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Healthy Earth, Sick Earth

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Earth is sick and needs our help! Read the children's book Planet Earth Gets Well to explain the various problems facing the planet, discussing what young conservationists can do to heal the planet along the way. A great Earth Day...
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Interactive Minds: Solar System

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Travel through space as you learn about the galaxy, solar system, planets, and much more. An extensive resource for studying astronomy in upper-elementary and middle school classrooms.
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Seasons in the Woods

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Winter in the cold Northwoods of Wisconsin can be hard on animals that aren't adapted to the climate. Investigate the animals that are out and about even in the coldest winter temperatures as you and your class examine animal...
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Marvellous Mini-beasts – Design a Species

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Here is a creative activity that teaches kids how species evolve different characteristics for survival. The activity begins as the class discusses and examines the adaptive traits of mini-beasts or insects. Then, in small groups, they...
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Monarch Migration Mapping

For Teachers 4th Standards
Why do monarch butterflies migrate, and where do they go? After reading a few selections with the teacher, learners use what they've learned about monarch migration to map the route many monarchs take throughout the year. They get their...
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Wetland Ecology Through Literature

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Being a good scientist means identifying important information to support your thoughts and ideas. Learners investigate the effects of water pollution on wetland habitats by reading a series of literary and informational texts. In small...
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Water Pollution and Water Quality Assessment

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Experiments are great ways to learn and explore new topics. Third graders discuss how some macroinvertebrates can live in polluted water, while others cannot. They head to the computer lab with guiding worksheets as they learn more about...
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The Emperor Penguin's Egg

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Here is a game intended for use at home that could easily be adapted to the school environment. The class reads an informational story about emperor penguins and then they watch a clip from the film, March of the Penguins. They focus on...
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Living in the Desert

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Conduct an investigation on the plants used by the Hohokam tribe. To survive in the harsh desert environment the Hohokam used many natural resources. Learners read, research, map, and graph multiple aspects of Hohokam plant use as a...
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Physical Changes and States of Matter - One

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders study the three states of matter and identify the physical changes that take place between them. There is an initial teacher-led demonstration followed by a meaningful whole-class inquiry. These two activities should lead...
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Advertising Detectives

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Students search kids websites in order to decifer between advertising on the websites and other information. Students focus on five different kinds of online ads which are prevalent on children’s sites. Working in pairs, they practice...
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Group Think

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Students discuss cyberbullying and how they can react to someone who is causing the problem. In this cyberbullying lesson plan, students discuss what they would do in certain situations. As a group, students develop a class pledge about...
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Rating Web Sites

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Teach digital natives that they can't believe everything they read on the Internet. Working in small groups, young scholars use the provided worksheets and rubric to evaluate different websites and determine if the information being...
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Reading Comprehension: Thunder and Lightning

For Students 3rd - 4th Standards
Thunder and lightning are so exciting! Your class gets to read all about it. This informational reading passage provides them with a scientific explanation of thunder and lightning. They read the passage, answer comprehension questions,...
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Bill Pickett, Bulldoggin' Cowboy

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Who was Bill Picket? Interested readers work through an informational passage to find out about a famous "bulldogger" from the old West. They answer several reading comprehension questions and use a seven step process to decode new...
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This Land is Whose Land?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewWhose land is it, anyway? Young scholars debate the question using primary sources from a case where Maryland indigenous people petitioned for land rights after they lost their original tribal lands. An included chart helps organize...
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Pre-1861: Disunion

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Nat Turner, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln all played a key role in the run-up to the bloody American Civil War. Using a PowerPoint, timeline activity, and essay prompt, young historians consider the roles of these men and more to...
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States of Matter

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Solids, liquids, gasses oh my!  Young scientists will be amazed when they try this experiment, which uses dry ice to discover the states of matter through sublimation.  
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Who Is Hibernating?

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Young scientists explore the wintertime behavior of common animals with this presentation on hibernation. Offering clear explanations about the who, what, where, when, and why regarding hibernation, this resource is perfect for primary...
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Let's Do an Experiment!

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
Exactly what do plants need to survive? Young scientists explore this question by taking three plants and placing them in different environments, monitoring their development over the course of two weeks with the help of this simple lab...
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Guess That Spice

For Teachers 1st - 7th Standards
From medical treatments to cooking, people have been using herbs and spices for thousands of years. Perform a blind smell test of household herbs and spices to engage students in learning about ancient spice trading. Research the history...
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Choosing a Search Site

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
As technology becomes increasingly more integrated into education, pupils will need to know how to find accurate information online. Follow a very structured learning activity to help your class understand what makes a good search, how...
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Whose Is It, Anyway?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Launch a discussion about plagiarism, the consequences of plagiarism, and how giving credit is a sign of respect for the work of others. Start out by defining plagiarism and sharing your school's official policy. Class members can then...
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Power Of Words

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Cyberbullying is already a prevalent problem in schools. Expose your class to the issue and bring it out into the open for discussion. Through the discussion, class members will learn how to respond to cyberbullying. Encourage your...