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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.
Students 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?" Students 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.
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.
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 examine human health by researching the internet. In this human sexuality activity, 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.
Students are introduced to the concept of genetic engineering. In groups, they participate in a variety of experiments, in which they analyze the effect of chemicals on different substances. Using the internet, they research gossypol, test their hypothesis and report their findigns to the class.
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.
Young scholars analyze Public Art in preparation for college discussion, research, and writing, and create their own artistic creations. In this art and college prep lesson plan, students develop an original research question to explore an art topic and complete key word searches online. Young scholars 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.
How far in the past do the roots of Jim Crow and segregation extend? Your young historians will closely consider this question using detailed PowerPoint slides as a basis for discussion rather than lecture, and culminating in an activity where class members create an exhibit for a museum on segregation.
Eighth graders investigate the qualities, characteristics, and skills that effective leaders possess. In this leadership qualities instructional activity, 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.
Young scholars investigate the factors affecting population growth. In this biology instructional activity, students collect data from the lab and graph them. They estimate population size using a mathematical formula.