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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.
Get outside and engage learners in a compare-and-contrast activity about nature, animals, and the environment. The class discusses how to use a Venn diagram to compare two different animals. Then, they make observations of two animals found in the school yard, as they jot down notes in their animal books. Back in class, they use the Internet to further their research on the two animals. The lesson concludes as they complete filling out each page in their animal books.
The lesson starts with a discussion on how and why we should be respectful in the outdoor environment; then it's outside we go! Little scientists look for two trees that are very different, they draw each tree in detail and then return to the class for further instruction. Once inside, they color their pictures and discuss the similarities and differences they found. The attached worksheet will help them compare and contrast their trees.
Japan has a complex relationship with the environment. Explore this relationship with your class through this resource. Included are thought questions, several activity ideas that range from writing, to discussion, to research, and an idea for a theoretical conversation about attitudes toward nature. Resources are listed. Some links are included in online resources about Minamata.
If you do not mind wading through unrelated headings (This is not for a physics or STEM course, as it states.) and content (The lesson opens with an article about neurology, not halophiles.), then you will find a valuable resource on salt-loving microorganisms. A PowerPoint presentation introduces viewers to high salt environments, human impact on them, and what we might learn from the extremophiles that thrive in such places. A note-taking page, links to related articles, and a couple of fun extension activities are suggested. Enrich your microbiology unit with this resource!
Tne New York Regents High School Examinations are comprehensive and include various styles of questions, includingmultiple choice and the analysis of graphs. This particular version, the 2008 Living Environment exam surveys a variety of topics. Not only do test takers answer questions about populations and habitats, they also show what they know about genetics, cell structure, cell transport, DNA, and protein synthesis.
There's no doubt that one of the most consistent dangers to our environment is the risks associated with the extraction and shipment of oil. This instructional activity focuses on oil spills - how they happen, the effects they have on the environment, how to clean them up, and how to prevent them. A terrific hands-on activity is embedded in this fine plan. Your pupils should have a heightened appreciation for our environment after it's done.
Different animals live in distinct and specialized environments. Learners will discuss organisms and environments, and then create some using their dramatic art skills. They all act like animals in a marine environment. When they are finished, they discuss how each animal moved, what they saw, what they ate, and how they interacted with their environment.
Here is a lesson that isn't just about making scientific observations, it's also about determining which tool is needed to collect accurate data. After reviewing what it means to be safe when working outdoors, the class hikes around the school yard as they hunt for natural specimens. Each child collects one specimen from the yard and then uses several different tools to determine which tool is the best for analyzing their specific object. Thermometers, rulers, scales, and yardsticks should be ready for learners to use as they explore.
Students learn about a new culture. In this Native American environment lesson, students begin a unit on Native Americans where they learn about their homes and the environment they lived in. Students view pictures of Native American environments and record their observations.