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Animals in a Grassland
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In this outdoor, warm weather activity, learners use sweepnets to search a ...

In this outdoor, warm weather activity, learners use sweepnets to search a grassy area such as a large lawn or field, collecting small animals to find as many different kinds of animals as possible. Learners observe and try to identify the animals they catch and observe how different animals interact with each other. Because some animals can't be caught easily with sweepnets, the Branching Out part of the activity involves making very small "pitfall traps" in the ground. At the end of the activity, learners release all the animals back into the grassy area.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Biodiversity of Feet
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This activity (on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry ...

This activity (on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into biodiversity. Groups of learners will go to the zoo to look at animal feet, making a list of ten different animals at the zoo and writing down a description of their feet. This collected data is then analyzed to envision how each animaläóťs use of its feet helps it live in its environment. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Biodiversity.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Bird Beak Buffet
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In this classic activity, learners investigate natural selection by becoming birds foraging ...

In this classic activity, learners investigate natural selection by becoming birds foraging for food on an island. The prey (beans) vary in their coloration such that some blend into the environment better than others. The birds vary in the type of beak they have (plastic forks, spoons and knives). Each season, any prey that survives has a baby bean the same color as the parent. In addition, the most successful birds have a baby with the same beak trait while the least successful birds die. Over several generations, the bird and bean populations shift depending on the environment.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
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Lesson Plans
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
Irene Salter
My Science Box
Rose Foundation
Color and Camouflage
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In this video, Jonathan explores how animals in the ocean use color, ...

In this video, Jonathan explores how animals in the ocean use color, not just for camouflage, but to stand out. Please see the accompanying lesson plan for educational objectives, discussion points and classroom activities.

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Life Science
Oceanography
Physics
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group
CreatureCast - Six Tips for Achieving Invisibility
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Here is a semi-interactive video (with the option of a single, non-interactive ...

Here is a semi-interactive video (with the option of a single, non-interactive video here) from CreatureCast alum Sophia Tintori, featuring tips from a handful of ocean-dwellers that each have drastically different approaches to being invisible.

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Biology
Zoology
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Video Lectures
Provider:
Dunn Lab at Brown University
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CreatureCast
Author:
Sophia Tintori
Invent an Animal
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In this outdoor activity and game, learners explore how animals adapt for ...

In this outdoor activity and game, learners explore how animals adapt for survival through coloration, markings and camouflage. By inventing, designing and hiding their own animal models, and hunting for other learners' hidden animals, learners investigate how predators and prey also use shape and behavior to blend into their habitats, so they can succeessfully hunt for food or escape from being eaten.

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Engineering
Education
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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Lawrence Hall of Science
Monster Evolution
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In this online activity, learners create monsters and see how they survived ...

In this online activity, learners create monsters and see how they survived when released into the wild. Learners discover that organisms adapt to their environments in different ways in order to survive. Learners also realize that an adaption that helps an organism thrive in one environment may put it at a disadvantage in a different environment.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Natural Selection Because of Different Color: Camouflage
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In this activity (p.5-6 of PDF), learners investigate natural selection. Learners discover ...

In this activity (p.5-6 of PDF), learners investigate natural selection. Learners discover that natural selection, which takes place over decades, can lead to altered populations within a species. Use this activity to explain the role of pollution and how humans can impact populations as well as compare natural selection to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which occurs much more quickly.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Dave Cavanagh
Laura Cavanagh
Nikki Pickup
Now You See Me...Now You Don't!
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An animalŐs physical characteristics, such as its body color, may give it ...

An animalŐs physical characteristics, such as its body color, may give it a better chance of survival. For example, the body colors of many animals blend with their background. In this investigation, students will see that body color may help some animals survive by making them nearly invisible to predators. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of camouflage as an animal adaptation.

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Measurement and Data
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Lesson Plans
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
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ALEX
Predators and Prey
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This activity uses a model of the Virtual Ecosystem with three species ...

This activity uses a model of the Virtual Ecosystem with three species in it: grass, rabbits, and hawks, enabling the students to explore the effect of predation on the prey population. At first students explore protective coloration as they 'become' a hawk and try to catch and eat brown and white rabbits on a snowy field. The latter blend into the background and are harder to see, so they have a selective advantage. Students then explore how the color of the rabbit population changes as the environment changes over time.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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Concord Consortium
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Concord Consortium Collection NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation
Race for Survival
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During this interactive "survival" game, students learn about the importance of camouflage ...

During this interactive "survival" game, students learn about the importance of camouflage and how it helps animals to blend into their surroundings, as either predator or prey. Learners participate by collecting "prey" in various different "habitats" as fast as possible and then predicting which habitat acts better as a means of camouflage. This activity continues with a discussion regarding other aspects of animal survival, which can also lead to lessons on food chains or ecosystems.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
Greendog
National Science Foundation
Public Television Viewers
WGBH
Shake It!
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In this outdoor activity that can be combined with a hike, learners ...

In this outdoor activity that can be combined with a hike, learners try to match a "mystery community" by shaking animals out of different trees and shrubs. Learners get a closeup look at organisms living on a particular tree or shrub, and consider which plants seem to host the most animals and how certain interactions among animals in a community help keep the community going.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Games
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Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Wetland Bioblitz
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This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full ...

This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into biodiversity of a given habitat. Groups of learners will work in pairs or small groups and conduct a bioblitz of a wetland, carefully observing, identifying and recording a list of as many plant and animal species as they can find. Data from all groups will be pooled to determine the думspecies richness,дуќ the total number of species and to make a bar graph to compare numbers of each type of organism. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Wetlands.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Oceanography
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Wolffish
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They have big, sharp teeth, long eel-like bodies, and they look like ...

They have big, sharp teeth, long eel-like bodies, and they look like they could bite your fingers right off‰ŰÓbut Jonathan can pet them. They‰ŰŞre Wolffish, and in this video Jonathan visits both Atlantic and Pacific species. You won‰ŰŞt believe the amazing encounters he has with these friendly but mean-looking fish. Please see the accompanying study guide for educational objectives and discussion points.

Subject:
Life Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
Author:
Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group