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FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Labs for AP® Biology: Fruit Fly Behavior

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Fruit Fly Behavior Inquiry Lab Solution for AP® Biology, students construct a choice chamber tube to study fruit fly behavior and investigate what environmental factors trigger a fruit fly response.

Includes access to exclusive FlinnPREP™ digital content to combine the benefits of classroom, laboratory and digital learning. Each blended learning lab solution includes prelab videos about concepts, techniques and procedures, summary videos that relate the experiment to the AP® exam, and standards-based, tested inquiry labs with real sample data. FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab Solutions are adaptable to you and how you teach with multiple ways to access and run your AP® labs.

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Big Idea 4, Investigation 12, Science Practices 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

What makes a fruit fly tick? Students construct a choice chamber tube to study fruit fly behavior and investigate what environmental factors trigger a fruit fly response.

Students begin with a Baseline Activity that instructs them to construct a choice chamber tube. Then, they transfer fruit flies to the tube and observe their behavior as they present different options in the choice chamber. This procedure serves as a starting point for the Opportunities for Inquiry section of the lab that guides students to develop a testable hypothesis and then design an experiment that they can plan, discuss, evaluate, execute and finally justify to their peers. Questions like, “What types of foods or condiments found in households might attract or repel the fruit flies?” and “How might Drosophila react to dilute acids or bases?” help inspire the inquiry experiment.

Includes detailed teacher notes, reproducible student handouts and enough materials for eight groups of students to complete the Baseline Activity and prepare for the inquiry activity. Sample data for different fruit and environmental conditions tested by Flinn Scientific are included in the teacher notes. Wild-type Drosophila is required and available separately. Order Drosophila 3 weeks in advance with arrival one week before the lab as this activity requires adult fruit flies.

FLINNprep is just one of the powerful learning pathways accessed via PAVO, Flinn’s award-winning gateway to standards-aligned digital science content paired with hands-on learning.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
HS-LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.
HS-LS2-8. Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce