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Uses simple paper models of fish, each with a unique morphological variation, to demonstrate concepts of evolution and parsimony.

 

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Dyadic activity that provides a review of the characteristics of the major invertebrate Phyla. 

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This exercise provides a worksheet to contrast the mechanics of mitosis and meiosis.  Students compare qualities of these processes in a table, and draw simplified diagrams to explore cell division.

Outcomes and Learning Objectives

  1. understand the processes of cell division
  2. understand the differences and similarities of meiosis and mitosis

Description

This activity asks students to discuss the biotic and abiotic qualities of a desert environment, and how these factors may affect a plant's photosynthetic strategies. Students brainstorm possible evolutionary adaptations (feasible or not) that may address these challenges.

Outcomes and Learning Objectives

  1. know the biotic and abiotic attributes of a desert ecosystem
  2. identity and understand adaptations that allow plants to live in a desert ecosystem 

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Description

This activity presents students with multiple questions on basic plant anatomy, and allows them to answer in small groups or individually

 

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Uses manipulative cards and spatial arrangement to convey lessons about the cellular anatomy and physiology of translation and transcription. 

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Uses manipulative cards and spatial arrangement to convey lessons about the cellular anatomy and physiology of translation and transcription. 

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Description

This activity engages the student in a physical demonstration of the molecules involves in cellular respiration using pieces of candy.

 

Outcomes and Learning Objectives

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  4. learning
  5. objectives

 

General Directions

Each student will research a topic (e.g. biomes, organelle, genetic disorder), and find 3 to 5 facts or interesting details about this topic, which should include information that is not commonly known.
During class students pair up to share this information in short (1 – 5 minutes each) sessions.
At a bell or buzzer, they will switch partners.
I often have them complete between 4 and 8 rounds depending on the complexity of the topics, amount of variability in the research and number of students.

Adaptation: As a guide, you can provide a set of questions for them to focus on, and have them provide a short introduction each round. This helps keep things from being so repetitive and can help the students stretch their understanding, ability to answer questions, and discussion skills.

This website is a repository for all of us to give, take, and share the tools we use to make our classroom more accessible and engaging.

We (at least one of us!!) have found all of these tools to be great tools to convey complex information in biology to our students.  Have a look around, here are a few tips:

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