Did you know that tomatoes are considered carnivorous plants? Have you ever wondered how cracking your knuckles is related to the bends and Viagra, why we have radically underestimated the number of species on Earth, or how photosynthetic bacteria were responsible for building the continents?
These are some of the recent topics on a free online resource developed to increase learner engagement and educator content knowledge. “As Many Exceptions As Rules” tells the stories of organisms that break biological rules or norms in order to survive and thrive. Through these stories, the core concepts of the science are reinforced.
The resource can be accessed at : http://biologicalexceptions.blogspot.com
Posted weekly, each story includes pertinent vocabulary with etymology, interesting questions to spark discussion, links to the reports from the latest research on the subject being discussed, and a list of online resources for more information and classroom activities.
Upcoming stories will include discussions of the world’s smallest plant, what Earth’s first animal might have looked like, and how alien plants might be different colors based on their stars and chlorophylls.
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Mark E. Lasbury, MS, MSEd, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
IUPUI School of Education
As Many Exceptions As Rules