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How can you put a passage in your own words without changing the meaning of the original text? That is the question facing many young researchers. The advice modeled in this presentation is that writers read the passage carefully, identify the main idea, highlight important words or phrases, and then restate the main ideas in their own words. If the text on the slides appears superimposed on your screen, click the Enable Editing tab to shift the highlighted text to the right. 
If you do not mind wading through unrelated headings (This is not for a physics or STEM course, as it states.) and content (The lesson opens with an article about neurology, not halophiles.), then you will find a valuable resource on salt-loving microorganisms. A PowerPoint presentation introduces viewers to high salt environments, human impact on them, and what we might learn from the extremophiles that thrive in such places. A note-taking page, links to related articles, and a couple of fun extension activities are suggested. Enrich your microbiology unit with this resource!
Language learners and native English speakers are provided with a brief biography of Ernest Hemingway and can self-check their understanding of the information provided with a worksheet quiz that asks them to recall details from the readings. Although the language is simplified, the reading tasks do recount events throughout the writer's life.
Study the impact and possible outcomes of the Exxon-Mobil merger in your language arts, social studies, or economics class. Secondary learners evaluate a series of graphs, write a paragraph interpreting the data, and engage in class discussion of mergers after reading a New York Times article. Excellent material for working with informational texts.
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect. They trace historical events that have shaped the current major regional dialects.
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Geology whizzes observe the effects of change within a model of a watershed. They place replica waste dumps within the models and note the path that the waste takes as water passes through. This detailed lesson plan provides teacher narrative, instructions for building the watershed model, discussion questions, and more! If you have the time for this elaborate hands-on experience, it will be worth your while!
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.
Environmental science enthusiasts show what they know at the end of the year by taking this full-fledged final exam. They answer multiple choice, graph interpretation, and essay analysys questions, 73 of them in all. Topics range from cell structure and function to population ecology. This exam blows others away with the variety included!
Students observe physical features of Daphnia and explain how characteristics allow them to survive, investigate Daphnia's ecological interactions, and observe how Daphnia turn red under low oxygen conditions through increased production of hemoglobin. They then discuss how invasive species can populate foreign area, predict type of adaptation that has allowed it to invade North America, and discuss what impacts an invasive species can have on ecosystem.
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.
The 2005 version of the Regents High School Examination in the area of ecology is as comprehensive as previous years' exams. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions on everything from the structure of DNA to the interactions within an ecosystem. Questions following include analysis of population graphs, interpreting data, drawing a graph, and short essay responses. The same range of topics is covered. 
Students 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. Students 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 the properties of plastic eggs filled with solids, liquids, and gases and use these observations to hypothesize whether a chicken egg is hard-boiled or raw.
Students explore the dangers of eating high levels of mercury and how small amounts of mercury in water accumulate in greater quantities in organisms higher in the food chain. They list the health of effects of high levels of mercury on humans.
It wasn't like the American Industrial Revolution just happened overnight; or did it? Critically examine the inventors, inventions, investments, and tycoons that made the Industrial Revolution happen. Covered are over 50 years of railroads, oil booms, stock markets, and labor strikes.
Tenth graders experience a hands-on field sampling experience in environmental science. They get involved with making presentations at public meetings, the annual River Congress, and any other forum for discussion of a river and its health.
Here is a geology lesson that is sure to get your charges excited. It's all about the process of weathering of rocks. Learners study natural events that can cause rocks to break apart. Some of these events are: ice wedging, plant wedging, abrasion, and the effects of water. A terrific hands-on experiment/activity is aptly described, and a very good final review worksheet is embedded in the plan.