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Why Are Blue Whales So Enormous?
Isn't it strange that Earth's largest animal lives on one of its tiniest? Using Sesame-Street-style puppetry, this video explains how this phenomenon happens. Viewers learn that a single mouthful of krill taken in by a whale has the calorie content of 1,900 hamburgers!
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Poison vs. Venom: What's the Difference?
Did you know that poison and venom are not the same? Both are toxic, but poison must be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed, while venom must be injected into a wound. The narrator explains that some toxic compounds may be used for good, as well as how to respond if you are unexpectedly exposed.
4 mins 4th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Why Animals Migrate
Are you looking for a moving lesson on animal migration for kids? This one will get you there! It includes class discussion, several high-quality video clips, a printable note-taking table, and a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting two different migratory species.
4th - 8th Science 40 Views 29 Downloads
New Review The People Behind the Statistics
Invite your class to experience human rights situations first hand. Following an introduction to human rights, class members read statements and categorize them as a whole class. They then work in small groups to prepare a role play as well as solutions for their role-played issue.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans
Sickle cell disease only occurs when both parents contribute the trait, and mostly in those of African descent. Where did it come from? How did it evolve? Tony Allison, a molecular biologist, noticed a connection between sickle cell and immunity against malaria when he was working in East Africa in the 1950s.
14 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 21 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Elementary ecologists pretend to be migratory hummingbirds. They fly between wintering and nesting grounds, trying to reach a habitat haven. In a musical-chair fashion, some birds will miss out, and are removed from the game. To further affect the success of the birds, you will add migration mishaps or enhancements, such as habitat loss due to construction or concerned citizens planting hummingbird gardens.
3rd - 6th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study the DNA that is expressed as an antifreeze protein.
9th - Higher Ed Science 33 Views 23 Downloads
Biodiesel: The Afterlife of Oil
Use this slick video to introduce your environmental scientists to the wonders of biodiesel. They will learn about problems caused by our waste oil, how it can be recycled, and other benefits of using biofuels. Use the video, assessment questions, and additional resources as is, or sign up with the publisher to customize it for your learners.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
How Whales Breathe, Communicate... and Fart with Their Faces
Dr. Joy Reidenberg is an expert in comparative anatomy, but also quite relatable to preteens! Here, she lectures on echolocation by likening it to "farting with the face!" She explains with film, actual whale voice recordings, diagrams, and verbal explanation, how their sounds are made.
6 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Migration Activities for Kids
For as long as there has been life on earth, animals, including humans, have used migration as a means of survival. This collection of activities supports young scientists as they learn about this behavioral adaptation, encouraging them to make connections with their own lives.
K - 3rd Science 16 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Coral and Chemistry
Using cabbage juice as a pH indicator, future scientists explore the effect of increasing carbon dioxide on the pH of the ocean and relate it to the health of coral reefs. Ideal for an earth or environmental sciences course, this instructional activity gets learners looking at how humans may be impacting the planet by the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
6th - 12th Science 24 Views 20 Downloads
Climate Change: Earth's Giant Game of Tetris
In this colorful animation, our current problem with climate change is likened to a block-stacking game of Tetris. Greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere at an increasing rate. Can we place them properly before it's too late? The video and accompanying resources promise to change the climate in your earth science or environmental studies class.
3 mins 6th - 10th Science 9 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
During this game, kids become migratory shorebirds and fly among wintering, nesting, and stopover habitats. If they do not arrive at a suitable habitat on time, they do not survive. Catastrophic events are periodically introduced that may also affect an individual's survival.
2nd - 6th Science 12 Views 9 Downloads
The Incredible Journey
Divide your school gym into breeding grounds and non-breeding grounds so that your zoologists can play a game simulating the seasonal migration of shorebirds. Players pick one of the included game cards and follow its directions, which simulate different occurrences in a migratory bird's life cycle.
4th - 8th Science 8 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Place to Be
Home sweet home. Humans, birds, beavers, ants, we all need a place place to rest and keep us safe. In the ninth lesson of this series, the importance of shelter is discussed as the teacher reads aloud the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun.
K - 3rd Science 29 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Human PreHistory 101: Prologue
The Khan Academy displays an animated and narrated clip about human prehistory and the relationships between us and our ancestors. The formal narration is balanced by the hand-drawn animation, making an attraction that is sure to hold the attention of your biology pupils.
5 mins 6th - 12th Science 15 Views 12 Downloads
The Family Structure of Elephants
Elephant family relationships are a lot like ours. They cooperate in child rearing, have social structure, and practice coming-of-age events. Supported by fabulous photography, an elephant biologist shares 20 years of study with the audience.
8 mins 7th - 12th Science 8 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Climate Change Metaphors
You will want to use this unique approach to increasing awareness of human impact on the environment. Each participant pulls an object out of a grab bag and comes up with a metaphor for how that object might represent or relate to the changes in the global temperature.
4th - 9th Science 15 Views 16 Downloads
Adaptive Device Design
After reading about how engineering has made adaptive devices possible for people with disabilities, pupils work in groups to discuss different devices to determine whether or not they are adaptive. They also disassemble a pair of eyeglasses in order to analyze the materials and design.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 49 Views 41 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
After watching an engaging 13-minute video about the colorless blood of icefish, future ichthyologists examine icefish blood and non-icefish blood (blood samples are simulated with Karo syrup mixtures) to determine advantages of different blood viscosities in fish, depending on their habitat.
13 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 17 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed