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Students work together in groups to research the characteristics of the Mesozoic Era. Using various sources, they must include information about climate, landforms, plants and animals found during this time period. They create a timeline on banner paper and connect it with the other groups in the class.
Students examine seven spiders and put them into two or three groups based on their structural similarities. In groups, they create a cladogram proposing possible ancestral relationships. Students design an experiment related to their spiders' behavior and describe it in detail.
Tenth graders discuss anomalies in nature and science. They discuss times that anomalies led to the collection of data that explained the phenomena and contributed to changing scientific understandings. Students work in groups to research different aspects of evolutionary theory.
Students explore how dogs evolved from wolves. They discuss the similarities and differences between dogs and wolves. Students research wolves and two dog breeds. They rewrite "Little Red Riding Hood" where the main character encounters a Maltese or a Golden Retriever instead of a wolf.
A writing prompt instructs science students to describe a series of events that sequences the arrival of the ancestral species of finch on the Galapagos Islands. The assignment guides young researchers with sixteen key concepts, and limits the page number to one double-spaced page.
Via four student handouts, marine biology learners examine the topography and circulation cell of the Fieberilng guyot. Then they examine the number of individual hydroids counted at each depth. Pupils use the information to relate water circulation to distribution of the larvae. Consider using this instructional activity when introducing habitats in a biology or marine science class.