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An Inquiry Laboratory Activity for Biology

The "cookbook " style approach to studying biochemical reactions mediated by enzymes is changed to an inquiry approach. Cooperative teams are each given two questions about the types of living materials that contain the enzymes that break down hydrogen peroxide, and under what conditions the enzyme works best. They write hypotheses and design and conduct experiments to test these hypotheses. The activity provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific inquiry because they must truly understand the problem in order to attempt to solve it, to construct meaning in performing experiments, to practice observational skills, and to communicate in writing and in reporting orally to the class on their group results.

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Resource Type: Teaching strategies & guidelines, Lesson plan, Laboratory exercise
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14

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Authors and Editors: Nancy Contolini of Brookfield High School, Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum
Publisher: Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum
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