As part of the Type 2 Diabetes Lesson Collection, GSEO is creating lessons that explore:

  • How sugar is detected in the body
  • How our sense of taste can adapt to change (sensory desensitization)
  • Cell communication pathways
  • What happens if our detection systems are disrupted
  • The history of sugar consumption in the United States

We are currently piloting two lessons

The Sugar Sensation


Gymnema tea: Disrupting Taste

Both lessons and their accompanying slide sets can be found here.

Interested in field testing? Please let us know.

Both lessons are phenomenon-driven and fully incorporate the 3 dimensions outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS, Lead States, 2013).

HS-LS1-2: Performance Expectation
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

Science and Engineering Practices:
Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Engaging in Argumentation from Evidence

Crosscutting Concepts:
Systems and System Models, Patterns, Cause and effect: Mechanism and Explanation, Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society.

Connecting to National Family and Consumer Sciences Education Standards
9.3.6 Evaluate nutrition principles, food plans, preparation techniques, and specialized dietary plans.
9.5.6 Demonstrate use of current technology in food product developing and marketing

Connecting to AP Biology
4.1 Cell Communication
4.2 Introduction to Signal Transduction
4.3 Signal Transduction
4.4 Changes in Signal Transduction Pathways
4.5 Feedback

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The paper How Do You Like Your Science, Wet or Dry? reports on impacts of the Exploring Databases project.

Socratic Seminar with Data: A Strategy to Support Student Discourse and Understanding is available in the August 2017 issue of The American Biology Teacher

Carolina Kit to Support Worm Curriculum: GSEO is partnering with Carolina Biological Supply to support teachers with the What can we learn from worms? curriculum. Kits are now available here.

Exploring Databases awarded the July 2013 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Click Read More for link to Science article.

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