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imageOrnamentation in birds
In this investigation students explore the connection between competition for mates and the evolution of elaborate traits in birds. Using the online database Birds of North America , students develop and test a set of hypotheses to explain the variation in sexual dimorphism among bird species.

Grade: College

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Resource type: lab activity

imageTeaching the Process of Molecular Phylogeny and Systematics: A Multi-Part Inquiry-Based Exercise
Students explore molecular data from Homo sapiens and four related primates and develop multiple hypotheses regarding the ancestry of these five species by analyzing DNA sequences, protein sequences, and chromosomal maps.

Grade: College

Source: Nathan Lents

Resource type: lab activity

imageAge dating star clusters
Students explore how classification and graphing are used by astronomers to determine the age of star clusters. They will measure the color and brightness of stars, as proxies for temperature and luminosity

Grade: 9-12

Source: Whitfield, Lisé

Resource type: lab activity

imageAnolis Lizards
Students "travel" to the Greater Antilles to figure out how the Anolis lizards might have evolved there. Students make observations, ask questions, share data, form hypotheses, generate expectations, get more data, interpret them, and test their ideas.

Grade: 9-12

Source: Collins, Jennifer

Resource type: lab activity

imageDesigning your very own science experiment
Students design and carry out an experiment using pill bugs (isopods). Other organisms could be used in place of the pill bugs. Students reflect on the process used by charting their pathway on the Science Flowchart.

Grade: 9-12

Source: Stefanski, Mark

Resource type: lab activity

imageExploring bouncing balls
Students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce. Students then reflect on the process they used by charting their pathway on the Understanding Science Flowchart.

Grade: 9-12

Source: UCMP

Resource type: lab activity

imageGalaxy classification
This is a modified version of Galactic Inquiry in which students learn about galaxy classification while also experiencing a simple simulation of peer review and community analysis.

Grade: 9-12

Source: Whitfield, Lisé

Resource type: lab activity

imageInvestigating a Deep Sea Mystery
In this lab activity, students examine authentic morphological and phylogenetic data of three fish families and then pose and test alternative hypotheses about the fishes' classification.

Grade: 9-12

Source: ETOL

Resource type: lab activity

Newton's 2nd law: Inquiry approach
Students act as colleagues of Isaac Newton. Students focus on how to design a procedure to test Newton's hypothesis and then communicate that idea to others. The emphasis is on the process rather than the actual results.

Grade: 9-12

Source: Tung, Cecilia

Resource type: lab activity

imageRutherford's enlarged: A content embedded NOS activity
Students reason about a model of Ernst Rutherford's famous experiment supporting the idea of the atomic nucleus. They differentiate between observation and inference and see the role of creativity in the process of science.

Grade: 9-12

Source: Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad

Resource type: lab activity

imageTeaching the Process of Molecular Phylogeny and Systematics: A Multi-Part Inquiry-Based Exercise
Students explore molecular data from Homo sapiens and four related primates and develop multiple hypotheses regarding the ancestry of these five species by analyzing DNA sequences, protein sequences, and chromosomal maps.

Grade: 9-12

Source: Nathan Lents

Resource type: lab activity

imageExploring bouncing balls
Students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce. Students then reflect on the process they used by charting their pathway on the Understanding Science Flowchart.

Grade: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: lab activity

imageGalaxy classification
This is a modified version of Galactic Inquiry in which students learn about galaxy classification while also experiencing a simple simulation of peer review and community analysis.

Grade: 6-8

Source: Whitfield, Lisé

Resource type: lab activity

imageHeating and cooling of the Earth's surface
Students conduct experiments on the rate that sand and water heat up and cool down. Based on their observations, they make hypotheses about why materials heat up and cool down at different rates and then test their ideas.

Grade: 6-8

Source: UCMP

Resource type: lab activity

imageWeathering and erosion
Students will conduct a series of experiments to explore the processes and effects of weathering and erosion.

Grade: 6-8

Source: Whitfield, Lisé

Resource type: lab activity

imageWeathering and erosion
Students will conduct a series of experiments to explore the processes and effects of weathering and erosion.

Grade: 3-5

Source: Whitfield, Lisé

Resource type: lab activity


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