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Developing an Explanation for Tuskless Elephants

This activity builds on information presented in the video Selection for Tuskless Elephants. Students use scientific evidence and reasoning to construct an explanation of and develop an argument for tusklessness in elephant populations.

Using Images as Phenomena

This hands-on activity engages students in asking questions about phenomena using collections of images.

Benefits of Schools

This activity explores images of animals that live in groups, which serve as phenomena for learning about animal behavior.

Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

In this activity, students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural selection to develop an explanation for how populations change over time.

Niche Partitioning Activity

In this activity, students make claims about different niche partitioning mechanisms based on scientific data.

Human Feet Are Strange

In this activity, students examine concepts about the evolution of human bipedality explored in the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans. They create their own trackway of footprints and compare it to a trackway of fossil footprints.

Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

In this activity, students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs covered in the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds.

Exploring Biomes in Gorongosa National Park

The activity introduces students to the concept of biomes, using Gorongosa National Park as a case study. Part of the activity involves exploring the Gorongosa National Park Interactive Map.

Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

This activity supports concepts covered in the film The Making of a Theory. Students develop their nonfiction reading comprehension by analyzing excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

Identifying Patterns in Observations

This activity challenges students to identify observations that Darwin and Wallace made during their travels, as shown in the short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students then evaluate claims about evolution by natural selection based on these observations.