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1 January 2013 What is Life? an Activity to Convey the Complexities of this Simple Question
Annie Prud'homme-Généreux
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“What is life?” This deceptively simple question lies at the heart of biology. In this activity, students work in groups to come up with their own definition using a set of prompting cards that differs for each team. In doing so, students gain an appreciation of the complexities of addressing this question. The activity takes approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, but students often discuss its implications for weeks afterward. This activity successfully engaged freshman undergraduate students and could easily be adapted to high school and even elementary school students.

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Annie Prud'homme-Généreux "What is Life? an Activity to Convey the Complexities of this Simple Question," The American Biology Teacher 75(1), 53-57, (1 January 2013). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2013.75.1.11
Published: 1 January 2013
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astrobiology
defining life
life
origin of life.
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