Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities developed as a part of the EIDRoP Program

Each file below is a zip file.  Each zip file contains a PDF file with “Cover Sheet” in the title…read that sheet first!!!

  • Soap Lab
    • Soap Lab activities presented at NSTA regional conference in Hartford, October 2011
  • Stratigraphy
    • Stratigraphy is an important part of geology.  High school students will learn how to measure a section of a road cut, understand how it is formed, be able to describe it, and understand the types of rocks associated with the road cut.
  • Evolution and Artificial Selection
    • Students design experiments with fruit flies (Drosophila)
  • Permeability and Porosity
    • Students will learn the definitions of permeability and porosity, and their relation to each other.  They will also learn how geologists use the two in everyday work.
  • Socratic Circles
    • This module seeks to introduce students to peer reviewed literature, and asks students to use critical and scientific thinking to evaluate and discuss controversial health issues with their peers.
  • Health and Disease
    • This module seeks to explore the link between the molecular level and the state of health or disease through the study of protein biochemistry. First, students complete tactile and kinesthetic activities to learn fundamental protein biochemistry. Second, students use computational approaches to better understand two diseases in which protein abnormalities lead to pathophysiology (Alzheimer’s disease and type II diabetes).
  • Radiation
    • Students learn about different types of radiation & scientific processes.
  • What is Nano?
    • What does “nano” mean?
  • Taxonomy and Phylogeny
    • Concepts from taxonomy and phylogenetics are introduced through activities and brief presentations. Analogies and examples are used to open each module which then proceeds to use examples from Susan’s research. This was designed for a lower level high school biology class.
  • Model Organisms
    • Examine what model organisms are, why they are used in scientific research, and learn more detailed information about four popular model organisms. This module was designed for zoology students (11th and 12th graders). The module was presented at the end of the semester, after students had already learned about the different animal phylas

    Protein Synthesis and Molecular Evolution

    • Activity for protein synthesis and application to sequence level adaptation and evolution