High School Biology Lab Experiments and Activities - Set 1

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    Need some ideas for fun Biology labs, experiments, and activities? Never taught a high school Biology course and don't know where to start? These fun and easy labs are the perfect solution! Topics covered include: characteristics of living things, scientific method, properties of water, enzymes, cells, osmosis, cellular respiration, DNA, transcription, human genetics, and biotechnology.

    Save yourself TONS of time and also save 20% instead of purchasing the labs individually!

    You may also be interested in my Biology Lab Bundle: Set 2 or Animal Dissection Lab Bundle.

    Each lab or activity includes teacher directions, a materials list, student procedures, discussion questions, and an answer key.

    These labs are thorough, well-planned, and have been implemented many times in my own classroom. I've used these activities with both public school classes and homeschool co-op classes because they cover all of the essential biology topics and use inexpensive materials.

    Labs included in this bundle:

    1. Characteristics of Living Things- Students use non-living objects to investigate what characteristics are shared by all living things

    2. Finding the Lighthouse Diamond- Solve a mystery using the scientific method

    3. Properties of Water- Stations to illustrate the unique properties of water (ex: cohesion, adhesion)

    4. Potato Enzyme Lab- Demonstrate enzymatic reactions using catalase from potatoes*

    5. Diffusion & Osmosis- Use deshelled eggs to observe hypertonic and hypotonic solutions*

    6. Introductory Microscope Lab- Practice microscope skills and observe cellular organelles*

    7. DNA Extraction Lab- Extract visible DNA from strawberries*

    8. DNA Sequencing- Make silly sentences to practice protein synthesis

    9. Human Genetic Traits- Examine dominant and recessive traits within the class

    10. Biotechnology Lessons- Learn about biotechnology including genetic engineering, CRISPR, and DNA fingerprinting

    11. Barf Bag Lab- Observe the process of fermentation in this wonderfully gross lab*

    *Update: These five labs now have a video demonstration available on my YouTube channel. They go perfectly along with the lab directions and student worksheets.

    *Click on the PREVIEW of each resource to get a closer look at the resources available in this bundle.*

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Examples of investigations could include heart rate response to exercise, stomate response to moisture and temperature, and root development in response to water levels. Assessment does not include the cellular processes involved in the feedback mechanism.
    Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction. Emphasis is on using mathematical ideas to communicate the proportional relationships between masses of atoms in the reactants and the products, and the translation of these relationships to the macroscopic scale using the mole as the conversion from the atomic to the macroscopic scale. Emphasis is on assessing students’ use of mathematical thinking and not on memorization and rote application of problem-solving techniques. Assessment does not include complex chemical reactions.
    Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs. Emphasis is on student reasoning that focuses on the number and energy of collisions between molecules. Assessment is limited to simple reactions in which there are only two reactants; evidence from temperature, concentration, and rate data; and qualitative relationships between rate and temperature.
    Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. Emphasis is on using data to support arguments for the way variation occurs. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.
    Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms. Assessment does not include specific gene control mechanisms or rote memorization of the steps of mitosis.


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