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Population Limiting Factors ~ Boom or Bust!
There was a situation in the Kaibab desert of Arizona during which the deer population exploded. Wildlife biologists examine historical data using a graphing calculator in order to learn about population growth, limiting factors, and interdependence within ecosystems.
9th - 12th Science
Fish and Zooplankton Through Remote Sensing
Ecology aces examine sea surface temperature maps and relate temperatures to concentration in fish and zooplankton populations. Take your class to a computer lab and provide experience with actual remote sensing data. Some of the links no longer work, but there is plenty of material here to make for an effective experience.
6th - 9th Science
Fish and zooplankton habitat through remote sensing
Students are exposed to the variety of ways in which scientist use remote sensing and it used in everyday life. They investigate about zooplankton and fish. Students list the two important groups of organisms in both aquatic and marine environments.
9th - 12th Science
Energy Flow in a Wetland Ecosystem
How is energy transferred within an ecosystem? What would happen to a food web if one of the organisms was removed? Elementary or middle school ecologists examine these questions and more in a comprehensive 5E learning cycle lesson. Through stories, games, a card sort, and a writing assignment, young scientists learn the essential components of food webs in a fun and interesting way.
3rd - 8th Science
Exploring an Atlas
Teaching kids how to use reference material can be fun! After a brief discussion on the type of information and ways to use an Atlas, learners go on an Atlas scavenger hunt. They break into teams and try to find as many items listed on the worksheet in the shortest amount of time.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
Sun and Weather
How is the Earth's weather created? Middle schoolers will explain how the Sun's energy is transformed into different forms. They will perform mathematical calculations of volume, mass, and temperature. They they will explain the different factors influencing the Earth's weather.
6th - 8th Science
The Ancient Civilization of Egypt
Research ancient cultures with your class. They will read assigned text in class and utilize a map to identify the location of Egypt. Students complete many ancient Egypt activities including multiple choice questions, role-plays, and research assignments.
K - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Invasive Species Game
Sometimes our kids grow like weeds. But in an invasive species activity, they have a chance to be a weed. After learning about what an invasive species is, and why they cause problems, take your class outside (or to the gym) and have them play a few rounds of the game, which should give them a more concrete understanding of how quickly non-native plants can take over.
4th - 8th Science
Wisconsin Agriculture; Berry Bunch's Cherry Fast Facts
Students explore agriculture by researching Wisconsin's economy. In this cherry industry lesson plan, students read assigned text about the amount of cherries Wisconsin produces annually and the revenue it brings in to the state. Students answer study questions and complete worksheets about cherries.
3rd - 6th Science
Bromine: An Important Arkansas Industry
Arkansas ranks first in the entire world in the production of bromine! Here is a lesson which guides middle schoolers through a study about the formation and history of Arkansas' bromine reserves. They also looks at the many uses of bromine-derived products and discuss the pros and cons of bromine production in Arkansas.
7th - 8th Science
Bimodel Botany Bouquet
Gardeners are given an individual plant specimen from a bouquet of local rain garden plants. They group up by their plant type and then make observations together, name the plant, and introduce it to the rest of the class. You then share the scientific and common name for each plant and hold a discussion about the plants.
1st - 12th Science
From Sea to Shining Sea
Students determine the top 5 commodities for each state. For this agricultural commodities lesson, students label a map of the United States with the state capitals and the top 5 agricultural commodities for each. They compile the information and determine the top 5 commodities for the whole country.
4th - 9th Social Studies & History
Samuel de Champlain
Invite your young historians to discover the man who founded the Canadian settlement of Quebec, and who was the first to explore much of northeastern America. This brief presentation highlights the major accomplishments of Samuel de Champlain, and includes a brief assessment on the final slide that covers all content in the presentation.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
That's Predictable - Stream Side Science
Research the impact that changes in biotic or abiotic factors might have on an ecosystem. Debate for or against the changes and take action in the community. This resource ideally follows stream studies that young ecologists may have performed in previous sessions.
7th - 10th Science
American Indian Art History Detectives
An art history detective; I want to be one of those! The class puts their heads together to hone their deductive and critical thinking skills in order to determine which Native American tribe created and used parfleche boxes. They'll use maps, research, and discussion to complete this fun and engaging task.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Jeffrey and Sloth: Six Traits of Writing
Use drawings as inspiration. Have learners doodle for 10 minutes before beginning the lesson. Then, have them use their doodles to inspire a story. Several writing activities are included here to play with writing. One of my favorites asks learners to write a story starter on a blank piece of paper, put the paper into a hat, and have each learner randomly draw one from the hat to start their story.
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Environmental Exchange Box
Young scholars examine the characteristics of their own environment and compare them to another region. They prepare a box filled with items and stories about their own region, exchange the box with another class in another region, and compare/contrast the contents.
K - 8th Science