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  • Discovering Keystone Species

    Discovering Keystone Species

    Posters

    This classroom poster illustrates Robert Paine’s pioneering experiment that demonstrated the importance of top-down regulation of ecological communities by predators and led to his coining of the term keystone species.

  • Film Guide for Some Animals are More Equal than Others

    Film Guide for Some Animals are More Equal than Others

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: Trophic Cascades and Keystone Species. It tells the story of the bold experiments by Robert Paine and James Estes, which established the importance of keystone species in regulating ecological communities and the cascades of effects set in motion by their removal.

  • Spanish Materials

    Spanish Materials

    Collection

    A selection of short films, animations, classroom materials, and interactive features that are available in Spanish. Go to the resource pages below to find links to view or download the Spanish...

  • Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades

    Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades

    Short Films

    (19 min 29 sec) Keystone species and trophic cascades are fundamental concepts in ecology. This short film tells the story of how these concepts were first established through the pioneering experiments of two young researchers: Robert Paine and James Estes.

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 18 sec) This animated short film tells the engaging tale of the discovery of the coelacanth.

  • Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 52 sec) This animated short film recounts the life and work of paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, including her discovery of the Laetoli footprints.

  • Animated Life

    Animated Life

    Collection

    These five short films, produced in conjunction with The New York Times, bring to life five historical scientific discoveries and the people behind them: Alfred Russel Wallace and his contribution to...

  • Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Activities

    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.

  • The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Featuring vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Julia Clarke, the film walks us through the evidence that birds are a lineage of theropod dinosaurs. 

  • The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species

    Collection

    Our planet has millions of species, including thousands of mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles, and even more butterflies, beetles, and other animals, each adapted to one of an enormous variety of...

  • Icefish Film with Quiz

    Icefish Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (13 min 14 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the icefish—an example of how genes are reused and recycled.

  • Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (33 min 43 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • Animated Life: Pangea

    Animated Life: Pangea

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 36 sec) The story of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the idea that continents once formed a single landmass and had drifted apart. Also available in Spanish.

  • Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Activities

    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.

  • Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

    Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

    Animated Shorts

    (6 min 31 sec) This animated feature celebrates 17th-century citizen-scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discoveries of microbes changed our view of the biological world. Also available in Spanish.

  • Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Activities

    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

    Activities

    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

    Activities

    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

    Activities

    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.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory, which tells the story of the epic adventures of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and of the evidence they gathered for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection

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