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Ecological Pyramids interdependence, food chains, food webs, trophic levels

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young scientists explore the interdependence of organisms with this simple life science activity. Using the provided template, learners create and label tiered pyramids that model the hierarchy of trophic levels in ecosystems.
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Fish Morphology

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Life comes in all different shapes and sizes, and fish are no exception. Here, young scientists create fish prints as they learn how specific characteristics allow different species to survive in their particular habitats.
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Life Cycle of Trees

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Turn your students into young tree-tectives with this fun science investigation into the life of trees. To begin, a class volunteer gets dressed up in a tree costume as the different parts of trees are introduced. Then, the class learns...
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Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Exactly how environmentally friendly is your school? From the air fresheners in the bathrooms to the cleaning solvents used in the classrooms, young conservationists search the school grounds for sources of air pollution in...
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Vocabulary Strategies for the Analysis of Word Parts in Mathematics

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Pair this resource with a reading of any math textbook, article, or book. Learners take note of unknown words and use the provided graphic organizer in order to use word roots, prefixes, and suffixes to help them determine the meaning of...
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Create an Invertebrate

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What better way for young biologists to learn about invertebrates than by creating their very own? Here, students are assigned a set of invertebrate characteristics and are asked to invent an imaginary ocean animal and a separate...
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The Chemistry of Cold Packs

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
How can it take water hours to freeze, but a cold pack can go from room temperature to near freezing in an matter of moments? Find out with this short video that explores the endothermic reaction that make these modern marvels possible.
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Bones in Your Body

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
The hip bone's connected to the...? Support young scientists with learning about the human skeleton with this fun skeletal system printable. Given pictures of the major bones in the human body, students must cut them out and correctly...
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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint, Let’s Compost!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty with this elementary and middle school compost lesson plan. All you need is a large plastic container, a couple old newspapers, some organic waste, and a few hundred worms and you're ready...
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Glaciers and Water

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Explore the amazing power of glaciers with a hands-on earth science experiment! After first learning basic background information, learners go on to create their very own chunks of frozen water and gravel in order to observe first-hand...
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Safe Online Talk

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teach your pupils how to appropriately deal with inappropriate online talk. Begin with a brief discussion before showing an included short video of three students talking about their experiences with online communication. Partners...
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Composition in Journals

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Carlos Fuentes’s The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait and Jaspre Bark’s Journal of Inventions: Leondardo da Vince serve as models for an assignment that asks class members to create a personal journal they will use...
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A Creator’s Responsibilities

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Want to keep your learners from plagiarizing? Here is one way to tackle the topic and relate it not only to plagiarizing text, but also to pirating music and video productions. Class members discuss the topic, watch a video about...
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The Reality of Digital Drama

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Why is drama queen a title but not drama king? Explore peer drama with your class, covering both reality television and real-life Internet interactions. Pupils discuss drama as a general term before watching two videos while taking...
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Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by...
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Career Areas of Science: Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Future productive citizens explore a variety of science-related careers by matching the correct vocabulary word with the field associated with it. After discussing each as a class, assign one career to each individual and have them...
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Scams and Schemes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Identify theft is a real problem that many people will face in their lives. Help your learners protect themselves from identity theft with the activities described here. Pupils explore the strategies employed by identity thieves and try...
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Gender Stereotypes Online

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Activate thinking about gender preconceptions, both offline and online. Class members participate in a couple of introductory activities to help them understand gender stereotypes before creating avatars that represent these stereotypes....
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Strategic Searching

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Are your pupils effective online searchers? Improve their skills with the ideas presented here. After completing a KWL chart about strategic searching, class members pick up a five-step strategy for searching online. For practice, pupils...
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Intermediate 2: Understanding Search Results

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Teach your class some strategies for effective searching. Pupils should assess the whole results screen and then determine how to go forward with their searches. A table of strategies is included, as is a challenge. After they complete...
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Beginner 2: Understanding Search Results

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Once you've entered effective search terms, how do you evaluate the results of your search? Through the presentation and activities included here, pupils will examine results pages and determine what guiding information is provided. By...
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Beginner 4: Searching for Evidence for Research Tasks

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Having a strong searching skill set can make a research project much easier and much for successful for pupils. Tackle finding evidence with the ideas included here. The ultimate goal is for class members to learn the stepping stones...
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Intermediate 1: Picking the Right Search Terms

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A search can be strengthened by unique terms. With the activities and presentation included here, show your class how to target their searches with unique terms and context terms. They can then practice their search skills with...
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Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text.  Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and...