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  • Video Blog Post: Asking Scientific Questions

    Many students come into my classes intimidated by the idea of doing science and think they could never come up with a novel question — that the exciting area of science is reserved for just a...

  • Using Case Studies with Large Classes

    Why Use Case Studies? Case studies are powerful tools for teaching. They explore the story behind scientific research to understand the phenomenon being studied, the question the scientist asked,...

  • Claim-Evidence-Reasoning and the Wallace Line

    Like most public high schools in California, my school district adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) three-year model for high school, which means that all three “traditional”...

  • Using Elephant Tusklessness as a Phenomenon to Engage Students About Evolution

    When I first learned about the selection for tusklessness in African elephants, I immediately knew this was an engaging phenomenon for students. This compelling story of evolution address many...

  • Selection for Tuskless Elephants

     Editor's Note: We're excited to feature a series of video blog posts filmed at HHMI. Below is the second installment of this series.  I am an assistant professor in the biology...

  • Sodium Channel Evolution in Electric Fish

    Sodium Channel Evolution in Electric Fish

    Data Points

    Scientists investigated how gene duplication contributed to the evolution of electric fish.

  • Photosynthesis

    Photosynthesis

    Animations

    (10 min 41 sec) This multipart animation series explores the process of photosynthesis and the structures that carry it out.

  • Video Blog Post: NGSS Storylines

    Editor's Note: We're excited to feature a series of video blog posts filmed at HHMI. Below is the first installment of this series.  In an effort to make the fundamental shift to three-...

  • Testosterone Levels in Elite Athletes

    Testosterone Levels in Elite Athletes

    Data Points

    Scientists compared the testosterone levels of Olympic-level elite athletes.

  • White-Nose Syndrome

    White-Nose Syndrome

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore images of bats with an infectious fungal disease as phenomena to learn about population dynamics and disease impacts.

  • White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

    White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

    Data Points

    This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that modeled the impact of an infectious fungal disease on a bat population.

  • Using BioInteractive Resources for Formative and Summative Assessments

    Many of my ninth grade biology students come from middle school believing that they are content-area experts and that they can show their expertise through simple multiple choice exams they study for...

  • Why Two Heads?

    Why Two Heads?

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore images of planarians regenerating body parts as phenomena to explore cell division and differentiation.

  • Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    This activity builds on information presented in the video Selection for Tuskless Elephants. Students use scientific evidence and reasoning to construct an explanation of and develop an argument for tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

    Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

    Data Points

    This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study on how adversity in early life impacts the long-term survival of baboons.

  • Storylining and Genetic Medicine

    What would it be like to learn about birds—in a classroom that was a giant bird’s nest? A first-grade teacher at a district-wide STEM committee told me about how his students measured eggs and wrote...

  • HHMI Educator Tips | BioInteractive Posters

    Nikki Chambers describes how she uses BioInteractive posters to engage her students and elicit questions from them to guide her teaching.

  • Mate Choice in Spiders

    Mate Choice in Spiders

    Data Points

    This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that investigated how males in a species of sexually cannibalistic spiders choose their mates.

  • Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    This data-driven activity accompanies the video Selection for Tuskless Elephants. It engages students in analyzing data to make evidence-based claims about the occurrence of tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • The Wolves of Isle Royale

    The Wolves of Isle Royale

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of wolves hunting a moose on Isle Royale as phenomena to explore the effects of predation on population dynamics.

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