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Work, Kirsten A.; Gibbs, Melissa A.; Friedman, Erich J. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
We describe a card game that helps introductory biology students understand the basics of the immune response to pathogens. Students simulate the steps of the immune response with cards that represent the pathogens and the cells and molecules mobilized by the immune system. In the process, they learn the similarities and differences between the…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Cytology, Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences
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Flinn, Kathryn M. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
In this classroom activity, students build a phylogeny for woody plant species based on the morphology of their twigs. Using any available twigs, students can practice the process of cladistics to test evolutionary hypotheses for real organisms. They identify homologous characters, determine polarity through outgroup comparison, and construct a…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
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Zeeh, Ann; Quell, Andrew – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Teachers are being challenged to engage students in ways that will elevate student interest and understanding of concepts in science and encourage students to gather evidence to support what we know about science. It is critical for teachers to have budget-friendly, supporting activities that are aligned with current educational standards, that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Student Interests, Science Activities
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Cameron, Jacquelyn; Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Many biology teachers visit Dayton, Tennessee, to experience "ground zero" of the evolution-creationism controversy. This article provides concise descriptions, addresses, and GPS coordinates for the trial-related sites in and around Dayton.
Descriptors: Biology, Creationism, Evolution, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Countryman, Lyn L.; Maroo, Jill D. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Considerable anecdotal evidence indicates that some of the most difficult concepts that both high school and undergraduate elementary-education students struggle with are those surrounding evolutionary principles, especially speciation. It's no wonder that entry-level biology students are confused, when biologists have multiple definitions of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, College Science, Evolution, Scientific Principles
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Weeks, Andrea; Bachman, Beverly; Josway, Sarah; Laemmerzahl, Arndt F.; North, Brittany – American Biology Teacher, 2014
In order to challenge our undergraduate students' enduring misconception that plants, animals, and fungi must be "advanced" and that other eukaryotes traditionally called protists must be "primitive," we have developed a 24-hour take-home guided inquiry and investigation of live Physarum cultures. The experiment replicates…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Misconceptions
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Romesburg, H. Charles – American Biology Teacher, 2014
This article explains four kinds of inquiry exercises, different in purpose, for teaching advanced-level high school and college students the hypothetico-deductive (H-D) method. The first uses a picture of a river system to convey the H-D method's logic. The second has teams of students use the H-D method: their teacher poses a hypothesis…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Abstract Reasoning, Inquiry, Hypothesis Testing
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Adler, Jacob J.; Judd, Mariah V.; Bringman, Lauren R.; Wells, Clark D.; Marrs, Kathleen A. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
We developed an interactive laboratory that allows students to identify and grade tissue samples from human breast biopsies, using techniques similar to those used by actual pathologists. This unique lab develops a practical and intellectual understanding of basic tissue structures that make up living systems, utilizing technology to bring…
Descriptors: Pathology, Science Instruction, Cancer, Laboratory Experiments
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Cherif, Abour H.; Michel, Linda; Movahedzadeh, Farahnaz; Aron, Robert; Adams, Gerald; Jenkins, Sharron – American Biology Teacher, 2009
Many educators agree that effective teaching helps students to think critically, communicate more clearly, learn self-discipline, develop an understanding of themselves and others, and cultivate the habit of self-education. Today's global, multi-cultural environment requires people to work in teams, which in turn requires collaboration and…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Cooperative Learning, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Context
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Marvel, Stephen C.; Kepler, Megan V. – American Biology Teacher, 2009
It is important for students to be exposed to the concept of osmotic pressure. Understanding this concept lays the foundation for deeper discussions that lead to more theoretical aspects of water movement associated with the concepts of free energy, water potential, osmotic potential, pressure potential, and osmotic adjustment. The concept of…
Descriptors: Laboratory Procedures, Physics, Biology, College Students
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Wilson, Courtney R.; Murphy, James; Trautmann, Nancy M.; Makinster, James G. – American Biology Teacher, 2009
As part of a curriculum development project entitled Crossing Boundaries, these authors designed an inquiry-based activity that introduces students to landscape change and potential impacts on associated biological communities. Using pairs of current and historical satellite images, students explore landscape change in a variety of U.S. and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Change Agents, Biodiversity, Science Teachers
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Johnson, Nancy C.; Chaudhary, V. Bala; Hoeksema, Jason D.; Moore, John C.; Pringle, Anne; Umbanhowar, James A.; Wilson, Gail W. T. – American Biology Teacher, 2009
Biology curricula cover fungi in units on bacteria, protists, and primitive plants, but fungi are more closely related to animals than to bacteria or plants. Like animals, fungi are heterotrophs and cannot create their own food; but, like plants, fungi have cell walls, and are for the most part immobile. Most species of fungi have a filamentous…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Animals, Field Trips, Class Activities
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Hoh, Yin Kiong – American Biology Teacher, 2009
The perception that engineers and scientists are intelligent Caucasian men who are socially inept and absent-minded people is prevalent among students of all levels, from elementary school to college. While the media may, by chance or choice, promote this image, the reality is that most engineers are men. These stereotypical images of engineers…
Descriptors: Science Careers, Role Models, Females, Sex Role
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Sampson, Victor; Gleim, Leeanne – American Biology Teacher, 2009
Inquiry is an integral part of the teaching and learning of science. However, many science teachers are unsure of how to promote and support inquiry in the classroom or how to design lessons that engage students in inquiry in a way that improves students' understanding of important concepts and practices in biology. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Thinking Skills, Inquiry
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Halverson, Kristy Lynn; Lankford, Deanna Marie – American Biology Teacher, 2009
The authors have developed a lesson to investigate basic principles of ecology, more specifically niche partitioning, while using a jigsaw activity that explores galling insects' interactions with goldenrods. Not only does this lesson capture secondary students' interest and keeps them engaged in hands-on activities, the content addresses two…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Entomology, Ecology, Science Instruction
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