Exoplanet Adventure: Biology End of Year Stations Review Activity

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This resource is meant to challenge students near the end of the year in high school biology to think more deeply about the biology they already know, as they apply it to an exobiology-inspired scenario! Students are given an activity description that tells them about this far away planet they are to investigate for what life it might contain. There are 15 "study" stations that have students identifying aspects of biology they already know, analyzing graphs and data tables, and thinking outside the box!

This activity is meant to make review meaningful and fun (and also help keep students focused and excited about learning at the bitter end of the year!) At the end of the activity, students will realize how much they really learned this year. Depending on the level of your students, it may take about 3-5 45-minute class periods.

Included in this activity pack:

* Detailed Teacher Printing, Setup, and Scenario Instructions (I write out all the logic of the scenario so the teacher has all the "clues" and back-story behind the alien and its planet.)

* Fifteen Station Diagrams

* Short Answer Question Sets for each Station (5-7 questions per station)

* Mostly Multiple Choice/A Few Short Answer Question Sets for each Station

* Hint Pages (optional to add to each station to help out students who might struggle)

* Student Scenario Description Page

* Student Answer Sheets (you could give individually or as a group).

* Teacher Answer Keys to everything!

The concepts that come up throughout the stations include the following:

Aerobic Cellular Respiration (reactants and products)

Photosynthesis (reactants and products)

Properties of Water

Abiotic and Biotic Factors; Community Relationships

Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers: Food Webs

Qualitative vs Quantitative

Carrying Capacity & Boom and Bust Cycles

Organizational Levels of Life

Leaf structure/function

Prokaryotic vs Eukaryotic Cells

Light and chemical energy; Light Absorption Spectra

Biological Molecules Structure and Function

(Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, and Nucleic Acids)

Transcription and Translation (Overview, purpose, enzymes involved)

Nitrogen Cycle

Membrane Transport Proteins

Osmosis, Facilitated Diffusion

Mitosis and Meiosis

(purpose, comparison, stages of each)

Gametes, Fertilization, Ploidy, Karyotypes

Phylogenetic Tree Interpretation

Simple Dominance and Punnett Squares

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