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Buildings often have decorative components and furnishings that can pose a hazard during an earthquake. Learners examine the classroom for such non-structural features. They consider fictional scenarios and discuss what actions would be best to take in each. Pictures are meant to be shown to support this exercise, but are not available through the embedded link. Links for the handouts are not working either. However, if you are looking for discussion material about earthquake safety, this will fit the bill.
Learners identify the problems associated with building a structure on permafrost. In this physical science lesson plan, students investigate how heat and pressure affect the rate of ice melting. They read an article about traditional housing and write an essay that explains why the permafrost underneath the structures did not thaw.
Students understand the sea ice cycle and can explain its stages. For this Sea Ice lesson, students play a game to identify types of sea ice. Students answer critical thinking questions about sea ice. Students complete a sea ice worksheet.
Eleventh graders interview people in the community regarding their idea of sustainability. In this ecology lesson, 11th graders determine the different factors to consider when making important decisions. They differentiate reactive and proactive adaptation.
Eleventh graders construct their own calorimeter. In this physical science lesson, 11th graders determine the energy produced by plant products. They create a bar graph and analyze their results.
Students study the factors affecting permafrost temperature and condition. In this physical science lesson, students observe local places with snow cover and collect temperature data. They create a short video about permafrost.
Students create a collage of the carbon cycle. In this earth science lesson, students explore the history and significance of permafrost. They analyze a graph of climate trends and explain how climate change and permafrost thaw are connected.
Eleventh graders examine the effect of climate change on Caribou. In this earth science lesson, 11th graders brainstorm ways to adapt to a changing environment. They analyze data of caribou population estimates and calculate statistical information.
Students analyze graphs on global carbon dioxide emission. In this environmental science activity, students explain the role of carbon dioxide levels to global climate change. They examine ways to reduce their own carbon footprints.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation on the development of tsunami warning centers. In this earth science lesson, students research about past tsunami events that led to the development of these warning centers. They recommend ways to educate people about the danger of tsunamis.
Students construct their own anemometer given specific instructions. In this earth science lesson, students calculate wind speed at different locations and compare them. They explain the importance of knowing wind direction and wind speed.
Students simulate the greenhouse effect using a group activity. In this physical science lesson, students discuss the possible effects of greenhouse gases in the environment. They analyze a graph of projected community temperature and discuss ideas about using alternative forms of energy.
Students classify elements according to their properties. In this physical science lesson plan, students design their own periodic table by placing element cards on a blank periodic table. They analyze trends in periodic properties.
Students explain the formation of pingo, permafrost and ice wedges. In this earth science lesson, students create a model of one of the three formations assigned to them. They share their model and explanation with the class.
Students describe the stages in the hydrologic cycle. In this earth science lesson, students identify the different uses of water in their area. They explain the impact of climate change to water cycle in their community.
Tenth graders observe various chemical reactions in the lab. In this chemistry lesson, 10th graders list the indications that a chemical reaction took place. They give real life examples of reactions they see everyday.
Students explore what keeps satellite in orbit around the Earth. In this physical science lesson, students explain how satellites work and their uses in scientific study. They use Google Earth to navigate to different places.
Fifth graders conduct an experiment to test the possibility a legend is based in truth and understand the topography of Lituya Bay.  In this Lituya Bay instructional activity, 5th graders examine the effects of earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and tidal actions. Students recognize the effects of the Fairweather Fault on Alaska
Sixth graders explain the stages of the rock cycle. In this earth science lesson, 6th graders classify rocks according to their type. They create a model of the rock cycle using different methods and present this in class.
Learners create a presentation about acid rain's effect on rocks. For this earth science lesson, students explain the formation of acid rain. They discuss the effect of elevated pH on various water organisms .

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