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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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McKernan, Lisa N. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
The challenge of teaching in the sciences is not only conveying knowledge in the discipline, but also developing essential critical thinking, data analysis, and scientific writing skills. I outline an exercise that can be done easily as part of a microbiology laboratory course. It teaches the nature of the research process, from asking questions…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Teaching Methods, Research Methodology, Scientific Research
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Valauri-Orton, Alexis; Bernd, Karen K. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
For many middle school students, connections between their lives and concepts like chemical reactivity, microbial contamination, and experimental sampling are not obvious. They may also feel that, even if there were connections, understanding the monitoring and quality of natural resources is something for grown-ups and beyond their…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Microbiology, Chemistry
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Lampert, Evan C.; Morgan, Jeanelle M. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Diverse communities of arthropods and microbes provide humans with essential ecosystem goods and services. Arthropods are the most diverse and abundant macroscopic animals on the planet, and many remain to be discovered. Much less is known about microbial diversity, despite their importance as free-living species and as symbionts. We created…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Biodiversity, Research Projects, Student Projects
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Jasti, Chandana; Hug, Barbara; Waters, Jillian L.; Whitaker, Rachel J. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Recent scientific studies are providing increasing evidence for how microbes living in and on us are essential to our good health. However, many students still think of microbes only as germs that harm us. The classroom activities presented here are designed to shift student thinking on this topic. In these guided inquiry activities, students…
Descriptors: Microbiology, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Cwikla, Julie; Milroy, Scott; Reider, David; Skelton, Tara – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Pioneering Mars: Turning the Red Planet Green with the Earth's Smallest Settlers (http://pioneeringmars.org) provides a partnership model for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning that brings university scientists together with high school students to investigate whether cyanobacteria from Antarctica could survive on…
Descriptors: Astronomy, STEM Education, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation
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Young, Linda Mull; Motz, Vicki Abrams – American Biology Teacher, 2013
We outline protocols for producing slant-minis (SLINIs) and mini-deeps (MEEPs) and examples of their use in simple microbiology experiments suitable for high school students. The principal benefits of these protocols are decreased cost associated with significantly reduced media use; easier, less expensive disposal of waste; and increased safety…
Descriptors: Microbiology, High School Students, Science Experiments, Scientific Methodology
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Poli, DorothyBelle; Fleenor, Matthew; Rearick, Matthew – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Collaboration between two biologists and a physicist resulted in the example of tattooing being used as a motivator to support discussion across several scientific fields (cell biology, microbiology, human health, and physics). Although often viewed as self-destructive and rebellious in the Western world, tattooing has a deep and rich history full…
Descriptors: Biology, Cytology, Microbiology, Health
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Enos-Berlage, Jodi – American Biology Teacher, 2012
A 3-week laboratory module was developed for an undergraduate microbiology course that would connect student learning to a real-life challenge, specifically a local water-quality project. The laboratory series included multiple field trips, sampling of soil and water, and subsequent analysis for bacteria and nitrate. Laboratory results confirmed…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Student Surveys, Science Laboratories, Learning Modules
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Redelman, Carly V.; Marrs, Kathleen; Anderson, Gregory G. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
In nature, bacteria exist in and adapt to different environments by forming microbial communities called "biofilms." We propose simple, inquiry-based laboratory exercises utilizing a biofilm formation assay, which allows controlled biofilm growth. Students will be able to qualitatively assess biofilm growth via staining. Recently, we developed a…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Student Interests
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Serafini, Amanda; Matthews, Dorothy M. – American Biology Teacher, 2009
Natural selection is the mechanism of evolution caused by the environmental selection of organisms most fit to reproduce, sometimes explained as "survival of the fittest." An example of evolution by natural selection is the development of bacteria that are resistant to antimicrobial agents as a result of exposure to these agents. Triclosan, which…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Case Studies, Science Activities, Evolution
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Lennox, John; Ashe, Jeffrey – American Biology Teacher, 2009
In a climate of increased concern for the environment and its protection, teachers in disciplines as diverse as biology, microbiology, environmental studies, and environmental engineering may be seeking teaching materials and laboratory exercises that will enable them to introduce these new concepts into their classrooms and laboratories. The…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Environmental Education, Laboratories, Microbiology
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Weese, J. Scott – American Biology Teacher, 2009
A wide range of activities may be undertaken in elementary and secondary school science laboratories as part of regular curricular activities or optional classroom activities, including science fair projects. Among these is the culturing of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. There are various potential educational opportunities associated…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Science Laboratories, Science Fairs
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Briggs, Brandon; Mitton, Teri; Smith, Rosemary; Magnuson, Timothy – American Biology Teacher, 2009
Microbial fuel cells are a current research area that harvests electricity from bacteria capable of anaerobic respiration. Graphite is an electrically conductive material that bacteria can respire on, thus it can be used to capture electrons from bacteria. When bacteria transfer electrons to graphite, an electrical potential is created that can…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Microbiology, Laboratory Experiments, Biophysics
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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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