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The Frontiers in Physiology program has developed numerous teaching tools and resources for middle and high school classrooms and for teacher professional development. Use the links in this section to find resources, tools, and planning or evaluation guides developed by Frontiers teacher fellows, APS members, APS staff and science educators. Most are catalogued in the The Life Science Teaching Resource Community. Be sure to check the LifeSciTRC for many more teaching resources (link below). 

The navigation at left provides links to the following resources developed through the Frontiers programs:

  • Learning Cycle Units: These units are designed for middle and/or high school use. They include a full learning cycle with engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate activity sections.  Each has been used extensively in classrooms and workshops.

  • Teacher-Developed Six Star Science Lesson Plans: These lesson plans were developed and tested by teachers in the Frontiers in Physiology summer research and online teacher programs. Most include an inquiry-based activity (guided or open), equity strategies, use of Internet resources, and authentic assessment ideas.

  • Professional Development Resources: As part of the Local Outreach Team program, APS developed many resources for planning and implementing effective professional development activities for educators. Resources include planning forms and checklists as well as sample evaluation forms.

  • Society Strategies: APS coordinates a seminar series for other professional science societies to share information on how each organization supports and promotes K-12 science education. Summaries of the strategies and ideas are provided here.

Digital Libraries

Access a wide variety of teaching and learning materials on various science subjects and careers, including physiology.