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Students identify and describe rocks that contain records of the earth's history and explain how they were formed. They formulate questions about and identify needs and problems related to objects and events in the environment, and explore possible answers and solutions.
Groundwater is an essential natural resource, not to mention a fascinating topic to study. Here is a series of twelve amazing lessons on the water source and how we use it in our daily lives. Concepts require higher math and physics knowledge, so you can only use these lessons in your high school earth science or college courses. Everything you might need is included: background information, vocabulary lists, advanced preparation and procedures, additional resources, and student handouts.
Students investigate a local forest ecosystem and discover the biotic and abiotic parts of the forest. Students observe the groundcover, understory, and canopy layers as well as collect leaves and bark in order to identify trees in the forest as part of the "Finding Out About Forests" project.
It's hard to think of a 16 or 17-year-old being able to speculate about the impact of current economic conditions based on GDP data and business cycles, but that's just what they're going to do. This lesson provides background information, tons of web links, statistical data and solid activities to build a real world understanding of how the US Economic system works.
Learners investigate estuaries and the variations in physical factors from one estuary to another. In this estuaries lesson plan, students explore water depth, salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen in estuaries using an on line tutorial and make inferences about their relationships. Learners use an on line database to gather information about the estuaries and they analyze the data. Students complete an 88 question self test and 2 puzzles.
Students investigate surface ocean currents. In this oceanography lesson plan, students work in small groups to create models that demonstrate surface currents, the Coriolis Effect, and how surface currents move debris. This lesson plan includes a storybook and three classroom activities that are very hands-on.
Students discover United States geography by completing a graph. In this agriculture instructional activity, students read assigned text regarding the food production of individual states in the country and their economic impact. Students complete a graph which displays the top five commodities in the U.S. and answer study questions based on agriculture.
Information is provided on Gray's Reef, Florida Keys, and Flower Garden Banks marine sanctuaries. Young marine biologists then visit the FishBase and REEF databases to collect fish species information for each location. They then complete a data table comparing the different marine sanctuaries. This a wonderful activity for giving your explorers experience with real databases.
Take photos of human activities that impact air quality. Collaborative groups present one of the photographs, identifying how the activity contributes to air quality and what can be done to minimize the impact. As one in a series of lessons exploring human impact on the environment, this activity will help develop informed citizens who can make a difference. Links to the other lessons are included. Use them all to present a complete unit to your environmental studies class.
Students work in teams to develop a presentation and handout representing a particular point of view in a recreational Water Contaminationand Beach Closure Debate. They synthesize their knowledge of recreational water, sewage, and their issues and present it persuasively to their peers.
Students examine the continent of Antarctica, then read a news article about the decline in the Antarctic penguin population. In this current events lesson plan, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.