General Science


NOVA’s Top 10 Teacher Guides

As you begin the new school year, you might like to know what other teachers are using in their classrooms. The following are NOVA Education’s 10 most popular teacher guides. They cover everything from dogs and fish to DNA and the miracle of life. You too might want to try them out!

Listed in order of popularity:

  1. Create DNA FingerprintCreate a DNA fingerprint and then compare it to the fingerprint of seven suspects to nab a perpetrator.
  2. Dogs and More DogsLearn through an evolution card game how selective pressures can affect an organism’s evolution.
  3. Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef Classify fish based on their different characteristics.
  4. Cracking the Code of LifeExplore the process involved in sequencing the human genome by decoding simulated nucleic acid sequences.
  5. Super BridgeExplore compression, tension, and torsion by constructing a spaghetti bridge that can hold a coffee-can-and-cardboard roadbed.
  6. The Missing LinkCollect, analyze, and interpret information about objects in order to classify them in a cladogram.
  7. Dying to Be ThinCollect and analyze data about how healthy people are portrayed in the media. Use data to learn more about healthy lifestyles.
  8. Secrets of Lost Empires: II PharaohObeliskDiscover how levers work by raising a brick with shish kebab skewers.
  9. LifeGreatest MiracleIdentify the effects of maternal consumption of alcohol at various stages of pregnancy.
  10. World in the BalanceCalculate how long it takes a country’s population to double in size and investigate factors affecting growth rate.

What do you think? Have you used one of these resources before in your classroom? Or are we missing your favorite resource? Let us know!

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Maiken Lilley

    As NOVA’s Education Manager, Maiken oversees the production of NOVA's outreach materials and online media resources as well as additions to NOVA's Education website. Originally from California, Maiken has a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.