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  • Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

    Activities

    In this activity, students use scientific evidence and reasoning to construct an explanation of and develop an argument for tusklessness in elephant populations.

  • Mate Choice in Spiders

    Mate Choice in Spiders

    Data Points

    Scientists investigated how males choose their mates in a species of sexually cannibalistic spiders.

  • Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Analyzing Data on Tuskless Elephants

    Activities

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

  • 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.

  • BioInteractive Online Professional Learning Course--Evolution

    BioInteractive Online Professional Learning Course--Evolution

    Professional Learning Courses

    This asynchronous course is designed to help teachers deepen their content knowledge in evolution, and learn about exciting free classroom resources from BioInteractive.

  • Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak

    Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 29 sec) This video brings us to the front lines of the 2013–2015 Ebola outbreak in west Africa and explains how scientists monitored the evolution of the virus by analyzing its genome.

  • Middle School Life Science

    Middle School Life Science

    Collection

    A small selection of our multimedia resources that will enhance your teaching of middle school life and earth science classes. They include engaging, high-quality animation, hands-on activities,...

  • 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.

  • Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 39 sec) Working in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Dr. Joyce Poole and colleagues made a striking observation: many female elephants lack tusks.

  • Moth Mimicry: Using Ultrasound to Avoid Bats

    Moth Mimicry: Using Ultrasound to Avoid Bats

    Scientists at Work

    (10 min 24 sec) This video follows scientists as they uncover the ways in which moth species in Gorongosa National Park use ultrasound to avoid being eaten by bats.

  • 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

    In this activity, students develop arguments for the adaptation and natural selection of Darwin’s finches. Students use two key NGSS science and engineering practices: engaging in argument from evidence using mathematical and computational thinking, and analyzing and interpreting data.

  • Effects of Natural Selection on Finch Beak Size

    Effects of Natural Selection on Finch Beak Size

    Data Points

    Rosemary and Peter Grant studied the change in beak depths of finches on the island of Daphne Major in the Galápagos Islands after a drought.

  • The Making of the Fittest

    The Making of the Fittest

    Collection

    Each film takes students on an adventure—from the postglacial lakes in southern Alaska to the deserts of the American Southwest, and from the icy Antarctic to the highlands of East Africa, where...

  • Beak of the Finch Film With Quiz

    Beak of the Finch Film With Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (15 min 54 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the evolution of the finch species found on the Galápagos Islands.

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

    Look Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by Predation

    Activities

    This activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are asked to formulate a hypothesis, and collect and analyze real research data to understand how quickly natural selection can act on specific traits in a population. Also available in Spanish.

  • Pocket Mouse Film With Quiz

    Pocket Mouse Film With Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (10 min 29 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the rock pocket mouse—a living example of Darwin’s process of natural selection. Also available in Spanish.

  • Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

    Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

    Activities

    These two activities support the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. They provide students with the opportunity to analyze data collected by Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant.

  • The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Short Films

    (15 min 54 sec) Four decades of research on finch species that live only on the Galápagos Islands illuminate how species form and multiply. Also available in Spanish.

  • Teacher Guide: Evolution

    Teacher Guide: Evolution

    Resource Guides

    Topics include: natural selection, artificial selection, population genetics, human adaptations and evolution, and phylogenetics.

  • The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

    The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

    Short Films

    (10 min 25 sec) The rock pocket mouse is a living example of Darwin’s process of natural selection. Also available in Spanish.

  • Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

    Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

    Activities

    A hands-on activity that uses simulations with beads to teach students about population genetics, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, and how natural selection alters the frequency distribution of heritable traits. Also available in Spanish.

  • Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guides

    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

    Activities

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

  • Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Activities

    A data collection and analysis lesson that examines selection for coat color in pocket mouse populations on different color substrates over time. Also available in Spanish.

  • Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles

    Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles

    Activities

    To accompany the lecture series Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads.

  • Natural and Artificial Selection

    Natural and Artificial Selection

    Click & Learn

    Learn about artificial and natural selection.

  • Pocket Mouse Evolution

    Pocket Mouse Evolution

    Animations

    (1 min 5 sec) This simulation shows the spread of a favorable mutation through a population of pocket mice. Even a small selective advantage can lead to a rapid evolution of the population.

  • Pocket Mouse and Predation

    Pocket Mouse and Predation

    Animations

    (20 sec) The rock pocket mouse is found in two color variants, or morphs: light and dark. In different environments, their visibility to predators such as owls varies. The dark morph is more vulnerable on light sandy desert, and the light morph on dark lava rock.

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