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The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
The pocket mouse can be light brown like the sands of the desert, or dark brown like the volcanic lava flows that are interspersed throughout New Mexico's Valley of Fire. It seems that predators have weeded out light colored mice in this...
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Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
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The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study...
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Next Generation Science Standards

For Students K - 12th Standards
Are you having trouble deciphering the Next Generation Science Standards on the website, or just trying to find the standards for your grade in a quick-and-easy format? If so, here is a free and easy-to-navigate app made with you in mind.
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Protists | UNC-TV Science

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Humans are made of trillions of cells while protists are composed of just one. Individuals use the video lesson to examine how these unicellular organisms eat, move, reproduce, and excrete waste with a single cell. The video is short but...
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Genome 101: Life's Instruction Manual | UNC-TV Science

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Crack open the mysteries inside a genome. Participants view an animated video describing the relationship between DNA, genes, proteins, chromosomes, and an organism's genome. A post-video worksheet allows pupils to apply knowledge by...
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Genes 101: Life’s Instruction Manual | UNC-TV Science

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Discover the common genetic ground shared by humans and chickens. Group members listen and view an animation about genes and proteins, which details their roles in building biological structures such as tissues and organs. Participants...
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Antibody Attack - Discover How Antibodies Launch Attacks on Invaders

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Jump into the action and help antibodies defend against an antigen attack! Investigators match antibodies with antigens to model the body's identification and recall of specific pathogens. Young biologists also recognize that each...
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COVID-19 Vaccines – How Do They work?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What makes the COVID-19 vaccine effective? Guide young biologists as they explore how COVID-19 vaccines work with the immune system. Pupils develop a working hypothesis, use critical thinking skills, and learn immune system vocabulary...
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Breakfast Proteins - Construct a Protein through Cereal Additions

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Match my cereal sequence. Pupils view a sequence made by colorful cereal rings and create copies of it. Learners must either remember or write down the sequence to transport the code to another location. Scholars replicate the cereal...
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Life Size - Explore the Size and Scale of Microscopic Biology

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Compare sizes of microscopic items. Given a set of labels of microscopic objects, pupils try to place them in order from smallest to largest. Scholars then compare their lists to the actual comparisons along with the measurements of the...
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How Big Is a Virus?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get a magnified look at cells. Learners see the relative size of cells by virtually viewing a display at the Exploratorium. When the width of a hair is scaled to be almost a foot, a virus is no bigger than a poppy seed. Scholars hear an...
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Cellular Soap Opera - Soap Films Can Behave Like Membranes

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Soap, suds, and cell membranes. Pupils create a model of a cell membrane by using soap films. They experiment with trying to pass different objects through the film without popping it. Using a tube, they create a passageway through the...
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How Does Soap Inactivate Coronaviruses?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Washing hands is a simple way to stop the spread. Viewers watch a short video on why it is important to wash hands to curtail coronaviruses. The presenter provides an explanation of how soap and alcohol disrupt the membrane of a virus,...
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Viral Packaging

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Create a protective protein shell as a package. Using the included template, pupils tape together 20 triangles to create a 20-sided shape to represent the protective shell of a virus. The model of the protein shell incases the nucleic...
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Genetic Disease: Putting DNA to Work

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scientific knowledge of genetic information has grown quickly over the last decade. An interactive lesson has learners research the role of science and medicine in diagnosing and treating genetic disorders. They consider the job of the...
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Infectious Diseases: Bird Flu Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Understanding how viruses spread has never been more important. A well-designed WebQuest lesson has young scientists research viruses, how they spread, and how they are treated. They also consider the trends in common viruses in the world.
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What's This? Frozen Tissue

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take a peek into thousands of frozen samples. Learners try to identify an image of a piece of frozen tissue. After choosing the correct answer, scholars find out more information about the American Museum of Natural History's Frozen...
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What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Here's a quick read on genetics. An engaging online resource provides six slides of information about genetics. Learners read about the meaning of genetics to information about DNA. They also learn about the study of genes and the...
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What Do You Know About Genetics?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Just what do you know about genetics? The online resource contains 10 questions about genetics. Scholars work through the questions ranging from what DNA stands for to how much of human DNA is similar to that of a fruit fly. Scholars...
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Differentiate! The Stem Cell Card Game

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Let the games grow. Groups play a card game to grow cells. Players start growing cells from stem cells to create specialized cells in the human body. Learners use full-grown cells from the human body to create stem cells in the lab to...
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DNA Detective

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
DNA is like the fingerprint of genetics. A quick lesson introduces the topic of DNA sequences with a mystery about an endangered species. The lesson shows how DNA extraction, replication, and sequencing often provide undeniable evidence...
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Using the Discovery of the Structure of DNA to Illustrate Cultural Aspects of Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Times have changed—and so have science practices. An introductory lesson describing the components of DNA begins with a discussion of the discovery of DNA and its perception in different cultures and genders. Scholars then learn about...
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Icefish Blood Adaptations: Antifreeze Proteins

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder how fish survive in freezing cold water—especially Antarctic waters? Some fish have an adaptation that lowers the freezing point of their life fluids. Learners model these adaptations in two lab explorations. The first...