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Students work together to build their own fish ecosystems. As a class, they share their prior knowledge about catfish and use a diagram to label its body parts. They record their observations of the ecosystem and determine what they could have done better if they had to do it over again.
Whales and people have had a long and sodid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration. Discussion, active research, and application, makes for a good activity!
Here is a fantastic lesson that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out lesson that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
The 2005 version of the Regents High School Examination in the area of ecology is as comprehensive as previous years' exams. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions on everything from the structure of DNA to the interactions within an ecosystem. Questions following include analysis of population graphs, interpreting data, drawing a graph, and short essay responses. The same range of topics is covered.
Help your young writers stay engaged with their writing through the practical use of a thesaurus. They work to reinforce the use of synonyms as a way of making writing more interesting and to determine word meaning by finding synonyms. Adapt this lesson plan to any grade level.
Junior biologists journey through the hiearchy of living things with these activites. Using a dichotomous key, they identify common algae, plants, and fish. They design their own key for a mixture of seeds and a collection of miscellaneous objects. Black and white dichotomous keys are provided for the first few activities, but if you can provide colored versions, it would bring more life to the identification exercises. Also, with four keying and two designing lessons, it could be redundant. Maybe choose one of each.