Exit Tickets, Warm Ups, Bell Ringers for a WHOLE YEAR of Biology writing prompts – aligned to High School Biology curriculum. Fifty four robust questions on Google Forms to get students thinking and writing about Evolution, Biomolecules, Cells, Ecology, Enzymes, Heredity. 100% digital – great for in class and distance learning!
All forms have a ten point rubric, with built in ‘feedback’ (answers). These will automatically be sent to your students with their grade once you have released it. Feedback is fully editable!
Real-life application of Evolution and Natural Selection:
- Evidence for Evolution: Fossils, DNA, Homologous and Vestigial Structures
- Artificial Selection vs Natural Selection: compare and contrast
- Natural Selection and GMOs: What happens when GMO crops ‘escape’?
- Natural Selection of Innate Behaviors: How do they happen?
- Evolution and Disease: Why has evolution not eliminated genetic disease?
- What does it mean to be ‘Most Fit’?
- Adaptations: Common vs scientific meaning of ‘adapt’
- How Populations Evolve: Process of Natural Selection
Real-life application of Heredity:
- What is a mutation? How do mutations lead to a change in phenotype?
- Make a Pedigree: follow a genetic disease though a family
- Gene Therapy: how can we heal a genetic disease?
- Transgenic Organisms: How do we get E coli to make human insulin?
- GMO ‘weeds’: Exploring issues with RoundUp Ready crops
- Genetic Cross: Determine the phenotype of parents based on the genotype of its offspring
- X-linked Traits: Make punnett squares to determine if Jeff, Greg, or Harry will be bald!
- Epigenetics: Environmental influence on phenotype and disease
- Anger Genes: Should someone who has ‘anger genes’ be held accountable for his actions?
- Designer Babies: Would you design your baby to be a particular way? To prevent disease?
Real-life application of Enzymes:
- Cellular Respiration is done by enzymes – how does change in temperature impact crickets’ respiration rate? What about humans?
- Oxygen and glucose are substrates – why do we die when we run out of oxygen or food?
- When you swallow an enzyme supplement (into my acidic stomach) what happens to those enzymes?
- Why does decomposition slow down when I put my fruit in the refrigerator?
- Why does the reaction rate change over time?
- What happens to a reaction rate when we add more enzymes?
- What happens to enzymes in different pHs? How does that impact the reaction rate?
- Why is it so important that my body temperature stays around 98 degrees F?
Real-life application of Cells:
- Osmosis: Impact of fertilizer on worms
- Osmosis: Using salt to preserve food
- Chloroplast: Form and function
- Mitochondria: Form and function
- Adaptations of Amoeba: contractile vacuole, pseudopods, food vacuole
- Adaptations of Paramecium: cilia, oral grove, contractile vacuole
- Adaptations of Euglena: flagella, eye spot, contractile vacuole
- Specialized Cells: red blood cell, nerve cell, gene expression
- Stem Cells: compare to specialized cells, compare three types of stem cells
Real-life application of Ecology:
- Animal Adaptations – looking at the adaptations of an animal can give us an idea of the habitat that organism evolved in
- Energy Pyramids – what happens to energy as it moves up the trophic levels? Why are more animals found on the 2nd trophic level than the 4th trophic level? What if we applied these ideas to what we eat as humans?
- Nitrogen Cycle – importance of the Nitrogen Fixing bacteria and decomposers!
- Population Dynamics – predator / prey and competition interactions
- Biodiversity – how are we losing it?
- Invasive Species – examples, causes, solutions
- Bioaccumulation – impact on humans, by humans
- Review of Sexual vs Asexual Reproduction – advantages and disadvantages
- Specific types of Asexual Reproduction – fun creative writing prompt!
- Human Activities – impact on the environment of building a coal burning power plant
- Human Activities – impact on the environment of carpooling
- Human Activities – solving the problems we created
- Overconsumption of Resources – choices and consequences
Real-life application of Biomolecules:
- Functions of Biomolecules – creative writing!
- Functions of Biomolecules – compare and contrast
- Biomolecules in our Food – which foods have what?
- What happens to the Biomolecules when we eat them?
- Real life applications
- Lipids creative writing!
Writing Prompt Questions with Google Forms
All writing prompts are open ended questions. You will see what your students know, and don’t know, about a topic. Get them thinking deeply, recalling learned information, and putting ideas together in their own words. All forms have a ten point rubric, with built in ‘feedback’ (answers). No Prep feedback that is fully editable!
Writing prompts are great for review to organize ideas – perfect for openers, exit tickets, and homework. These can also be used as essay questions for assessments.
Each Google Form topic is broken up into several sub-questions to help students think through their ideas, and not forget to answer part of the question! Sub-questions also make grading easier.
Teacher guide explains how to easily share the forms with your students, grade them, and send the graded forms back to them.
The Biology Writing Prompts question set has eleven 5-star reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers.
What some happy teachers are saying about it:
My students loved this resource. They were very engaged and it was very easy for them to use. The prep time was minimal for me and made planning my lesson so much easier. – April M. – October 21, 2021
This resource has really come in handy during this challenging time. The Google Forms can be edited and used for reviews and quizzes. They’ve been a great time-saver and a very effective tool. Thank you! – Jon B. – October 20, 2020
This is a great set of prompts to have our students continue to write while learning science! – Allison B. – September 30, 2020
Full Set of Biology Google Form review questions: multiple choice!
- BUNDLE of digital multiple choice questions! Sets for Biomolecules, Enzymes, Genetics, Evolution, and Protein Synthesis! Three hundred twenty five multiple choice questions on 29 Google Forms.