Biology activities

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  1. nali

    nali New Member

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    Feb 15, 2015

    Hi,
    I am a first year biology teacher in a private school. Where I am limited to resources available, I was wondering if I can get some guidance and tips on how to incorporate activities in my lesson. I have found several websites that have prepared power points and lectures but my students complain that biology is really boring. How do I make it interactive and fun?
    Also, how do I prepare lectures where students make their own notes?
    Than you :)
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  3. vickilyn

    vickilyn Magnifico

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    How much access do they have to the internet? This definitely impacts on what can be incorporated. As far as students taking notes, it is a waste of time if you are just reading off of a prepared powerpoint, because you are not giving them any information not on the screen. If the powerpoint is just the outline of the lecture, they will need to take notes to have all of the pertinent information, especially if you are going to test them on it.
     
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    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    There's lots of great virtual labs and webquests out there. Also, plenty of fun activities to do with minimal resources. Biology is NOT boring, it's super interesting! What are you teaching now?
     
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    vickilyn Magnifico

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    I LOVE this stuff, and my students roll their eyes, but they know I can find interesting factoids and articles almost anywhere. It is easier to do with internet access, but doable without. Biology is like my toy box, and I keep tons of reference materials on my computer so that I can pull them up as needed. There are many activities that are not expensive, but do require some advance planning. OP, give us some guidance about your situation, the level you are teaching at, and what resources you have access to currently. For Halloween I wore a lab coat to class and the students groaned. As I told them, proudly, yes, science geek and proud of it! ;) Seriously, with everything going on with Ebola, you have so much subject matter at your fingertips, and you can take it in multiple directions. It is a good time to be teaching bio - it seems especially relevant these days.

    Can I recommend:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdofq4hHbT3ZDzgYUqsDd1A
    hhmi.org - tons of free materials, including "Your Inner Fish", "The Day the Mesozoic Died", "The Making of the Fittest", "Natural Selection and the Rock Pocket Mouse", "Galapagos Finch Evolution" — and many more - all free to educators. It is a resource biology teachers should embrace.
     
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    tayilumo New Member

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    I am a chemist. Biology is not boring
     
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    Please who can help with SAT primary exam past questions from 2013 to 2015. Science
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

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    All right, that's the third distinct test I've heard of that has "SAT" in its name. This one is, I think, more like the SAT-6 or SAT-9 tests that California used to use in grades K-11 than the SAT exam that most US students take when applying to university.

    tayilumo, are you looking for practice questions or for explained answers?
     

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