The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

After watching an engaging 13-minute video about the colorless blood of icefish, future ichthyologists examine icefish blood and non-icefish blood (blood samples are simulated with Karo syrup mixtures) to determine advantages of different blood viscosities in fish, depending on their habitat. This is designed as a demonstration, but could work well as a group activity. The included extension has pupils designing an experiment to represent their findings. Additional lesson plans are also available.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Classroom Considerations
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Pros
  • Fascinating film is supported by stellar lessons, demonstrations, and activities
  • Designed to meet both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (See each resource for specific standards met)
  • Perfect for use in a flipped classroom setting
Cons
  • None