Educational Resources + Curricula

Featured NGSS-aligned Curriculum

Teach evolution with juncos!

Thanks to a huge team of teachers, education researchers, and curriculum developers, an extensive set of resources for teaching evolution with juncos are available as part of a NGSS-standards-aligned "Storyline" curriculum unit.

You can acess the same award-winning materials via two portals, both the "Next Generation Science Storylines" website, or "inquiryHub Biology."

Access via Next Generation Science Storylines

Access via Inquiry Hub (see Evolution Unit)

Don't be fooled, while Story "Bend 1" (lessons 1-13) focuses on antiobiotic resistance, "Bend 2" (lessons 14-29) are based on junco science and our film.

 Go directly to Story "Bend 2" (Juncos!)


Additional Educational Resources 

1) Teacher Guides (General Biology & Science) developed by biologist, journalist, and former high school teacher Dr. Deanna Soper Pinkelman, with high school and introductory college  classes in mind.  These include segment descriptions, keywords, and references to  science-teaching standards including both National Science Education Standards (NRC/NAP) and AAAS Benchmarks in Science*.  They also include student study questions (with sample answers for most questions).  *Will be updated to Next Generation Science Standards as those become available.

  • DOWNLOAD Teacher Guides:  PDF  WORD  10 May 2013
  • DOWNLOAD Student Study Questions:  PDF  WORD  10 May 2013

2) Study Question for “Brain, Behavior, & Evolution” college course developed by Professor Dr.  Jim Goodson (Indiana University) – these questions focus largely on “mechanisms” of behavior, physiology, and evolution, and include questions for Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 6.

  • DOWNLOAD “Mechanisms” Study Questions:  PDF  WORD  10 May 2013


We view the Ordinary Extraordinary Junco educational resources as an “open-source” project, and invite contributions from any and all educators.  These initial resources we developed were to encourage and facilitate educational use. We welcome we welcome any contributions to expand, refine, and create new materials to accompany our film project and will do our best to help share those with other educators.