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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: Arts
Title: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson, the fourth of a sequence of five lessons, is to understand that most of the materials and energy used by a city come from outside the city boundaries. Students learn that the pathway of these materials through the city tends to be linear (as opposed to cyclic, as in natural ecosystems), and that flowpaths into the city are longer than flowpaths out.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Seeing the Human Impact on Africa: What Can You Learn from a Plane?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students analyze several maps of Africa to see where the greatest levels of human impact can be observed. They look at photographs from different parts of Africa showing both its human and natural landscapes, and consider what these images might look like from the air. Students conclude by writing letters pretending they are traveling on the MegaFlyover project and predicting the human impacts they would observe.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Fallout from Chernobyl     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students read and analyze several articles describing consequences of the 1986 explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Students then create a map showing which countries were affected by the disaster and how they were affected.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rich, Poor, or Somewhere in the Middle     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson offers students an opportunity to use economic and social indicators to identify the connection between a country's access to resources and its economic development. They learn how development is measured and examine basic statistical figures related to standard of living.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Agriculture - Science - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Preservation Issues: Competing Interests     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson's efforts to identify extinct or nearly extinct plants and consider the issues surrounding conservation efforts in a variety of contexts. Students compare the perspectives of those who are most intensely involved in both wildlife conservation and agriculture, and form an opinion as to what might be done to reconcile their conflicting priorities. Students research two sides of a specific issue and construct arguments supporting specific viewpoints. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article tile '' '' Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico'' '' .
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Photosynthesis, Trees, and the Greenhouse Effect     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students study photosynthesis and then then transfer their understanding of this topic to a consideration of how trees can help reduce the negative impacts of the greenhouse effect. They read a Web page describing the greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide's role as a greenhouse gas, and the role of humans in exacerbating this effect. Students also browse the Web site of an organization that sponsors tree planting programs and consider how these programs might help reduce or slow down the increase of the greenhouse effect. They conclude by writing paragraphs telling younger kids about the benefits of trees and plants.
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 - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Evolution of Cultural Landscape     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on sequential occupancy of a single habitat. Students learn to appreciate how cultural change causes people's perceptions of places and regions to change.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Human Migration Within and Into the United States     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students analyze 1980 and 1990 demographic data from the U.S. They determine net migration for the southern, northeastern, western, and midwestern regions of the United States and analyze the impact of migration shifts in these regions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Demographics of Mortality     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to use the Internet to explore population distribution and survivorship curves. In the lesson, students utilize research skills to explore some of the factors that can affect the size and rate of growth of human populations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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You Are What You Drink
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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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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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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