Biomagnification Teacher Resources
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Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification
Ecology scholars consider the processes of bioaccumulation and biomagnification in the environment. As an example, DDT bioaccumulates in the fatty tissue of animals, resulting in reproductive failure and nervous system damage. DDE accumulates at in increasing amounts in animals higher on the food chain in the process called biomagnification.
9th - 12th Science 13 Views 32 Downloads
Kildare, USA: An Environmental Health Simulation
Your biology class plays the role of epidemiologist when a mysterious illness breaks out in Kildare, USA. Using interviews with doctors, patients, and local citizens, maps, the results from different materials sampling, they work to discover the cause of the disease.
9th - 12th Health 4 Views 37 Downloads
Biomagnification and Bald Eagles
In an ecology simulation, middle schoolers draw dots, representing chemicals, on green strips of paper, representing aquatic plants. After you hide the strips around the room, they pretend to be fish and collect plants as food. The total chemical dots are tabulated and transferred to orange strips, representing fish.
9th - 12th Science 8 Views 14 Downloads
Bio-magnification and Bald Eagles
Sixth graders explore the food chain by researching bald eagle diets. In this animal poisons lesson, 6th graders identify the chemicals that fish eat which are later consumed by bald eagles. Students utilize colored paper and coloring utensils to conduct an aquatic plant demonstration.
6th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Something Fishy - Bioaccumulation of Mercury
Students explore the dangers of eating high levels of mercury and how small amounts of mercury in water accumulate in greater quantities in organisms higher in the food chain. They list the health of effects of high levels of mercury on humans.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 19 Views 64 Downloads
The Influence of Human Activity on the Environment
The first half of this thought-provoking presentation introduces viewers to some of the ways humans are impacting the environment: climate change, acid rain, and intensive farming. The second half suggests ways to minimize that impact. Photographs and real-life examples are included.
4th - 8th Science 12 Views 7 Downloads
In this heat worksheet, students determine the heat gained or lost when matter changes phases. Students review the energy flow through ecosystems by comparing trophic levels and food webs. This worksheet has 10 fill in the blank, 5 short answer, and 2 problem solving questions.
7th - 12th Science 20 Views 101 Downloads
Getting Physical with Estuaries
Students investigate estuaries and the variations in physical factors from one estuary to another. In this estuaries lesson plan, students explore water depth, salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen in estuaries using an on line tutorial and make inferences about their relationships.
9th - 12th Science 6 Views 51 Downloads
Six-legged Spies - Bugs, Bombs and Bioaccumulation
Can insects act as sentinels for our environment? Prior to viewing the video, review different roles that insects are known to play and discuss the concepts of bioaccumulation and biomagnification. Show the video about how insects gather information about their surroundings and how scientists can analyze their DNA to learn from it.
5 mins 8th - 12th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
How do pollutants bioaccumulate and biomagnify?
Students review the basic concepts of the food chain. In small groups, they research an organism and create a food web. In addition, they study biomagnifications and write a brief essay or make a poster informing others about the dangers of biomagnifications of pollutants.
6th - 12th Science 9 Views 32 Downloads
Semipermeable Membranes and Bioaccumulation
Beginning biologists place a drop of food coloring into water of differing temperatures to observe the effect on the diffusion rate. They remove the shells from raw eggs and then experiment with osmosis over the remaining membranes. Finally, they use dialysis tubing to simulate the movement of toxins over selectively permeable membranes.
7th - 12th Science 10 Views 79 Downloads
Industrialization, Chemicals and Human Health - Math
Students review the units of the metric system, and practice estimating measures before actually converting between the two systems of measurement. They participate in activities to visualize a concentration of one part per million. Students explore proportion and scale to model the extent of human health impact as a result of the Chernobyl Incident.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 10 Downloads
Staying Green while Being Clean - Green Cleaning and Green Chemistry
What are persistent organic pollutants, or POPs? Young chemists find out as they examine the use of cleaning products that contain materials that are harmful to the environment. This thorough investigation involves three different activities, one of which is an actual comparison of simple household materials to fancy, brand-name cleansers.
6th - 8th Science 24 Views 18 Downloads
Food Web Design
For this food web design worksheet, students sketch and create an illustration of a food web of a chosen habitat area. Students label the types of feeders and use correctly oriented arrows to show the feeding relationships to show the flow of energy through the system.
7th - 8th Science 22 Views 263 Downloads
Wildlife Conservation III
Discuss the importance of wildlife conservation. Learners talk about the animals and plants on the US Fish and Wildlife Services list of endangered and threatened species. Then, they engage in a detailed discussion of the reasons these animals are endangered.
6th - 12th Science 7 Views 35 Downloads