Nature


This collection of science videos and media-enhanced lesson plans draws upon the powerful documentaries of public television’s award-winning natural history series, Nature. The video segments have been carefully selected to engage students with key curriculum concepts. The lesson plans incorporate hands-on activities, online resources, and video to interactively and creatively address topics and standards in Life Science/Living Environment and Earth Science.

See below in the "Explore Collection" section for the latest resources from Season 36 of NATURE. 

  • Human and Animal Relationships

    In this video from NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant," a baby elephant named Naledi is taken into the care of animal scientists following her mother’s death. In the accompanying activity, students explore how humans are able to help, care for and nurse animals back to health using human-made feeders. Using this knowledge, students design animal feeders out of various materials for an animal of their choosing.  

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions, vocabulary, teaching tips and a handout. For more from NATURE, check out the collection page.

     

    Grades: K-2
  • Animal Traits and Functions

    In this video from NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant," a baby elephant named Naledi is rejoining her elephant herd after being away from them for four months. In this clip, students will observe how elephants use their trunks to identify family members as well as communicate with each other. In the accompanying activity, Smell like an Elephant! students will explore how animals use their bodies to smell and communicate. Students will use their own bodies, like animals, to smell and identify different scents. Following the activity, they will conduct a writing response focused on the sense of smell.

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions, vocabulary, teaching tips, and a handout. For more from NATURE, check out the collection page.

    Grades: PreK-1
  • Survey Methods

    In this interactive, students explore the methods scientists use to survey elephants and learn about the current state of the elephant population in Africa. This HHMI BioInteractive expands on the coverage of the Great Elephant Census in NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant." The story of African elephants is a powerful case study of how science can inform conservation. It is important to track how many elephants are left and where they live to help protect them.

    For more from NATURE, check out the collection page or the NATURE Naledi page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • CSI Wildlife

    CSI Wildlife engages students by combining elephants, species conservation, and forensics to teach key biological concepts and science practices. This HHMI BioInteractive expands on the coverage of elephant conservation in NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant." Explore actual cases (adapted to be approachable by students) in which scientists use DNA profiling to investigate the elephant poaching that supplies the ivory trade. In the process, students should reflect on how these techniques enable better protection for elephants.

    For more from NATURE, check out the collection page or the NATURE Naledi page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Using Genetic Evidence to Identify Ivory Poaching Hotspots

    Learn how scientists collaborate with law enforcement officials to protect vulnerable elephant populations. This HHMI BioInteractive expands on the coverage of the elephant conservation in NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant." In this activity, students analyze a map of the origin of illegal ivory from forest elephants.

    For more from NATURE, check out the collection page or the NATURE Naledi page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Great Elephant Census

    Learn how scientists from the Great Elephant Census project are conducting aerial surveys across millions of square kilometers to obtain accurate elephant census data. This HHMI BioInteractive expands on the coverage of the Great Elephant Census in NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant." Conservation groups estimate that as many as 100 elephants are killed each day, so it is critically important to determine how many elephants remain and where they are.

    For more from NATURE, check out the collection page or the NATURE Naledi page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Climate Change Contributes to Competition Between Red and Arctic Foxes

    Learn how climate change opened the Arctic to red foxes leading to clashes with Arctic foxes in this video from NATURE: “Fox Tales.”

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and teaching tips. For more resources from NATURE, check out the collection page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Urban Foxes: Exploring New Ecosystems

    Learn how how red foxes are successfully moving in to urban environments in this video from NATURE: “Fox Tales.”

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and teaching tips. For more resources from NATURE, check out the collection page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Fox Group Behavior: Learning to Forage and Hunt

    Learn how adult foxes provide for their cubs and how the cubs transition to fending for themselves as adults in this video from NATURE: “Fox Tales.” Surprisingly, the male fox plays a major role in caring for the young cubs. In the accompanying classroom activity, students analyze data about the changes in the cubs’ diet as they mature.

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions, teaching tips, and a handout. For more resources from NATURE, check out the collection page.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Learn how poaching is selecting for tuskless elephants who are more likely to survive, mate, and pass on their genes. This HHMI BioInteractive expands on the coverage of elephant conservation in NATURE: "Naledi: One Little Elephant."

    For more from NATURE, check out the collection page or the NATURE Naledi page.

    Grades: 6-12

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