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Classroom Activity

Mapping the Classoom

What's the size of your desk in relation to your teacher's? Or to the chalkboard at the front of the room? Hone your mapping skills with this classroom activity.

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Educator Guide

Isolation and Mate Choice

This discussion explores how artificial boundaries can decrease mate choice, with a specific example of highways limiting mate choice for bighorn sheep.

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Educator Guide, Lesson Plan

Chesapeake Bay Before

This worksheet prepares students to compare this historic food web of the Chesapeake Bay to the food web of the present day.

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Article

Horse Power (Science World)

Some scientists believe the fate of humankind was changed when humans first began to tame the wild horse. Learn more about how horses have shaped our world.

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Curriculum Materials

Bigger Than You Think

Not all dinosaurs were enormous like the 84-foot-long, 30-ton Apatosaurus. TheCompsognathus, for example, approximated an eight-pound chicken. Size up two others.

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Article

Squamate Fun Facts

Did you know that squamates have a third eye? Or that the Gila Monster and the Bearded Lizard are the only two known venomous lizards? Discover more interesting facts about squamates.

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Activity

Science Explorations: Investigate the Giant Squid

With unblinking eyes the size of soccer balls and a body that can stretch the length of a bowling alley, the giant squid has long fascinated humans. Investigate the largest invertebrate on Earth.

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Curriculum Materials

Spectrum of Habitats

Did you know that the world's deserts keep expanding each year? Or that islands have the highest animal extinction rate—75 percent? Take a closer look at the major habitats found on Earth.

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