Study of a Rotting Log
Students explore a rotting log and identify host plants and animals and the interrelationships among those organisms. They discuss their findings and complete a worksheet imbedded in the lesson.
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New Review Soundscape Saturation
Can scientists listen to the environmental sounds and tell how healthy or unnatural the surroundings are? The second lesson in a 3-part series has scholars listen to the sounds from four different landscapes in Borneo. Through discussion...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Preparing for Project BudBurst
Male deer growing antlers to begin the breeding season is an example of a phenological event. First in a four-part series is an activity requiring individuals to collect phenological data on their campus. Classes discuss phenology, the...
10th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Branching Out – Exploring Dendrochronology
Tree rings from North America give a continuous history of El Nino intensity over the last 1,100 years. Scholars learn how scientists use tree rings to create timelines demonstrating variations in weather patterns. The cumulative...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Family Structure of Elephants
Elephant family relationships are a lot like ours. They cooperate in child rearing, have social structure, and practice coming-of-age events. Supported by fabulous photography, an elephant biologist shares 20 years of study with the...
8 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Not all Scientific Studies are Created Equal
Sample size and controls are features of the scientific inquiry process that are discussed in this quick-paced quip. A comparison is made between randomized clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Terms such as placebo, cohort,...
4 mins 8th - 12th Science
Ideasthesia: How Do Ideas Feel?
When our senses provide data to the brain, does the brain translate those senses simultaneously or only after they are transmitted? Ponder this interesting inquiry with another fantastic TED video, and consider whether our cross-sensory...
6 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Could We Actually Live on Mars?
What would be the best place to live on Mars? A fascinating look at the geographical of Mars is sure to intrigue the future astronomers in your middle or high school class. A short video introduces learners to the different...
4 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable