My students are a wonderful group of kids who have a passion for learning. As a Biology teacher I love to engage them in a variety of topics that will help them understand concepts better.
My students show an appreciation for science and are eager to dive in and learn more!
I want to continue to encourage their engagement with tools to increase their performance in the classroom. Unfortunately, not all students come from the same economic background. As a result, I want to help even out the playing field and offer all my students the same experiences in the classroom that they may not be able to experience at home.
Hands-on activities are some of the best hook activities for students who have not been exposed to scientific concepts. In Biology we must cover 24 topics to adequately prepare our students for their end of course exam. As a science teacher I like to ensure that my students have an activity that they can think back to when they learn these topics.
Labs are essential in Biology and even more when discussing genetics.
Students struggle with genetics and I would like to offer them an activity that they can remember. I would love to use the Dragon Genetics kits, which uses dragons of various shapes and sizes to assist students in learning about dominant alleles, phenotypes, and other fundamentals of genetics. There are a variety of possible dragon results of the provided crosses and nine activities leading students through fertilization, alleles, chromosomes, homozygous, heterozygous, genotype, phenotype, dominant, recessive, and much more. I believe this would be an invaluable resource in understanding this topic.
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