Components of Life

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Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project from a course that ran between 2007 and 2010 and fully described in this book chapter. The student-created resources have been preserved here for posterity. Link under 'toolbox' for printer-friendly versions of the exercises. Click on handouts to print full resolution versions. Please see Wikieducator's disclaimer, our safety statement, and the Creative Commons licensing in English and in legalese.

Life, whether in the form of an oak tree, a lion, a paramecium, or a human, is assembled from the same simple components. Great diversity of form is derived from the same set of building blocks. Given a bag of identical building bricks, what diversity of form might eight college students come up with?

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The exercise repeated with new students and without the steering wheel

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This project is based on an idea in chapter 1 of 'Biology today and tomorrow' by Starr Evers and Starr; 2007; published by Thompson Brooks/Cole