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Students reflect upon their regional and national environments, analyze causes of environmental problems as well as their implications, and examine effects of population growth as they participate in "The Popcorn Game."
Students examine how populations grow and how invasive species can affect the balance of ecosystems. They simulate the growth of lily pads, analyze and record the data, and simulate the results of an invasive species on an ecosystem.
Students use lecture, maps and video to analyze the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes. They relate this distribution to the theory of plate tectonics and conduct several experiments to illustrate the forces at work in this theory.
Learners explore population growth. They calculate how long it takes a country's population to double in size and to investigate factors affecting growth rate. In addition, they list of factors they think might affect growth rate
Students make estimates on how many people they believe live on Earth. While watching a video, they take notes on the issues facing Kenya, Japan and India. In groups, they calculate how long it takes for a country to double in size. To end the lesson, they discuss the challenges countries face with increasing populations.
Students review the reasons humans move around the planet. They focus on migrations to and from communities. They look at the push/pull factors that lead a person to migration to the community. Students interview a person who migrated to the community.
Eleventh graders brainstorm controversial themes of Spanish-speaking countries. They read articles written in Spanish. They discuss the articles, practicing their Spanish speaking skills. Students conduct research and design a presentation about one of the themes from above.
Sixth graders complete a WebQuest to study the names and locations of the planets in the solar system. They investigate the causes of the seasons and the distance between the planets using astronomical units. They use technology to research and communicate information and ideas.
Students study how three ethnic groups were introduced to urban, industrialize, northern cities. They examine how these groups were greeted and accepted be the 'native born' Americans and how successful they were in assimilating with that 'native born' population.
Sixth graders investigate the livability of different planets in the universe by researching and organizing information from a number of sources in this unit project. They decide on a location for a space station which they support in an multimedia presentation.
In this Pope Benedict XVI activity, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Pope Benedict XVI. Students complete 10 activities total.
Young scientists identify the major bodies of this solar system through a fun and engaging anticipatory activitity. They will then apply knowledge gained through previous experiences as well as a short research activity to the task of understanding the possible needs for colonizing another planet.
Students research a topic relevant to the late 20th century. They create a project while following the conditions explained in the rubric.
Students brainstorm a list of stereotypes associated with the Hispanic or Latin culture. In groups, they use the internet to research issues of importance to the Puerto Rican community. They focus on the cultures that speak Spanish and how ethnicity applies to various groups within the United States. To end the lesson, they read a poem and write their reflections.
Students explore the effects of different density-dependent and density-independent factors on population growth. They explore how the interactions of organisms can affect population growth. Students explore the pattern of population growth and the predator-prey relationship.
History comes alive for middle schoolers as they develop an immigrant persona and "become" immigrants who make the journey from Europe to the United States. Once on American soil, they experience the immigration process as they participate in a simulation of the Ellis Island immigration station.
In this language arts worksheet, students read 4 short paragraphs and complete various activities based upon them. Students match titles to paragraphs, rewrite sentences, find cause and effect. Students also write a short answer and an essay.
Students construct a butterfly mobile. In this visual arts activity, students use rice paper, watercolors, a coat hanger, and wax paper to create a unique butterfly mobile. Students use photographs of butterflies to construct a realistic looking butterfly.
In this global problems worksheet, students are given a list of ten issues that we face world wide and they rank the list in order of priority after discussing the topics with a group. Students then order the top ten problems that we will face in the next 25 to 50 years.
In this reading comprehension with glossary worksheet, students read a passage about the Mayan civilization and the accompanying glossary and illustrations, and then identify true statements from the reading and by inference. Students answer 15 true or false statements.

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