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1994 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.

An Adaptation of Microbe Hunters
Students reenact scenes from the history of science.

Andros Adventure
Field studies on Andros Island, Bahamas

Animal Behavior
Animal observations in a zoo setting

The Artemia Hatchery
Artemia hatchery construction using a liter bottle

Beaker Babies
Introduction to the basic mechanisms by which characteristics are passed from one generation to another

Benthic Macroinvertebrates
An open ended field exercise in which students sample the benthic macroinvertebrate populations of a given stream and determine community structure through the use of two indices

Bioethics: Debates in Human Genetics
Effective use of debates, mock trials and parody in the classroom

Biotechnology and The Chocolate Milk Cow
Students "design" a cow genetically-engineered to produce chocolate-flavored milk

Bog Science
Building awareness of the unique chemical, hydrologic, and vegetative aspects of bogs

Cell Discoveries
Developing a ClarisWorks dataabase to study relationships of organelles

Cells on Ceiling
Transform your classroom into a giant cell!

Cell, Socks, and Sex
This is a fun, easy way to teach the process of mitosis and meiosis.

“Chips” Off the Old Block?
By using analogies between common items or occurrences and science concepts we can be more successful at helping our students understand "the unfamiliar."

Create a Creature
Fantasy creatures are created and explained

Decision Making and Bioethics
Decision Making in a High-Tech World: Is Genetic Engineering a Threat to Future Generations?

Determining the Amount of Transpiration from a Schoolyard Tree
Students calculate the amount of water transpired by a single leaf and estimate that transpired by an entire rainforest.

Disease Role Play
Students will develop an action plan in collaborative groups addressing a new disease.

DNA Isolation from Onion
This lab enables students to work with DNA concretely by easily isolating chromosomal DNA using the same basic tools and methods that scientists use. The lab is a good introduction to using pipets and to using the metric system. If the chemistry of the solutions is taught it is also a great practical application.

This is a newly designed thematic unit which will explore the medicinal values of local plants. It is designed as a generic unit that will allow for regional differences.

Eye to Eye With Garden Snails
Students explore the external characteristics and behavior of snails

Field Ecology Notebook
Field Ecology is designed to teach students general scientific methods, procedures, and thinking skills, as well as specific methods and procedures used to study plants and animals in their natural setting.

Games and Activities to Teach Molecular Genetics
Demonstrates the complex functions cells carry out in the activities necessary for life to exist

A genetic counseling service created and designed by a high school biology class

Genetic Scenarios and Toothpickase
Soap opera scenarios to study genetic defects...toothpicks to explain enzymes!

Geneticist for a Day
"Dry lab" enactments of partial pedigree and genetic analysis studies

Genetics the Easy Way
Problems with Punnett Squares? Product-Rules? Check this out!

Habitat Hunt
This activity helps students learn the components of ecosystems with a discovery or inquiry activity.

Hands On Biodiversity: Networking Students and Their Biomes
Using telecommunication and mail to monitor water quality of the five biomes of the United States

Homologous Shoes?
Tennis Shoes....Whew!

Immunology Unit
This unit describes a group of lessons which use an inquiry approach to teach the immune response. Cooperative learning, computer simulations, laboratory activities, and writing are included.

An Inquiry Laboratory Activity for Biology
Studies on enzymes that break down hydrogen peroxide

Inquiry-based Investigations into Pond Water Microorganisms
Examining the life forms in ponds

Introduction to Adaptation
Tackling concepts of common ancestry, homology, analogy, adaptive radiation, and evolution using lab specimens

Investigating DNA
A variety of activities designed to facilitate the understanding of DNA

Isolation of Antibiotic-Producing Organisms from Soil
Isolating Streptomyces from soil samples

Laboratory Notebook for Science
The art and science of keeping a scientific notebook.

Lab Safety
An alternative to the standard lecture on lab safety which introduces group work and creativity in the opening days of school.

Leaf Stomata as Bioindicators of Environmental Change
Leaf stomatal densities can be determined by a simple laboratory technique and yet have wide application in understanding environmental change.

Legal Aspects of Tissue Transplantation
Using the role play format to discuss the bioethical issues involved with fetal tissue transplantation

Mapping the Homunculus
Students map the region of the cortex which receives tactile input from the body

Membrane Permeability with Beets
Studies on diffusion using beets and alcohols

Medicine, Technology and Society
Understanding alternative approaches to healing

Monomer and Polymer Chemistry
Experiments with starch and sugar

Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
A variet of strategies using all the senses make learning both genetic code and how it works relevant and fun.

Oil Spill in a Test Tube
Experiments with oil-eating Acinetobacter calcoaceticus RAG-1 bacteria to model oil spill cleanups

Preparation and Staining of Mammal Cells to View Sister Chromatids
The objective of this project is to culture and stain mammal cells allowing observation of sister chromatids.

Rain Forest Products
Student appreciation of products from the rainforest

Restriction Enzymes
By using different restriction enzymes, you can cut the DNA at many different places.

Scavenger Hunt: A Group Collection
A "curator" and "collector" approach to classification

Seahawk Educational & Environmental Discovery Program
High school students becomes mentors to younger children to teach an environmental discovery program

Student Investigation on the Immune System and Hemeagglutination
Laboratory protocol for hemeagglutination experiments

Symbiosis and Co-evolution
Integrating technology into the study of biology

Teaching Biology Through Problem-based Activities
Using Wisconsin Fast Plants in the classroom

The Cost of Telling the Truth
In their study of Leopold's Land Ethic and a modern application, students will use what they have learned to consider the dilemmas in this case study

The Identification of Bacteria
Experiments to "Name that Bacteria"

The Monarch Watch
Tagging Monarch butterflies and observing their migratory path

The Spread of HIV Through a Population
Test tubes and phenopthalein are used to demonstrate the epidemiology of AIDS

Transcription Translation Tango
Students choreograph and perform a dance to simulate transcription/translation of the DNA molecule to make a protein

Using Ion Exchange Chromatography to Separate Proteins
Experimental procedure for protein chromoatography

A Walk Through the Gut
A simulation to help students understand what happens to food as it passes through the digestive system

What's in a Name?
A natural history museum provides the setting for a study of common and scientific names and the value of the binomial system of nomenclature.

What is life?
Biology is the study of life. But how do you know if something is living or not?

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