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Slooze Worm Mutagenesis

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http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/archive/sloozeworm/scenario.html

 

 

The following resource is information and comprehension questions on the mutation of cells. The information explains what a mutation is and gives an example into slooze worm mutagenesis. I would use this resource in my teaching and learning strategies by incorporating it into my lesson sequence of evolution and natural selection. I would use this resource as a comprehension activity which would lead onto a class discussion in mutation and evolution. An assessment task that would involve this resource would be a research task that would introduce the student to the idea of mutation and change and the effect it has on society and life. Students would need to research mutations in species that have been selected as a dominate trait over time. I selected this source as it directly relates to the topic area and is an engaging and interesting topic that could relate to each student. I chose this article as it gives comprehension questions on the information which allows the students to scientifically think how a mutation can occur.

 

 

 

Strengths of the resource are that it gives a clear definition of mutation and gives a great example of how mutation can occur in the slooze worm. Great questions regarding the topic are also evident which makes the students to think outside of the information present. Weaknesses of the resource are that there isn’t a lot of information and the resource could be complete in a short period of time. Students could also find themselves still unaware of the topic after completing the exercise.

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Natural Selection

001 - Natural Selection Paul Andersen explains how natural selection is a major mechanism in evolution. The video begins with a discussion of Charles Darwin ...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6La6_kIr9g

 

 

The following resource is a youtube.com video by Bozeman Science on natural selection. This is a good video as it outlines the background into evolution, the gene pool and natural selection. This video is suitable for teaching and learning as it allows the students to understand a visual of the information in front of them from a different perspective. I would use this resource in a classroom between two natural selection and evolution activities to break up the learning sequence and vary the teaching techniques in the lesson. This video would be good as it is an effective 10 minutes in length which is enough time to settle the students but not lose their attention. I would use this resource to back up the information already explained the students. The video also explains a variety of key ideas and expressions which expands their literacy engagement. An assessment task I would use for this video would be a formative assessment in comprehension questions regarding what was said. Comprehension questions can show where the student is at through deciphering visual information and it also allows them to keep concentrated on the task at hand.

 

 

 

Strengths of this video are that it is directly related to the topic area of biology and evolution, and it allows the students to understand key topic ideas from a visual perspective. It also creates a variety of learning techniques in the classroom that do not involve teacher or student centred focuses. Weaknesses of the video are that it could not engage the students as much as a worksheet or game would. A video could lose the focus and attention of a student which could lead to disruption in the classroom and a failure of a teaching technique.

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Evolution

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http://science.discovery.com/games-and-interactives/charles-darwin-game.htm

 

 

The resource which I have chosen is an interactive game outlining natural selection and evolution with Charles Darwin. This is a great scientific resource for the history of science as it shows how life is why it is today through scientific knowledge from a known scientist. I could use this article in a classroom activity by allowing students to understand the background of Darwin, and work out ways to see why natural selection plays a dominate role in survival of the fittest. I could also provide alternate worksheets and comprehension activities where the students are required to locate the information in the game. These activities will allow the students to gain research based skills and also learn about the importance of evolution to not just science, but life in general. An idea for an assessment task, depending on the level and stage of the student, could look into class presentations of why Darwin was so important to today’s society, and thus the task could also lead into the ideas of extinction and endangerment.

 

I have selected this site as it is engaging and appealing. It also invites the user to access its information by playing the survival game. Strengths of the resource is that it gives clear information about the biography of Darwin and clear definitions of the topic. Weaknesses could be that it is more suitable for years 7 – 9 rather than year 10, and a more advanced resource may be needed to push more advanced students.

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sciencejam - Artificial Selection WebQuest

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http://sciencejam.wikispaces.com/Artificial+Selection+WebQuest

 

 

The following recourse is a perfect resource as it explains the idea of artificial selection and how it is incorporated in today’s society. This is an important resource as is allows students to idolise the positives and negatives to natural selection and to also how it affects each individual today. I would use this resource in the classroom through allowing each student to work on part 2 ‘artificial selection of the broccoli’ and understand how it relates to natural selection. This resource would link in with the teaching outcomes of the topic as it follows the lessons on natural selection and evolution. This resource would support scientific literacy as it allows the students to think scientifically in how science can modify objects today. An assessment that would involve this resource would be a class debate where students would be required to idolise for or against artificial selection and have relevant articles to back up their point of view. This resource would act as an instigator to an extended response and class discussion.

 

 

 

Strengths of this resource are that it provides clear evidence into defining artificial selection and immediately shows how natural selection affects society today. Another strength of the resource is that the topic area directly relates to the students through direct contact, as in each student would have had an interaction with an item that has been grown through artificial selection today. Weaknesses of the site are that it may be too advanced for stage 4 students and information may be hard to locate. The site is also poorly set out and it may need full attention to clearly understand what the information is stating.

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DNA - The Double Helix

Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize
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http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/medicine/dna_double_helix/dnahelix.html

 

 

The following resource is an interactive game allowing students to participate in the creation of DNA strands and cells. This can be seen as an important game to students as it allows each user to be creative and understand that all DNA is different. I could use this resource in teaching and learning by allowing students to design and understand the sequences of DNA and RNA and how it relates to society and themselves. I could also accompany this resource with the use of object in which students could create 3-dimensional DNA strands to show the teacher that they understand the concept of DNA. An assessment task for this topic could include a group assessment presentation which could explain ‘why each person is different’. This resource is a great inquiry based teaching method as it is appealing and engaging.

 

 

 

Strengths of this resource are that it is simple and engaging. The resource allows for trial and error which gives the user a clear understanding of the idea into the topic of DNA and RNA. A weakness to the resource is that it could be seen as too simple and might not give enough information for advanced or students that want to be challenged.

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