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Dutta, Shuchismita; Eswaran, Subha; Sanelli, Anne; Bhattacharya, Meenakshi; Tempsick, Richard – Science Teacher, 2018
Molecular storytelling combines three-dimensional (3-D) structure visualization, chemical and biological knowledge, and multidisciplinary functional information from various bioinformatics data resources to generate new knowledge. It prepares students for independent and interdisciplinary learning, facile navigation of public databases to gather…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Visualization
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Moeller, Kara; Friedman, Mark – Science Teacher, 2018
Evolution can be a difficult concept for students, even though it is an organizing principle in biology. It can also be a challenge for teachers to cover evolution properly (or at all) in the classroom, whether due to personal attitudes or lack of knowledge or confidence in the material (Rutledge and Mitchell 2002). Even in some states where…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Health, Biology
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Todd, Amber; Kenyon, Lisa – Science Teacher, 2016
When asked about protein, students often mention meat, protein bars, and protein's role in building muscles. Many students are not aware of the most basic function of protein: linking genes and traits. Because of its importance in molecular genetics, protein function is included in the life sciences section of the "Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Animals, Science Instruction, Physical Characteristics, Physiology
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Ylizarde, Natalie Harr; Kiorpes, Lolita Cariaso – Science Teacher, 2018
Climate change is complex, requiring critical thinking on both local and global scales. Its effects vary dramatically around the world and require new strategies to help students grasp its complexity, scale, and interrelatedness. This article describes a project to help biology students think critically about climate change from a global…
Descriptors: Climate, Change, Environmental Education, Science Instruction