Connected Biology

Curriculum Overview

Connected Biology provides a sequence of lessons for high school biology that fosters integrated learning of genetics and evolution. This novel curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations and supports students’ development of a model of the relationships between molecules, cells, organisms, and populations. The content for all curriculum development is based on cases for evolution education developed by Michigan State University, Evo-Ed, and enhanced by the technological frameworks of the Concord Consortium. Learn more »

To prepare to use the ConnectedBio Deer Mouse curriculum in your class, first run the Teacher Edition, which adds a layer of teacher tips to the student version of the activities. By using the Teacher Edition, you will be familiar with the curriculum and an expert on teaching about the macro-to-micro phenomena of deer mouse fur color with ConnectedBio. Ready to get started? See our Quick Start Guide.

Assignable student materials below

ConnectedBio - Three Dimensional Learning - From Molecules to Populations
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Teacher Resources

Teacher Edition: Deer Mouse Fur Color
The Teacher Edition adds background, tips, discussion points, exemplar answers and more in just-in-time, informative Teacher Tips. Use the Teacher Edition to become familiar with the curriculum and have access to expert support for teaching with ConnectedBio.

Lesson Overview: Deer Mouse Fur Color
A comprehensive guide to the Deer Mouse Fur Color lessons containing detailed unit- and lesson-level summaries, standards alignments, and teacher preparation suggestions.

NGSS Standards Alignment: Deer Mouse Fur Color
A summary of the NGSS Performance Expectations (PEs) and Learning Performances (LPs) covered in each unit of the Deer Mouse Fur Color curriculum.

Teacher Edition (Touch Device): Deer Mouse Fur Color
Use this version only if you will be assigning the touchscreen device version of the Deer Mouse Fur Color activity.

Cell Level Graphics
These graphics can be printed and cut out for physical manipulatives in the classroom or at home.

Using ConnectedBio Remotely with Students
A guide to using ConnectedBio with students without access to an in-person classroom setting.


Extension Activities


Stand-alone Lessons

These stand-alone lessons can be taught independently of the main curricular materials for ConnectedBio. They take about one to two 45 minute class periods.



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