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Evaluating Science in the News

In this activity, students evaluate a science news article to determine whether it is a trustworthy source of information.

Scientist Role Models

In this activity, students find a scientist with whom they can relate in some way and then explore and reflect upon the impact of that scientist’s work.

Wildebeest Populations

This activity explores an image of a wildebeest herd on the Serengeti, which serves as a phenomenon for learning about population dynamics and wildlife management.

Patterns of Predation

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that investigated how herbivore populations are regulated in the Serengeti.

White-Nose Syndrome

This activity explores images of bats with an infectious fungal disease, which serve as phenomena for learning about population dynamics and disease impacts.

Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study on how adversity in early life impacts the long-term survival of baboons.

The Wolves of Isle Royale

This activity explores images of wolves hunting a moose on Isle Royale, which serve as phenomena for learning about predator-prey population dynamics.

Serengeti Wildebeest Population Regulation

This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. In this study, scientists investigated how the eradication of rinderpest disease led to a boom in the wildebeest population.

New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that used footprints formed millions of years ago to estimate the heights of early human ancestors.

Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

This activity supports the film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn. Students analyze data on the expression of the tb1 gene to explain how variations in this gene played a role in the evolution of corn.