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Incorporating Inquiry-Based Learning into Non-Laboratory Biology Curriculum

Oxler-GameBoardSettlers of Yellowstone: A Population Interaction Simulation

Written by Amie Oxler

Incorporating inquiry-based learning into science-based curriculum is an excellent way to allow for student-based learning. However, non-laboratory centred units, such as the Population Dynamics unit in the Grade 12 University Preparation Biology course, are more difficult to construct the same type of student-based learning experience. An interactive ‘board game’ simulation was developed to allow for student-directed learning, focusing on several specific curriculum expectations, allowing the students to control a small ecosystem, while experiencing the unpredictability of nature. Click on the links below for games details.
Chance Cards

Character Cards

Population Change Chart

Settlers of Yellowstone Rules

Incorporating Inquiry-Based Learning into Non-Laboratory Biology Curriculum

Amie is a 2014 recipient of the STAO Galbraith Science Education Award

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