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Coastal Peru: The Amazing Biodiversity of a Coastal EcosystemLesson Planet
45 mins 3rd - 8th
Peru's coastal ecosystem is only one of the country's amazing features. But travelers don't need passports, expensive plane tickets, or heavy suitcases to examine the biodiversity of coastal Peru. Armed with a field trip log and graphic...
Journey Through the Spheres of the EarthLesson Planet
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Each of the Earth's spheres interacts with the other spheres in predictable ways. Young scientists explore these interactions through a hands-on activity, graphing, and watching a video. They summarize their knowledge in a video or...
Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy: Principle 1Lesson Planet
3rd - 12th
Is your current lesson plan for salt and freshwater literacy leaving you high and dry? If so, dive into part one of a seven-part series that explores the physical features of Earth's salt and freshwater sources. Junior hydrologists...
Discover Water—The Role of Water in Our LivesLesson Planet
3rd - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Make a splash with this series of engaging interactives that teach all about one of the most important substances on Earth: water. From oceans to bodies of freshwater, these fun resources investigate the water cycle and the important role water plays in the lives of people around the world.
How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air ConditioningLesson Planet
5 mins 4th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Humans aren't the only species to build structures with air conditioning—we weren't even the first! The video explains how a variety of species that live under and above ground design their structures to allow for air circulation. It...
Forensic Science: Case of the Missing Diamond MakerLesson Planet
5th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
Someone stole a diamond-making machine. Who done it? Scholars use forensic science at six different stations to determine the culprit. They analyze fingerprints, use their senses, and complete chemistry experiments to determine the...
Changes Over Time — Microfossils in Blake’s NoseLesson Planet
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Scientists study sediment cores to understand climate and life throughout the history of the Earth. An interactive lesson has scholars access research data in order to better understand to which time periods specific micro-fossils...
A Tale of Two Teeth: A Hands-On Discussion About Climate ChangeLesson Planet
5th - 8th
Sink your teeth into an engaging lesson on climate change! Science sleuths examine the prehistoric central Florida ecosystem through fossil analysis and a Socratic discussion. The easy-to-follow teacher's plan provides detailed...
Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse!Lesson Planet
K - 12th
Give your pupils a front row seat at the biggest light show in the sky this year! In addition to admiring the total solar eclipse, young astronomers can explain the phenomenon with a little help from an inquiry-based lesson. The focus of...
The Intertropical Convergence ZoneLesson Planet
3rd - 11th CCSS: Adaptable
Young scientists know it is hotter along the equator, but why is it also rainier? Through the process of completing two experiments and a worksheet, scholars discover the answer is the intertropical convergence zone. First, they...