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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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Ahmed, Noveera T. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
This classroom activity is based on a constructivist learning design and engages students in physically constructing a karyotype of three mock patients. Students then diagnose the chromosomal aneuploidy based on the karyotype, list the symptoms associated with the disorder, and discuss the implications of the diagnosis. This activity is targeted…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Class Activities, Clinical Diagnosis, Undergraduate Students
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Farenga, Stephen J.; Niess, Daniel; Hutchinson, Michael – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Learning about stem cells within the context of treating pet illness or injury is an additional way for teachers to discuss the integration of science, technology, and veterinary medicine. We explain how practitioners in veterinary medicine harvest animal stem cells from adipose (fat) tissue in treating pet illness or injury. Further, we narrate…
Descriptors: Animals, Cytology, Biology, Science Instruction
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Stephens, Philip J. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
A simple and inexpensive method of monitoring the movement of an isolated frog heart provides comparable results to those obtained with a force transducer. A commercially available photoresistor is integrated into a Wheatstone bridge circuit, and the output signal is interfaced directly with a recording device. An excised, beating frog heart is…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology
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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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Korb, Michele; Colton, Shannon; Vogt, Gina – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Students often find it challenging to create images of complex, abstract biological processes. Using modified storyboards, which contain predrawn images, students can visualize the process and anchor ideas from activities, labs, and lectures. Storyboards are useful in assessing students' understanding of content in larger contexts. They enable…
Descriptors: Production Techniques, Story Telling, Visual Aids, Teaching Methods
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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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Setty, Sumana; Kosinski-Collins, Melissa S. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
It has been noted that undergraduate project-based laboratories lead to increased interest in scientific research and student understanding of biological concepts. We created a novel, inquiry-based, multiweek genetics research project studying Ptpmeg, for the Introductory Biology Laboratory course at Brandeis University. Ptpmeg is a protein…
Descriptors: Genetics, Introductory Courses, Biology, Inquiry
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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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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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Çil, Emine – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Students need to be aware of plants in order to learn about, appreciate, care for, and protect them. However, research has found that many children are not aware of the plants in their environment. A way to address this issue might be integration of plants with various disciplines. I investigated the effectiveness of an instructional approach…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Plants (Botany)
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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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Cameron, Jacquelyn; Moore, Randy – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Many biology teachers visit Dayton, Tennessee, to experience "ground zero" of the evolution-creationism controversy. This article provides concise descriptions, addresses, and GPS coordinates for the trial-related sites in and around Dayton.
Descriptors: Biology, Creationism, Evolution, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Kudrna, Jeremy; Shore, Marta; Wassenberg, Deena – American Biology Teacher, 2015
Anthropogenic climate change (ACC) and evolution are examples of issues that are perceived differently by scientists and the general public. Within the scientific community, there are clear consensuses that human activities are increasing global temperatures (ACC) and that evolutionary mechanisms have led to the biodiversity of life on Earth…
Descriptors: Climate, Evolution, Science Instruction, Comprehension
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Barrera, Alessandra L. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
This study demonstrates the use of wiki technology (an editable webpage environment) to provide a virtual, asynchronous collaborative-learning environment for students for the purpose of working on course-content-focused study-guide questions. To analyze the effectiveness of this course tool, students' responses to various qualitative and…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Web Sites
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