Movement is motivating, it creates attention and interest in the classroom.

This page recognises the teaching strategy of active learning in the classroom. It has also been referred to as: role play or simulations as analogical modelling of scientific concepts.

The following is a list of games and demonstrations that involve students in the action. They are fun, interactive and help address difficult scientific concepts that involve movement or 3D actions.



Biology:
Cell Tag. This game reinforces and visually demonstrates the role of lymphocytes in fighting invading cells (viruses). Healthy cells have to avoid being tagged by the invader cells. There is one invader cell and lymphocyte to every five healthy cells to begin the game. Invader cells try to tag the healthy cells; if a healthy cell is tagged the healthy cell turns into an invade cell. The lymphocytes try to tag the invader cells: if the lymphocyte tags in invader cell the invader cell becomes a healthy cell. There should be three different colors of flags and a lot of flags. The students wear whatever color of flag that denotes their kind of cell and they change their color of flag when tagged.

Mitosis, Meiosis and Fertilization (revised, May, 2009)
Students use sockosome models of chromosomes (made from pairs of socks) to understand the processes of mitosis, meiosis and fertilization. Students are also introduced to the concept that understanding meiosis and fertilization provides the basis for understanding genetics and learn how a mistake in meiosis can result in Down Syndrome
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Genetics (revised, January, 2009)
These activities help students to understand the basic principles of genetics, including Punnett squares and pedigree analysis. The understanding of meiosis and fertilization developed in the previous hands-on activity is linked to the understanding of basic principles of genetics.
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Dragon Genetics -- Independent Assortment and Gene Linkage (revised, December, 2008)Students learn the principles of independent assortment and gene linkage in activities which analyze inheritance of multiple genes on the same or different chromosomes in hypothetical dragons. Students learn how these principles derive from the behavior of chromosomes during meiosis and fertilization.
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Dragon Genetics -- Principles of Mendelian Genetics
Students learn the principles of Mendelian genetics by using Popsicle sticks, each of which represents a pair of homologous chromosomes with multiple genetic traits. Pairs of students use their sets of Popsicle sticks to represent a mating and then identify the genetic makeup and phenotypic traits of the resulting baby dragon.
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(Source: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/waldron/#dragon1 )

Natural Selection Game - http://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/naturalselection.html

Muscular Contraction of the Sarcomere

Chemistry:
Student movement is excellent in chemistry for teaching molecular motion.
Concepts such as: brownian motion, proton-electron transfer in redox concepts, lock and key model in catalysts,


Physics:
Physics in the Playground



Other Physics ideas:
http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=robertson