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The Case of the Contaminated Maize
Environmental health students 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.
High schoolers 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.
Rapa River Watch
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.
Photocells II: The Photoelectric Effect in Photocells
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.
The History of Life on Earth
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!
Gora Mbengue, "Al-Buraq"
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.
Foraging for Fish in a Melting Arctic
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 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.
How Does Your (Coral) Garden Grow?
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.
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!
Mapping the Aegean Seafloor
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
Who Lives in the Water? Stream Side Science
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.
A Social Studies Lesson
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.
Alkaline Earth Elements-Lab Experiment
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.
New! Rivers and the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Project
Damming rivers has been a case of necessity versus negative environmental impact since the process began. Kids take on the role of a stakeholder in the proposed damming of the Danube River. They begin by reading arguments for and against the project, and then they make a timeline to help synthesize the information. In small groups, they make arguments for or against the project, giving concrete evidence for their assertions. The lesson concludes as the class prepares a three-paragraph response to the original guiding question.
Sea Surface Temperature and Coral Bleaching
A toolkit is something that has what you need to fix or make something. You just clicked on a teacher's toolkit for introducing the concept of coral bleaching in relation to climate change and changing sea temperatures. In it, you will find background information, a lab demonstration, student worksheet, and helpful web resource links. The purpose of the lesson is to help children see firsthand what can happen when a fragile plant/animal like coral is submitted to the effects of climate change as seen throughout the world today. They will experience reading satellite sea surface temperature data, taking temperature readings, and draw conclusions about coral bleaching by engaging in a demonstration.
Mystery of the Megaplume
Read through the extensive background information and then lead your geology or physical oceanography class through an investigation of actual temperature anomaly data from the Juan de Fuca ridge. They translate the data onto a plot, giving them a contour drawing of a hydrothermal plume. Resource links and extension ideas are included in the lesson plan, which may be used as an enrichment activity to enhance your normal curriculum.
Mapping World Heritage
World heritage sites can be found around the globe. Many of these sites are noted for their importance in representing culture and location. Each activity included in this resource focuses on latitude/longitude, map skills, finding locations with coordinates, and discussing the importance of historic site preservation. The activity includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes.