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  • Asking Scientific Questions

    Asking Scientific Questions

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    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

    Activities

    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

    Activities

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

  • Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa

    Activities

    In this activity, students will be guided through making observations from trail camera data in Gorongosa National Park, the development and investigation of a scientifically testable research question, and analysis of their results.

  • Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

    Biodiversity Studies in Gorongosa

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    In this activity, students will calculate species richness, evenness, and the Shannon diversity index for various habitat types using data from trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park, and then investigate the impact of human activity in these habitats.

  • Central Dogma Card Activity

    Central Dogma Card Activity

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity students review the steps of eukaryotic gene expression and learn how this knowledge can be used to treat genetic disease.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Activities

    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.

  • Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Activities

    Students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Also available in Spanish.

  • Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Activities

    In this activity students analyze data on the expression of the tb1 gene and use it to formulate an explanation as to how a specific difference in the corn version of the gene explains the phenotype of less branching.

  • Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Activities

    In this activity, students will be exploring cases of Nipah virus (NiV) infection as an epidemiologist would, by collecting evidence and making calculations and predictions, based on scientific data.

  • What van Leeuwenhoek Saw

    What van Leeuwenhoek Saw

    Activities

    This hands-on activity helps students understand concepts related to building scale models by using cards of microorganisms and cells that were first visualized by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

  • Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

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    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.

  • Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Modeling Trophic Cascades

    Activities

    Students use cards of animal and plant species to model trophic cascades. Species examples are drawn from seven different habitats to test student understanding.

  • Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Activities

    Students explore the geographic distribution of lactase persistence around the world by analyzing real data collected by scientists.

  • Viral Lysis and Budding

    Viral Lysis and Budding

    Activities

    This activity outlines two demonstrations that model how enveloped and nonenveloped viruses are released from infected cells.

  • HIV Protease Inhibitors

    HIV Protease Inhibitors

    Activities

    This demonstration models how the HIV protease enzyme functions and how its activity is blocked by a class of anti-HIV drugs.

  • Viral DNA Integration

    Viral DNA Integration

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students model how a double-stranded DNA copy of the HIV genome is integrated into the host cell DNA.

  • HIV Reverse Transcription and AZT

    HIV Reverse Transcription and AZT

    Activities

    Students model how the anti-HIV drug AZT (azidothymidine) interferes with the process of viral replication.

  • HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

    HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

    Activities

    This demonstration models the first step of the HIV life cycle: the binding of HIV envelope proteins to receptors on human helper T cells.

  • DNA Profiling Activity

    DNA Profiling Activity

    Activities

    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. 

  • Ebola: Disease Detectives

    Ebola: Disease Detectives

    Activities

    In this classroom activity, students will analyze sequences of Ebola viruses isolated from patients in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak of 2013–2016 to track the virus spread. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

    The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

    Activities

    In this classroom activity, students will model two types of counting methods, sample counts and total counts, to determine population size. 

  • Understanding Variation

    Understanding Variation

    Activities

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and discusses variation in human skin color and polygenic inheritance. Also available in Spanish.

  • Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Activities

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and explores how experimental work in zebrafish led to a better understanding of the role of the gene SLC24A5 in human skin color.

  • Niche Partitioning Activity

    Niche Partitioning Activity

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    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.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 5: Histogram

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 5: Histogram

    Activities

    Generate a histogram using a variety of methods.

  • Spreadsheet Tutorial 4: t-Test

    Spreadsheet Tutorial 4: t-Test

    Activities

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

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Building Ecological Pyramids

    Building Ecological Pyramids

    Activities

    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

    Activities

    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.

  • Lesson 8 - WildCam Gorongosa: Data Analysis

    Lesson 8 - WildCam Gorongosa: Data Analysis

    Activities

    In this activity, students will collect actual data from WildCam Gorongosa and use those data to create graphs and answer an ecological question of their choice.

  • Lesson 7 - Observations Across Habitats

    Lesson 7 - Observations Across Habitats

    Activities

    In this lesson, students will compare wildlife in two different habitats by making observations using sets of trail camera photos. They will then use these observations to formulate questions for further study.

  • Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Activities

    In this lesson, students will use an interactive map of Gorongosa National Park to learn about biomes. They will then explore E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBook to learn about the varied landscapes and vegetation types in Gorongosa.

  • Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Activities

    For this lesson, students will watch the video “Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park” and complete a worksheet.

  • Lesson 4 - Gorongosa's Food Webs

    Lesson 4 - Gorongosa's Food Webs

    Activities

    In this lesson, students will learn about how food webs are constructed and trophic levels in an ecological community. They will then use animals that they identify in WildCam Gorongosa to construct food chains and food webs, and study the impacts of disturbances.

  • Lesson 3 - Scientific Inquiry with WildCam Gorongosa

    Lesson 3 - Scientific Inquiry with WildCam Gorongosa

    Activities

    In this lesson, students will use WildCam Gorongosa to start making observations and generating scientific questions using a single trail camera photo.

  • Lesson 2 - Gorongosa National Park

    Lesson 2 - Gorongosa National Park

    Activities

    In this lesson students will learn about the history of Gorongosa National Park and the ongoing restoration effort through readings and videos.

  • Lesson 1 - WildCam Gorongosa

    Lesson 1 - WildCam Gorongosa

    Activities

    In this lesson students will learn how to use WildCam Gorongosa and get introduced to some of the animals in the park.

  • Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Activities

    This case study is based on the short film The Biology of Skin Color. Students use real data to propose hypotheses, make predictions, and justify claims with evidence. Also available in Spanish.

  • Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

    Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

    Activities

    This lesson is aligned with the NGSS science practices of engaging in argument from evidence using mathematical and computational thinking and analyzing and interpreting data.

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