STAV VCE BIOLOGY CONFERENCE 2008 - Internode

STAV VCE BIOLOGY CONFERENCE 2008 - Internode

STAV VCE BIOLOGY CONFERENCE 2008 Engaging activities for teaching VCE Biology Vojtech Markus The King David School [email protected] Engaging activities for VCE biology Challenge students understanding Need to communicate their

thoughts Apply their understanding Become familiar with terminology Provide fun and varied activities Find out what they know Guess the picture! Context: units 1 and 3-cell biology Knowledge of cell structure and familiarity with diagrams Students required to search

through their biological knowledge Allows for lots of discussion, clarifying misconceptions Highlights the need to apply their knowledge EXAMPL E Ecological issue conference Context: unit 2-changes in ecosystems

Students required to research and present at a mock conference, portraying a particular viewpoint in society PowerPoint provides background information to task and assessment Allows for lots of discussion, highlights the complexity of ecological issues Students enjoy the role-playing nature

Analogies Context: unit 3-enzyme interactions Receptor-ligand binding is fundamental to biology Example 1: bucket, basketball, football, golf ball Example 2: baseball glove, baseball, basketball, tennis ball Allows students to visualise interactions such as lock & key, induced fit and competitive inhibitor

Followed by analysis of weaknesses and strengths of analogy (most important) Linking terminology to label diagrams Context: unit 4 revision Lots of terminology and concepts Students required to sort terms (180 of them!) according to headings, eg meiosis, linked genes, gene expression, molecular cloning, patterns of inheritance

Followed by labelling a series of diagrams Groups compared each others finished products Lots of discussion and allowed for identification of misconceptions EXAMPL E Simulations & analogies Context: unit 4-gene expression Linking DNA sequence to protein formation

is difficult for students to make sense of Use the analogy of a clothing manufacturer Simulate process with laminated diagrams Other simulations include liquorice, jelly babies, toothpicks and chocolates (Favourites) Simulations foster discussion and provide another perspective to lecturing, animations, diagrams Summary of activities

Encourage students to explore their knowledge base and then USE IT Develop skills in communicating their ideas, verbally and in written form Encourage students to search for links between terms and concepts Provide the opportunity for fun as well as diversity in lesson activities

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