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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!
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.
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.
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. 
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 instructional activity 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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
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.
Elementary schoolers discover how electricity travels and create an electron flow through a closed circuit. They work together to make a closed circuit and observe the electricity being made. This outstanding lesson plan is well worth the four one-hour sessions needed to implement it. Excellent streamed video, resource links, and hands-on activities are part of the lesson.
Here is a geology activity 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.
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 lesson, 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.
Young scholars examine two maps that illustrate the tendency for people in the United States to settle near the coasts. They research environmental impacts on coastal ecosystems and write reports on steps that are being taken to mitigate these impacts.
Students use textbooks and other resources to understand the westward expansion of the US and the influences and effects that it had on American culture.