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7th Grade Life Science at the Observatory: Life Throughout the Universe
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This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we don't know about science, for example life throughout the universe. It will hopefully encourage students to question what we know and don't know, and exploration and study of the unknown.

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Earth and Space Systems
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brad Snyder
Date Added:
05/29/2019
ATP: The Fuel of Life
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The goal of this lesson is to introduce students who are interested in human biology and biochemistry to the subtleties of energy metabolism (typically not presented in standard biology and biochemistry textbooks) through the lens of ATP as the primary energy currency of the cell. Avoiding the details of the major pathways of energy production (such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation), this lesson is focused exclusively on ATP, which is truly the fuel of life. Starting with the discovery and history of ATP, this lesson will walk the students through 8 segments (outlined below) interspersed by 7 in-class challenge questions and activities, to the final step of ATP production by the ATP synthase, an amazing molecular machine. A basic understanding of the components and subcellular organization (e.g. organelles, membranes, etc.) and chemical foundation (e.g. biomolecules, chemical equilibrium, biochemical energetics, etc.) of a eukaryotic cell is a desired prerequisite, but it is not a must. Through interactive in-class activities, this lesson is designed to spark the students’ interest in biochemistry and human biology as a whole, but could serve as an introductory lesson to teaching advanced concepts of metabolism and bioenergetics in high school depending on the local science curriculum. No supplies or materials are needed.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Christian Schubert
Date Added:
05/24/2019
Acid Rain Destruction
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Developed for third grade. Students will:; understand the damaging effects of acid rain on the environment.; understand the damaging effects of acid rain on plants.; pose a hypothesis and use the scientific method.Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least once by students from our partner schools. This wiki has been established to share ideas about teaching biology in elementary schools. The motivation behind the creation of this page is twofold: 1. to provide an outlet for the teaching ideas of a group of college educators participating in a workshop-style course; 2. to provide a space where anyone else interested in this topic can place their ideas.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
WikiEducator
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Adaptations for Bird Flight – Inspiration for Aeronautical Engineering
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This activity first asks the students to study the patterns of bird flight and understand that four main forces affect the flight abilities of a bird. They will study the shape, feather structure, and resulting differences in the pattern of flight. They will then look at several articles that feature newly designed planes and the birds that they are modeled after. The final component of this activity is to watch the Nature documentary, "Raptor Force" which chronicles the flight patterns of birds, how researchers study these animals, and what interests our military and aeronautical engineers about these natural adaptations. This activity serves as an extension to the biomimetics lesson. Although students will not be using this information in the design process for their desert resort, it provides interesting information pertaining to the current use of biomimetics in the field of aviation. Students may extend their design process by using this information to create a means of transportation to and from the resort if they chose to.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Administering Medications to Patients -- Calculating Dosages in the Clinical Setting
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Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate proper medicine dosages using the metric system.

Subject:
Health and Medical Sciences
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Shari Goldberg
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Advances in Our Understanding of DNA & the Nature of Science
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Students research modern DNA discoveries provided by the teacher as well as student selected discoveries. After summarizing each discovery, students reflect on the nature of science and identify and explain which NOS tenets are demonstrated in the DNA discoveries.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kathryn Williams
Date Added:
02/18/2021
Aerobic and Anaerobic Cellular Respiration
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This module specifically focuses on Cellular Respiration, both aerobic and anaerobic. The breakdown of nutrient molecules provides energy to the cell. This energy is stored in specific chemicals that are used to carry out the life functions of the cell (BIO.2 e). This module was developed by Teresa Ballou as part of a Virginia Commonwealth University STEM initiative sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VCU STEM Project 3
VCU STEM Project 2
VCU STEM Project 1
Date Added:
10/03/2020
Air Pollution
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The Phoenix metropolitan area, like many large cities, has problems with air pollution at certain times of the year. You can do a simple experiment to determine some of the factors that affect air pollution.

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Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
Provider Set:
Ask A Biologist
Author:
Dr. Biology
Date Added:
06/10/2009
Alerte Terre!: An Interactive Lecture  Activity  on  Environmental Topics
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In this Interactive Lecture Demonstration, students will predict the main issues that might be included in short French language videos treating topics such as endangered species, organic farming, the effect of aerosols on the environment, pollution and sustainable development. They will then view short videos on the topics and reflect on how their prior assumptions meshed with reality.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Living Systems and Processes
World Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Laura Franklin
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Amazing Bean Races
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Developed for fifth grade and above. Primary biological content area covered:; Plant growth; Seedling morphology; Hypothesis testing; Experimental design; Line graphing; Introductory statistics.Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least once by students from our partner schools. This wiki has been established to share ideas about teaching biology in elementary schools. The motivation behind the creation of this page is twofold: 1. to provide an outlet for the teaching ideas of a group of college educators participating in a workshop-style course; 2. to provide a space where anyone else interested in this topic can place their ideas.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
WikiEducator
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Animal Inventions
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Developed for second grade. Students will:; Name the characteristics of animal groups. Classify the major animal groups such as: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. Identify the elements of specific habitats that each animal needs in order to survive. Wonder, plan, investigate, reflect, share and act through the scientific method.Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least once by students from our partner schools. This wiki has been established to share ideas about teaching biology in elementary schools. The motivation behind the creation of this page is twofold: 1. to provide an outlet for the teaching ideas of a group of college educators participating in a workshop-style course; 2. to provide a space where anyone else interested in this topic can place their ideas.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
WikiEducator
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Animals and Engineering
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Students are introduced to the classification of animals and animal interactions. Students also learn why engineers need to know about animals and how they use that knowledge to design technologies that help other animals and/or humans. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Ant Farm
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Farming ants might sound like a crazy thing to do unless you might like to eat chocolate covered ants. It turns out we can learn a lot from ants and the best way is to build your own ant farm.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
Provider Set:
Ask A Biologist
Author:
Rebecca Clark
Sabine Deviche
Date Added:
06/10/2009
Are Nanobacteria Alive: Sample Socratic Questions
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This example Socratic questioning page provides an outline for leading a classroom discussion regarding whether or not nanobacteria exist. Sample questions, resources for background information, and tips and assessment information are provided.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Monica Bruckner
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Bacteria Are Everywhere!
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Students are introduced to the concept of engineering biological organisms and studying their growth to be able to identify periods of fast and slow growth. They learn that bacteria are found everywhere, including on the surfaces of our hands. Student groups study three different conditions under which bacteria are found and compare the growth of the individual bacteria from each source. In addition to monitoring the quantity of bacteria from differ conditions, they record the growth of bacteria over time, which is an excellent tool to study binary fission and the reproduction of unicellular organisms.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Jasmin Hume
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Bacteria Growth Inquiry: Bodily Bacteria and Healthy Hygiene Habits
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In this inquiry activity, students generate investigable questions to explore the link between hygiene/cleanliness and bacteria growth/population. The students will present their conclusions, and video clips containing additional information will be discussed.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Krista Keller
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Balloon Lungs
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Developed for third and fourth grade. Students will understand how their lungs work. They will understand what lung capacity is and be able to measure their own. They will test for a relationship between their lung capacity and their height.Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least once by students from our partner schools. This wiki has been established to share ideas about teaching biology in elementary schools. The motivation behind the creation of this page is twofold: 1. to provide an outlet for the teaching ideas of a group of college educators participating in a workshop-style course; 2. to provide a space where anyone else interested in this topic can place their ideas.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
WikiEducator
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Bee Movie Maker
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Lights, camera, action! Well maybe not a Hollywood movie, there is a lot to be learned by filming bees. Dr. Biology talks with bee movie maker and neurobiologist Brian Smith. Listen in as the two talk about bees, Bee Movie, and even take trip inside a beehive to check out what is buzzing.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
Provider Set:
Ask A Biologist
Author:
CJ Kazilek
Sabine Deviche
Date Added:
09/23/2009
Being Darwin's Finches
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This is an activity that involves students modeling the behavior and competition that Charles Darwin's finches would have gone through as they competed for food and space on the Galapagos Islands. Some will survive. Some won't.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Laura Reese
Date Added:
05/29/2019