Students often have misconceptions about what makes something alive or not, and few have a concept of what characterizes living things similar to that of biologists. The activity presented here mentally engages students in an inquiry-based way to teach students about the characteristics of life that will be revisited throughout the school year. We also use this activity to explicitly draw students' attention to effective inquiry skills, cooperative learning, and promote a deep understanding of the nature of science. The activity described here promotes National Science Education Content Standards A, C, and G, and Iowa Teaching Standards 1-6.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2007 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Hall, Garrett and Wilcox, Jesse
"It's Alive! I think . . .: Students Investigate what Defines Something as Living,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 34:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol34/iss1/3