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Ch 1: Biology Review: Microbiology Lesson Plans

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The Biology Review chapter of this Microbiology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the most common biological terms in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Biology Review chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Structure of DNA; types of DNA and RNA Nucleic acids and phosphodiester bonds, rRNA, mRNA and tRNA
Tuesday DNA molecules and pairings Discussion of thymine, adenine, cytosine, guanine, complementary base pairing, hereditary molecule and double helix structure
Wednesday Enzymes and biological molecules Overview of active site, substrate and activation energy; description of lipids, proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids
Thursday Isotopes, average atomic mass Summary of radioactive isotopes, average atomic mass and biological molecules
Friday Passive and active transport in cells Definition and example of terms; osmosis, facilitated and simple diffusion

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Biology Review: Microbiology Lesson Plans
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DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids & Phosphodiester Bonds

1. DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids & Phosphodiester Bonds

In this lesson, you'll discover what nucleotides look like and how they come together to form polynucleotides. We'll also explore nucleic acids and focus on DNA in particular.

DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine & Complementary Base Pairing

2. DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine & Complementary Base Pairing

Learn the language of nucleotides as we look at the nitrogenous bases adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. Armed with this knowledge, you'll also see why DNA strands must run in opposite directions.

DNA: Discovery, Facts, Structure & Function in Heredity

3. DNA: Discovery, Facts, Structure & Function in Heredity

This lesson will help you to navigate the twists and turns of DNA's structure. We'll also clue you in on the amazing discoveries that put this nucleic acid in the limelight as the molecule of heredity.

Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

4. Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

In this lesson, you'll explore RNA structure and learn the central dogma of molecular biology. Along the way, you'll meet the three types of RNA and see how the cell uses them most effectively.

Function of Enzymes: Substrate, Active Site & Activation Energy

5. Function of Enzymes: Substrate, Active Site & Activation Energy

In this lesson, we'll learn how enzymes function to lower the activation energy of a chemical reaction. Enzymes bind to their substrates to perform all kinds of important and essential cellular processes, as well as processes that help you enjoy a slice of pizza!

Major Elements in Biological Molecules: Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates & Lipids

6. Major Elements in Biological Molecules: Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates & Lipids

Bacterial cells have complex macromolecules built from simple molecules. In this lesson, we will look at the major elements in the building blocks of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.

Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

7. Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

When you drink a glass of water, you are actually drinking a combination of heavy water and light water. What's the difference? Is it harmful? This video will explain the difference between the two types of water and go into detail on the significance of the different isotopes of elements.

How Radioactive Isotopes Track Biological Molecules

8. How Radioactive Isotopes Track Biological Molecules

Radioactive isotopes can be used to track atoms and label biological molecules. This lesson explores how this can be applied to microbiology to learn more about the way a cell works.

Passive Transport in Cells: Simple and Facilitated Diffusion & Osmosis

9. Passive Transport in Cells: Simple and Facilitated Diffusion & Osmosis

A cell membrane is selectively permeable - not permeable to everything. In this lesson, we'll talk about methods of passive transport along a concentration gradient, including simple and facilitated diffusion and osmosis.

Active Transport in Cells: Definition & Examples

10. Active Transport in Cells: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn how substances are transported across the cell membrane against the concentration gradient. This might seem like an uphill battle for the cell, but all it takes is a little chemical energy and a few integral membrane proteins to kick off some active transport!

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