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Development of Disease and Infection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's all in the cards. Using cards to simulate a disease's attack on the immune system, pupils develop an understanding of how the immune system and pathogens react to each other and why at times the pathogen wins. Groups play a game to...
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DNA Detective

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Match up the DNA code. Pupils read the website from the American Museum of Natural History about how DNA can determine whether a skin is from a particular type of reptile. Using the same technique, learners match up products with the...
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What Is Race?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Geneticist David Altshuler discusses the results of his 1000 Genome Project and his research that shows that people across the world share 90% of the same DNA, that race, as it is thought of today, is a 19th century social historical...
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2013 AP® Biology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
AP® free-response questions are often challenging for scholars. Give them practice writing free-response questions using former questions from the AP® Biology exam on topics such as genetic mutations, cellular respiration, evolution, and...
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Utah Open Textbook: Biology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Curriculum resources can be expensive—but not this one. An online textbook offers informational text for a complete high school Biology course. Topics include energy flow, body system, genetics, and evolution.
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Discovering the Wallace Line

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When studying locations of specific species, interesting patterns emerge. Young scholars discover this as they plot the location of specific species on a group of islands. Patterns emerge as they identify the Wallace Line. They then...
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Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does it take to create a scientific theory? Learners attempt to answer the question by studying the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. While watching a video, they track observations from each scientist and then look...
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The Big Bang Time Machine

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars take off on an interactive spaceship to explore a historical timeline of the big bang theory. They learn about the evolution of mammals and humans, the formation of stars and planets, and the chemical composition of the early...
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Milk—How Sweet Is It?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered why some people are lactose intolerant? Participants test simulated patients in a hands-on lab activity to find out! They learn about lactose intolerance by performing an experiment, analyzing data, and drawing...
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The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can we really grasp how old we are? Part of a larger series, the humorous video demonstration shows how humans fit into the history of Earth and just how long ago life formed. Viewers explore a timeline that identifies major markers in...
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How Eyes Evolved – Analyzing the Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Octopodes existed for hundreds of thousands of years before humans, yet our eyes share many similarities. Scholars analyze the evidence to determine if the evolution of eyes best fits a homology or analogy model. They discuss the issue...
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Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
On the Caribbean islands, lizards expanded into different niches instead of competing for resources. Scholars discuss and learn from experts in a video how scientists prove the theory. They build phylogenetic trees based on appearances...
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DNA Transcription (Basic Detail)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A double helix looks similar to a curled zipper. Viewers see transcription, which appears similar to unzipping the DNA. The basic level of detail works well as an introduction to transcription, RNA, and proteins.
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Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take your classes back in time. Learners read real historical texts from both Darwin and Wallace as well as an announcement of their findings. Using guiding questions, they make inferences and draw conclusions from the information in the...
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How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are dinosaurs more like birds or reptiles? Learners put the question to the test by analyzing body temperature data from a 2014 study. With their analysis, they develop a theory about the body temperature regulation of dinosaurs.
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The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Two scientists, two independent studies, two similar theories! A video lesson presents the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace that led to their theories on evolution. Scholars then evaluate statements and provide evidence to...
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Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are birds descendants of dinosaurs? Learners consider the question as they watch an informative video comparing fossil records of dinosaurs with current species. Following the video, groups ponder the evidence to draw conclusions about...
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Triplet Code

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Genetic code for amino acids always uses three letters. The explanation for why it occurs in triplets makes for a brief statistical video. Examples of single and double letter codes prove insufficient for the number of amino acids.
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DNA Transcription (Advanced Detail)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Transcription happens in every cell, including plants, animals, and in all living matter. Observe the process of transcription through a slow and detailed animation of the process. With each step described in detail, viewers comprehend...
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RNA Folding

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Don't leave genetics to the imagination! Demonstrate to your class the folding of RNA using a video animation. The animation shows the structure of RNA and how it folds on itself to create protein-like structures.
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Translation (Advanced Detail)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who said staying predictable is a bad thing? Translation follows a predictable four-step process. Scholars view a summary of each step with a breakdown of every detail, then examine different functions, highlighted with different colors,...
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Sickle Cell Anemia

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The most common blood disorder in the United States, sickle cell impacts more than 70,000 Americans. Understanding the genetic coding that leads to this disease might one day help scientists prevent it altogether. Using a promising...
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Translation (Basic Detail)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
RNA translates three letters at a time to create a perfect protein chain. With the help of an animation, viewers discover the process of translation in real time. From ribosome to protein, the program creating living things finds...
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Ultimate Animal

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How do we define the ultimate animal? Is it brain power, athleticism, population size, longest surviving, or something entirely different? Observe many animals at the top of the evolutionary ladder, or more accurately, ladders with a...