Human Body Basicsby: Lynn Farrin, Page Keeley, and Francis Eberle

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about levels of organization in living organisms. The probe is designed to determine whether students recognize cells as the basic unit of both structure and function for carrying out basic life processes.

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  • on Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:35 PM

TIn this book chapter, students engage in an assessment probe to help them determine the basic unit and structure of life . Students them describe the "rule" or reason why they selected their answer. The author includes teacher notes including content background, curricular and instructional considerations for elementary, middle school and high school levels. The author also includes suggestions for administering and assessing the probe and related research and publications. This is an excellent tool for addressing student misconceptions of cells as the basic unit of life.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:31 PM

This was extremely helpful! Although my major in college focused on human anatomy and physiology, I was unsure of how to address these topics on a middle schooler's level. I was also unfamiliar with the idea of a probe and found this quite helpful as well.

Sarah Lagman
Sarah Lagman

  • on Thu May 26, 2011 8:14 PM

This probe offers answers that are partially correct and a simple correct answer. I could use the probe as a introduction to see what students know before starting my instruction on cells. Teachers could use a living chart to see what students are thinking. AS always, the probes are provided with background information.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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