We have officially finished the first unit of Honors Biology I. We spent the last couple of weeks learning about what biology is, why we study it, and how we will approach this branch of study. We started with answering the question: What does it mean to be living? We answered this question by observing, testing and discussing the characteristics of living things. This was our first inquiry-based activity.
In biology it's important to share ideas and collaborate so we work in pairs in class. We do a lot of pair-sharing and working together to solve problems, answer questions, and improve our understanding of this fascinating world.
We did lots of hands-on activities to learn new concepts, reinforce ideas, and explore. Here students were studying the Technological Design Process by mimicking cost, time, and material constraints to solve the problem of too many earthquakes in Earthquake City. Students were given a set amount of time and money to develop a product that could withstand lots of shaking! Lots of great collaboration going on.