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Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the Pitx1 Gene in Stickleback Fish

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Gene switches work similarly to light switches in controlling one feature of their environments. Scholars study the Pitx1 gene in a specific type of fish. They learn the different ways this switch controls various body parts and...
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Mendelian Genetics, Probability, Pedigree, and Chi-Square Statistics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
People with the sickle cell trait, but not sickle cell disease, find natural protection against malaria. Scholars consider various combinations of genotypes and environmental factors to determine if children might have sickle cell...
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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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Look Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by Predation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What happens when a new predator comes to town? Learners analyze an experiment that studies the effect of predation on selection. They use real data to draw conclusions about the impact a new predator has on a prey species.
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Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction: Part 1 – In the Ocean

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Extinction events have happen throughout geologic history, but only five mass extinctions occurred over the last 4.5 billion years. Scholars view fossils from a layer of sediment during an extinction event and observe patterns to draw...
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Arthropod Animation: Scorpion Book Gills

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Gills extract oxygen from water and send it to the blood stream while removing carbon dioxide and sending it back to the water through these feather-like features. View an animation of scorpion gills, called book gills, by first peeling...
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Molluscs: Blue-Ringed Octopus Warning Coloration

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What animal is only eight inches long and can easily kill an adult human? The blue-ringed octopus changes body color before neutralizing any threat, human or not. Observe the drastic changes to body color in a short video.
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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...
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Mollusc Animation: Shell Repair

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It often feels like homes need constant work and repairs. Mollusks might feel the same way since they continually repair their shells. A video presents an explanation of how mollusks can survive even a deep crack. Viewers observe the...
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Mollusc Animation: Abalone

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Three simple yet functional body parts define mollusks. The Shape of Life series presents an animation of the body plan of a specific mollusk, the abalone. Viewers see the inner workings of the foot, radula, and mantle. They understand...
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Arthropod Animation: Millipede Breathing Tubes

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Millipedes breathe through a series of tubes underneath their bodies. A short animation demonstrates the placement and function of these breathing tubes. Scholars build off this knowledge as they learn more about evolution, adaptation,...
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Cnidarians: Anemone Catches Goby

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Anemones contain harpoon-like structures in their tentacles to attack prey. A video shares an up-close look at an anemone eating a goby. It highlights the attack, capture, and demise of the prey through a system evolved over the course...
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Molluscs: Octopus Camouflage

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A large brain helps the octopus change both color and texture as a form of defense. A video series details the unique features of the mollusks as quick-change artists. It describes the cellular changes and chemical reactions controlling...
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Cnidarians: Anemone Swims Away from Sea Star

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
While most sea anemones move slowly along rocks, Stomphia swim to escape predators. Viewers see a sea star sneak up on an anemone ready to attack. The unsuspecting anemone retaliates quickly and swims away awkwardly as part of a larger...
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Explore Your Inner Animals

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Human bodies prove evolution thanks to our genes, bones, and more. Learning about specific body parts and how they evolved from other species helps individuals better understand the transition species that helped us become who we are today.
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Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Skin color is controlled by at least six genes. Young scientists learn about skin colors through a documentary. They discuss the topics of pigment, natural selection, and vitamin D absorption. They apply their knowledge to higher order...
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Visualizing Gene-Expression Patterns

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do genetics gurus know so much about gene expression? See traits materialize before your very eyes using a presentation with embedded simulations. Science scholars develop an understanding of the techniques used to follow the work of...
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Evolution 101

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Have you been shaped by evolution? A short video introduces the idea of evolution through examples of natural selection, reproduction, traits, and more. The video exists as a small part of a series from the NOVA Evolution Lab.
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DNA Spells Evolution

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
In humans, the rate of mutation from one generation to the next is between 100 and 200 mutations. Discover the role of DNA mutation in evolution with an enriching lab activity.
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Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Darwin explained the connection between species of finches 150 years before scientists understood DNA. Technology and progressing science proved he was right, yet many struggle to understand how natural selection happens. Scholars use...
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Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Are chickens and crocodiles really related? Young scientists compare the bone structure of current domestic chickens to other animals throughout evolution. This helps them understand the branches that separate crocodiles and birds as...
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How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
I can see your epidermis. A short video shows how we get our skin color. It explains how melanocyte cells in the epidermis produce melanin, and that the type and amount of melanin controls skin color.
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Why Don't Antibiotics Work Like They Used To?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics every year. Learn the reason for this pattern and how scientists are addressing the problem in a six-week unit. Learners analyze different types of bacteria and their adaptations.
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Food Is Fuel

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Which has more calories, a cupcake or a rat? The odd question grabs pupils' attention as they learn about food as fuel in an intriguing installment of the PBS food science playlist. The video explains how scientists use a bomb...