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- Chelsea, MA
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Students create model coral reefs showing surface area and including examples of communities. In this coral reef lesson, students research and explore the functions or benefits from a coral reef. Students design a benthic habitat. Students calculate the surface area of various shapes. Students will create a habitat that shows 400cm squared.
Students visit a sewage treatment plant and use an exercise to identify the effects of given sewage components on humans and the environment when sewage treatment is bypassed or fails. They read the provided "sewage matrix" worksheet and complete the questions either individually or as a class.
Students discover the recourse newspapers face for reporting wrong information. After reading an article, they examine the dispute between a pharmaceutical company and the New York Times. They evaluate the roles of the editor and the corrections section of the newspaper.
Middle schoolers observe physical features of Daphnia and explain how characteristics allow them to survive, investigate Daphnia's ecological interactions, and observe how Daphnia turn red under low oxygen conditions through increased production of hemoglobin. They then discuss how invasive species can populate foreign area, predict type of adaptation that has allowed it to invade North America, and discuss what impacts an invasive species can have on ecosystem.
Introduce your science class to the Davidson Seamount expedition with images and discussion. Focus them on the deep-sea coral and changes that are occurring in the population due to a warming trend in the water temperature. A student handout lists oxygen isotope ratios over a 244 year period and relate this data to temperature. Although this lesson was written for middle schoolers, the complexity of the isotope involvement really makes it more appropriate for 9th grade and up.
Extensive explanation, charts, and links help young economists understand inflation, changes in the Consumer Price Index, and economic indicators. The instructional activity includes fun online tools such as an inflation calculator and an assessment, the results of which can be sent to you. Because the information is often linked, it's best if learners have computer access in class. Click "View Student Version" for the page without teacher hints and answers. Extension activities included.