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Environmental health learners read about an outbreak of aflatoxin poisoning with the intent to examine the stages of an epidemiologic investigation. As they read the case study, they identify where the outbreak occurred, form a hypothesis, design an inquiry, collect data, and then make a recommendation for control and prevention. You will need to locate the article online since the link is broken. All of the background information, vocabulary terms, worksheets, and an answer key are all part of the document. 
Students examine how scientists analyze data to plan projects to restore environmental resources damaged by pollution. They read background information on the Christina River Project, analyze data, and complete a worksheet.
Assess the risk of introducing a non-native species of snail to four different estuaries. Lab groups conduct research as habitat evaluation and present their conclusions to the class. The resource has a comprehensive booklet containing background information, worksheets, and an answer key. This would be useful if you are looking for a simulation of how ecologists make decisions.
It's not easy to find fabulous physics lesson plans, but School Power Naturally has put together a series of them. In this particular lesson, high schoolers learn about the structure and functioning of photovoltaic cells. They construct a giant PV cell model as a class and throw wads of paper across it to demonstrate photons becoming electrons. Of course, you will explain the relationship. Plenty of background information is provided to support you, and a student worksheet further explains these concepts. 
Expectant earth scientists examine the bottom side of a leaf and learn the role of the stomata. They consider the gas exchange that occurs through these structures and relate how the climate is changing to its impact on food crops. This lesson could be incorporated into a study on climate change or in a biology class that is studying transpiration in plants. A link to a useful video is included in addition to a worksheet with thought-provoking questions, extension ideas, and abundant background information.
Using meters as years, your class works together to map out the geologic time scale on a football field. Plenty of background information is included in this lesson plan as well as several resource links and a student worksheet. Your earth science class will score a touchdown in understanding geologic history!
Students analyze causes and effects of historic examples in which two groups of people in the same country were fighting for leadership of that country. They obtain and discuss basic background information on the current conflict on Dagestan.
Analyze and graph oxygen isotope ratios in coral samples in relation to the distance from the outer skeleton edge. Compare the data to the mean monthly water temperatures. Uncover whether or not there is any correlation. In addition to instructions and handout for the activity, there are several resource links to background information and details on the associated Trondheimsfjorden expedition, during which this data was collected. Use this in your high school biology class. 
Fifth graders evaluate information from selected clips of Ken Burns Lewis and Clark, the Corps of Discovery documentary. They gain background information concerning the setting, purpose or the mission, and the important role players regarding the expedition.
Young art enthusiasts will create an imaginative animal painting, write a story, and hold a storytelling conference. Next, they research the inspiration of one piece of politically charged art. These three fun activities are inspired by the Sufi artist Gora Mbengue. Interesting background information on the artist, his philosophy, and art is included to kick-start these activities. 
How much do you know about the black guillemot of the Arctic region? With great background information, images, and a quick discussion, the class will learn all about the plight of the foraging seabird as they play a fun game. First, they discuss what they notice about the bird as they analyze images. Then, they watch a video showing how the bird acts in nature. Finally, the children play a relay-style game where they try to bring as many fish to their nests as they can. Several extension ideas and downloadable PDFs are included.
Students discover the relationship between tectonic plate boundaries and the communities of life that thrive at such boundaries. In this biology lesson, students find that methane from oxidized carbon in sediments provides nutrients for deep ocean communities. This lesson includes an experiment, vocabulary, extensive background information, and multiple web resources.
This lesson has it all, primary source documents, an interactive trade game, clear teacher background information, and sailing to the West Indies chance cards. You will play, trade, and live out the experiences of early colonists in order to foster an understanding of triangular trade and English trade regulation occurring during the American Revolution. Fifth grade Social Studies is in the bag!
Earth science learners create a two-dimensional topographic map of the floor of the Aegean Sea. They use it to then create a three-dimensional model of the ocean floor features. This comprehensive resource delivers strong background information, clear activity procedures, and plenty of links to related resources. Use this when teaching topographic mapping or ocean floor features.
Students report\ on the definition of Taliban, a description of what it is like to live under Taliban rule, background information on the Taliban leader, Osama Bin Laden, and an explanation as to why America (and other nations) are at war with the Taliban
Andree Walker thought of everything when he wrote this resource. It includes a detailed list of materials and background information links for the teacher. In addition, it has procedures, a macroinvertebrate identification key, and tally sheet for pupils. Extension activities are also suggested.
Providing background information on a topic is key to building a deep understanding. This resource is less of a presentation and more of a complete lesson which will use images, bio information, and activities to build your students understanding of the Civil War. Students will view a video, create a timeline, engage in a jigsaw, and complete a journal entry on famous people from the Civil War.  
Students are challenged to perform a lab exercise which focuses on alkaline Earth elements. They must compare the abilities of the alkaline Earth elements to form precipitates resulting from a chemical reaction. Background information, list of materials, and step-by-step procedures are provided on this worksheet. Additionally, students must answer 10 conclusive questions.
A geographic perspective helps historians learn about significant eras such as the civil rights movement. Through research and source analysis, learners create a report depicting a significant location of this time. They synthesize their findings into a visual display. Working with the school librarian, they work through effective researching and use of search engines (other than Google). No worksheets are included.
Third graders complete a worksheet, first with known information, and then with researched information. They create a PowerPoint, video, or radio broadcast to convey the results of their research. They learn to use a graphic organizer to sort their Internet resources.

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