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    Alitta Succinea
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    Annelid Adaptations + Art
    Students will explain annelid adaptations with art and in writing.

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    Our Chordate Family Tree
    Students explore the evolution of the phylum Chordata by constructing a "family tree" -- a diagram of evolutionary traits and animals

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    Life in the Fast Lane: From Hunted to Hunter
    Lab dissection of a squid, a member of Class Cephalopoda (along with the octopus and nautilus). Supported by several Shape of Life segments, students interpret squid adaptations as a radical case of divergent evolution: A line of ancestral snails abandoned the life of sluggish grazing and foraging in favor of a new niche as speedy open water predators.

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    The Mussel– A Not-So-Typical Mollusc
    Lab dissection of a representative of Class Bivalvia. Supported by several Shape of Life segments, students interpret bivalve adaptations as a radical case of divergent evolution: A simple ancestral snail with a mobile lifestyle, single dome-shaped shell, bilateral symmetry, and a head (“cephalization”) transformed into a headless, double-shelled, sedentary filter-feeder whose bilateral form is obscure.

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    SNIPS AND SNAILS AND GASTROPOD TAILS
    A brief hands-on investigation of Class Gastropoda (snails and slugs), followed by a critical thinking exercise centered on segments of the Shape of Life.

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    Presentation Rubric
    Companion to "Cnidarian Adapatations" lesson plan

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    Bee with yellow flower
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    Arthropod Trivia
    Companion to "Terrestrial Arthropod Adaptations" lesson plan

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    Arthropod Glossary - Student Edition
    Glossary for "Terrestrial Arthropod Adaptations" lesson plan

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    Be a Scientist - Student Edition
    This lesson requires students to do a report on distinct scientific fields using Shape of Life videos, Internet resources and a handout about “Cool Science Careers."

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    Save Our Coral Reefs - Student Edition
    Using this tool, students will practice and deepen their understanding of coral reef basics, what is contributing to their loss, and what is being done to preserve this resource. Students will use the choice board and the resource list to work through (as independently as possible) short-cycle research, and then create two outcome products based on their choices. Possible adaptations and extensions can be exercised by guiding the student choices and the level of support given during the process.

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