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Brittany Bowens

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K20 Center

Academic Credentials

Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
University of Central Oklahoma 2011

About Me

Brittany Bowens serves the K20 Educational and Community Center as a Science Online Learning Writer. Bowens and the fellow instructional design team work to develop high-quality science curriculum for K12 schools that can be used in a face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online platforms that support the mission of the K20 Center and its projects. Bowens also develops science lessons aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards that is accessible for implementation by any teacher. Her mission is to cultivate the love of learning and encourage creativity, compassion, and innovation.

Recent Publications

Oh, MRSA Me!

Natural Selection and Adaptation

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

This lesson is designed to view the benefits of natural selection occurring in one species (bacteria) having an adverse effect on another (humans). It also teaches students how to extrapolate and interpret the meanings of graphs and predict solutions based on that data. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Oh, MRSA Me!

Natural Selection and Adaptation

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS4.3
More 3-4 periods
Time Frame 195
Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!

Chemical Reactions

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 11th

This lesson is a basic introduction to setting up a chemical equation. This could be part of a unit for physical science and can be done as a refresher or opener in chemistry for chemical equations. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 11th

Course Course

  • Chemistry, Physical Science

Subject Subject

  • ICAP

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PS.PS1.7 , PS.PS1.7.1
More 2-3 periods
Time Frame 125 minutes
Let It Sink In!

Earth's Systems

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 7th

In this lesson, students will learn about the different stages in which a rock can exist due to natural causes or human impact. Students will construct models that illustrate how biochemical processes cycle through living and nonliving organisms. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Let It Sink In!

Earth's Systems

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 7th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • ESS2, 6.ESS2.1 , 6.ESS2.1.1, 7.LS2.3 , 7.LS2.3.2, 7.ESS3, 7.LS2.3.4
More 3 class periods
Time Frame 160 minutes
Follow the Green, Not the Dream

Environmental Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

This lesson focuses on the benefits, costs, and risks of creating products to protect natural systems and life on Earth. Students will design a tool that can be used to conserve a natural resource, and then they will modify their original designs based on research and peer feedback. In groups, students... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Follow the Green, Not the Dream

Environmental Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • EN.ESS3.4
More 3-4 class periods
Time Frame 160-180 minutes
Bio-Dome

Biology

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this lesson, students will explore biotic and abiotic factors and the essential elements that are cycled throughout Earth’s many ecosystems. Students will determine how the cycling of these elements sustains life and then will create their own closed ecosystems. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Bio-Dome

Biology

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS2.5
More 3-4 class periods
Time Frame 195 minutes
Call Me... Maybe?

Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

In this lesson, students will evaluate and argue the benefits and drawbacks of the use of different types of radiations for technological advances. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to evaluate published works' validity on technology associated with human health. This is a multimodality... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson Online Hybrid
Call Me... Maybe?

Physical Science

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Subject Subject

  • ICAP, Science

Course Course

  • Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PS.PS4.4 , PS.PS4.4.1, PS.PS4.4.2, PS.PS4.4.3
More
Time Frame
The Gift of Life

Biology

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

It is recommended that this lesson be taught after students learn the basics of genetics concerning alleles, dominant versus recessive genes, basic Punnett squares, and protein synthesis. In this lesson, students apply what they have learned about genetics to a real-world scenario, centering on codominance... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson Online Hybrid

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Subject Subject

  • ICAP, Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS3.1 , B.LS3.1.4, B.LS3.3
More 4-5 Periods
Time Frame 215
She Sells Seashells by the Seashore

Biology

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this lesson, students will learn about paleontologists who have helped shape our understanding of organisms’ evolutionary history. They will research and evaluate evidence that scientists have used to construct and continually use to reconstruct evolutionary history and environmental pressures that... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson Online Hybrid

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS4.5 , B.LS4.5.1, B.LS4.5.2
More 4-5 Periods
Time Frame 185 Minutes
Only the Strong Survive

Natural Selection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this lesson, students will learn about the four points of natural selection and how they drive the evolutionary patterns of a species. Students will determine how to answer evolutionary questions through interpreting graphs and making connections among natural selection concepts. Students also will... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson Online Hybrid
Only the Strong Survive

Natural Selection

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS4.5 , B.LS4.5.1, B.LS4.5.2
More 2-3 class periods
Time Frame 130-150 minutes
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Biology

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this lesson, students will examine the facts associated with evolution, infer what fossilized remains can inform us about an organism, explore how evolution is influenced by an ever-changing environment, and construct a timeline of an organism change resulting from environmental factors or human... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson Online Hybrid

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS4.5 , B.LS4.5.1, B.LS4.5.2
More 4-5 periods
Time Frame 212 minutes