• Case Studies

    Case studies are complex stories, filled in with color and detail so the content of science can come to life. Learn more »
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    Curricula

    AP* and Pre-Ap* Science Daily Lesson Plans available.
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  • Workshops

    Learn how to use student-centered methods of teaching to promote student engagement and increase critical thinking. Learn more »
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Catalyst Learning Curricula is a company that provides comprehensive, student-centered lesson plans to teachers of high school and middle school science. We specialize in inquiry-based curricula for AP and Pre-AP courses that prepare students for self-directed explorations in science.

Hemoglobin Case Study Now Available

For those teachers using a case studies approach to inquiry-based learning, the Hemoglobin Case Study for Advanced Science is now available as a means to explore proteins, respiration and mutations.  This case study uses a specific allosteric protein to teach students about the evolution of oxygen in the atmosphere and the globin genes that helped organisms survive the changes in the Earth’s atmosphere.  Alternate forms of hemoglobin in fetal blood, organisms living in hypoxic environments, and in people with sickle cell anemia are used to teach the basics of genetics, evolution, heterozygous advantage and biochemistry.  This case study covers the cardiovascular and respiratory systems through comparative anatomy of phyla and reviews the use of oxygen from ventilation through cell respiration.  Skills such as electrophoresis, pedigree analysis, genetic engineering and student-designed experimentation will be taught in the 25 activities contained in this case study.  Click on the ”samples” or “table of contents” links on the Hemoglobin Case Study page to learn more.

CLC 2012 AP* Biology Audit Syllabus is Ready for You

If you are using the AP* Biology Daily Lesson Plans curriculum, I have prepared an Audit Syllabus that coordinates the Catalyst Learning Curricula lesson plans to requirements delineated by the College Board course.  Each of the activities in your CLC curriculum are aligned with the four Big Ideas, 17 Enduring Understandings, seven Science Practices and numerous Learning Objectives to satisfy the goals and expectations of the College Board.  The syllabus will be sent to you with a letter of instructions that guide you step-by-step through the 15-30 minute customization and submission process.  If your AP® Biology course still needs CB approval, print and mail in the Audit Syllabus Order Form.

Updates to the AP* Biology Daily Lesson Plans

Please read the pdf below to ensure that you have made the changes necessary to your course for the 2012-2013 school year.  This document includes a revised calendar, tips on timing and depth as well as advice on how to achieve the standards and skills required for the redesigned AP Biology course.

AP Biology DLP Redesign Changes, Suggestions and New Calendar 2012

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