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Hopkins, Robert, II; Alberts, Halley – American Biology Teacher, 2015
This activity is designed as a primer to teaching population dispersion analysis. The aim is to help improve students' spatial thinking and their understanding of how spatial statistic equations work. Students use simulated data to develop their own statistic and apply that equation to experimental behavioral data for Gambusia affinis (western…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, Equations (Mathematics)
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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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Gonda, Rebecca L.; DeHart, Kyle; Ashman, Tia-Lynn; Legg, Alison Slinskey – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Achieving a deep understanding of the many topics covered in middle school biology classes is difficult for many students. One way to help students learn these topics is through scenario-based learning, which enhances students' performance. The scenario-based problem-solving module presented here, "The Strawberry Caper," not only…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Vignettes
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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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Baker, Mohammad A. Abu; Emerson, Sara E.; Brown, Joel S. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
We present a practical field exercise for ecology and animal behavior classes that can be carried out on campus, using urban wildlife. Students document an animal's feeding behavior to study its interactions with the surrounding environment. In this approach, an animal's feeding behavior is quantified at experimental food patches placed within its…
Descriptors: Biology, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Statistical Analysis
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Nash, Troy R.; Yang, Suann; Inman, John C. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
We describe an alternative to the kinds of observation-based lab exercises that are often used to cover animal and plant evolution with respect to transitioning from aquatic to terrestrial habitats. We wrote this activity to address these objectives, but also to model the process of scientific inquiry and to require students to collect and analyze…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Evolution, Botany, Animals
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Pecor, Keith W.; Lake, Ellen C.; Wund, Matthew A. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Optimal foraging theory attempts to explain the foraging patterns observed in animals, including their choice of particular food items and foraging locations. We describe three experiments designed to test hypotheses about food choice and foraging habitat preference using bird feeders. These experiments can be used alone or in combination and can…
Descriptors: Animals, Food, Ecology, Science Experiments
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Casady, Grant M. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Undergraduate biology labs often explore the techniques of data collection but neglect the statistical framework necessary to express findings. Students can be confused about how to use their statistical knowledge to address specific biological questions. Growth in the area of observational ecology requires that students gain experience in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Biology
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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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Spaccarotella, Kim; James, Roxie – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Measuring plant stem growth over time is a simple activity commonly used to introduce concepts in growth and development in plant biology (Reid & Pu, 2007). This Quick Fix updates the activity and incorporates a real-world application: students consider possible effects of soil substrate and sunlight conditions on plant growth without needing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Scientific Concepts, Biology
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Weigel, Emily G.; DeNieu, Michael; Gall, Andrew J. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
This lesson is designed to teach students that behavior is a trait shaped by both genes and the environment. Students will read a scientific paper, discuss and generate predictions based on the ideas and data therein, and model the relationships between genes, the environment, and behavior. The lesson is targeted to meet the educational goals of…
Descriptors: Genetics, Nature Nurture Controversy, Behavior, Ecology
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Gerido, Leona; Curran, Mary Carla – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Technology use in science classes can enhance lessons and reinforce scientific content. The creation of multimedia projects is a great way to engage students in lessons about estuarine ecosystems. In this activity, students can learn about estuarine organisms and use their creativity to write a story, create artwork, and develop a multimedia…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Chudyk, Sarah; McMillan, Amy; Lange, Catherine – American Biology Teacher, 2014
This article contains an original 5E lesson plan developed from conservation genetics research on the giant North American hellbender salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis. The lesson plan provides background information on the hellbender, reviews basic genetics, and exposes students to the scientific process that is used during…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Animals
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Bierema, Andrea M.-K.; Rudge, David W. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
One of the key aspects of natural selection is competition, yet the concept of competition is not necessarily emphasized in explanations of natural selection. Because of this, we developed an activity for our class that focuses on competition and provides an example of the effects of competition on natural selection. This hands-on activity models…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Animals, Teaching Methods
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