Biology Inquiries: Standards-Based Labs, Assessments, and Discussion Lessons
October 2005, Jossey-Bass
About the Author.
What Is Standards-Based Teaching?
Resources for Educators.
2. Science as Inquiry.
The Inquiry Cubes.
She Turned Me into a Newt (I Got Better).
Crossed Knives: A Pattern Game.
The Distraction Stick: Another Pattern Game.
Case Study Study.
Investigating Plant Growth.
Scientific Inquiry Assessment.
3. The Cell.
What Is Life? Part 1: Glue Goblins.
What Is Life? Part 2: Investigations.
What Is Life? Part 3: The Andromeda Strain.
Potato Bubbles: An Introduction to Enzymes.
Floating Filter Paper Chips: An Exploration of Enzyme Activity.
Breakfast Is Ready: Bacon Diffusion.
Investigating Osmosis in Plant Cells.
The Osmosis Inquiry Egg.
4. The Molecular Basis of Heredity.
Nature and Nurture.
Chargaff’s DNA Data.
Classifying Oaks with DNA.
5. Biological Evolution.
The Lost World.
Are Humans Still Evolving?
Dissecting Frog Evolution.
6. The Interdependence of Organisms.
History of a Carbon Atom: Part 1.
History of a Carbon Atom: Part 2.
Life or Death Food Chain Decision.
Investigating Forest Succession.
7. Matter, Energy, and Organization in Living Systems.
Why Are Plants Green?
Why Are Plants Not Always Green?
Autotroph Inquiries: Comings and Goings.
Autotroph Inquiries: Do Plants Respire?
Autotroph Inquiries: Building Organic Molecules.
Energy Storage Molecules and Natural Selection.
8. The Behavior of Organisms.
Termite Trails Mystery.
Red Dot Special.
The Mozart Effect: Investigating Music and Memory.
The Mozart Effect: Are You Buying It?
9. Science in Personal and Social Perspectives.
Putting SPF to the Test.
Consider the Issues.
Debating Biological/Societal Topics.
- Must-have companion for science inquiry teaching methods
Innovative, clasroom-tested design
Ideal for high school grade biology and life sciences courses
--Brad Williamson, biology teacher and former president of the National Association of Biology Teachers
"Ignite your creative energies as if you were just walking into
your classroom for the first time. Martin Shields has created
the source for sound strategies all in one text—he has
just what you have been waiting for."
--Marion V. “Bunny” Jaskot, biology teacher and president of Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey
"This is exactly the book I have been waiting for. There
aren’t any books quite like it out there that I know of
or I would have bought them. Any teacher who wants to increase
their source material would welcome the lessons in this book.
Equally important, the book also shows teachers how to turn
current activities into inquiry-based activities."
--Jeff Sandler, biology teacher
"Biology Inquiries is a practical and resourceful book that serves both aspiring and practicing inquiry-based biology teachers. It transcends the spirit of inquiry into forty-seven laboratory investigations; a must-have for those who want to elevate their teaching through inquiry."
--Douglas Llewellyn, professor of science education and author, St. John Fisher College
"This is an excellent resource for upper middle grades and high
school teachers that supports any biology curriculum. It contains
tested activities, developed by an experienced biology teacher,
with valuable suggestions for implementing this inquiry-based
--Sandra D. Adams, professor of biology pedagogy, Montclair State University
"This book perfectly bridges the gap between standards and
practice. I would not only recommend this book to my teaching
colleagues but also to professional developers and science
education professors. It is a clearly marked pathway through the
jungle of science education reform and is an exemplar for
pre-service as well as in-service teachers. Martin Shields not only
provides labs, discussions and assessments that follow the
standards, but he also provides strategies and implementation tips
to help teachers apply the standards in their own classrooms.
Science reform never seemed so do-able and fun!"
--Vivian Lee Ward, project director, Access Excellence
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