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Feeding Facilitation: A lesson in Evolution and Sociobiology
Students simulate foraging by searching for and gathering toothpicks. Feeding Facilitation is an attempt to show the relationship between energy costs of foraging and predator avoidance with flocking behavior and their relationship to evolution.
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The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals
Rotating through five stations, evolutionary biologists explore the question of how changes in DNA facilitate the changes in a population over time. High-quality, colorful cards of animals, skeletons, skulls, and DNA sequences can all be...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
8th - 12th Science
A Lesson Before Dying: Character Development
What characteristics would your class attribute to a hero? Have them explore heroic acts and character development with a lesson from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After discussing a handout, readers decide if small acts can...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
15 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Designed
The Coelacanth: A Living Fossil of a Fish
It was just another day of fishing at the local pier when a man unknowingly reeled in a fish thought to be extinct for 65 million years. This short video explains how scientists were surprised to discover that this 360 million year old...
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
The pocket mouse can be light brown like the sands of the desert, or dark brown like the volcanic lava flows that are interspersed throughout New Mexico's Valley of Fire. It seems that predators have weeded out light colored mice in this...
10 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Designed