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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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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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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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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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Luft, Julie A.; Lee, Eunmi; Fletcher, Steve; Roehrig, Gill – American Biology Teacher, 2007
Follow the development of six beginning teachers who participated in an induction program.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Biology
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Asson-Batres, Mary Ann; Shneyder, Artyom V. – American Biology Teacher, 2006
Photography can be a useful tool for teaching biology at both the macroscopic and the microscopic levels of organization. While more complex, taking photographs of microscopic specimens is a procedure that can be performed with all students. In this article, the authors outline a general approach that can be followed to develop a specific protocol…
Descriptors: Photography, Laboratory Procedures, Laboratory Equipment, Teaching Methods
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Atkins, Thomas; Roderick, Joyce – American Biology Teacher, 2006
In order for students to understand genetics and evolution, they must first understand the structure of the DNA molecule. The function of DNA proceeds from its unique structure, a structure beautifully adapted for information storage, transcription, translation into amino acid sequences, replication, and time travel. The activity described in this…
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Science Instruction, Genetics, Hands on Science
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Marx, Joseph G.; Honeycutt, Kimberly A.; Clayton, Sonia Rahmati; Moreno, Nancy P. – American Biology Teacher, 2006
The Elizabeth Towns Incident (ETI), a set of inquiry lessons on human anatomy, was developed as part of a partnership between the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Baylor College of Medicine. This collaboration was funded by the National Science Foundation's program, Graduate Teaching Fellowship in K-12 Education. The Houston-based…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Anatomy, College School Cooperation, School Districts
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Seville, R. Scott; Couch, Lee; Seed, Richard; Chappell, Cynthia; Patton, Sharon – American Biology Teacher, 2004
The American Society of Parasitologists established a five-year plan to educate various groups about parasites and parasitology, which were targeted at K-12 students and teachers, college students and teachers and biologists in other disciplines. This program also developed the idea to host a symposium and workshop for these targeted groups.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Microbiology, Workshops, Conferences
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Lee, Cherin A. – American Biology Teacher, 2003
Describes an investigation on plant nutrition that was developed in the form of a guided inquiry learning cycle and can be implemented in a wide range of grade levels from middle school through college. Investigates the needs of plants to live. (Contains 17 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Fail, Joseph, Jr. – American Biology Teacher, 2003
Describes an ecology curriculum primarily for elementary school students but also adaptable to junior and senior high school classes. Includes investigative and inquiry-based laboratory problems to accompany inquiry-based teaching. Connects the science learning that happens in school to students' own experiences. (SOE)
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Inquiry
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Farber, Paul – American Biology Teacher, 2003
The theory of evolution provides direction in many fields, such as ecology, genetics, and embryology. Examines issues concerning the teaching of the subject in the United States. Presents a case study approach to teach about the nature of science using the theory of evolution. (SOE)
Descriptors: Biology, Case Studies, Creationism, Elementary Secondary Education
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