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Sustainability
Ecology: Living on Earth
Cell Biology: World Health
Genetics: Feeding the World
Evolution: Maintaining Diversity
Chemistry: Fueling the World
Chemistry: Earth's Resources
Physics: Mitigating Risks from Waves
Pilot Test of Electricity: Global Energy and Power
Miscellaneous


Sustainability

Activity 1
Our Global Community

Planet 100 Presentation

United Nations Statistics Division

CIA World Factbook

World Resources Institute

NationMaster

Activity 2
Life in Other Countries

United Nations Statistics Division

CIA World Factbook

BBC Country Profiles

Activity 3
Sustainability Case Studies

BedZed Seven Years On

World Resources Institute

Activity 4
Ecological Footprint

New Society Publishers

Ecological Footprint Survey Questions UPDATE

Activity 5
Jaffrey City's Problem

EPA Nutrient Pollution

EPA Water Quality by State

Lake Scientist

Activity 6
Jaffrey City's Master Plan

Wastewater Management


Ecology

Activity 1
Ecosystems and Change

NASA and the Chesapeake Bay
This 8 minute video clip shows how NASA is helping to monitor the health of Chesapeake Bay. It includes eutrophication and attempts to restore native oysters.

Witnessing Environmental Changes
Native American elders discuss environmental changes they have seen in their local environments over their lifetime.

Warmer Oceans Affect Food Web
Scientists discuss the possible affect of rising ocean temperatures on organisms in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Samoa Under Threat
A Samoan climatologist discusses the increasing number of intense storms seen in Samoa, possibly due to global climate change.

The Grand Canyon: Conservation and Development
The affect of the Glen Canyon Dam on the ecosystems of the Colorado River.

The Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
How humans are helping to restore the nesting habitat and hatchling population of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

Case Study 1: The Crab Jubilee
This video from Discovery News describes the tracking methods used to monitor blue crab.

Case Study 2: the March of the Toads
This video from Animal Planet describes the impact the cane toad has had on Australia.

Case Study 3: The Bleaching of the Reefs
These three sources provide additional information on the bleaching of reefs:

Palau Coral Bleaching Case Study
Coral Reefs & Palau

Case Study 4: The Yellowstone Fires of 1988
This video from TLC describes the 1988 Yellowstone fire.

Activity 2
A Population of Duckweed

Duckweed information

Activity 3
Biomes

Case Study: Flora and Fauna of Virginia

Sample Biome Map 1

Sample Biome Map 2

Sample Biome Map 3

Activity 4
Invasive Species

NASA and the Chesapeake Bay
This 8 minute video clip shows how NASA is helping to monitor the health of Chesapeake Bay. It includes eutrophication and attempts to restore native oysters.

Invasive Species information

Global Invasive Species Database

Chesapeake Bay Oysters

PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia hosts a number of relevant videos related to this activity and others in the course.

Activity 5
Tragedy of the Commons

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program

Activity 8
Cycles of Matter (Carbon Cycle)

Student Sheet 8.1: Carbon Cycle
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 8.1: Carbon Cycle - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.
Nitrogen Cycle Slide Presentation
Water Cycle Slide Presentation

SEPUP Simulation: The Carbon Cycle

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Activity 9
The Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Shuffle

Energy Flow in the Coral Reef Ecosystem

Ginger Ale Instructions
This website includes information on and recipes for making ginger ale, root beer and cheese as well, all of which involve fermentation. The ginger ale is the most “fool proof” of the recipes and is recommended in the Science and Global Issues: Biology Teacher’s Edition.

SEPUP Simulation: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Shuffle

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Activity 12
Too Much Life

NASA and the Chesapeake Bay
This 8 minute video clip shows how NASA is helping to monitor the health of Chesapeake Bay. It includes eutrophication and attempts to restore native oysters.

In the Zone

Film: “Big River”

Activity 13
Symbiotic Relationships

Ancient Farmers of the Amazon

Activity 14
Investigating Population Growth Rates

Teachers' Edition Activity: “Population Estimation”
These pages are from a series of activities in SEPUP's Science and Sustainability course. Please refer to only the portions relevant to Activity 2.3, “Population Estimation.”

Student Book Activity: “Population Estimation”
This activity, Activity 2.3, “Population Estimation,” is from SEPUP's Science and Sustainability course and can be used as an extension for Activity 14, “Investigating Population Growth Rates.”

Student Sheet 14.2: Investigating Population Growth
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 14.2: Investigating Population Growth - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: Avril Gulf Tuna Population Simulation

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Activity 15
Changes Due to Population Growth

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program

Aquaculture Information – Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquaculture Information – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Open Ocean Fish Farming

Activity 17
Ecosystem Change and Resiliency

Creating an Island Paradise


Cell Biology

Activity 2
Cells and Disease

The Germ Theory of Infectious Disease

Student Pages
Teacher's Guide
Student Sheet 37.1
Student Sheet 37.2
Transparency 37.1
Literacy Transparency 2

Activity 3
What is a Cell?

Small Cells—Big Future

Activity 4
What Do Cells Do?

Student Sheet 4.1: Structure and Function of Cells
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 4.1: Structure and Function of Cells - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

Small Cells—Big Future

SEPUP Simulation: What do Cells do?

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Activity 5
What do Specialized Cells do?

Student Sheet 5.1: Specialized Cells
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 5.1: Specialized Cells - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: What do Specialized Cells do?

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Activity 6
Cell Structure and Function

Small Cells—Big Future

Activity 8
The Cell Membrane and Diffusion

Water and Life

Cell Surface Area to Volume Ratio: Why are Cells so Small?

Student Pages
Teacher's Guide
Transparency 41.1

Activity 12
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Student Sheet 12.2: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 12.2: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Note that Student Sheet 12.2 is optional and contains a set of instructions for using the simulation used in this activity.

SEPUP Simulation: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Simulation

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Activity 13
The Cell Cycle

How Cell Biologists Can Contribute to Improving Cancer Outcomes

The Importance of Being Specified: Cell Fate Decisions and Their Role in Cell Biology

Cell Biology of Tissues and Tumors

Activity 14
Stem Cell Differentiation

The Importance of Being Specified: Cell Fate Decisions and Their Role in Cell Biology

Cell Biology of Tissues and Tumors

Activity 15
Stem Cell Research

The Importance of Being Specified: Cell Fate Decisions and Their Role in Cell Biology

Cell Biology of Tissues and Tumors

Activity 16
HIV/AIDS Infection and Cell Organelles

Simulation: Life Cycle of HIV, a Retrovirus

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From DISCOVER BIOLOGY, Third Edition by Michale L. Cain, Hans Damman, Robert A. Lue & Carol Kaesuk Loon. Copyright © 2002, 2000 by Sinauer Associates, Inc. Used by permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Additional Resources:
HHMI: Life Cycle of HIV Animation
Cells Alive: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Activity 18
World Health Proposal

Disease Control Priorities Project

World Health Organization Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)


Genetics

Activity 1
A Genetically Modified Solution?

Bt Corn Trade-offs – NOVA Frontline

Activity 2
Creating Genetically Modified Bacteria

Introduction to Fluorescent Proteins

Green Fluorescent Protein Information

History of GFP Discovery and Use

Escherichia coli
Scroll down to section on “Model organism in life science research” for information on the role of E. coli in biotechnology and its use as a model organism for microbiologists.

Activity 3
Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction

Student Sheet 3.1: Mitosis
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 3.1: Mitosis - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: Mitosis and Meiosis

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Activity 5
Genes and Traits

Patterns of Inheritance

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
A database of referenced overviews on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes.

Activity 10
Modeling DNA Structure

Discovery of the Molecular Structure of DNA

Activity 12
DNA Replication

Meselson-Stahl Experiments

Student Sheet 12.1: Investigating DNA Replication
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 12.1: Investigating DNA Replication - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: Investigating DNA Replication

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Activity 13
Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction

Student Sheet 13.1: Meiosis
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 13.1: Meiosis - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

Student Sheet 13.2: Mitosis and Meiosis Comparison
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 13.2: Mitosis and Meiosis Comparison - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.
Note: This is an updated version of Student Sheet 13.2 from what is found on the SGI Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: Mitosis and Meiosis

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Activity 14
Genes and Chromosomes

Epigenetics

Human Genome Is Much More Than Just Genes

A Turn Off For Mom or Dad

Activity 16
Protein Synthesis: Transcription and Translation

Student Sheet 16.1: Transcription and Translation
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 16.1: Transcription and Translation - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: Protein Synthesis

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Activity 18
Which Corn is Genetically Modified?

Electrophoresis Virtual Lab

 

 


Evolution

NSTA Position Statement on the Teaching of Evolution

AAAS Statement on the Teaching of Evolution

Activity 1
Biodiversity and Sustainability

Biodiversity Hotspots
BBC: Map of Biodiversity Hotspots

Activity 2
Human Activities and Biodiversity

For more information on the Endangered Species Act and the protection of endangered and threatened species, visit the following links:

NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Activity 3
Geologic Time

These sites contain summaries of common misconceptions about evolution:

Understanding Evolution
Talk Origins

Activity 5
Using Fossil Evidence to Investigate Whale Evolution

Understanding Evolution
Evogram of the evolution of whales on the Understanding Evolution website.

Activity 6
Evidence from the Fossil Record

Understanding Evolution
Understanding macroevolution through evograms on the Understanding Evolution website (part 1).

Understanding Evolution
Understanding macroevolution through evograms on the Understanding Evolution website (part 2).

Understanding Evolution
Evogram of the origin of tetrapods on the Understanding Evolution website.

Activity 7
The Phylogeny of Vertebrates

Classifications systems are based in part on developmental stages and life cycles of various organisms, which reflect common evolutionary histories. Click here for an activity on this topic.

Travels in the Great Tree of Life
View the video to find out how the information scientists gather from trees is used to address relevant issues.

Understanding Evolution
Evogram showing jaws to ears in the ancestors of mammals on the Understanding Evolution website.

Activity 8
Studying Hominids

Understanding Evolution
Evogram showing the emergence of humans on the Understanding Evolution website.

National Geographic: Lucy's Baby a Born Climber
What made us human? Part of the answer may rest on the shoulders of a 3.3-million-year-old toddler.

Activity 9
Studying Lineages for Conservation

Genome Research Article
Article: “Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: Resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar’s lemurs.” Genome Research, 18 (3), 489-499.

Activity 11
Natural Selection

Student Sheet 11.1: Natural Selection
Sample Student Response for Student Sheet 11.1: Natural Selection - Note: All sample student responses are accessible from the Teacher's Edition CD.

SEPUP Simulation: Natural Selection

Click on the link above to launch the simulation in your browser. In this simulation, students work in groups of three instead of following SEPUP’s 4-2-1 cooperative learning model. The simulation lends itself to groups of three because students observe a model of the natural selection of three bird populations in Part A, and three bird populations in three separate areas in Part B.

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Activity 12
The Genetic Basis of Adaptation

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Pocket Mouse and Predation

Activity 13
The Processes and Outcomes of Evolution

Understanding Evolution
Evogram showing the evolution of birds on the Understanding Evolution website.

Activity 14
Ideas about Evolution

These following sites contain summaries of common misconceptions about evolution:

Understanding Evolution
Talk Origins

 


Chemistry: Fueling the World

Replacement Pages

Teacher's Guide: Activity 4, Table 1

Teacher's Guide: Transparency 5.2

Teacher's Guide: Transparency 14.1

Additional Resources

Download SGI-Trade-offs-Fueling for ways to incorporate instruction about trade-offs into different activities in the chemistry unit.

Activity 12
The Atomic Theory and the Mole

PowerPoint Presentation
Suggestions for using the presentation are included in the notes section that accompanies each slide.


Chemistry: Earth's Resources

Activity 1
Sustainability and the Earth's Natural Resources

Transparency 1.1: Per Capita Use of Selected Resources

Activity 2
Metals and their Ores

Student Sheet 2.1: Map of the World
Extension: The Footprint Chronicles
Export of Ores
Import of Ores
Export of Metals
Import of Metals

Activity 3
Physical Properties of Ores and Metals

Student Sheet 3.1: Testing Physical Properties

Activity 4
Extracting Metal from an Ore

Student Sheet 4.1: Processing Ores
Student Sheet 4.2: Inputs and Outputs

Activity 6
Making Inferences

Student Sheet 6.1: Obscertainer Inferences

Activity 7
Developing a Model of the Atom

Student Sheet 7.1: Anticipation Guide: Developing a Model of the Atom
PowerPoint: Developing a Model of the Atom
Useful Link: Misconceptions about Science

Activity 8
The Periodic Table of the Elements

Student Sheet 8.1: Periodic Table of the Elements
Extension: Other Types of Periodic Tables
The Periodic Table Live!

Activity 9
Trends and Relationships in the Periodic Table

Transparency 9.1: Relative Atomic Radii
Transparency 9.2: Electron Arrangements for Periods 1 through 3
Transparency 9.3: Representation of Equal Mass Samples of Two Elements

Activity 10
The Reactivity of Metals

Video Clip: Alkali Metals with Water

Activity 11
Gaining and Losing Electrons

Student Sheet 11.1: Atoms and Ions
Student Sheet 11.2: Ionic and Covalent Bonds

Activity 12
Types of Bonds

Molecular Workbench

Simulator 1
Launch Molecular Workbench.
Select the Activity Center.
Under the “Chemistry” heading, select “Chemical Bonds.”
Choose “2. Distorting Orbital Shape with Electric Charge.”
Activate the simulator by clicking on it.

Simulator 2
Launch Molecular Workbench.
Select the Activity Center.
Under the “Chemistry” heading, select “Chemical Bonds.”
Choose “6. Electronegativity Difference Determines Bond Type.”
Activate the simulator by clicking on it.

Activity 13
The Strengths of Bonds

Student Sheet 13.1: Three-Level Reading Guide: The Strengths of Bonds
Extension: How Geckos Stick - New Find May Lead to New Glue

Activity 14
Modeling Hydrocarbons

Student Sheet 14.1: Naming Hydrocarbons
Useful Links: IUPAC Nomenclature: Link 1, Link 2

Activity 15
Distillation of Simulated Crude Oil

Transparency 15.1: Diagram of a Fractional Distillation Tower

Activity 16
Modeling Polymers

Transparency 16.1: Some Common Synthetic Polymers
Transparency 16.2: Some Biochemical Molecules
Extension--Links to Historical Information on Synthetic Polymers: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

Activity 20
Taking a Vote

Student Sheet 20.1: Analyzing Claims
Student Sheet 20.2: Ballot Paper

Activity 21
Industrial Symbiosis

Transparency 21.1: Rules for Playing “Industrial Symbiosis”
Student Sheet 21.1: Company Balance Sheet

Physics: Waves

Click here for Student Sheets and Transparencies for the Physics Waves Unit

Activity 1
Predicting Earthquakes

PBS Online News Hour: Predicting Earthquakes
USGS: 100% Chance of an Earthquake
Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network: Earthquake Prediction

Activity 7
History of Earthquakes, by State

US Earthquake Information by State

Activity 9
Snell's Law

Refraction and Reflection Applet
HyperPhysics: Reflection and Refraction of Light

Activity 16
Spectroscopy and Air pollution

European Space Agency: Global air pollution map
Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation: UV/Visible Compact Spectrometers

Activity 18
Nuclear Power Plants, by State

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Power Plants in the United States

Pilot Test of Electricity: Global Energy and Power

Activity: Measuring Efficiency

Click on the following photos to see how to set up the water pump and the water reservoir:

Photo 1
Photo 2

Activity: Renewable Energy

Click on the following links to obtain additional resources for this activity:

Biomass Resources Map
Solar Resource Map
Geothermal Resources Map
Hydroelectric Resources Map
Wind Resources Map
Visualizing the U.S. Electric Grid
Analysis Question 4: Geothermal Potential Map
Analysis Question 4: Electricity Use at Night

Activity: Storing Electrical Energy

Click on the following photos to see how to set up the solar cell and the motor:

Photo 1
Photo 2

Activity: Discharging Capacitors

Click on the following photo to see how to set up the components in Procedure Step 2:

Photo 1

Activity: Electric Potential Difference

PhET Simulation: “Charges and Fields”

Activity: Electromagnetic Induction

Lorentz Force Simulation

Activity: Powering Kapikua Island

Student Sheet: “Map of Kapikua Island”


Miscellaneous

Click here for presentation slides from the SGI Conference (Summer 2008)

Click here for the “Ice Breaker” comments from the SGI Conference (Summer 2008)