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Adaptations Activity 4: Go Adapt! (Grades 2-5)
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Students synthesize their understanding of adaptations by playing a “go fish” style game to collect sets of organisms with physical and behavioral adaptations.

Educators Guide for this unit:
http://education.eol.org/lesson_plans/2-5_Adaptations_LessonOverview.pdf

Lessons in this unit:

Adaptations Activity 1: Adapting to the Environment
Adaptations Activity 2: Physical Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 3: Behavioral Adaptations
Adaptations Activity 4: Go Adapt!
Adaptations Activity 5: Create a Creature

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
11/22/2017
Adaptive Radiation: Darwin's Finches
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Finches on the Galapagos Islands have evolved to exploit almost every possible niche. This diagram shows the range of food sources available on the island and the different beak shapes adapted to exploit each of them.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
All in the Family
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In this Evolution Web feature, test your skills at judging who's who on the tree of life while you learn about the tools and methods of cladistics.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Clear Blue Sky Productions
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Allopatric Speciation
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These images from the Smithsonian Institution depict Nancy Knowlton's work with snapping shrimp in Panama. Knowlton found that the closing of the isthmus -- dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean -- resulted in new species of shrimp.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Animal Diversity
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The lessons presented in this module on animal diversity are based on the social constructivist theory of learning. Learners construct their own understanding and develop their own skills, both individually and as part of a peer group. The activities presented here will help you, but a large part of the responsibility rests on you, in the aim of fostering learner empowerment.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
African Virtual University
Provider Set:
OER@AVU
Author:
Rabotovao, Laurence Joséphine
Date Added:
05/12/2016
Animals and Engineering
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Students are introduced to the classification of animals and animal interactions. Students also learn why engineers need to know about animals and how they use that knowledge to design technologies that help other animals and/or humans. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Berkeley Unified School District: Garden-Based Learning Curriculum
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This curriculum builds upon many years of educating students in the garden and scales up content across grades and lessons for instructional scaffolding. It is designed as an interactive teaching tool to be co-taught with classroom teachers and garden instructors as leads. Each lesson connects directly to standards: Next Generation Science, Common Core State, Physical Education, and Environmental and Health Education. The concise and easy to-follow lessons are a packed 45 minutes for preschool through fifth grade. Flexibility is important, so some lessons include several activities that teachers can choose from to accommodate their lesson plans. Consistency is also important, so lessons follow themes and structures found in the Curriculum Map. 360 pages.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Berkeley Unified School District
Date Added:
09/01/2015
Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment
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The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Build-a-Fish
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In this interactive activity from Shedd Aquarium, build a fish and then release it into the reef to search for food and evade predators. Try different combinations and observe how each kind of fish has unique adaptations that help it survive in its habitat.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
08/09/2007
Carnivorous Plants of Cartwheel Bay
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In this video segment from NatureScene, explore Cartwheel Bay, a wetland in South Carolina, and learn about the variety of carnivorous plants native to this unique landform.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
South Carolina ETV
Provider Set:
Teachers' Domain
Author:
SCETV
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Date Added:
08/20/2008
Chemistry: Classifying Chemical and Physical Changes in Various Materials/Substances
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This activity is a classroom lab where students observe and classify chemical and physical changes using the five characteristics of a chemical change, interpret their findings, and use evidence to support their findings.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nikki Schilling
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Citizen Science with Zooniverse
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Students learn that ordinary citizens, including students like themselves, can make meaningful contributions to science through the concept of "citizen science." First, students learn some examples of ongoing citizen science projects that are common around the world, such as medical research, medication testing and donating idle computer time to perform scientific calculations. Then they explore Zooniverse, an interactive website that shows how research in areas from marine biology to astronomy leverage the power of the Internet to use the assistance of non-scientists to classify large amounts of data that is unclassifiable by machines for various reasons. To conclude, student groups act as engineering teams to brainstorm projects ideas for their own town that could benefit from community help, then design conceptual interactive websites that could organize and support the projects.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Jennifer Nider
Lori Rice
Paul Cain
Sujatha Prakash
Yasche Glass
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Classification
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Grade Level:9-11Subject:ALS: AnimalsDuration: 150 minutesDOK Level: 4SAMR Level: Redefinition Indiana Standard: ALSA.1.1 Explain the classification of organisms based on a hierarchical taxonomy including kingdom, division, class, order, family, genus, and species. ALSA.1.2 Distinguish the five kingdoms of organisms, and more specific taxonomy of agricultural species of animals ALSA.1.3 Identify animals using a taxonomic keyObjective: Students will be able to explain the classification of organisms based on Carolus Linnaeus and create a taxonomic key with no more than two errors.  Essential Question: Why is it important to have a standard classification and naming system in the science community.Procedure: Have the students write their meaning of the terms in the google slide Classification_2017Divide the class into groups of threeHandout 20 buttons to each groupHave the groups organize the buttons into categories (allow 15 min)Have each group explain how they organized their buttons Give the Classification_2017 presentationClass discussion on the importance of standard systems. Bring the buttons back.Demonstrate how to make a taxonomic key with five buttonsExplain and give the students the project details through google classroom (Taxonomy Project )Product or Assessment: The use of google docs or slides to create their own taxonomic key for futuristic animals. 

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Macon Beck
Date Added:
07/13/2017
Classification Activity 1: What is Classification? (Grades 2-5)
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Students explore the importance and process of classification. Students apply the concept of biological classification to a real hierarchy of birds, analyzing bird photos and organizing them into groups based on physical characteristics.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
11/16/2017
Classification Activity 3: Plant Classification (Grades 2-5)
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After learning about and observing the differences between flowering and nonflowering plants, students go outside and search for plants in schoolyard, keeping notes and drawings of their observations.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Encyclopedia of Life
Date Added:
11/16/2017
Classifying Animals by Appearance Versus DNA Sequence
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The topic of this video module is how to classify animals based on how closely related they are. The main learning objective is that students will learn how to make phylogenetic trees based on both physical characteristics and on DNA sequence. Students will also learn why the objective and quantitative nature of DNA sequencing is preferable when it come to classifying animals based on how closely related they are. Knowledge prerequisites to this lesson include that students have some understanding of what DNA is and that they have a familiarity with the base-pairing rules and with writing a DNA sequence.

Subject:
Biology
Genetics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Megan E. Rokop
Date Added:
06/11/2012