ERIC Number: ED398077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Biology on a Shoestring.
Bellamy, Mary Louise Ed.; Frame, Kathy Ed.
This document contains hands-on, open-ended laboratory activities that can be done in the classroom on a shoestring budget. They are aimed at increasing students' excitement and curiosity about science and enabling them to develop a better understanding of the nature of science, take an active role in their own learning process, and develop critical thinking skills. Each lab contains directions for teachers that include objectives, synopsis, level, connections, getting ready, teacher background, teaching tips, safety procedures, instructional procedures, student design of the next experiment, suggested modifications for students who are exceptional, test questions and answers, references, and suggested readings. Directions for students include introduction, safety notes, hypothesis generation, plan of investigation, questions/analysis and/or lab report format, and design for the next experiment. These labs are based on research about constructivism and conceptual change and emphasize cooperative learning. Topics include designer planes, acid rain, enzymes, biological levers, ethology, taste and smell, muscular activity, growth patterns and genetics, invertebrates, insecticidal effects of plant compounds, over-the-counter drugs, ecology, leaf litter, proteins, roots, and plant growth. Appendices include bottle biology experiments, care of mealworms, field trips, and supplementary materials. (JRH)
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Genetics, Hands on Science, Investigations, Misconceptions, Physiology, Plants (Botany), Science Activities, Science Process Skills, Thinking Skills
National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive #19, Reston, VA 22090-5202.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Biology Teachers, Reston, VA.