To learn more about the new in-class activities, and preview sample materials, scroll through the slideshow below.
The second edition of How Life Works comes with a robust collection of in-class activities. The activities are designed to work in the full range of course types and teaching styles and are easy to implement for instructors looking to make their classroom more active. Watch the video to see author Jim Morris describe the in-class activity collection.
The activities were crafted to address concepts found most challenging by students. Click here to view a complete list of activities for Part I and Part II. Some activities are finely targeted to one core concept, and may only require a few minutes of class time to complete, while other activities are significantly more complex and may be used over a series of class periods. Pieces of more detailed activities can always be used individually, if desired. The HLW set of activities spans the full complexity spectrum so as to serve the broadest group of instructor needs. The activities share common components to facilitate ease of use. Click to the next slide to view two sample activities.
Each activity comes with a detailed activity guide that introduces the activity, outlines learning objectives, and provides guidance on how to implement the activity in class. Take a look at two sample activities:
The Chapter 11 Double-Double-Double Activity is a short, easy to implement activity that will challenge students to correctly distinguish between often-confused "doubles" of DNA and chromosome structure:
1. DNA is a double helix.
2. Most familiar eukaryotic cells are diploid (2n).
3. DNA is replicated prior to cell division. Click here to view the Chapter 11 Activity Guide.The Chapter 17 Pedigree Activity is a more complex activity. It begins with simple pedigree problems that allow students to practice problem-solving skills. These skills are then immediately needed to solve more complex pedigrees, involving autosomal and sex-linked traits, that conclude the activity. Click here to view the Chapter 17 Pedigree Activity Guide.
Each activity includes all materials needed to use the activity, such as in-class presentation slides which include formative assessment questions (clicker/discussion questions, etc.), handouts/worksheets and answers. When appropriate, some activities also include a collection of summative assessment questions that can be used on exams and quizzes. View the materials for the Chapter 11 and Chapter 17 in-class activities:
Over 500 students piloted an in-class activity in Spring 2015. Here's what they had to say!