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Eager ecology learners read about characteristics of the Lake Erie water snake and the round goby fish. They find that the goby is an invasive species, introduced to Lake Erie in 1990, and has since had an impact on the water snake population. Pupils examine and graph water snake diet data and relate it to the introduction of the goby by answering 10 questions. This lesson provides experience with real-life data and a common occurrence in many of our waterways.
After reading about the Lake Erie water snake and the change in its population after the introduction of the round goby in 1990, young ecologists graph water snake diet data. They analyze the data and answer 10 questions based on their observations. This is an activity that gives learners experience handling real-life data. It would be a beneficial supplement your environmental science, biology, or ecology curriculum.
Fourth graders use the design process to construct devices that send distress signals through air and water for purposes of rescue. They construct devices that use light and sound to assist in nautical rescues and use the knowledge gained throughout this unit to complete the assignment.
Learners discover bodies of water in the United States by investigating the Eerie Canal. In this U.S. Geography lesson plan, students discuss Lake Eerie and the canal that was built in order to transport goods. Learners research the lake on the Internet and complete worksheets based on Lake Eerie facts.
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!
Here is a wonderful series of lessons which focus on some of the great lakes and deserts of the world. Pupils research, discuss, and analyze these geographical forms by engaging in small-group/hands-on activities. That's the best part about these lessons! Learners are engaged, using their hands in each and every one. This impressive, 21-page plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class.
Here is a wonderful series of lessons that combine elements of geography, language arts, and math into a unique educational experience that's all about US geography and places. In these lessons, pupils use math and mapping skills to calculate distance and travel time between US destinations. They explore the physical beauty and geography of the United States. The lessons are packed with great ideas, projects, collaborative learning opportunities, and excellent worksheets.
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.
Every topic under the sun is covered in this New York State Regents High School Examination. With the focus of earth science, participants answer 85 quesitons about the solar system, geologic time, rocks and minerals, landforms, and more! An entire year's earth science curriculum is assessed by taking this exam.