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Mitochondrial DNA

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Do young scientists know that some traits are only passed down by the mother? Mitochondrial DNA is an interesting phenomenon that provides researchers with a lot of useful information. Scholars learn about the endosymbiotic theory, what...
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America's Stone Age Explorers

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students research how mitochondrial DNA is used in determining familial relationships. They complete a worksheet in which they attempt to help solve the identity of bones found in Africa.
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Endosymbiosis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If life on Earth began as a prokaryote, how did eukaryotic cells arise? Learners explore the history of endosymbiosis from Dr. Lynn Margulis' first writings, which were not widely received to the evidence of mitochondrial DNA. They then...
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Roots: The Ancestry of Modern People

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the models for the origin of modern humans and the conditions that facilitate speciation and evolution. The classification and nomenclature of hominid species is also examined.
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Global Awareness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read about how scientists are arriving at current theories of human origin and migration through mitochondrial DNA analysis. They then piece together a map showing the data from mitochondrial DNA analysis to plot the migration...
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Wolves: DNA Pawprinting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore and research the most widely distributed terrestrial carnivore, the wolf. They critique the true mystery of this animal and then form an opinion about this creature. The restriction-site analysis of mitochondrial DNA is...
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Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
In a fun and interactive two-day lesson, learners sort anole lizard pictures by appearance. Next, they watch a video about the anoles and re-sort based on the information in the video. In addition to physical characteristics, budding...
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Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Should genetic scientists be permitted to alter mtDNA to eliminate birth defects? That is the question examined in Rob Stein's article for NPR that explores the ethical issues raised by this research.
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Is DNA the Future of Data Storage?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
When you think of secret messages and data storage, DNA doesn't normally come to mind. Viewers watch a video that explains how scientists use DNA to store information. It describes some recent advances in the area.
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The Science of Skin Color

For Students 7th - 12th
Why are there so many different skin colors? Check out the science and the anthropological theories used to explain the rich palette of human skin colors as presented in the short video.
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Wolves: DNA Pawprinting

For Students 9th - 12th
A mystery canine was shot and killed near Yellowstone National Park in the early '90s. Genetics whizzes explain how they might go about identifying whether the animal was a true grey wolf or a hybrid. A drawing of the animal's DNA bands...
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Making Twins

For Students 9th - 12th
A short reading is accompanied by a quiz in a resource describing the differences between identical and fraternal twins. The quiz is mostly true/false and would make an excellent anticipatory set to get kids thinking about what they know...
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The Real Eve

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research about human migration during a specific time period. In this physical science lesson, students watch a video about human evolution. They prepare a presentation on human migration and share it with the class.
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DNA Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use the Internet to identify DNA and how it determines what we look like. They also explore how law enforcement uses DNA to help them solve crimes. They examine the problems with this identification as well.
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Recovering the Romanovs

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students use DNA to solve an identity mystery. In this biology instructional activity, students use the Internet to gather information about sex-linked disorders and complete a Punnett square for hemophilia, then examine a handwriting...
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Comparing Chimp mtDNA to Learn about Races

For Teachers All
In this computer-based lesson, students will measure genetic diversity within and between three subspecies of chimpanzees in order to gain a better understanding of genetic distinctiveness and explore race as a genetic concept.
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America's Stone Age Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students watch a Nova program examining the earliest in habitants of the Americas. In groups. they take notes on various topics covered in the program. Among the topics covered are: the Clovis people, Solutrean culture, migration...
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Determination of Phylogenetic Relationships Using Restriction Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Learners applied various mathematical analyses to interpret their data. By using the resulting DNA fragment patterns from several enzymes students established a possible evolutionary relationship among the mice.
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Out of Africa: The Real Eve

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners explore the migration of humans out of Africa. In this human origins lesson, students watch a the video "Eve Explained" to examine the migration of humans. Learners will discuss human migration throughout time.
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Human Genome video worksheet

For Students 6th - 12th
In this Human Genome worksheet, students watch a video on human genomes and complete fill in the blanks sentences about it. Students complete 33 sentences.
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Cloning Animals and Plants: Any Difference?

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Students examine the process in which plants and animals are cloned. They compare and contrast the two procedures and determine if there is a difference. They share their views on cloning to the class.
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Worksheet on Vigorous Verbs and Nominalizations

For Students 5th - 10th
In this editing instructional activity, students edit the sentences given to them for nominalizations. Students complete this for 17 sentences total.
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The Puzzle of the Ice Age Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe alternative theories for how the first humans came to the Americas, and explain evidence that supports or contradicts these theories. They examine the role of skepticism in scientific inquiries.

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