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Who Can Live Here? Life in Extreme Environments part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Astrobiology in the Classroom leads students in the exploration of the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs about life to include its possibility on other worlds. In this four-part ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology:Principles, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Salt of the Early Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This astrobiology news article analyzes the role salt played in the evolution of life on Earth. It explains why scientists have long assumed that life originated in the sea and describes the history ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), General Public, College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Extreme Animals part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This online news article discusses the ability of tardigrades to withstand harsh conditions. The article covers the history, biology and significance of tardigrades, as well as the different types of ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Evolution, Astrobiology, Microbiology, Biology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, Anoxic, Hypersaline, High Pressure, Alkaline, Extremely Cold, Acidic, Extremely Hot
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Digging Up the Dirt on Soil Microbes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This hands-on exercise introduces students, grades K-8, to the idea of soil as a habitat for many different organisms, links between the biological adaptation of an organism and the physical demands ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Diversity, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy, Field Methods , Biology:Microbiology, Biology, Evolution
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Field Activity:Importation of field observations into the classroom
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)

Activity 1: Evolution and Antibiotic Resistance part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page contains three student activities for learning about evolution of antibiotic resistance. The first activity involves two videos (freely available on the website), follow-up questions, and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Biology:Evolution, Evolution:Processes, Principles
Resource Type: Assessments:Oral Presentation, Course Information, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Assessments, Course Information:Goals/Syllabi, Audio/Visual, Activities:Writing Assignment, Classroom Activity, Activities, Project, Field Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Natural selection and evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a guide for a 3-day laboratory demonstration of evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The document includes an introduction to the concept of acquired drug resistance, materials and ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods, Biology, Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Biology:Evolution, Evolution:Principles, Processes
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities, Classroom Activity
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

It Takes Teamwork: How Endosymbiosis Changed Life on Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page is the beginning of a six-page tutorial on endosymbiosis and the evolution of eukaryotic organelles. Topics covered include definitions of symbiotic relationships, differences between ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biology, Evolution:Principles, Biology:Evolution, Ecology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Commensalism, Parasitism
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Audio/Visual, Computer Applications, Activities:Classroom Activity, Activities
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

Archaea part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page is part of the Tree of Life Web Project and is a jumping-off point for information about archaea. There are links to Tree of Life pages with more detailed information on two of the three ...
Subject: Biology: Biology, Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Microbiology, Evolution, Diversity
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection, Bibliography, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), General Public, Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)

part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page is part of an evolutionary biology tutorial for teachers. It provides an overview of the origins of life. Subsequent pages cover possible mechanisms of abiogenesis, the search for ancient ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biology, Evolution:Patterns, Chemistry, Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary, Pedagogic Resources, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Audio/Visual
Grade Level: Informal, High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)

The Search for LUCA - Last Universal Common Ancestor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This page contains a popular press article about LUCA, the last universal common ancestor. The majority of the article focuses on the relatively recent eukaryotic LUCA hypothesis, covering the ...
Subject: Biology: Biology:Molecular Biology, Biology, Microbiology, Evolution:Processes, Biology:Diversity, Evolution, Evolution:Patterns
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: High School (9-12), General Public, Middle (6-8)

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