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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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why Preserve Biodiversity?     
Description: In this lesson, students discuss the importance of maintaining ecosystems and find out about the various arguments that people make in favor of preserving the Earth's biodiversity. They write essays in which they explain what they feel are the most compelling reasons for preserving biodiversity and also describe the arguments they think would be most likely to convince the general public that biodiversity should be preserved.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rain: Friend or Foe?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use their knowledge of rainfall, vegetation, and the slope angles of hillsides to make decisions, predict outcomes, and analyze the effects of certain events or practices (e.g., overgrazing, forest fires, and clear-cutting woodlands). This lesson helps students appreciate the complex relationships between various physical processes and the physical features they modify.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Venn Diagrams to Compare Two Ecosystems     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson helps students identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. Many students believe that the Earth's only rain forests are found in the tropics. On the contrary, temperate rain forests can be found along the coast of North America's Pacific Northwest. These stands are as endangered as and much smaller than their tropical cousins. By acquiring geographic information from a number of sources, and by using that information to complete a Venn diagram, students come to understand the distribution of temperate and tropical rain forests and the unique characteristics of both.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: In Defense of Cities     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the last of a sequence of five lessons, students learn about the concept of an ecological footprint and brainstorm the qualities and characteristics of what they might consider an excellent, livable community. The class then creates an oversized wall map of their local environment, decorated with a border of colorful footprints.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Arts - Photography - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Ocean Conservation: Getting the Word Out with Photographs     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students understand that geography enables people to make sense of the world and prepare for the future. They concentrate on how photography can contribute to the planning process by looking at pictures by undersea photographer David Doubilet.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where Do Your Possessions Come From?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the activities involved in producing their own belongings and gain an understanding of and appreciation for the Earth's natural resources. In the process, they may become more conscious consumers.
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: Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Pros and Cons of Transnational Alliances     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the potential impacts of transnational organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Students consider the benefits of these organizations in existing nations and for a fictitious nation that is trying to decide whether to join an alliance of countries on its continent.
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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
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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You Are What You Drink
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This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

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You Are What You Drink
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This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

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You Are What You Drink
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This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

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You Are What You Drink
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This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

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You Are What You Drink
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This is a lesson plan for teaching filtration of drinking water.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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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



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
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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