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Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based lesson. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about different environmental professions before contacting and interviewing local naturalists. If face-to-face interviews can not be arranged, have children write letters to professionals from around the state, the country, or even the world. This would be a great lesson to conclude an elementary earth or life science unit, exposing children to ways people are working to preserve the environment.
Students use resources provided in the library to research an artist who has impacted their area of art. They then take their information and create a PowerPoint presentation and translate the Spanish for the class so they are all acquainted with the artist being researched.
Middle schoolers explore how certain foods come to be certified "organic." They write the words "organic" and "synthetic" and given the definitions of each. Students are given dictionaries. They are asked: "What is organic food?" Middle schoolers grow fast growing plants like lettuce or radish, using commercial fertilizer and organic fertilizer (compost, water from a fish tank, etc).
Eleventh graders estimate the amount of water they use in a day, week, or month. They read the attachment, "Water Facts" and the teacher performs a demonstration of water sampling and testing. Students work in small groups to perform a research project related to the topic.
Examine the works of Luisa Roldan and Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun. Learners view various pieces of art from each of the artists and read about their lives. They discuss the information and construct a Venn diagram, comparing the two famous artists.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
Explore the animal kingdom from the safety your classroom. Intended to build on previous learning about ecosystems, this lesson involves students working in pairs to research their favorite animal and present their findings to the class. Though this resource includes a only very general procedural outline, it does provide key steps and considerations needed to support learners' success. This project is very reliant on technology, so be sure you have access to computers, Internet, word processing and presentation software, and a projector. If unfamiliar with any of this technology, be sure to provide your class with the necessary supplemental lessons. A great idea for a collaborative project that can be applied to a variety of different subjects. 
Here is a set of fantastic project guidelines for a World History research paper, including over 60 possible research topics and guiding questions. Templates for source citations and summaries are included, as well as a very detailed essay rubric. 
Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research project. They'll each research one animal, then write a brochure or infomercial on how that animal should be treated and what their future may hold.
Students examine human health by researching the internet. For this human sexuality lesson, students utilize the web to locate a website which contains information about a certain sexual aspect. Students create a group presentation on one subject from a list of human sexuality topics and participate in a class discussion regarding the web presentations.
What effects do temperature and carbon dioxide levels have on the zooplankton of Antarctica? This concluding lesson in a short unit on climate change and the ocean helps environmental scientists answer these questions. After learning about current Antarctic research through the provided slide show, lab groups perform an experiment to see if brine shrimp respond to changes in their environments. While data charts and analysis questions are provided for the lab, there are no printed materials lists or procedures. Have learners write their own complete lab reports to turn in.
Students do research to discover the importance of water in the world and its effect upon our daily lives. They will also appreciate the beauty of water and how it is so adaptable within nature.
Students analyze Public Art in preparation for college discussion, research, and writing, and create their own artistic creations. In this art and college prep instructional activity, students develop an original research question to explore an art topic and complete key word searches online. Students create their own blog and piece of art work based on their studies.
Tenth graders investigate the concept of humans being the subjects tested in studies. The ethical considerations are presented in depth. Along with the information students study informed consent by role playing the process.
Students examine civil liberties issues in relation to genetic research, and discuss how genetic medical information may be used. They present personal viewpoints about genetic research as it relates to civil liberties
Review the aspects of human cloning and the moral issues associated with it. Individually, your students will keep a list of the articles related to this issue and research issues related to the ethic issues people are concerned with. After reading various linked resources, they participate in a debate which they state their argument on the right to privacy in issues associated with cloning and genetic engineering.
Eighth graders investigate the qualities, characteristics, and skills that effective leaders possess. In this leadership qualities lesson plan, 8th graders research the backgrounds and contributions of world leaders and assess the significance of their accomplishments. Students role play as their chosen leader.
Students are able to make many differnt kinds of soaps. They are told that they must purchase a pre-made melt and pour soap base from a craft supplier, melt it, add soap colorants and fragrances and otherr additives as you like and pour the liquid into molds.
Students investigate the factors affecting population growth. In this biology lesson, students collect data from the lab and graph them. They estimate population size using a mathematical formula.
Students evaluate their school's human rights climate using criteria derived from the universal Declaration of Human Rights. They identify areas of particular concern and develop an action plan to begin addressing the issues.

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