A simple activity that investigates the importance of antifreeze proteins to icefish survival.
Appropriate for: middle school life science, high school biology (all levels)
This activity serves as an extension to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute short film The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes. It is meant to reinforce the concepts of adaptation and the birth of new genes. Students perform a wet lab using simple materials that help them understand the “antifreeze” adaptation described in the film.
NGSS (April 2013)
MS-PS1-4, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS3-1, MS-LS4-4, MS-ESS2-6, HS-PS1-5, HS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS3-1, HS-LS3-2, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-ESS2-2, PS1.A, LS1.A, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.B, LS4.C, ESS2.E
Common Core (2010)
ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1, ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4, ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7, ELA-Literacy RST.11-12.1, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9
AP Biology (2012–13)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4, 2.D.2, 3.C.1, 4.C.1
IB Biology (2009)
4.1, 4.3, 6.2, 7.5, C.1