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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: Science - Biology - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rivers: Lifelines of the Land      
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to river ecology and addresses the societal and environmental impacts associated with dams and their construction. After learning about dams and their effects on the environment, students propose the construction or abolition of a dam in their hometown or other geographic area. They think objectively and critically about real issues affecting the future of rivers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Who Pays the Price When a Sea Disappears?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to learn about the problems in the Aral Sea region and to figure out how the sea's water loss is affecting specific groups of people, such as babies and fishermen. They work in groups to prepare statements that these people might make, and they present their statements to a mock United Nations panel.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Desert Graphics     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how climates differ, and how meteorologists collect different kinds of weather data, including daily high and low temperatures and average monthly rainfall, from all over the world. Students use similar weather data to create a graph comparing three climates.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Climate Controls     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students consider how various parts of the world and the United States are affected by climate controls such as world air currents. They read about climate controls and create maps showing how these controls affect the climate in various places around the country.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Drought, Famine, and Geographic Diversity     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, teaches students about Ethiopia's different geographic regions to combat the misconception that the country has only drought, famine, and war. As students listen to news stories, they recognize that the media portrayals of Ethiopia are not always complete and that Ethiopia is, in fact, a geographically diverse country, home to forests, grasslands, and the Blue Nile.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ocean and Weather: El Nino and La Nina     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the weather phenomena El Nino and La Nina. They learn about when and where these weather changes occur and about the effects they have on everything in their wake.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health - Disease - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Geographic Diffusion of Disease: The Flu Pandemic of 1918-19     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on the spatial diffusion of the influenza (flu) pandemic of 1918-19. Spatial diffusion is the geographic spread of ideas, innovations, or phenomena (such as disease).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Nature
Overview:
The podcast is about nature. It describes, in detail, how you can contribute to the stopping of global warming and things associated with it. It also tells us that nature is a precious life resource.


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Plate Tectonics
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This podcast explores the prevention, causes, and results of earthquakes and tsunamis. It specifically talks about S-Waves and P-Waves. This podcast is aligned to the 6th grade Lab 12.1 in the Carolina Catastrophic Events lab book. Pictures and diagrams are from this lab book. It is interactive and funny for kids, but informational for older people.


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The Land of Alabama
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us for the first in the series at noon on Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk on the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the state is the result of a half- billion years of changes. It has endured continental collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant coastal plain—twice—and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It has survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been sea bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and valleys. All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs. This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and set the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats series. John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the connections of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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Blow Your Top
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This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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Blow Your Top
http://www.thescienc...
This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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Blow Your Top
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This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall     
Description: Built around the National Geography Standards, Xpedition Hall is a virtual museum that is filled with interactive exhibits designed to provoke reflection on how human beings shape and are shaped by the world in which we live. The Hall contains one exhibit for each of standard, and groups these exhibits into six galleries, which correspond to the standards six underlying '' elements.'' Students use can use an image or map of the Hall to navigate through the exhibits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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