint the true beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
Teaching opportunities for this episode: epidemiology, ethics, typhoid, history of HIV, tracing HIV lineages through genetics
What's gotten into you? The "Parasites" Radiolab episode tells the fascinating story of several parasites including hookworms, parasitic wasps, flukes and protozoans, then asks listeners, “Are parasites degenerates or some of evolution’s craftiest forms of life?” Teaching opportunities for this episode: parasite ecology, microbiology, challenge student perception of parasites, hookworm, toxoplasmosis. Based on the Radiolab podcast "Rodney vs Death," this episode describes the disease, history of rabies treatment, and details Jenna Giese's amazing recovery following use of the Milwaukee Protocol.
Teaching opportunities for this episode: viruses, infectious disease, history of rabies, treatment of rabies, medical ethics
Based on Terri Gross' interview with Dr. Martin Blaser, author of "Missing Microbes", a book about the potential importance of the human microbiome, this assignment helps students rehearse their understanding of the different types of microbial horizontal gene transfer.
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Eukaryote Cell Structure
Students draw and label a eukaryotic cell, then relate how the endomembrane system would create a lipopeptide and either destroy or ship it out of the cell.
Assignment based on a Radiolab podcast episode called "Henrietta's Tumor". Although she died of cervical cancer in 1951, Henrietta's tumor cells gave rise to the first immortal cell line, HeLa. Learn more about this amazing story by watching the Good Morning America segment "The Gift of Life."
Teaching opportunities for this episode: HeLa cells, mitosis, cancer, medical ethics, cell biology research
Students describe what would happen, osmotically to a cell placed in honey. Assignment includes an illustration.