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Watching Nature Take Its Course
Students compare physical features among organisms and explain the evolutionary importance of these features. They participate in the planning of a fictional banquet in honor of evolutionary milestones in tree of life by creating program books.
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Culture and History
A 13-minute audio guide begins the second lesson plan of a unit on Zora Neale Hurtson's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Once they have listened to the guide and read Chapter 1 of the novel, kids discuss the story as an example of oral...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations
In the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, some tiny creatures show just how quickly natural selection can turn a mutation into an advantageous adaptation. Watch a video about rock pocket mice, who show that one small change can make all...
9th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
New Review Natural Resources and Synthetic Materials
All synthetic materials began as natural materials. An engaging lesson begins with a hands-on activity and an example of the type of research that scholars perform independently. Then pupils receive a topic and begin researching the...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
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...
14 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Designed
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
Feedback Loops: How Nature Gets Its Rhythms
Explore the role of feedback loops in maintaining nature's delicate balance with this short science video. Introducing the concepts of positive and negative feedback, multiple examples are presented that explore the intricate web of...
5 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable