Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology

From site: The expression “hands-on, minds-on” summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities — namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts. For example, it is helpful to use hands-on models to engage student interest and foster multiple modality learning, but it is crucial to closely link the modeling activity to the actual biological concepts the students are learning. Many of our activities are somewhat similar to other versions available on the Web or in print (as indicated in our acknowledgments), but the hands-on, minds-on versions offered here generally have a greater focus on linking the activity to student understanding and learning of important biological concepts.