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Schultheis, Elizabeth H.; Kjelvik, Melissa K. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Current educational reform calls for increased integration between science and mathematics to overcome the shortcomings in students' quantitative skills. Data Nuggets (free online resource, http://datanuggets.org) are worksheets that bring data into the classroom, repeatedly guiding students through the scientific method and making claims…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Process Skills, Educational Change, Statistical Analysis
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Bokor, Julie; Darwiche, Houda; Joseph, Drew – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Using Pompe disease as a context affords the opportunity for students to consider multiple biological concepts and embraces the Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas Structure and Function (LS1.A) and Inheritance of Traits (LS3.A) as well as Crosscutting Concepts Structure and Function and Cause and Effect. These crosscutting…
Descriptors: Simulation, Diseases, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Hallman, Tyler A.; Robinson, W. Douglas – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Species identification is essential to biology, conservation, and management. The ability to focus on specific diagnostic characteristics of a species helps improve the speed and accuracy of identification. Birds are excellent subjects for teaching species identification because, in combination with their different shapes and sizes, their plumages…
Descriptors: Animals, Teaching Methods, Identification, Biodiversity
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Lark, Amy; Richmond, Gail; Pennock, Robert T. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
New science standards and reform recommendations spanning grades K--16 focus on a limited set of key scientific concepts from each discipline that all students should know. They also emphasize the integration of these concepts with science practices so that students learn not only the "what" of science but also the "how" and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Classroom Techniques, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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Heil, Caiti S. S.; Manzano-Winkler, Brenda; Hunter, Mika J.; Noor, Juliet K. F.; Noor, Mohamed A. F. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
We present a laboratory exercise that leverages student interest in genetics to observe and understand evolution by natural selection. Students begin with white-eyed fruit fly populations, to which they introduce a single advantageous variant (one male with red eyes). The superior health and vision associated with having the red-eye-color allele…
Descriptors: Genetics, Evolution, Student Interests, Laboratories
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May, Barbara Jean – American Biology Teacher, 2013
This activity engages students to better understand the impact of transmission by invasive species. Using dice, poker chips, and paper plates, an entire class mimics the spread of an invasive species within a geographic region. The activity can be modified and conducted at the K-16 levels.
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Science Activities, Hands on Science, Science Instruction
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Curtis, Rachel; Klemens, Jeffrey A.; Agosta, Salvatore J.; Bartlow, Andrew W.; Wood, Steve; Carlson, Jason A.; Stratford, Jeffrey A.; Steele, Michael A. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
Predator-prey dynamics are an important concept in ecology, often serving as an introduction to the field of community ecology. However, these dynamics are difficult for students to observe directly. We describe a methodology that employs model caterpillars made of clay to estimate rates of predator attack on a prey species. This approach can be…
Descriptors: Ecology, Middle School Students, Secondary School Students, College Students
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Barko, Tim; Sadler, Troy D. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
The educational video game Mission Biotech provides a virtual experience for students in learning biotechnology materials and tools. This study explores the use of Mission Biotech and the associated curriculum by three high school teachers and their students. All three classes demonstrated gains on a curriculum-aligned test of science content.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biotechnology, Video Games, Secondary School Teachers
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Prud'homme-Genereux, Annie – American Biology Teacher, 2013
"What is life?" This deceptively simple question lies at the heart of biology. In this activity, students work in groups to come up with their own definition using a set of prompting cards that differs for each team. In doing so, students gain an appreciation of the complexities of addressing this question. The activity takes approximately 60-90…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Undergraduate Students
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Bybee, Rodger W. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The release of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC, 2012) provides the basis for the next generation of science standards. This article first describes that foundation for the life sciences; it then presents a draft standard for natural selection and evolution. Finally, there is a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, National Standards, Biology
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Dorrell, Michael I.; Marcacci, Michael; Bravo, Stephen; Kurz, Troy; Tremblay, Jacob; Rusing, Jack C. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
We describe a technique for removing and growing chick embryos in culture that utilizes relatively inexpensive materials and requires little space. It can be readily performed in class by university, high school, or junior high students, and teachers of any grade level should be able to set it up for their students. Students will be able to…
Descriptors: Science Activities, College Students, High School Students, Junior High School Students
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Rollinson, Susan Wells – American Biology Teacher, 2012
The growth of a pine tree is examined by preparing "tree cookies" (cross-sectional disks) between whorls of branches. The use of Christmas trees allows the tree cookies to be obtained with inexpensive, commonly available tools. Students use the tree cookies to investigate the annual growth of the tree and how it corresponds to the number of whorls…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Venditti, Jennifer J.; Surmacz, Cynthia A. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
In this guided inquiry, students explore the complex hormonal regulation of the female reproductive cycle using inexpensive ovulation and pregnancy detection kits that are readily available over the counter. This hands-on activity engages students in the practice of doing science as highlighted by the "National Science Education Standards." The…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Physiology, Birth, Obstetrics
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Curtis, Anthony D. – American Biology Teacher, 2010
I describe three activities that allow students to explore the ideas of evolution, natural selection, extinction, mass extinction, and rates of evolutionary change by engaging a simple model using paper, pens, chalk, and a chalkboard. As a culminating activity that supports expository writing in the sciences, the students write an essay on mass…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Biology, Science Instruction, Evolution
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Schulteis, Michael W. – American Biology Teacher, 2010
Over 5 million students and 28,000 schools are consistently marginalized or left out of statistics that describe evolution and science education. Although they are relatively few in number compared with their public school counterparts, the millions of students and hundreds of thousands of teachers in private schools need to be counted in research…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Biology, Science Instruction, Educational Research
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