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The Elephant Trunk contains The Elephant Project curriculum and the supplementary resources to enrich The Elephant Project experience. This problem-based curriculum integrates Internet research, DNA analysis, and bioethical issues as students track down the origins of a piece of confiscated ivory. Students discover how modern biomolecular research tools can help conserve a species, in this case the African elephant.
SEP teachers and staff collaborated in developing this learning experience in 2000. Like most SEP kits, it offers a menu of options so that teachers can modify the materials and protocols to match their teaching situation.
To learn more about the current status of African elephant populations and to understand the methods used by staff at the UW Center for Conservation Biology, use the links to current articles and web resources in the boxes below.
1) SEP Teachers must attend a training workshop to sign up for an Elephant Trunk.
2) The Elephant Trunk does NOT contain the DNA or the gel electrophoresis equipment necessary to teach The Elephant Project. SEP teachers should sign up for a Gel Electrophoresis kit or supplies in addition to an Elephant Trunk.
Roosevelt High School student Bonnie Henwood made this fantastic video, Conserving African Elephants, for the 2012 BioExpo.
Meet explorer Trip Jennings and hear about his plan to help with Dr. Wasser's elephant research.
The SEP Elephant Trunk curriculum is based on the groundbreaking work of the University of Washington's Dr. Sam Wasser. Here are several links concerning his conservation work.
Web links to various sites concerning conservation.
|Table of Contents|
|You can either find the individual item you need under the document column and download the pdf, or download a pdf of the whole section.|
|Kit Inventory||Complete List of Equipment and Materials Included
Elephant Trunk Inventory List
|Introduction||Letter From Teachers|
|Download entire Introduction Section||The Elephant Project Overview|
|Trunk Supplies and Inventory|
|To The Teacher: Beginning Assumptions|
|Ivory Story||Teacher's Guide: Who Dung It?|
|Download entire Ivory Story Section||Student Version: Who Dung It?|
|Alternative Scenario: Friend|
|Background||Why is the Sale of Ivory Banned?|
|Download entire Background Section||Uses for Ivory|
|Ivory Tracking Abstract|
|Videos and Internet Research||Wildlife Warriors: Teacher's guide|
|Download entire Video and
Web Research Section
|An Animal's World - The African Elephant|
|Sorting Out Sources|
|Websearch: Teacher's Guide|
|Websearch: Evidence for individual research table|
|Websearch: Student Activity|
|Web Quest Questions|
|Paper RFLP Activity||Paper RFLP: Teacher's Guide|
|Download entire Paper RFLP Section||Learning Assessment: Teacher's Guide|
|Paper RFLP: Student Activity|
|Elephant Paragraphs Part 1:
Explanation of activity
|Elephant Paragraphs Part2:
|RFLPs and Polymorphisms: Student Activity|
|RFLP Lab - Teacher's Guide||Analysis of DNA Laboratory|
|Download entire RFLP Lab Teacher's Guide Section||Analysis of RFLP Data|
|How to make Carolina Blu Gel|
|1 KB Ladder for Elephant RFLP Analysis|
|Key to Simulated DNA RFLP Sizes and Marker Sizes|
|Comparison of 45 min and 60 min gels|
|Comparison of Student and Comstock gels|
|Political and Vegetation Maps of Africa|
|Data Submission Form - KEY|
|Identifying DNA Concept Questions - KEY|
|Gel Electrophoresis Concept Questions - KEY|
|Vocabulary List and Definitions|
Guided Classroom Discussion
|RFLP Lab - Student Version||Agarose Gel - Electrophoresis of DNA|
|Download entire RFLP Lab Student Version Section||RFLP DNA Lab|
|RFLP Data Analysis by Size Estimation|
|RFLP Data Analysis by Semi-Log Plot|
|Data Submission Form - Blank|
|Identifying DNA Concept Questions - Blank|
|Gel Electrophoresis Concept
Questions - Blank
|Vocabulary List - Blank|
|Scenario Conclusion Questions|
|Bioethics||Ethical Dilemmas - Teacher's Guide|
|Download entire Bioethics Section||Quotes and Poems for Reflection|
|Whale Meat||Whale Meat Assessment - Teacher's Guide|
|Download entire Whale Meat
|Whale Meat Assessment - Student|
|Sample Itineraries||Thomas DeVries|
|These are sample itineraries provided
by the SEP teachers who developed
the Elephant Project.
|Download entire Itineraries Section||Mike Fellows|
|Appendix I: Basic Skills||Flow Charts|
|Measure for Measure|
Four selected web resources identified by SEP Lead Teachers, July 2014:
Below are two alternative scenarios to setup the Elephant Project, placing the work in the current urgent context of extreme levels of elephant poaching.
Who Dung It? is the original curriculum developed in 2002. The scenario starts at SEA-TAC Airport returning for HongKong. Someone close to you is being held by customs for an ivory piece found in their luggage. You have to find out if this ivory was illegally obtained.
These alternate scenarios were developed to address the current urgent context of elephant poaching. These scenarios emphasize the connection between illegal ivory and terrorist groups.