If you’re a teacher, use these labs, guided readings, and other activities with your students. These sheets are mostly in .pdf format. A lot of them are Google Docs or spreadsheets that you’re welcome to make a free copy of. In some cases, editable Microsoft Word or PowerPoint versions are available for sale (or for free, if the material isn’t my own original work) at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Biology Core Concepts

Please note: some of these are  at the 9th grade, and would be ridiculously easy for an AP Biology course.

  1. Click here for my entire scientific method unit, which I use to start the year with my freshman biology students at Berkeley High School
  2. Properties of Living Things
  3. Viruses and the Properties of Life
  4. Structure and Function in Living Things

Unit 1: Chemistry of Life

  1. Properties of Water Lab (Qualitative Lab, with guided Reading)
  2. Properties of Water Lab with Stats (introduces standard error)
  3. Acids and Bases: Reading and Lab
  4. Molecular Model Building Lab

Unit 2: Cells and Membranes

  1. Viewing Cells Lab
  2. Inside the Cell: An Excerpt from Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
  3. Cell Size/Surface Area to Volume Lab
  4. Diffusion and Osmosis Lab
  5. Cell Membrane Model Lab
  6. Transport Across Cell Membranes
  7. Gummy Bear Osmosis lab
  8. Endomembrane System Worksheet (E.R, Golgi, Lysosomes)

Unit 3: Cellular Energetics

  1. Digestion of Starch by Salivary Amylase
  2. Understanding Free Energy
  3. Respiration with Respirometers (lab)
  4. Yogurt, Alcohol, and Fermentation  (reading and lab/demonstration)
  5. Photosynthesis with Spinach Disks Lab
  6. Enzymes Note Taking Sheet (supports the Enzymes Powerpoint on my TpT store)
  7. Enzymes Powerpoint
  8. Cellular Respiration Note Taking Sheet (supports the Cellular Respiration PowerPoint on my TpT store)
  9. Cellular Respiration Powerpoint (this is a PDF of the powerpoint)

Unit 4: Cell Communication and the Cell Cycle

  1. Cell Division (Time for Stages of Mitosis) Lab

Unit 5: Heredity

  1. Genetics Problem Sets (Mendelian, Blood Type, Sex-Linked, Dihybrid Crosses)

Unit 6: Gene Expression and Regulation

  1. Discovery of DNA Worksheet 
  2. Protein Synthesis and the Genetic Code Worksheet
  3. DNA Structure and Replication Powerpoint (this is a PDF of the powerpoint)
  4. DNA structure and Replication Student Note taking Guide (goes with powerpoint above)
  5. Coronavirus Infographic

Unit 7: Evolution

  1. Population Genetics Simulation Lab
  2. Peppered Moth Evolution Modeling (Computer Lab)
  3. Origin of Life Videos, Reading, and Writing Assignment
  4. Evidence for Evolution Worksheet

Statistical Methods

  1. Introduction to Standard Error and Error Bars (adapted from a handout shared by Crystal Jenkins Stawiery)
  2. MRSA case study (for teaching about Error Bars). From the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.