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How Can Gel-electrophoresis Help in the Identification of a Dna Sample?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the principles of gel electrophoresis and DNA testing. They watch and discuss a PowerPoint presentation, and solve a DNA mystery using the information they learned from the presentation.
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Children's Books

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore daily dilemmas students face. They write and illustrate a story book dealing with one dilemma. Students write reviews of their books. They read their books to second grade students. Additional cross curriculum activities...
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Activity 4: Alvin Dive, A Mysterious Encounter and Change Over Time

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners receive copies of the Time Series Observations to use for note-taking. They work in small groups to discuss what they see when the outside lights of Alvin are turned on, and off, where the bacteria may have come from. They view...
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"Chips" Off the Old Block?

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students study using analogies between common items or occurrences and science concepts. They use the analogy of cookie recipes to that of the DNA "recipes" for living things to help us explain more about mutations.
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I Need Some Help Here!

For Teachers 1st
First graders describe what help seeds need to grow, including light, water, good soil, and warmth, observe and discuss what happens when seeds do not have help, and state similarities and differences among seed growth.
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Global Warming

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the effect of global warming given a set of data. In this ecology lesson, students evaluate the impact of excess carbon dioxide levels to living things. They watch a video then investigate the major points of the film on...
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Selecting a Harbor: Oceanography and the Impact of Oil Spills

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners work together to determine a new site for a harbor. Using the Internet, they research the impact of an oil spill on the oceans and wildlife. They present their findings to the class and a solution to the problem.
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Where Have All the Road Salts Gone, Long Time Migrating

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine what happens to road salt after it is applied to the road during a storm. In groups, they collect their samples using a conductivity meter and enter their data into a database. They analyze and discuss the data...
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DNA, Protein Synthesis and Mutations

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders investigate the chemical composition of DNA and RNA and how they work together to synthesize protein. They discover genetic codes, gene chromosome theory, and how the environment influences our appearance.
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Human Population Growth Simulation

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students simulate the growth of human population. In this biology lesson, students explore different perspectives on this issue. They write a reflection at the end of the activity.
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Dirty Pictures

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students investigate how food, clothing and shelter come from soil after they examine soil from their own backyards. They map soils on the color wheel before making glue and soil pictures and tie-dying T-shirts in red soil.
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Saving the Bay

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students investigate water pollution prevention. In this ecology wastewater lesson, students activate prior knowledge about sewage, then view a video explaining the waste water sewage system used in the San Francisco Bay area. Students...
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Teen Smoking: Designing a School Anti-Smoking Publicity Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the human respiratory system and the effects on the human body.  In this design instructional activity students brainstorm and create a prototype then present it to the class.     
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Why Are The Shore Birds Dying?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students engage in a field study of birds and how they are in danger harm due to environmental factors. They list different possible causes in a prediction activity. The observations are done while writing up data and connecting it to a...
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Scientists Write!

For Teachers K - 12th
Students use a journal to record observations. They make notes about what research may be needed to answer questions that have come up in the field and sketch or make connections in the curriculum. They research bioinformatics and...
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Catalase: A Bioinformatics Case Study

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the physical structure of a protein by using a computer simulation tool. They record its primary amino acid structure while viewing it in three dimensions for a better visual recognition. There is also a...