Labs to Coordinate with Miller-Levine Biology – Macaw

I’ve just finished putting together the labs for my son’s biology class this coming year.  I wanted to primarily focus on getting him very comfortable with the microscope.  Of course, I didn’t want to forget the labs related to other topics as well.

I’m using the Miller Levine Biology Macaw iPad text along with the Miller & Levine Biology Laboratory Manual A  I added in some labs from the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments  I typically went with labs that we could do at home or ones that didn’t require a bunch of specialty equipment.  We already have a microscope and some materials related to that, but even when carefully choosing labs the price tag for materials we need is over $100.  If you are in the USA, you can purchase the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments package and get most everything you need for around $200.  I’ve noted the materials needed for the different labs in case you are looking for labs to cover a topic.  I’ve also included a few virtual labs from Biology Weblabs.

The labs aren’t dissection heavy.  Apparently, dissection isn’t as commonly done in high schools anymore.  My son will be dissecting a squid purchased from a local market as well as a chicken wing.

Unit 1:  The Nature of Life


Chapter 1 – The Science of Biology


Using a Microscope I-1 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need microscope, prepared slide, ruler

Mounting Specimens I-2 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need microscope, slides (well and flat), coverslips, methylene blue, petroleum jelly, distilled water, hair, toothpicks, microtome (made out of spool of thread – maybe skip this part), vegetable oil, pond water, flame source, pipettes, forceps, (skip glycerol with pond water slide),

Staining I-3 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need Gram’s iodine, Hucker’s crystal violet, Safranin O, methylene blue, eosin y, flat slides, coverslips, pipettes, 70% ethynol (using rubbing alcohol),  microscope, toothpicks, paper towels

Chapter 2 – The Chemistry of Life




Unit 2:  Ecology


Chapter 3 -4

Sampling Plant Populations in a Community Lab V-1 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need specimen containers, measuring tape, string, stakes, scissors, knife, marking pen

Chapter 5

The Growth Cycle of Yeast (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need yeast culture, stirring rod, pipettes, flat slides and coverslips, microscope, 10 ml graduated cylinder, 2 test tubes, graph paper, test tube rack

Chapter 6

Air Pollution Testing Lab V-3 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need Microscope, microscope slides, petroleum jelly, spray bottle, Saran wrap, timer

Unit 3:  Cells


Chapter 7

Investigating Osmosis IV-2 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need scale, foam cups, eggs, graph paper, paper towels, syrup, tablespoons, vinegar, timer

Chapter 8-9

Cell model cakes  (Make plant and animal cell model cakes)

Need 2 cake mixes, fondant, and trip to candy store

Chapter 10

Unit 4:  Genetics


Chapter 11

Exploring Mendelian Genetics Lab IV-1 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments

Need PTC test strips

Chapter 12

Extracting DNA (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need plastic freezer bag, ripe strawberry, detergent, 25 ml graduated cylinder, cheesecloth, funnel, medium test tube, test tube rack, chilled 95% ethanol, stirring rod

Chapter 13

 From DNA to Protein Synthesis (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need lab manual

Chapter 14

Using DNA to Identify Human Remains (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need lab manual

Unit 5:  Evolution


Chapter 16

Amino Acid Sequences:  Indicators of Evolution (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need lab manual, graph paper

Chapter 17-18

Dichotomous Keys (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need lab manual

Chapter 19

Using Index Fossils (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need lab manual, scissors

Unit 6:  Microorganisms to Plants


Chapter 20-22

Need Petri dishes, agar, inoculating loop, crystal violet, safranin o, ethanol

Chapter 23-24

Identifying Growth Zones in Roots (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need large bean seeds, paper towels, 150 ml beaker, petri dish

Unit 7:  Animals


Chapter 25

Investigating Arthropods XI-3 (Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments)

Need microscope, mealworms, flat and deep microscope slides, coverslips, methylene blue, eosin y, ethanol, forceps, scalpel, teasing needles, cornflakes, potatoes, prepared slides, insects

Chapter 26

Investigating Hominoid Fossils (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Lab manual, ruler

Chapter 27-28

Anatomy of a Squid (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need squid, dissecting tray, hand lens, forceps, dissecting scissors, pins, and probe

Chapter 29

Comparing Bird and Mammal Bones (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need chicken, duck, and cow bones, hand lens, scale, saw

Unit 8:  The Human Body


Chapter 30-31
Comparing Limbs (Miller and Levine Biology Lab Manual A)

Need chicken wing, disposable tray, dissecting scissors, forceps

Chapter 32-33

Tidal Volume and Lung Capacity (Miller and Levine Lab Manual A)

Need round balloons, ruler, meterstick

Chapters 34-35

Diagnosing Endocrine Disorders (Miller and Levine Lab Manual A)

Lab manual

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