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BIRDD Presentation at NABT November 2021
22 Nov 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Sam S Donovan1, John R Jungck2
1. University of Pittsburgh 2. Interdisciplinary Science Learning Center at the University of Delaware
This publication captures parts of the BIRDD workshop at NABT in November 2021. It contains the workshop slides and links to two hands-on BIRDD activities.
Moths and Frogs and E. coli, Oh My!: Agent-based Modeling of Evolutionary Systems
03 Nov 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alexis Garretson*1, Lorelei D. Crerar1
George Mason University
In evolution classrooms, introducing and reinforcing the idea of genetic drift and random selection can be challenging, as can be reinforcing appropriate mental models of evolution. Agent-based...
African Americans in evolutionary science: where we have been, and what’s next
19 Oct 2021 |
Posted by Terrell R Morton
A Quick and Simple Natural Selection Role Play
29 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Katelyn J. Butler
Teaching evolution remains a challenging task in biology education. Students enter the classroom with stubborn misconceptions and many traditional examples of the process of evolution may not...
Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of Life
By Sarah R. Stockwell*1, Jessica A. Davids1
University of California San Diego
An appreciation of organismal diversity is a requirement for understanding evolution and ecology, and can serve as a source of amazement and wonder that inspires students to enjoy biology. However,...
Life Is Just a Game: An Active Learning Activity to Teach Life History Evolution
By Clinton T. Laidlaw*1, Jamie L. Jensen**1
Brigham Young University
A novel activity was designed to introduce students to the concepts of natural selection and life history using an active-learning, constructivist format. It consisted of two parts: 1) a brief...
What is Speciation, How Does It Occur, and Why Is It Important for Conservation?
By Lauren A. Genova1, Benjamin B. Johnson1, Frank R. Castelli1, Lina M. Arcila Hernández1, David A. Chang van Oordt1, Amelia-Juliette Demery1, Nicholas K. Fletcher1, Ellie M. Goud1, Katherine D. Holmes1, Jennifer L. Houtz1, Mia M. Howard1, Jonathan J. Hughes1, Kelsey H. Jensen1, Henry D. Kunerth1, Eugene P. Law1, Elizabeth Lombardi1, Anyi Mazo-Vargas1, Cait A. McDonald1, Cinnamon S. Mittan1, Thomas A. Ryan1, Allison M. Tracy1, Jennifer J. Uehling1, Amelia K. Weiss1, Michelle K. Smith1
Speciation provides a framework for classifying biodiversity on Earth and is a central concept in evolutionary biology. To help undergraduate students learn about speciation, we designed a...
Science Behind the Lesson: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Biomechanics!
By Danielle Ingle*1, Ryan Bruellman1, Erick Espana1, Katherine Galloway1, Tanner Anderson1, Tricia L. Meredith1, Marianne E. Porter1
Florida Atlantic University
Active flight is a specialized mode of movement found in insects, birds, and mammals. The anatomy, morphology, physiology, and ecology of flying taxa has changed over evolutionary time. Researchers...
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's biomechanics!
Biomechanics is a discipline that draws from physics and engineering principles to understand the movement and structure of living organisms. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and can be...
Furry with a chance of evolution: Exploring genetic drift with tuco-tucos
28 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jeremy Hsu1, Mays Imad2, Kerianne M Wilson*3
1. Chapman University 2. Pima Community College 3. University of California Irvine
Genetic drift is an important mechanism of evolution, yet undergraduates often fail to understand how it leads to evolutionary change due in part to its random nature. This lesson plan describes a...
Building Trees: Introducing evolutionary concepts by exploring Crassulaceae phylogeny and biogeography
27 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Nisa Karimi1, Brian M. Parks1, Doug Rouse1, Kerry Martin1, Xing Dong1, Pulikesi Chittu Rajangam1, David A. Baum1, Jean G. Heitz1
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Teaching evolutionary theory is foundational for all biological sciences and a key aspect of overall science literacy. The conceptual framework for understanding evolution relies on thinking...
Undergraduates Learn Evolution Through Teaching Kindergartners About Blind Mexican Cavefish
26 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Joshua Gross1, Andrew Gangidine1, Rachel E. Schafer2
1. University of Cincinnati 2. Kenyon College
The development and implementation of a scientific outreach activity comes with a number of challenges. A successful outreach event must match the sophistication of content to the audience, be...
"Boost your evolution IQ": An evolution misconceptions game
23 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Mariëlle Hoefnagels1, Matthew Scott Taylor1
University of Oklahoma
Students often enter introductory biology courses with misconceptions about evolution. For example, many students believe that traits arise when a species needs them or that evolutionary processes...
Graphical Organizers as Course Road Maps: Using a geologic timescale in a history of life course
22 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Matt Davis
Both major and non-major biology students lack understanding of important evolutionary events, how they are spaced in time, and how they relate back to the earth system. Graphical organizers like...
Helping Students to Overcome STUMPS: Scientific terms undermined by meanings peripheral to science
20 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kim Quillin
Many terms and phrases that are ubiquitous in everyday use have very different meanings in science. As a result, biology students often hold prior conceptions that are difficult to change. In this...
Bird Beak Adaptations
11 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Miguel Morales
Lake Worth Community Middle School
Students will navigate through different stations experiencing simulations of adaptations, manipulations of 3D examples, and making connections to the standards to formulate hypotheses about...