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  • 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.

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

    Lessons

    Students are introduced to real-world examples of niche partitioning and cutting-edge technology used to give unprecedented insights into the feeding habits of wild animals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

    Pedigrees and the Inheritance of Lactose Intolerance

    Lessons

    Students explore the genetic changes associated with lactose tolerance/intolerance and how the trait is inherited in families. Also available in Spanish.

  • 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.

  • The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    Lessons

    This activity supports the viewing of the film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Before and after watching the film, students discuss and evaluate several statements about Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the specific evidence that led each of them to the theory of evolution by natural selection.

  • Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lessons

    Students evaluate and discuss several statements about lactose intolerance and evolution before and after watching the film. Also available in Spanish.

  • Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics

    Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics

    Lessons

    A lesson that requires students to work through a series of questions pertaining to the genetics of sickle cell disease and its relationship to malaria. These questions will probe students' understanding of Mendelian genetics, probability, pedigree analysis, and chi-square statistics. Also available in Spanish.

  • A Lesson on the Nature of Science

    A Lesson on the Nature of Science

    Lessons

    A worksheet designed to show students how scientists make their discoveries. It provides students with background information about how Dr. Allison's work built upon the contributions made by other scientists. 

  • Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Lessons

    A lesson in which students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the K-T mass extinction.

  • Testing a Hypothesis

    Testing a Hypothesis

    Lessons

    A worksheet designed to actively engage students as they watch the film. Students are asked to answer questions pertaining to the information provided in the film.

  • Following the Trail of Evidence

    Following the Trail of Evidence

    Lessons

    A worksheet in which students write down the evidence that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction. Also available in Spanish.

  • Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Lessons

    Students explore the effects of different diets on the evolution of an enzyme that breaks down starch. Also available in Spanish.

  • How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    Lessons

    A lesson that requires students to read detailed scientific passages and explain how an understanding of specific icefish adaptations might lead to a treatment or cure for human disorders, such as osteoporosis and anemia. 

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