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A fossil is worth a thousand words! Individuals craft their own amber fossil of an insect in addition to molds and casts of seashells. A third activity takes the lesson a notch higher: Learners measure stride lengths between tracks and traveling speed to calculate dimensionless speed. Then, paper dinosaur tracks are laid out for them to perform the same calculations with. In a final activity, take the class outdoors to make casts of actual animal tracks. Use this lesson to enrich your earth history curriculum.
Relative Positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun Over Time
Teacher pages for four different activities and three assessments are provided in this resource. Topics deal with how the sun's position and Earth's atmosphere affect the amount of solar energy reaching Earth's surface. The concepts and measurements that are covered are advanced and therefore most appropriate for high school earth science classes.
Relative Dating-Telling Time Using Fossils
Students explore how to read fossil range charts. They develop an knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the fossil record. Students become familiar with the concepts index fossil and fossil range. Students use bar graphs to plot fossil ranges. They develop an knowledge of 'relative time' using fossil range charts.
Grammar Test - Tenses
In this grammar worksheet, students complete a variety of activities including combining sentences with a when clause, selecting a grammatically correct phrase out of two and supplying a verb to complete ten sentences.
The Black Hawk War, 1832
Students read and discuss primary documents about the Black Hawk War. They choose one of the conflicts during the war and investigate primary documents to explain both sides of the conflicts, and to discover inconsistencies in the accounts.
Where Do Student Press Rights Start and Stop?
Students are introduced to their First Amendment rights and the limits to their freedom of speech and press in school. They examine the Tinker vs. Des Moines School Supreme Court Case.
Students identify life stages of four different Iowa insects, and care for and observe the life cycle of one species.
Adaptations to Niches and Habitats
Life science learners measure and record traits of seeds, leaves, and their own hands and then graph the data to find a continous distribution curve. They compare and color diagrams of seven different animals' forelimbs (not included), note the adaptations, and relate them to the animals' habitats. Finally, they compare earlobes and construct a pedigree chart. These engaging and educational activities are thoroughly explained in a way that makes them easy to carry out with your biology class.
Food and Nutrition
Students participate in an after school program that promotes decision making, cooperation, choosing healthy foods, recognizing and naming a variety of foods, state healthy benefits from eating healthy foods and involving oneself in physical activity. They encounter what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.
The Gay '80s, '90s and '00s
After reading and discussing a news article from the New York Times regarding gay and lesbian issues of the last thirty years, students engage in several activities to explore current events. They create a timeline, either electronically or on paper, that documents the events of the last few decades. Students split into groups to research topics such as religion, politics and law, schools and youth, popular culture, and science and health.
Midwestern States Word Search
In this Midwestern states worksheet, students examine the 12 states listed in the word bank and employ problem solving skills to locate them in the word search puzzle.
Pesticide Laws and Regulations
Students explore the laws and regulations of pesticides. In this pesticides lesson plan, students research how laws are made and identify the agencies responsible for enforcing the laws. Students research the Internet for laws and bills concerning pesticides.
Applying KWL Guides to Sources with Elementary Students
What is a KWL chart? Here is a well thought-out activity that has learners use KWL charts to gain historical perspective. Your class examines primary sources about historical events and identifies what they know, want to know, and, finally, what they learned about the chosen topic. Consider having them write a summary paragraph after completing their chart.
Enviroscape: Water Pollution
Fourth graders inspect earth science by conducting a class discussion. In this water properties lesson, 4th graders examine a model of a watershed which demonstrates how water becomes polluted. Students collaborate in small groups in order to examine the water sources and pollution within their city.
The Art and Soul of the Land
Students study conservation and how different communication styles used by different conservationists. For this conservation lesson students obtain information on a cartoon or a few quotes from a conservationist and are ask to describe the feelings that are associated with those words.
Energy Efficiency at Home: An Interdisciplinary Module for Energy Education
Learners examine energy efficiency and how they use energy at home. In this energy conservation instructional activity students complete several science activities that give learners a better understanding of energy.
Archaeology and Prehistoric Native Americans
Students study the terms paleontology and archaeology and examine how they can help us learn about prehistoric Native Iowans. In this archaeology lesson students discuss these terms and view a video on Native Americans.
Out of the Mud
Eleventh graders explore the impact the automobile had on Iowans and their ways of life. In this technology lesson, 11th graders research how Iowans promoted "Good roads" and the reasons for paving roads.
Sense Of Place
Students study ecology, listen to speakers and research conservation topics. In this investigative lesson students discuss wilderness resources, learn about Native Americans and participate in activities that help them to better understand these concepts.
Eat Smart, Play Hard
Students discover why breakfast is important. In this nutrition lesson plan, students read a "Power Up With Breakfast" worksheet and discuss the importance of breakfast. Students draw pictures of fruit they would want in their breakfast shake.