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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (9): 628–632.
Published: 02 December 2020
...Andrea M.-K. Bierema There are benefits to both laboratory exercises and scientific modeling, and connecting the two may allow for deeper understanding and interest. Laboratory exercises provide students with opportunities to experience phenomena, but without scientific modeling, students may still...
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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (6): 409–412.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Andrea M.-K. Bierema Students often struggle with the concept of protein synthesis, which incorporates two main processes: transcription and translation. This article describes an activity in which students use craft supplies to physically model the process of translation. The teacher creates the...
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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (6): 413–415.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Kwok-chi Lau This article describes an easily made physical lung model for teaching about lung ventilation. It has rectified some major shortcomings of the bell-jar balloon model by having a fluid-filled “pleural cavity,” a dome-shaped “diaphragm,” and an inflated “lung” at rest. The model can be...
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The American Biology Teacher (2020) 82 (1): 49–51.
Published: 01 January 2020
...Ladislav Merta; Tomáš Pinkr; Vanda Janštová Molecular biology topics tend to be abstract and hard to visualize, and consequently pupils form many misconceptions about genetics and molecular biology. We describe how to make a hands-on educational set that provides visual and tactile modeling of DNA...
Includes: Multimedia, Supplementary data
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The American Biology Teacher (2017) 79 (2): 81–90.
Published: 01 February 2017
... learning about this topic, it is essential to teach them how to understand and use trees like professional biologists. Unfortunately, few currently used teaching frameworks for evolution instruction are designed for this purpose. In this study we developed the Model of the Use of Evolutionary Trees (MUET...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (7): 591–598.
Published: 01 September 2016
... red worm, environmental health inquiry-based learning model neuromuscular What cues do animals use to know where to live? How do they translate that information into behaviors that determine species distribution? Are the processes of sensing the environment and transferring that sensing...
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The American Biology Teacher (2016) 78 (2): 137–140.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Lloyd H. Barrow The purpose of this activity is to provide precollege biology students a visual representation of evolution. Unfortunately, many resources begin with the start of life, which ignores the fact that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old. This model uses adding-machine tape to sequence...
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The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (7): 450–454.
Published: 01 September 2014
... students learn not only the “what” of science but also the “how” and “why.” In line with this approach, we present an exercise that models the integration of fundamental evolutionary concepts with science practices. Students use Avida-ED digital evolution software to test claims from a study on mutated...
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The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (7): 466–469.
Published: 01 September 2014
... changing pressure gradients that the valves experience and come to an understanding of valve function. Making your own simple, inexpensive working models allows your students to visualize valve action quickly and easily, and to predict effects on function if valve structure were altered. A link to a video...
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The American Biology Teacher (2013) 75 (4): 274–279.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Garrett M. Street; Timothy A. Laubach We provide a 5E structured-inquiry lesson so that students can learn more of the mathematics behind the logistic model of population biology. By using models and mathematics, students understand how population dynamics can be influenced by relatively simple...
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The American Biology Teacher (2013) 75 (3): 203–209.
Published: 01 March 2013
... inquiry-based approach using a hypothesis-driven set of experiments that draws upon a real-life concern, environmental exposures to lead (Pb 2+ ). Students learn how scientists use model organisms to understand basic biological concepts, and how these models relate to human and environmental health...
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The American Biology Teacher (2012) 74 (8): 581–582.
Published: 01 October 2012
.../reprintinfo.asp . 2012 Protein structure function model mutation enzyme 3-D The interrelationship of structure and function is a key theme of biology. One important example of this relationship involves how the three-dimensional shapes of proteins are related to the roles they play at the...