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Animals at the Extremes: Polar Biology
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Animals at the Extremes: Polar Biology

The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals ... (more)

The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This unit explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses, the environmental effects on diet, activity and fecundity, and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and land-based animals in surviving in this extreme habitat. This unit builds on and develops ideas from two other 'Animals at the extreme' units: The desert environment (S324_1) and Hibernation and torpor (S324_2). (less)

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Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Animals at the Extremes: the Desert Environment
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Animals at the Extremes: the Desert Environment

Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable ... (more)

Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats. This unit looks at the surprisingly diverse desert climates throughout the world and mammals, birds, lizards and amphibians that survive there. It splits these animals into three groups according to their strategy for survival: evaders, evaporators and endurers, then discusses how these strategies work on a biochemical and physiological level. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Animals live in many different homes and habitats
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Animals live in many different homes and habitats

Not all animals live in the forest, or the ocean, or the ... (more)

Not all animals live in the forest, or the ocean, or the desert. There are many different habitats where animals live. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Purdue University
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Video and Image Data Access
Author:
Olivia Worland (Purdue University;Biological Sciences)
Animals on the Go
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Animals on the Go

This video segment shows a wide variety of creatures in their respective ... (more)

This video segment shows a wide variety of creatures in their respective habitats, with a focus on how the animals move. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Animals on the Move
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Animals on the Move

Students will choose an animal, draw the animal, write a sentence naming ... (more)

Students will choose an animal, draw the animal, write a sentence naming their animal and write a sentence about what their animal can do using inventive as well as conventional spelling. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Anita Baldwin
Ann Loftis
Genevieve Kiser
Animal tracks
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Animal tracks

If an animal track is fork-shaped, it was probably made by a ... (more)

If an animal track is fork-shaped, it was probably made by a bird. If the track shows four or five toes and is paw-shaped, it was probably made by a mammal. There are many other tracks that different animals make. (less)

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Science and Technology
Life Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Purdue University
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Video and Image Data Access
Author:
Olivia Worland (Purdue University;Biological Sciences)
Animated Wind Capacity Map
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Animated Wind Capacity Map

This map shows how much electrical power is produced from wind in ... (more)

This map shows how much electrical power is produced from wind in each state from 1999 through 2010. The animation shows a general increase in the amount of wind power produced per state and the number of states producing it. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Animation About the Greenhouse Effect
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Animation About the Greenhouse Effect

This is a basic animation/simulation with background information about the greenhouse effect ... (more)

This is a basic animation/simulation with background information about the greenhouse effect by DAMOCLES. The animation has several layers to it that allow users to drill into more detail about the natural greenhouse effect and different aspects of it, including volcanic aerosols and human impacts from burning fossil fuels. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Annelids
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Annelids

Annelids are segmented animals. They have soft bodies and no legs. They ... (more)

Annelids are segmented animals. They have soft bodies and no legs. They usually move by crawling. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Life Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Purdue University
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Video and Image Data Access
Author:
Olivia Worland (Purdue University;Biological Sciences)
Anole lizard
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Anole lizard

Anole lizards are reptiles because they are covered in scales. These scales ... (more)

Anole lizards are reptiles because they are covered in scales. These scales are used as protection for the lizard and help the lizard retain water in its body. (less)

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Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
California State University, Fullerton
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Video and Image Data Access
Author:
Paul Hirst (None;)
Ant Farm
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Ant Farm

Farming ants might sound like a crazy thing to do unless you ... (more)

Farming ants might sound like a crazy thing to do unless you might like to eat chocolate covered ants. It turns out we can learn a lot from ants and the best way is to build your own ant farm. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Life Science
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
Provider Set:
Ask A Biologist
Author:
Rebecca Clark
Sabine Deviche
Antarctic Ecosystem
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Antarctic Ecosystem

In contrast with its largely lifeless interior, the Antarctic coastal marine environment ... (more)

In contrast with its largely lifeless interior, the Antarctic coastal marine environment supports a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. Explore the region's living bounty in this interactive activity adapted from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Antarctic Food Web Game
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Antarctic Food Web Game

In this interactive game adapted from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, ... (more)

In this interactive game adapted from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, build a food web that illustrates the flow of energy in an Antarctic ecosystem and the relationships between predators and prey. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Antarctic Ice: Sea Level Change
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Antarctic Ice: Sea Level Change

What would happen if a portion of the Antarctic Ice Sheet were ... (more)

What would happen if a portion of the Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt? This video segment adapted from NOVA uses animations to show the effect of a 6-meter sea-level rise on coastal cities across the world. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Antarctica Ice
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Antarctica Ice

This short video examines the recent melting ice shelves in the Antarctica ... (more)

This short video examines the recent melting ice shelves in the Antarctica Peninsula; the potential collapse of West Antarctic ice shelf; and how global sea levels, coastal cities, and beaches would be affected. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Antarctica: Larsen Ice Shelf Side by Side Comparison
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Antarctica: Larsen Ice Shelf Side by Side Comparison

In 1978, scientists predicted that global warming would lead to a disintegration ... (more)

In 1978, scientists predicted that global warming would lead to a disintegration of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves. Space-borne data indicate that this prediction may be coming true. In these before and after images, note the dramatic change in the apparent shoreline. Scientists captured the first image using the ERS-1 satellite in 1992. As seen in the second image, collected by RADARSAT in 1997, huge changes have come to the coastline. In 1995, a 2000 square kilometer section of the ice shelf collapsed into thousands of fragments that eventually drifted out to sea. Researchers are still debating why the ice shelf broke up so dramatically, and what significance the break up has for interpreting local versus global changes to the environment. Theories include a series of warmer than usual summers which may have caused high levels of surface melting, or an overall climate warming trend. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio
Scientific Visualization Studio
Author:
Ken Jezek
Marte Newcombe
Stuart Snodgrass
Ant eating caterpillar
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Ant eating caterpillar

Ants eat a variety of foods and are notorious for ruining picnics ... (more)

Ants eat a variety of foods and are notorious for ruining picnics and eating all the sweet dessert. Ants will eat anything from vegetable scraps to candy. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
California State University, Fullerton
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Video and Image Data Access
Author:
Piet Spaans (None;)
Ant external anatomy
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Ant external anatomy

An ant's body is separated into three parts: the head, thorax, and ... (more)

An ant's body is separated into three parts: the head, thorax, and gaster. The jaws help carry food and move objects around. The antennae allow ants to "smell" by detecting chemicals. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
U.S. Air Force
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Video and Image Data Access
Author:
Jerry Lavoie (U.S. Air Force;)
An Antipodal Mystery
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An Antipodal Mystery

The discovery of the platypus had the scientific world in an uproar ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid