The lessons...

Great Gravidity

The Enforcers




Introduction to the Lessons:
The development of these lessons was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health - Science Education Partnership Award (NIH-SEPA). The goal of NIH-SEPA is to improve the quality of health and science education by promoting partnerships between scientists and teachers that will enhance the science teaching skills of the teacher. Our goal was to develop new integrated instructional materials that address health and science topics in high school classrooms and foster the use of live insects as teaching models. Insects play a vital role in human ecology. They pollinate our crops, provide food for us and other animals, compete with us for food and fiber, and can carry diseases such as malaria to name a few examples. Thus, insects are excellent models for the study of key biological concepts.

The lessons were developed by Arizona high school teachers working together with University of Arizona scientists and Center for Insect Science Education Outreach staff. Each lesson is intended to be used as a guide for teachers of students in grades 9-12 and supports science education reform by providing integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based activities.

Please note that the lessons have been pre-tested in only a few teacher classrooms. They have not been fully pilot-tested in classrooms throughout the United States. Hence some preparation, planning and experiment times may be inaccurate. We would appreciate your feedback to help us improve the lessons.



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