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Created by Tamara Anderson

Form 7: Learning Process


Course Name: High School Biology
Module Name: Characteristics of Life
----------------------------Objective: Describe how scientists observe, experiment, and
investigate the world around them
----------------------------How will I know if a student knows this or can do this?
Define the vocabulary used during a scientific experiment
Discuss experiments with peers
Apply the knowledge of the vocabulary to a given experiment.
Analyze an experiment
Best ways for a student to learn this:
Experiences:

Conduct a virtual lab to learn more about independent and


dependent variables
(http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs_2K8/page
s/Dependent_Independent.html)

People to see: NA
Places to go (may be virtual): NA
Things to read:

Textbook and Notes


http://famousbiologists.org/

Things to talk about:

http://famousbiologists.org/,

what makes a good experiment,

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/dec/the-6-mostimportant-experiments-in-the-world

Form adapted from Smith, R. M. Conquering the Content. San


Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Created by Tamara Anderson


----------------------------Course Name: High School Biology
Module Name: Characteristics of Life
----------------------------Objective: Develop your own experiment using the components of
the scientific method
----------------------------How will I know if a student knows this or can do this?
Explains the steps of the scientific method
Follows the steps the scientific method in the experiment
Correctly uses all the steps of the scientific method in their
experiment
The experiment created in clear and concise and can be
repeated by other students.
Best ways for a student to learn this:
Experiences:

Complete a practice experiment provided by teacher with


all the expected steps to the scientific method

http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/Labs/ScientificMethod/sci_m
ethod_main.html (virtual lab that explains the steps of the
scientific method and applies it)

People to see: NA
Places to go (may be virtual): NA
Things to read:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fairprojects/project_scientific_method.shtml#overviewofthesci
entificmethodThing to talk about

Textbook and Notes


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Course Name: High School Biology


Form adapted from Smith, R. M. Conquering the Content. San
Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Created by Tamara Anderson


Module Name: Characteristics of Life
----------------------------Objective: Explain how hypothesis, theories, and laws are connected
----------------------------How will I know if a student knows this or can do this?
Define hypothesis, theory, and law
Describe the hypothesis, theory, or law based on a real life
experiment
Apply the terms to a given situation
Explain it to someone else
Best ways for a student to learn this:
Experiences:

Practice apply knowledge of the definitions of hypothesis,


theory, and law
(https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/371711main_SMII_Problem23.pd
f)

People to see:

Visit with someone outside of class and explain the


differences (Maybe a parent)

Places to go (may be virtual): NA


Things to read:

Textbook and Notes

http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/howscienceworks_1
9

Things to talk about:

How it can be confusing to people


(http://www.yayscienceclass.com/uploads/PreAP_Biology_Unit_06__Scientific_Laws_Article_and_Questions.pdf)
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Form adapted from Smith, R. M. Conquering the Content. San


Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Created by Tamara Anderson

Course Name: High School Biology


Module Name: Characteristics of Life
----------------------------Objective: Summarize the characteristics of living things.
----------------------------How will I know if a student knows this or can do this?
Describe the characteristics of life
Apply it to a given object/organism
Observe the characteristics in a living organism
Best ways for a student to learn this:
Experiences:

Observation of earthworms

Compare earthworms to their environment (dirt) how is this


different

Apply the characteristics to a chosen organism.

People to see: NA
Places to go (may be virtual):

Visit San Diego zoo website to look at different organism

Things to read:

http://www.ck12.org/biology/Characteristics-ofLife/lesson/Characteristics-of-Life/r43/

Textbook and Notes

Things to talk about:

Discuss the characteristics of life

Form adapted from Smith, R. M. Conquering the Content. San


Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Created by Tamara Anderson


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Form adapted from Smith, R. M. Conquering the Content. San


Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.