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Osenkowski, Pamela; Green, Che; Tjaden, Anne; Cunniff, Peggy – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Animal dissection has been routinely practiced in American biology classrooms for decades. With technological advancements, more states adopting student choice measures, and increased awareness about ethical concerns surrounding dissection, many useful dissection alternatives have been developed. To understand the current use of animal dissection…
Descriptors: Laboratory Procedures, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Animals
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Davenport, K. D.; Milks, Kirstin Jane; Van Tassell, Rebecca – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Analyzing evolutionary relationships requires that students have a thorough understanding of evidence and of how scientists use evidence to develop these relationships. In this lesson sequence, students work in groups to process many different lines of evidence of evolutionary relationships between ungulates, then construct a scientific argument…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evaluation, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts
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Kelley, Amanda L.; Hanson, Paul R.; Kelley, Stephanie A. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Ocean acidification, a product of CO[subscript 2] absorption by the world's oceans, is largely driven by the anthropogenic combustion of fossil fuels and has already lowered the pH of marine ecosystems. Organisms with calcium carbonate shells and skeletons are especially susceptible to increasing environmental acidity due to reduction in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Climate, Oceanography, Animals
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Sturner, Kelly; Lucci, Karen – American Biology Teacher, 2015
This inquiry-based activity for high school students introduces concepts of ecology and the importance of data analysis to science. Using an investigative case, students generate independent questions about birds, access Cornell Lab of Ornithology online resources to collect data, organize and graph data using Excel, and make claims based on…
Descriptors: Data, Data Analysis, Science Process Skills, Ornithology
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McCabe, Declan J. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
This exercise demonstrates the principle of parsimony in constructing cladograms. Although it is designed using mammalian cranial characters, the activity could be adapted for characters from any group of organisms. Students score categorical traits on skulls and record the data in a spreadsheet. Using the Mesquite software package, students…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Laboratories, Biology, Evolution
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Hicks, Melissa A.; Cline, Rebecca J.; Trepanier, Angela M. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
An understanding of how genomics information, including information about risk for common, multifactorial disease, can be used to promote personal health (personalized medicine) is becoming increasingly important for the American public. We undertook a quantitative content analysis of commonly used high school textbooks to assess how frequently…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Science Instruction, Textbooks
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Harden, Siegfried; Grilliot, Matthew E. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Optimal foraging theory is a principle that is often presented in the community ecology section of biology textbooks, but also can be demonstrated in the laboratory. We introduce a lab activity that uses an interactive strategy to teach high school and/or college students about this ecological concept. The activity is ideal because it engages…
Descriptors: Ecology, Science Activities, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction
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Grilliot, Matthew E.; Harden, Siegfried – American Biology Teacher, 2014
In 1858, Darwin published "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection." His explanation of evolution by natural selection has become the unifying theme of biology. We have found that many students do not fully comprehend the process of evolution by natural selection. We discuss a few simple games that incorporate hands-on…
Descriptors: Biology, Evolution, Science Instruction, Educational Games
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Taylor, Jessica M.; Davidson, Rebecca M.; Strong, Michael – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a serious global health problem, resulting in >1.4 million deaths each year. Of increasing concern is the evolution of antibiotic resistant strains of the bacterium that causes TB. Using this real-world scenario, we created a 90-minute activity for high school or undergraduate students to use online…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Public Health, Communicable Diseases
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May, S. Randolph – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Students will analyze the coevolution of the predator-prey relationships between "Tyrannosaurus rex" and its prey species using analyses of animal speeds from fossilized trackways, prey-animal armaments, adaptive behaviors, bite marks on prey-animal fossils, predator-prey ratios, and scavenger competition. The students will be asked to…
Descriptors: Biology, Evolution, Science Instruction, Paleontology
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Gusky, Sharon – American Biology Teacher, 2014
In this activity, freshman college students learn biotechnology techniques while playing the role of a laboratory technician. They perform simulations of three diagnostic tests used to screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. By performing an ELISA, a PCR analysis, and a conductivity test, students learn how biotechnology techniques can be used to…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Diseases, Neonates, College Freshmen
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Lampert, Evan – American Biology Teacher, 2014
"Biology Myth-Killers" is an activity designed to identify and correct common misconceptions for high school and college introductory biology courses. Students identify common myths, which double as biology misconceptions, and use appropriate sources to share the "truth" about the myths. This learner-centered activity is a fun…
Descriptors: Biology, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Reddy, Christopher – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Interactive television is a type of distance education that uses streaming audio and video technology for real-time student-teacher interaction. Here, I discuss the design and logistics for developing a high school laboratory-based science course taught to students at a distance using interactive technologies. The goal is to share a successful…
Descriptors: Science Education, Distance Education, Synchronous Communication, Television
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Unsworth, Elizabeth – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Identification of macromolecules in food is a standard introductory high school biology lab. The intent of this article is to describe the conversion of this standard cookbook lab into an inquiry investigation. Instead of verifying the macromolecules found in food, students use their knowledge of the macromolecules in food to determine the…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Science Laboratories, Food, Molecular Structure
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Suwa, Tomomi; Williamson, Brad – American Biology Teacher, 2014
We present a guided-inquiry biology lesson, using the plant-rhizobium symbiosis as a model system. This system provides a rich environment for developing connections between the big ideas in biology as outlined in the College Board's new AP Biology Curriculum. Students gain experience with the practice of scientific investigation, from…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, College Science, Science Experiments
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