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1995 Access
Excellence Collection

An archive of the favorite classroom activities submitted by high school biology and life sciences teachers participating in the Access Excellence program.

Acid Rain Research
Students collect samples of rainfall, cloud condensation, and water that trickles through the soil. These samples are tested for pH, conductivity, and the presence of sulfates, nitrates, calcium, and magnesium.

Aerobic and Anaerobic Microbe Analysis in a Subarctic Setting
Investigating relationships between protozoa, algae and monera in freshwater, shoreline soil, and reindeer rumen

Amaryllis Pollination
Understanding plant reproduction, plant anatomy, hybrids, and seed formation

Antibiotic Production by Soil Actinomycetes
Identification of Streptomycetes with antibiotic properties in local soil samples

An Application of HyperCard-Based Media in the Secondary Biology Classroom
Student-developed hypercard stacks

Be A Nutritional Entrepreneur
Nutrition studies based on design of a restaurant

Biodiversity Survey - A Unit Study
A terrestrial biodiversity survey

Biological and Cultural Diversity of a Latin American Country
Integration of Biology and Spanish

Biological Succession in a Microecosystem
A laboratory activity which helps students understand the concept of biological succession by simulating the process in a microenvironment with various microorganisms

Biology Research Assignment
Relating a specific aspect of biology to its current impact on the world

Biospheres
Students define a biosphere on a distant planet

Biotech in a Bag
Students carry out a series of experiments using self-locking plastic baggies. Each experiment demonstrates a phenomenon or principle of biotechnology.

Building an Ecosystem
A a single aquatic ecosystem is woven through the curriculum as the students progress through science

Building and Using a Hydroponic/Aquaculture System in the Classroom
The title says it all!

Campus Habitat Improvement Plan
Students work to improve a plot of land

Cell Respiration - A Computer Based Laboratory
Using sensors and computers/calculators in the study of respiration

Collaboration via Slime Mold
Using a slime mold as a focus, students pull together the skills and concepts that they have developed to ask a simple question which can be answered on a petri plate

Consider the Issues
Incorporating personal and societal issues into a science curriculum

Criminalistics in the Classroom
Forensics in the classroom

Cross/Cultural Sister Watershed Unit
In depth examination and comparison of 2 major rivers and watersheds

Designing a Tropical Reserve System
Examining the complexity of resource, land use, and conservation decisions

Designer Seeds
Students enjoy the challenge of the seed structure design component of this activity and become very competitive as they seek to create a seed that will travel farthest.

DNA Biotechnology
Simulations of restriction enzyme activity and gel electrophoresis

DNA Detectives
The question this lab helps students answer is: How is DNA manipulated and analyzed as forensic evidence? More to the point: 'Who Dunnit?'
DNA Dry Lab
A lab which illustrates how the order of nucleotides in DNA determines the order of amino acids in proteins.

DNA Jewelry Models
Using beads to construct a model of DNA

Developing a Pedigree of a Family Tree
A project designed to help students answer questions about how the study of genetics can be directly related to their own families.

Diffusion & Osmosis with Data Analysis
An activity to help students understand the essential principles governing diffusion and osmosis

Digestive System, a Kinesthetic Lesson
Two parallel strips of tape on the floor 3-4 feet apart and width of classroom represent the digestive tract.

Dinosaur Paleontology
Using fossil records to gain an understanding of the life history of dinosaurs

Echolocation
In this lab you will experience how dolphins and other echolocating animals use their senses to locate and identify objects with out using their sense of sight

The Effects of Water Quality on the Growth Rate of Freshwater Mussels
Students will participate in a field and laboratory study to determine if local freshwater mussels are environmentally stressed.

Endosymbiosis: A Friend Within
A hands on activity that can be used for review/reinforcement of the ecological principle of symbiosis

Environmental Report for Marine or Limnological Studies
In-depth environmental analysis of selected study area

Evolutionstechnik or Selection and Variation in the Egyptian Origami Bird
Laboratory exercise simulating evolution

Fantastic Voyage
Create various "ports of call" on a voyage through human organs!

Feeding Facilitation: A lesson in Evolution and Sociobiology
Linking behavior to biochemical and physiological processes

Food Forensics: A Case of Mistaken Identity
This lesson is a summary of a mini-unit put together by myself and five other St. Louis area teachers during a summer internship in immunology.

Form and Function in the Marine Environment
Demonstrating the relationship of form and function in the marine environment

Genetic Ethics Debate
Students select topics relating to bioethical questions which they research and debate

Genetic Health Forum (G.H.F.)
A week long activity in preparation for a group presentation on a human genetic condition

Genetically Engineered Food AD
How has biotechnology been used to improve the quality of food available today?

Graphing Toad/Frog Respiration
Need we say more?

Grasshopper Mark and Recapture (GMR)
Students estimate the density of a population of insects (grasshoppers) at a given life cycle stage in a given type of habitat.

Groundwater Unit Outline with Culminating Project
Collection and anaysis of well water

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow....?
Understanding the effects of an introduced species on the population of native species

How Fast Do Ants Go?
Ant observations are used to explain key concepts in biology

A Human Population Study
Using local newspapers to compile set of vital statistics for analysis

Introduction to Human Genetics
Human differences and similarity comparisons

It's Those Annoying CAG Repeats! A Huntington's Disease Pedigree Using Direct Genetic Testing
Role-playing to understand this genetic disease

Laboratory Explorations in Biology
A long-term research project for students

Learning in Cockroaches
Do cockroaches resond to positive stimuli?

Life from Non-Life? A Quantitative Determination
Students defend what "living" means

Making Connections - ("What You Can Do To Help Stop Global Climate Change")
Greenhouse effects...conservation of resources

Mussel Your Way Through Photosynthesis
Using zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), elodea and an indicator dye, to study the role of light in photosynthesis

Natural Resource Management Course Outline
"Tech Prep" biology with a career pathway in resource management/land management.

Not Just a Bag of Beans
Student determination of the types of natural selection and variation that exists in a population, using beans

Operation Mexfly
Students gather data in the lab and participate in class Town Meeting

Organs for Christmas
Students prepare "Christmas cards" which describe the functions of human organ

Organs to Go...
This activity will help students understand the principles of experimental design and reinforce the steps of the scientific method.

Our Food and Microorganisms
A series of activities that help students answer questions about how microorganisms can affect our food supply and how they can be controlled

Partnership in Science Education
A scientific and cultural exchange with high schools around the world

Patterns in Nature
Students will research patterns in nature which illustrate biological and mathematical concepts.

Pesticides And The Environment
The word "pesticide" encompasses many different chemicals which include herbicides for killing plants, insecticides for killing insects, and fungicides for killing fungi. Increasing concerns about human health have made people reluctant to ingest pesticides along with their food.

Pressure, Force, Muscles and Massage
Our body is constantly being subjected to external forces. The relation between force and pressure is straightforward. The more force that is exerted, the greater the pressure. But the effect of area on pressure is somewhat more subtle. A proper understanding of the concept of pressure is essential to an understanding of most areas of physiology.

Protein Biochemistry: Evidence for Charged Amino Acids in Proteins
Biosensor probes are used to examine the properties of casein

Remember to Stop and Smell the Roses: Olfaction and its Relationship to Memory
Students explain in anatomical terms why memory and olfaction are so closely related

Simulated Search For A Disease Gene
Restriction digests and electrophoresis lab

Singing in Biology
Do...Re...Me...Fa...So...

So Whose Cow is in the Field?
An original activity designed to stimulate an understanding of genetics in the rural classroom.

A Stream Ecosystem in the Classroom
Can a stream be built in a classroom?

String Cells
Construction of a cell model, companion poster and a travel brochure!

Student Cancer Journals -- Personal Reflections and Research on Life and Death Issues
How do concepts learned in the study of mitosis, biochemistry and cell biology help when making life or death decisions?

Student Internship Program
Students keep a daily journal describing their experiences during their 30 hour volunteer internship programs

Student Research, Tropical Style!
A field trip to a tropical location is used to help students examine the process of scientific research.

Students Exploring Cyberspace (SECs) Project
Project SECs allows biology and social studies students to study AIDS and other current topics in a multinational, interdisciplinary fashion.

Studying a Piece of an Ecosystem
Students identify the components of an ecosystem, and how the biotic and abiotic factors interact with each other.

Summer Science Career Camp
A one day camp at school to prepare students for careers

Surveying and Assessing the Environmental Compatibility of a Building Construction Site
Students examine an area of land and assess its suitability for construction purposes

Term Paths
How can anatomical directions and terms be applied?

The Coast
Students explore the unique ecosystems and culture found along the Georgia coast and the Georgia barrier islands

The Physiological Tolerance of Two Species of Protozoans
Examining the differences in pH tolerance between the two species and relating these differences to their respective niches.

Tobacco and Organisms
Measuring the physiological response to tobacco

Travel Brochure for a Cell
An alternative to cell models to help students understand cell organelles and their functions.

Underwater Hide and Seek
Students explain why color patterns that are easy to see above water may be difficult to detect under water

Unit Outline for Environmental Study
Environmental field studies

The Upper Palouse Restoration Project
Introducing the Scientific Method Using Techniques for Field Data Collection and Analysis

Using Bubbles to Explore Membranes
A hands-on activity that simulates cell membrane structure and function

Utilization of Veterinarian's Spare Parts
Student analysis of animal organs

Vegetative Propagation Project
In this project students successfully start new plants by various means of vegetative propagation.

What the Sun Can Do
How do changes in the ozone level affect the environment?

Where's the CAT? A DNA Profiling Simulation
DNA "fingerprinting" for the high school classroom


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