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All Species Inventory
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students listen to an interview with Kevin Kelly, co-founder and board chairman of the All Species Foundation in San Francisco. Kelly discusses his mission to discover, identify, and document every species on Earth within the next 25 years. Students then read more information about the project, and conclude by answering some related questions. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Zoology
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Activity/Lab
Lecture
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Date Added:
12/02/2008
Animal Adaptations
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In this lesson, students will participate in classroom discussions and visit a website to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) theyve adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. This will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.The Kratts' Creatures website used in this lesson provides students with a simple, visual means for familiarizing themselves with basic world ecosystems as well as some examples of the animals that occupy them.

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Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Date Added:
04/30/2006
Animal Diversity
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This lesson from Science NetLinks exposes children to a wide range of animals and guides them through observation of animal similarities, differences, and environmental adaptations. This lesson can be used as part of a study of plants and animals. Before doing the lesson, students should know the meanings of the terms: plant, animal, and living.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Zoology
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Date Added:
02/06/2008
Animal Diversity Web
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This site is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods, birds, fishes, insects, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and sharks. Explore special features on mammals, skulls, and frog calls. Students are invited to contribute.

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Zoology
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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NSDL Science Refreshers
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
DLESE Community Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
11/06/2008
An Antipodal Mystery
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The discovery of the platypus had the scientific world in an uproar and kept it tantalized for decades. Here was the strangest animal ever seen. How was one to classify it? It had fur. So, was it a mammal? But then what to make of its duck-like bill? And how did it produce and suckle its young? Based on the book by Ann Moyal titled Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World, the case focuses on classification and evolution and models the scientific process, with scientists arguing, debating, collecting more information, and revising their opinions as more data become available.

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Life Science
Zoology
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Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

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Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
08/22/2012
Biology, The Chemistry of Life, The Study of Life, Themes and Concepts of Biology
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify and describe the properties of lifeDescribe the levels of organization among living thingsRecognize and interpret a phylogenetic treeList examples of different sub disciplines in biology

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Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
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Biology, The Chemistry of Life, The Study of Life, Themes and Concepts of Biology
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify and describe the properties of lifeDescribe the levels of organization among living thingsRecognize and interpret a phylogenetic treeList examples of different sub disciplines in biology

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Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Tina B. Jones
Bird Beaks
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment. Students learn about bird beaks through observation, both virtual and of local birds, and through a variety of games and activities.

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Anatomy/Physiology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Genetics
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
09/06/2007
Burrowing Owls
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This lesson is based on students' previous knowledge that many animals share an ecosystem and depend upon each other to survive. This lesson uses the example of the Burrowing Owl to illustrate how human activities can control the fate of a species. In addition to exploring the negative impact community development has had on the owl's habitat, students will read about proactive steps people are taking to reverse this destruction.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Date Added:
03/29/2006
Cardiovascular Construction Kit
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The Cardiovascular Construction Kit (CVCK) allows students to design and construct a wide range of cardiovascular systems, testing each one to see how it behaves and whether it could actually exist and survive in a real organism. CVCK provides a set of basic components, e.g., pumps, vessels, capillaries and so on, which may be pieced together to construct a cardiovascular system. Gauges and measurement techniques are provided so you can draw conclusions from your experiments. Note: CVCK is a MAC Archive Module and requires System 6.05 to System 6.07.To construct cardiovascular systems with CVCK, select components from the menu bars, drag them onto the main screen, and connect them together by making them touch.CVCK makes it possible to construct experiments as well as systems. Such experiments allow comparisons of the performance of systems with different configurations or characteristics.One constructs experiments by deciding what aspects of performance need to be measured and by hooking up gauges at appropriate places.Gauges that can measure variables like pressure and blood flow can be connected to the components, and the values that are read from these gauges can be displayed in the form of a graph.

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Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
Provider Set:
The BioQUEST Library Online
Author:
Daniel Udovic
Nils Peterson
Sarah Douglas
Date Added:
04/25/2013
The Case of the Sexually Arrested Orangutans
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This case examines the hormonal control of the development and maturation to adulthood and the role of stress hormones in that developmental process. The case was adapted from results summarized in Maggioncalda and Sapolsky's (2002) article in Scientific American. It presents evidence for why an unusual adaptation for reproduction in subordinate male primates may have evolved as a means of reducing stress. Students are presented with data from the published studies and asked to analyze and interpret the results to formulate hypotheses. Initially developed for an upper division endocrinology course, the case has been used in an upper division comparative anatomy-physiology course, and could be used in an animal behavior or behavioral ecology course.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Zoology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Laura J. Baumgartner
Susan B. Chaplin
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Cat's Meow
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This Science Update focuses on the cat's meow and how it is used to communicate its needs and wants. As such, it provides a good basis for beginning a discussion about not only verbal communication, but the other ways in which living things communicate -- such as through smell, sight, and touch.

Subject:
Zoology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
10/02/2004
Chimpanzee Droppings Lead Scientists to Evolutionary Discovery
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This interrupted case study focuses on the research of Dr. Beatrice Hahn, who investigates DNA sequences in chimpanzee droppings in order to explore the origins of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Students first consider the types of data that can be gained through collecting chimpanzee feces and studying the behavior of these animals. Students then apply this information to learn more about microevolution when they compare DNA sequences. Finally, students learn about ELISA tests and consider the role of basic and applied science. This case study is appropriate for an introductory biology course for non-majors or majors.

Subject:
Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Erica F. Kosal
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Classification 1: Classification Scheme
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This Science NetLinks lesson, first of a two-part series will show students that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features to decide which things belong to which group and that classification schemes will vary with purpose.ContextThis lesson is the first of a two-part series on classification. This lesson is intended to supplement students' direct investigations by using the Internet to expose students to a variety of living organisms, as well as encourage them to start developing classification schemes of their own.

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Botany
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
10/21/2005
Classification 2: A Touch of Class
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This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on classification. This lesson extends the investigation of living organisms carried out in the first lesson by exposure to the idea that a variety of plants and animals can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group.

Subject:
Botany
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
05/17/2007
Classify That!
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In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students will get acquainted with diverse forms of life by using modern biological classification systems to group animals that are related. Students will learn about basic scientific groupings like genus, species, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. One of the websites featured in this lesson allows them to pair different vertebrate animals and learn more about their common traits. By doing this, students will begin to classify organisms in a more sophisticated way.

Subject:
Zoology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
04/16/2006
The Coelacanth: An Odd Fish
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This "clicker case" is a redesign of a case, also in our collection, by Robert H. Grant titled "A Strange Fish Indeed: The 'Discovery' of a Living Fossil." The case follows the story of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer and her discovery of the coelacanth, a fish of considerable evolutionary interest. It uses the story as a springboard to explore evolutionary concepts and the scientific method. It has been reformatted to use student personal response systems ("clickers") and a PowerPoint presentation (~4.2MB), and further emphasizes the role of Ms. Courtenay-Latimer. The case is designed for large introductory biology courses.

Subject:
Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Eric Ribbens
Robert H. Grant
Date Added:
01/01/2009