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Take a close-up look at the evolution of hyenas in South Africa. Natural historians read about the five hyena species found in the fossil record and examine four statements that summarize the theory of evolution. As a culminating activity, pupils form groups and design a fact sheet about any modern member from the hyena family. This is an uncomplicated assignment to do with biology classes. You will appreciate the teacher's notes and grading rubric that are provided alongside.
A short reading passage about types of evidence used to estimate Earth's age is provided before giving junior geologists a research assignment. They define petrology, stratigraphy, and paleoontology. They describe the job of a geologist and diagram the geologic time scale. An added bonus for you is an answer key and teachers notes to help make this more than just a worksheet!
After reading a passage about geological time and fossil evidence, Earth historians write answers to six questions about what they learned. They are also directed to design a board game that would teach players about the geological time scale. The worksheet is colorful and attractive, informative and creative. Pair your pupils up to create a game together! Teachers notes are included for your convenience.
Earth historians review scale and then draw a geologic timeline, labeling major eras. In pairs, they research the periods and eons within each era. A list of important historical events is provided for them to mark on their completed timelines. Though the worksheet states that it is geared toward 10th - 12th graders, it is perfectly appropriate for middle school earth science classes.
A simple activity for introductory chemistry classes is thoroughly explained in this lesson plan. Each individual receives a sealed box containing an unknown object. Inquisitors use indirect evidence to draw conclusions. This activity is likened to the ways that chemists have come up with the current model of atomic structure. Use this as an anticipatory activity when introducing atoms to your general chemistry class.
Do your earlobes hang low, can you give your tongue a roll? Learners answer these questions and more in a simple, yet effective, resource to introduce genetics. Each child is given a leaf to fill in his/her personal attributes, which is then added to the classroom tree of traits. The leaf and tree pages are provided in both English and Spanish.
Children will love researching and then creating a bottom dwelling mollusk of their own. They watch clips describing the ocean ecosystem and how oysters fit into their environment. Next, they research what oysters eat and how they look. Children then work with paint and glaze to create a ceramic version of an oyster. Web links and a materials list is included.
Learners read a book and observe the wind and how it affects the environment. They explore what wind does by looking at pictures, reading a book, and by completing an experiment. They will use their own knowledge of the wind and compare it with the new information they obtain. In addition, they have the opportunity to experiment with many different objects on a windy day to see how the winds affects these objects.
Take your ecology aces out in the field to practice population counts and model the benefits of camouflage. Though not particularly exciting, these activites and the assessments that are also included are practical and applicable to your general ecology or environmental science course.
After reading about how polar bears and camels are specifically adapted to their environments, young zoologists choose an animal and do the same. They work in groups to discuss how humans interact with their surroundings and then design a poster about possible problems caused by our activities that impact the environment. There is a third activity on this handout that relates to a field trip, but it is conveniently placed on a new page and therefore easily left out if you do not live near the West Coast Fossil Park in South Africa!