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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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Lampert, Evan – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Invasive species, defined as exotic species that reach pest status, are major threats to global biodiversity. Although invasive species can belong to any taxonomic group, general characteristics such as rapid growth and reproduction are shared by many invasive species. "Invented Invaders" is a collaborative activity in which students…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Environmental Influences
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Bal, Tara L. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
"Forest health" is an important concept often not covered in tree, forest, insect, or fungal ecology and biology. With minimal, inexpensive equipment, students can investigate and conduct their own forest health survey to assess the percentage of trees with natural or artificial wounds or stress. Insects and diseases in the forest are…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Forestry, Surveys
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Wyner, Yael; Becker, Johnathan; Torff, Bruce – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Both the old National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the recent "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) devote significant resources to learning about human environmental impact. Whereas the NSES advocate learning about human environmental impact in a section apart from the science- content learning strands, the NGSS embed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Ecology, Secondary School Science, Conservation (Environment)
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Ruane, Lauren G.; Ruane, Daniel M. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
The goal of this interdisciplinary activity is to encourage students to think critically about the ethical, environmental, and human health consequences of producing and consuming processed foods.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Food, Science Instruction, Environmental Education
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Hopwood, Jennifer L.; Flowers, Susan K.; Seidler, Katie J.; Hopwood, Erica L. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
Invasive species are a substantial threat to biodiversity. Educating students about invasive species introduces fundamental concepts in biology, ecology, and environmental science. In the Race to Displace game, students assume the characteristics of select native or introduced plants and experience first hand the influences of species interactions…
Descriptors: Ecology, Plants (Botany), Biodiversity, Fundamental Concepts
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Weber, Daniel N.; Hesselbach, Renee; Kane, Andrew S.; Petering, David H.; Petering, Louise; Berg, Craig A. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
Understanding human environmental health is difficult for high school students, as is the process of scientific investigation. This module provides a framework to address both concerns through an inquiry-based approach using a hypothesis-driven set of experiments that draws upon a real-life concern, environmental exposures to lead (Pb2+). Students…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Hypothesis Testing, Inquiry
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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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March, Kathryn A. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Global Positioning System (GPS) technology can be used to connect students to the natural world and improve their skills in observation, identification, and classification. Using GPS devices in the classroom increases student interest in science, encourages team-building skills, and improves biology content knowledge. Additionally, it helps…
Descriptors: Botany, Biology, Science Instruction, Navigation
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Sauterer, Roger; Rayburn, James R. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Introducing students to the process of scientific inquiry is a major goal of high school and college labs. Environmental toxins are of great concern and public interest. Modifications of a vertebrate developmental toxicity assay using the frog Xenopus laevis can support student-initiated toxicology experiments that are relevant to humans. Teams of…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Toxicology, Biology, Environmental Education
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Richardson, Matthew L.; Richardson, Scott L.; Hall, David G. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Scientists researching biological control should engage in education because translating research programs into classroom activities is a pathway to increase scientific literacy among students. Classroom activities focused on biological control target all levels of biological organization and can be cross-disciplinary by drawing from subject areas…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Class Activities, Learning Activities, Environmental Education
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Lee, David S. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Our nation's first school of forestry operated in the early 1900s, when states were still being admitted to the union, and the motor car and typewriter had just been introduced to the American public. In the previous century, timber operations had slashed their way through forests with the simple policy of "cut and get out." To farmers,…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Forestry, Educational History, Conservation (Environment)
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Nelson, Allan – American Biology Teacher, 2010
During laboratory sessions devoted to ecology, 182 preservice K-8 teachers participated in a Project Wildlife in Learning Design (WILD) workshop. Participants rated the workshop highly, indicated they would use more inquiry-based activities, and were more interested in teaching ecology following the workshop. Post-test scores indicated an…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ecology, Workshops, Wildlife
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Swab, Janice C. – American Biology Teacher, 2010
I use the diary that Darwin wrote during the voyage of HMS Beagle and recent images of a few of the places he visited to illustrate some comparisons between Darwin's world and ours. For today's students, increasingly committed to environmental issues, this may be an especially promising way to introduce Darwin.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Diaries, Biology, Evolution
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Aidin, Amirshokoohi; Mahsa, Kazempour – American Biology Teacher, 2010
The Biodiversity Community Action Project is a stimulating and vigorous project that allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of the interconnection between organisms and their environments as well as the connection of science to their lives and society. It addresses key content standards in the National Science Education Standards and…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Community Action, Biodiversity, Science and Society
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