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Students listen to everyday sounds that help them develop listening skills. In this early childhood lesson plan, students develop listening and language skills to recreate sounds in the outdoor environment.
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!
Young scholars play with an outdoor pendulum. In this early childhood lesson, students develop language skills and scientific knowledge while experimenting with a pendulum outdoors.
Young scholars build their math skills outdoors. In this early childhood math activity, students use comparative language as they chart and graph the items on their playground.
Open this lesson by reading together about primary and secondary batteries (such as nickel-cadmium cells), problems they can cause in the environment, and how humans can minimize the damage. Afterward, little ones examine a collection of batteries and identify what type each one is. They list all of the battery-operated devices in the classroom and answer an array of true-false questions about safe handling of batteries. Instructions are provided for initiating a battery recycling program as well as for surveying students' homes for the number and types of batteries they use.
Learners act as young explorers on this scavenger hunt. In this early childhood lesson plan, students build problem-solving and visual discrimination skills as they search outdoors to find matching nature items.
Students reenact a popular book while using their outdoor playground as the stage. In this dramatic interpretation lesson, students follow oral narration to act out events in a story. They use monkey bars as the setting for the story, and repeat the reenactment until they can do it without narration. Finally, they extend upon the lesson by creating their own story to reenact.
Learners use their math skills of sorting and classifying with materials they collect outdoors. In this early childhood math lesson, students participate in a treasure hunt to gather item in nature and categorize their finds.
Students create with sticks and stones. In this early childhood lesson plan, students use their problem-solving skills to make houses out of items they find outdoors.
Students use outdoor play equipment as a stage for a favorite story. In this early childhood dramatic play lesson, students use creative, dramatic, gross-motor, and social interaction skills.
Students explore how the water cycle can take on different forms. In this water in the environment lesson students examine how water travels through the environment and produce fresh water from saltwater.
Learners investigate and identify various environments. They take a field trip to a local natural environment, take notes and create drawings on the outing, and watch videos and compare/contrast the types of environments.
Students sort and classify objects they find on a nature walk. In this classification instructional activity, students explore outdoors and find objects to put in paper bags. Students sort the objects and place the objects in categories. Students continue sorting the objects into different types of categories.
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.
Combine science, math, and more using this resource. Learners use technology to share video and other information about their community with people throughout the state. They learn about the environment, identifying native plants, record what they see using photographs or video, and share with everyone using the Internet.
Students study Earth's features and their local environments. In this Earth's features lesson, students take a field trip to observe a natural environment and students sketch their observations of the nature. Students watch videos about Earth's various environments. Students bring in pictures or objects from environments they've visited.
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.
Students identify unsafe situations in their community and develop safer alternatives to improve those environments. They discuss factors that help promote violence, and in small groups create a poster and slogan that depicts a safe environment.
Learn math in an outdoor environment using this resource. Learners identify the shapes and sizes of geometric objects in a natural environment. They estimate and compare the height of two trees, take pictures of geometric shapes and designs observed outside, and write a lab report that includes scale drawings.
Students compare and contrast fresh and salt water coastal environments. After describing how sea animals adapt to their habitats, they design a variety of sea creatures and explain how the adaptations aid in the animals' survival. Students also name their creatures and repeat the procedure for freshwater habitats and animals. In addition, they set up classroom aquariums for observation.