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Students explore the monitoring efforts in Monterey Bay and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries. They develop an ecosystem monitoring plan that explains the rationale for ecosystem monitoring, the methods for monitoring based on research, the people involved in the project, the steps of the monitoring plan, and the benefit of the monitoring project to the area.
Students participate in an interactive lesson using the scientific method to study biodiversity.  In this insect monitoring lesson, students simulate the layers of soil and the insects that would live there. Students design parameters to collect insects and a research timeframe.  Students create a graph of the species found.
Practice reading comprehension with the short reading passage "Grandpa's Whale." Then monitor readers' understanding by completing the four multiple choice questions.
Students develop a sense of classroom community through goal-setting, decision-making, and brainstorming. They monitor the effects of their plan by determining whether short term goals are being achieved.
As the title implies, this is a list of vocabulary terms relating to water monitoring. If your ecology class is learning about how to test water quality, this will be an appropriate reference sheet for them. As a bonus, if you live in Texas near the Little Bear Creek watershed, you will find a topographic map of the area. 
Middle and high schoolers identify how to discover a word's meaning by exploring context clues and any pictures, diagrams, photographs, and charts that might be included. They continue this process with other examples and locate one on their own. They finish by writing their own think-aloud on paper to share with the class.
A cobra and a monitor lizard go head to head in a battle for some lunch. See who wins the delicious crocodile egg in this vicious competition. Watch the whole video to see an interesting twist!
An online interactive activity encourages young readers to employ the monitoring/repairing strategy to become better readers. Class members identify unfamiliar words, decode them, and use them in other contexts.
How is climate change monitored? See the infrared monitors and chemical sensors along with air samples that are used. Climatologists are constantly testing air quality to compare it to previous years. Show your environmental science class this interesting clip!
Check out this stand-off between a team of half-pound water dikkops and a half-ton crocodile against a hungry monitor lizard. As the lizard is hunting for crocodile eggs, a pair of feisty dikkops act as a defense for themselves and the crocodiles. Can your class predict what will happen in the end?
Students monitor the abundance of organisms in photograph quadrats. In this environmental monitoring lesson, students view pictures of rocky intertidal and subtidal marine zones and discuss the importance of monitoring organism abundance. They use life-sized photographs of marine quadrats to count and determine the relative abundance of organisms.
Students react to statements about volcanoes, then read a news article about scientists monitoring eruptions at Augustine volcano in Alaska. For this earth science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the lesson with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students determine what the pulse is before examining how to measure the heart rate in different situations. They build a simple device that measures the heart rate, take heart rates, and record them on a worksheet. They discuss how engineers help doctors to design more sophisticated heart rate monitoring systems.
Students investigate how scientists collect data to monitor coral reefs and how they put it to use. They discover five ways that coral reefs benefit human beings through research.
Learners examine how satellite imagery can be used to monitor land use in coastal areas. They read information on the Coastal Change Analysis Program website, construct a change table, and complete a worksheet.
Students explore the different ways scientists can monitor changes in the ways land is used in coastal areas. Students explain the use of satellite imagery. Students summarize land cover information and make inferences about land use changes in these coastal regions.
High schoolers examine the issues of privacy and security as they relate to computer monitoring. In this privacy protection lesson, students carry out a round table discussion and write a persuasive essay pertaining to whether citizens must forgo their privacy for national security.
As scholars begin reading more difficult text, they need to acquire an arsenal of comprehension strategies. Here are few helpful ones to guide new readers through the informational text About Trees, which is linked here for printing. This text is an excellent resource to investigate text features, and you conduct a think-aloud as you read through particularly confusing parts. It's important here to explain your thinking; what don't you understand? What are your techniques? They focus on context clues and rereading as "fix-up strategies" and record the various times they apply these techniques on a graphic organizer.
Teachers model self-monitering strategies for their high schoolers. They participate in games and artwork that help them increase their vocabulary. They also complete a crossword puzzle.
Help readers develop awareness of comprehension issues and employ tools for better understanding. The best way to begin this strategy is to model it through a think aloud. Choose a book scholars will also be reading, preferably one they will easily engage in. Read until you reach a point that requires a fix-up strategy, explaining aloud what you are doing to aid comprehension. Consider displaying the five strategies listed here for reference. Use the resources to guide readers in this process; they record their strategies in a T-chart or bookmarks. Encourage debriefing so scholars can share the various techniques they used.

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