Lesson Plan Outlines

First Three Days of School

Day One: Goal: What are the big ideas of biology? What is the connection between the nervous system and evolution?

1.) Find seat and Notecard (see google slides here)

2.) In and out of circle…Tap the shoulder or head of (silently)

  • People you are excited to see again/you missed.
  • People who will help you learn in this class.
  • People you know better now than you did two years ago.
  • People you are happy are in this class with you.
  • People you’ve already learned something from in the past three years.
  • People you might disagree with but still respect and want to learn from.
  • People you’d like to help so they do better this year and in the future.
  • People you admire and want to be like.

3.) Syllabus show on the wikispace. (Hand out Student Responsibility and Lab Safety Sheet, go over and have students sign and submit).

4.) Adjusted first day slideshow (expectations reminder)

5.) Chi-square analysis (flipping coins example, then cards out of a deck, example) Do example together. Get Slideshow ready for “Does this match the hypothesis?”

6.) 4 Big Ideas Review
Class Activity: Big Ideas Metacognition
1. Meta-cognition activity: Divide into groups of four. Each take one of the 4 Big Ideas of AP Biology. First brainstorm and then make a large chart.
a. In small print at top, write the entire idea.
b. In large headline, write the one word (two in the case of BI4) that we will remember it by.
c. List at least three essential questions in medium print.
d. Write topics that will be discussed.
e. Then look at the units we will cover (see home page, syllabus). List any that you think will be largely dealing with this big idea. Have notes on a separate piece of paper that justify your choices.
f. Present it to the class.
G: ONE controversy related to that big idea.

5.) Divide into a different set of groups of four…
Divide into groups of four (each group takes a different discussion prompt type). First brainstorm and then make a large chart.
Making discussion stems…Get in groups and write out starts to sentences that help us doing the following…
a.) Press for evidence
b.) Press for clarification/revoicing
c.) Press elaboration
d.) Adding on to a statement
e.) Disagreeing with a statement

6) Start HW: Concept mapping vocabulary from year one.

Day Two: What make an experiment valid and scientific? What is the connection between the nervous system and evolution?

1.) look over each other’s concept maps (questions you have over specific words?)
2.) Infectious disease role play and IVY tech lab modeling the spread of disease. Ivy Tech Lab questions…

2.) Standard Deviation Excel showing difference between scores on a test. Practice with whiteboards.
3.) Reaction Time Testing St. Deviation
4.) OVCR Natural Selection
5.) Toothpickus, Chi-Square Analysis.
6.) Planning Animal Behavior experiments

Day Three: How do you design a valid experiment in a real situation? What is the connection between the nervous system and evolution?

1.) -look over each other’s concept maps (questions you have over specific words?)
2.) -Conducting Animal Behavior experiments.
3.) -Planning Aquaponics Experiments.

Day Four: Practice Refutational writing:

1.) Making decisions about how to represent animal behavior experiments (try to connect to original mental model of nervous system) On whiteboard: Claim, Connect claim to evidence, use evolutionary reasoning to explain the evidence.
2.) Natural Selection Refutational text writing
3.) Evolution Theory Notes: Based on lots of evidence, best explanation. 7 Misused Words in Science from Scientific American. ”
scientific theory is an explanation of some aspect of the natural world that has been substantiated through repeated experiments or testing. But to the average Jane or Joe, a theory is just an idea that lives in someone’s head, rather than an explanation rooted in experiment and testing.”
4.) Types of Natural Selection sorting and notes
5.) Nervous system cladogram creation, then compare with others, and find a cladogram online and see how compare or contrast.
6.) HW: Practice refutation writing tied to NS.

Day Five:

Start with drawing their mental model of cell membrane, show just passing through,
Cell membrane review (phospholipid cards), soap bubbles, standard deviation?)
Neuron models? Deep Neural Network Models.
Microscope Neuron images. (Microscope lab from IVY Tech Sheila Wise)
Mouse party handout

Day Six: