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Third graders experiment with three erosive change agents. They do an observation log, which they present to the class through a song, poem or skit.
Fourth graders explore causes and location of the Dust Bowl and interpret photos from that period in Oklahoma history.
Students play a game where they classify the different characteristics of trees. In this tress lesson plan, students also use tree vocabulary and describe benefits of trees.
In this soil destruction and conservation learning exercise, students read a three page non-fiction article. They answer 10 fill in the blank questions and 1 short answer question based on the reading about soil building methods.
Learners investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion.
Ninth graders identify the relationship between the ocean and the weather. In this meteorology instructional activity, 9th graders research the relationship between the ocean, lithosphere, and atmosphere. They create a multimedia poster to illustrate the connections.
Middle schoolers explore agricultural concepts and how humans modify the physical environment. They participate in card sorting activities to determine agricultural concepts: Dependence, Adaptation, Modification (D. A. M.). Students identify common ways people deal with their environment.
Students are introduced to the events of the Dust Bowl. Using a map, they locate and label all of the states surrounding and including Oklahoma. After also labeling the counties in Oklahoma, they use the internet to research the weather conditions that led to the Dust Bowl.
Ninth graders use GPS receivers to survey an open area for species of plant populations, rock and land formations and soil types. They examine the effects of water and wind erosion and how they affect plant and animal life.
Students define the origin of rock samples and how surface core samples can tell us about the history and make-up of Mars. Candies are used as a Martian surface sample. Students study the samples and make a hypothesis about the cause of any texture. Students then answer questions based on their investigations.
Students perform experiments designed to grow plants and bacteria in a controlled environment.  In this ecosystems lesson students investigate varying conditions for growing plants and bacteria. 
Sixth graders investigate the movement through conducting an experiment. They use water drops with soil and observe how it moves. Students conduct another investigation with the help of a video. Then they write about the observations of the video about erosion.
Ninth graders investigate the factors that increase soil erosion. They identify how the environment is affected by erosion. In small groups, 9th graders research erosion problems in various locations. Groups brainstorm ideas to help prevent soil erosion.
1. Bring two quarts of moist soil, a cake pan, a sprinkling can of water and a quart of grass clippings to class. 2. Share background material, and introduce the word "erosion." 3. Prepare a small model hill by mounding the soil in the cake pan. Explain that the mound represents a hill and that you will make it rain by pouring water from the sprinkling can. Ask students to observe so they can report when the rain "walks" down the side of the hill and when it "runs."
Ninth graders identify and describe some, but not all relationships, among oceans, lithosphere and atmosphere. This includes students using data and information collected from their research to explain relationships among weather patterns, geographic locations and geographic features.
Young scholars investigate various aspects of the planet Mars. They examine a core sample that is simulated to make observations. Then compare the known sample with one that is unknown and differentiate between the two. Students hypothesize how core samples help scientists determine the planet's historical life.
Students discuss the characteristics of a hazardous waste site and how they can cause health problems to humans. In groups, they research the various ways to deal with the hazardous materials and read recent articles on the subject. To end the instructional activity, they discuss the role of environmental groups and the government in dealing with this issue.

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