One of the common overlooked first lessons of biology is determining if life exists. There are seven characteristics/factrors that must be met in order for an object to be considered living.
The attached worksheet is a solid homework/in-class
I teach a unit during my zoology course I call "animal gait analysis", specifically it revolves around various aspects of identifying and tracking animals; even scat analysis. The students really get into this unit and has quickly become a favorite
The penny lab is a simple easy to do lab that students tend to enjoy. I use each year as an intro type lab when talk over properties of water. It can be fit into topics that include the scientific method, valuable properties of water, surface
This is a lab that is designed to:
-Learn basics about seed structure and function
-Understand difference between monocot and dicots
-Practice with microscope/stereomicroscope
-Use of Biological Indicator (Iodine/Lugol's solution)
This serves as a
This activity reinforces the notion that the human body though vastly unique has very symmetrical and proportionate characteristics. This means that in many ways we can measure certain aspects of the body and estimate from those measurements
This powerpoint presentation gives student s a look into the vital aspects of healthy soil. It describes the major nutrients needed for optimal plant growth and maintenance. It does NOT include all organisms and layers of soil, just a look at
Gait analysis is the study of an organisms gait. During this presentation I present students with both the fundamental concepts of animal gait analogy but also teach relevant tracking skills. The beauty of teaching this unit lyes in the fact that is
Students in this activity "google" terms and statements that lead them to explore the modern techniques and procedures of biology in the 21st (twenty-first) century. This activity is a great unit intro or substance builder for a great class
Science, Biology, Forensics
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Research, Internet Activities, Cooperative Learning
This worksheet requires students to enter the OHDNR website and learn about the non-native invasive species existing in Ohio. This serves as a quick homework assignment or activity to allow students to learn and ask questions about Ohio invasives.
In this powerpoint introductory topics associated with the atomic theory (what matter? what is an atom?) is displayed and discussed along with popular findings and inclusions to the modern atomic theory (Dalton and Rutherford's experiments). The
Perfect for an intro powerpoint on the characteristics of life or first unit of a biology course. I use it to show students how diverse life actually is as well as teach them what standards we actually use to "determine if something is alive". This
This is a one-two day activity depending on your needs for depth. During this activity students are asked to visit a specific website in which the author explains some tips and tricks for improving results in your garden or field. Students will be a
In modern biology there are a lot of issues that walk the line of scientific and moral reasoning. Part of your job as a biology educator is to educate students on developments and procedures that have the capability of improving human life but also
A quick 10 question pre-assessment paper. I use it in class to get a baseline reading or grade (for data purposes and teaching) to see what depth of knowledge I will be working with before a new semester begins.