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  • Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Lessons

    In this activity, students analyze data to investigate tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • Asking Scientific Questions

    Asking Scientific Questions

    Lessons

    In this activity, students practice developing and analyzing creative scientific questions.

  • Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Lessons

    Students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural selection to develop an explanation for how populations change over time. Also available in Spanish.

  • Using Images as Phenomena

    Using Images as Phenomena

    Lessons

    This hands-on activity engages students in asking questions about phenomena using images from the Image of the Week Collection.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Lessons

    In this activity, students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to the design of a conservation area.

  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Lessons

    Genetically modified mosquitoes have been used to reduce mosquito populations and the diseases they spread. But how can we tell if the method works? In this activity, students analyze data from a field experiment.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 5: Histogram

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 5: Histogram

    Lessons

    Generate a histogram using a variety of methods.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 4: t-Test

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 4: t-Test

    Lessons

    Calculate t-values and perform t-tests using built-in functions.

  • Building Ecological Pyramids

    Building Ecological Pyramids

    Lessons

    In this activity, students will build biomass pyramids depicting trophic levels of various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park.

  • The Teosinte Hypothesis

    The Teosinte Hypothesis

    Lessons

    In this lesson, students work through the mathematics and concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize. Also available in Spanish.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 3 -- Column Graphs, Error Bars, and Standard Error of the Mean

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 3 -- Column Graphs, Error Bars, and Standard Error of the Mean

    Lessons

    Generate a column or bar graph with standard error bars.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 2 -- Autofill Data, Cell References, and Standard Deviation

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 2 -- Autofill Data, Cell References, and Standard Deviation

    Lessons

    Generate a table with autofill, and use absolute cell reference to calculate variance and standard deviation.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 1 -- Formulae, Functions, and Averages

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 1 -- Formulae, Functions, and Averages

    Lessons

    Use formulas and functions to calculate the mean and median.

  • How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    Lessons

    This activity uses data from a 2014 scientific paper to explore thermoregulation in living and extinct animals, including dinosaurs. 

  • Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Lessons

    Students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs and other facts about these groups, before and after watching the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Also available in Spanish.

  • Coral Bleaching Activity

    Coral Bleaching Activity

    Lessons

    This is a classroom activity in which students use authentic data to assess the threat of coral bleaching around the world. It supports the 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science video featuring Dr. Stephen Palumbi. Also available in Spanish.

  • Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Lessons

    This activity serves as a supplement to the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students read and analyze excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and answer questions about the information presented, developing their nonfiction reading comprehension.

  • Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Lessons

    Students are challenged to identify “fact patterns,” or patterns that emerge from a collection of different facts and observations, and draw conclusions about what they suggest. Also available in Spanish.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Lessons

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • Pulse Chase Primer: The Meselson-Stahl Experiment

    Pulse Chase Primer: The Meselson-Stahl Experiment

    Lessons

    This activity can be used in conjunction with the short film The Double Helix. It introduces students to the classic experiment by Matthew Meselson and Franklin Stahl, which revealed that DNA replication follows the semiconservative model.

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