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This site from SERC presents Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about elephants. The questions examine health problems of elephants in captivity, whether or not elephants belong in zoos or wild animal kingdoms, breeding elephants, and the importance of elephants for conservation, research, and public education. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice
 
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This site from SERC features Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about the appearance of modern human behavior in early hominids. The questions examine the emergence and meaning of modern human behavior, the way that beads symbolize modern human behavior and thought, and the events that cause organisms to undergo change. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point presents sample Gallery Walk questions about the biosphere. These questions encourage students to examine adaptations life forms undertake to survive in deep sea vents, Antarctic dry valleys, caves, hypersaline environments, thermal hot springs, and deep Earth habitats. Potential questions also examine nutrient cycling in various ecosystems, the impacts of increasing ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Biology, Ecology
 
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The Stella Smolts Migration Model focuses on the spring migration of hatchery smolts to the ocean. It may be used to test the relative merits of barging fish or drawing down the reservoirs to help the smolts reach the ocean. This pre-made Stella Model demonstrates how model simulation might be used in fishery management. Students learn how previous simulation models have been used to help managers ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Hydrology
 
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Daisyworld model is a very simple planet that has only two species of life on its surface - white and black daisies, and bare ground. Daisyworld is a good example of homeostasis and was first proposed by James Lovelock as a plausible example of his Gaia hypothesis. The Daisyworld activity helps students build a Stella model of Daisyworld from scratch. After constructing the model they perform guided ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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The Daisy World model is intended to illustrate a mechanism through which biota might optimize their environment by means of negative feedback. The model offers a very simplified approach to a feedback system and can provide an introductory lesson in how models work. The aim of the model is to implement and test a mathematical model describing possible influence of biota on an abiotic (climatic) system ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Climatology, Mathematics
 
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The United States Government's Invasive Species website is the gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site users can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government's response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues. This is also the website for the National Invasive Species ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Case study, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This pdf document commissioned by the Pew Ocean Commission describes the problem of invasive species along the United States coastline. The document provides information regarding how bioinvasions occur, the number of invasive species introduced, the effects of bioinvasions, prevention, reduction and control of marine bioinvasions and recommendations for action against invasive species invasion. The ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Report
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Biological oceanography, Policy issues
 
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This website is the homepage for LifeLines Online Project, a NSF funded project that supports faculty from two year colleges in developing case-based teaching materials. The materials are investigative and utilize their student's prior knowledge and current interests in real world problems. Users can link to biology based case studies, workshops, information of field testing and editions of the LifeLines ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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This website contains a concept map of the bio-geo processes in the Tundra. This concept map is part of a larger collection developed as course materials in Oklahoma State University's Introductory Biology course. Users may access a short description of how to use concept maps and a printable pdf version of the Tundra map. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Geology
 
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