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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.

  • DNA Profiling Activity

    DNA Profiling Activity

    Case Studies

    This multi-part lesson is designed to give students a firm understanding of genetic profiling using short tandem repeats (STRs), which is a process used by forensics labs around the world. 

  • How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    Click & Learn

    Using elephants, finches, bats, and moths, as case studies, explore different aspects of how animals use sound to communicate.

  • Survey Methods

    Survey Methods

    Click & Learn

    In this interactive, students explore the methods scientists use to survey elephants and learn about the current state of the elephant population in Africa.

  • The Teosinte Hypothesis

    The Teosinte Hypothesis

    Lessons

    In this activity, students further explore the short film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn, by working through the mathematical concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize.

  • Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (18 min 59 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film about the evidence that showed birds descended from dinosaurs.

  • Sampling and Normal Distribution

    Sampling and Normal Distribution

    Click & Learn

    Graphically explore how sample distribution and standard error of the mean depends on the sample size.

  • Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module traces the evolutionary history of birds by comparing the bone structures of a chicken to those of other species.

  • Human Feet Are Strange

    Human Feet Are Strange

    Labs & Demos

    In this activity, students examine concepts about the evolution of human bipedality explored in the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans. They create their own trackway of footprints and compare it to a trackway of fossil footprints.

  • 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

    In this activity, students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs covered in the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds.

  • The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    Film Activities

    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. 

  • Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Feature Films

    (54 min 41 sec) See how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen today in our own DNA. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Look Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by Predation

    Look Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by Predation

    Card Activities

    In this activity, students formulate a hypothesis and collect and analyze real research data about how quickly natural selection can act on specific traits in a population as a result of predation. It is a accompanied by a short video that describes the experiment this activity is based on.

  • Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Lessons

    This activity allows students to use authentic scientific data to make claims about the threat of coral bleaching for reefs around the world.

  • 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.

  • Seeing Single Molecules Move

    Seeing Single Molecules Move

    Animations

    (1 min 40 sec) Single-molecule analysis using super-resolution microscopes reveals that transcription factors are not usually found bound to their binding sites on DNA.

  • 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.

  • Milk: How Sweet Is It?

    Milk: How Sweet Is It?

    Labs & Demos

    In this activity, students simulate a lactose tolerance test, similar to the one shown in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture, to determine which samples contain the lactase enzyme.

  • Mapping Genes to Traits in Dogs Using SNPs

    Mapping Genes to Traits in Dogs Using SNPs

    Card Activities

    In this activity, students identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are correlated with different traits in dogs to identify genes associated with those traits.

  • Gorongosa Timeline

    Gorongosa Timeline

    Click & Learn

    A highly visual interactive timeline for exploring the history of Gorongosa National Park, from its beginnings as a hunting reserve and decline in the wake of a civil war, to its return to being one of the world’s foremost wildlife treasures and case studies in conservation biology.  

  • Film Guides: The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Film Guides: The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa, which tells the story of Tonga Torcida, a young man coming of age on Mount Gorongosa and in the newly revitalized Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  • The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Short Films

    (34 min 22 sec) This film is set in war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, a protected area that has been the subject of a large-scale restoration project. The film tells the story of a young man from the local community who discovers a passion for science after meeting world-renowned biologist E.O. Wilson.

  • Identifying Patterns in Observations

    Identifying Patterns in Observations

    Lessons

    This activity challenges students to identify observations that Darwin and Wallace made during their travels, as shown in the short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students then evaluate claims about evolution by natural selection based on these observations.

  • 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.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Short Films

    (17 min 11 sec) One of the most exciting discoveries in the long history of fossil exploration is Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • Film Guides: The Double Helix

    Film Guides: The Double Helix

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Double Helix. This short film describes the evidence that led James Watson and Francis Crick to the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA and how the structure immediately revealed how genetic information is stored and inherited.

  • The Double Helix

    The Double Helix

    Short Films

    (16 min 53 sec) This film tells the story of the scientists and the evidence involved in one of the most important scientific quests of the 20th century: the discovery of the structure of DNA.

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

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

    Lessons

    In this activity, students apply concepts pertaining to the genetics of sickle cell disease and its relationship to malaria explored in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans.

  • 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. 

  • The Day the Mesozoic Died

    The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Short Films

    (33 min 43 sec) This film tells the story of the scientific quest to explain one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries: the sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.

  • 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

    In this activity, students identify and explain the evidence presented in the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction.

  • The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

    The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Short Films

    (13 min 10 sec) Scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

    Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

    Labs & Demos

    In this activity, students use simulations with beads to explore the concepts in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans about population genetics, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, and how natural selection alters the frequency distribution of heritable traits.

  • Activity for Natural Selection in Humans

    Activity for Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the connection between malaria and sickle cell anemia — one of the best-understood examples of natural selection in humans — as discussed in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans.

  • Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, which describes how scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Lessons

    A lesson that uses real rock pocket mouse data collected by Dr. Michael Nachman and his colleagues to illustrate the Hardy-Weinberg principle.

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

    Animations

    (54 sec) PCR is a standard laboratory technique that allows amplification of specific segments of DNA based on complementarity.

  • Motor cabal toxins block motor neuron synapses

    Motor cabal toxins block motor neuron synapses

    Animations

    (3 min 28 sec) Multiple cone snail toxins attack different molecules of the nervous system and cause paralysis.

  • Visualizing Gene-Expression Patterns

    Visualizing Gene-Expression Patterns

    Click & Learn

    Learn about the different ways scientists are able to detect when genes are being expressed in various tissues.

  • Immunology Virtual Lab

    Immunology Virtual Lab

    Virtual Labs

    This virtual lab teaches the procedures of performing an ELISA test to determine whether a particular antibody is present in a patient's blood sample.

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