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Lesson Plans (19) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Multimedia (15) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (5 - 7), or Science (3), or Social Studies (5)
Title: Invasive Plants
Description: Invasive plants are non-native plants that grow in an environment that has no native diseases, parasites, or predators. This allows them to grow rapidly and be destructive to native plants.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (K - 5), or Science (2 - 4)
Title: Little River Canyon's Carnivorous Green Pitcher Plants
Description: A digital slide program introduces the Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) to the students.  Students use a model of the Green Pitcher Plant and plastic insects to role play. They will tell the story of habitat adaptation and interaction around the pitcher plant bog. Pitcher Plants and the animals in the neighborhood have lives interconnected to the environment. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Credit Recovery Science (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: From Weeds to Worms
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to guide students in researching and discovering the importance of the interdependence of living and nonliving things in an ecosystem. Students utilize technology independently and cooperatively to establish requirements for conducting experiments.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals with Backbones
Description: Students will learn about animals with backbones and then create a slideshow presentation that shows the characteristics of the different groups of vertebrates. They will also create a brochure explaining how a specific animal is adapted to survive in a particular environment.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog
Description: During this lesson students explore the life cycle of a frog. They will raise frogs in the classroom from tadpoles and document and describe each stage of the life cycle.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (3 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biomes: Where are the Wild Things?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore biomes, ecosystems, and habitats by navigating the Internet. They will research biomes, ecosystems, and habitats in order to create a newsletter. They will have the opportunity to distribute their newsletters and discuss their findings with students in their school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Credit Recovery Science (5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Our Trip Around the Biomes
Description: During this lesson, students travel to the biomes by way of the Internet. They learn the characteristics of biomes, including animals, plants, temperatures, etc. Students then use this information to create a slideshow presentation to help the zoo improve animal habitats.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Crowding Animals- How Close is Too Close?
Description: In this lesson students will explore the concept of crowding as it relates to people and animals. The main purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize the possible negative consequences to people and animals as a result of crowding.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: At Home in a Biome
Description: This lesson allows students to study and learn the names and characteristics of Earth's six major biomes. The biomes are introduced with a slideshow presentation. A paper-folding poster activity gives students the opportunity to reinforce what they have learned. The culminating activity, a diorama, provides an avenue for creativity as students create a three-dimensional model of a biome.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (3 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Water Dilemma - Mapping Dragonfly Pond
Description: This is a hands-on, technology rich lesson involving wetlands and the effects humans and human development have on these precious ecosystems. This is a follow-up lesson to a wetlands introduction and discussion.


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Antarctica: A Cold Desert Ecosystem     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students construct a rough map of Antarctic ecosystems and explore relationships among the creatures that populate them. This lesson can be adapted to focus on other regions, including the one in which you live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Pond Life     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on microorganisms, students investigate familiar and unfamiliar ecosystems using Internet resources, explore how various organisms satisfy their needs within their environments, and study the kinds of relationships that exist between organisms within an environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Aquarium Habitats     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider how aquariums can provide realistic habitats for marine animals. They use the Internet to visit three aquarium habitats and determine whether these aquariums succeed in providing high-quality environments for the animals that live in them. Students conclude by designing their own aquarium habitats based on what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Create a Wetland Scene     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the importance of wetlands. They learn about the different types of freshwater wetlands and the things that threaten their health. Finally, they study specific examples of wetland areas of the U.S., and find out what is being done to protect them.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Life in a Drop of Pond Water     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the second in a two-part series on microorganisms, students observe microscopic organisms found in pond water using a hand lens, 30x magnification, and 100x magnification. Then students participate in discussions about how single-celled living things might satisfy their needs for food, water, and air.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science, Health
Title: Food and the Digestive System     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the first of a three part series on nutrition, focuses on what nutrients are needed to do particular tasks for the body. More specifically, where the nutrients come from, their different forms, and then their importance for particular tasks in the body. Some of the lesson focuses on the overall digestive system in order to address the fact that undigested food is eliminated.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Charting Countries of the World     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students collect information about countries then enter that information on a chart that they use to compare the sizes, populations, and political characteristics of the different countries. Using this information, students are able to ask and answer geographic questions as they relate to the division and control of Earth's surface.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Habitat Chat: Grasslands
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This student led and narrated podcast explores the grassland biome or habitat. Students will learn some examples of species, landforms, and about how animals can adapt to this biome. Although the podcast is narrated, there is plenty of information and pictures included for the students to access more details.


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Habitat Chat: Woodlands
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This student led and narrated podcast explores the woodland biome or habitat. Students will learn some examples of species, landforms, and about how animals can adapt to this biome. Although the podcast is narrated, there is plenty of information and pictures included for the students to access more details.


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Habitat Chat: Swamps
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This student led and narrated podcast explores the swamp biome or habitat. Students will learn some examples of species, landforms, and about how animals can adapt to this biome. Although the podcast is narrated, there is plenty of information and pictures included for students to access more details.


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Habitat Chat: Deserts
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This student led and narrated podcast explores the desert biome or habitat. Students will learn some examples of species, landforms, and about how animals can adapt to this biome. Although the podcast is narrated, there is plenty of information and pictures included for the students to access more details.


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Habitat Chat: Rainforest
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This student led and narrated podcast explores the rainforest biome or habitat. Students will learn some examples of species, landforms, and about how animals can adapt to this biome. Althought the podcast is narrated, there is plenty of information and pictures included for the students to access more details.


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Nature's Life Cycle
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In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Patrol learns that one very important characteristic of all living things--plants and animals--is they carry on respiration.  They also move, reproduce, grow, and take nourishment.  Bobby Bunkle describes a food chain as he scuba dives.  Since plants and animals are so important, it's crucial to protect the environment in which they live.  The Grunge, for instance, doesn't understand that trees provide animals with oxygen and homes, so he likes to cut them down.


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Pitcher Plant Little River Canyon National Preserve
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This podcast tells about the green pitcher plant. It is an endangered carnivorous plant located sparsely throughout the United States. It includes pictures, an explanation of what it eats, its location, and what to do if you find one.


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Bearded Dragon Feeding
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From June 16th thru September 23rd 2007 the Exploreum is experiencing a reptile invasion. One of our newest visitors is a Bearded Dragon, yet to named, who lives in the Ciba Lab and visits with guest in the reptile exhibit. We have taken the opportunity to film this amazing animal as he excitedly feeds on a large batch of crickets. What fun it is to watch reptiles eat.


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Scorpion Science
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Scorpions are fascinating arachnids. We have spent over 3 months handling and caring for 2 Black Emperor Scorpions. This video shows one of them feeding on a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. We have also managed to capture our scorpion as it appears under ultraviolet light. We hope you enjoy this gross yet fascinating footage.


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Venus Flytrap Feedings
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Venus flytraps are carnivores. They eat meat. These plants contain 3 trigger hairs on the roof of the trap (mouth) and 3 hairs on the bottom. When an insect or anything triggers those hairs the plant snaps shut trapping its prey. Check out the video to see this amazing natural mechanism in action. NOTE: This video does not include audio.


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In an Instant: Frog Feedings
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While showing the Frogs exhibit we decided to use our high speed video camera to capture frogs feeding. These videos were shot at 600 frames per second. It is amazing to watch their movements. Also watch the tongues and the eyes. NOTE: This video does not include audio.


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Water Pollution
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For this activity, stream table models are utilized. Students introduce pollutants into the sediment in the stream table. Then they introduce water into the stream table and observe the sediment and “downstream” waterway.This demonstration shows how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. The “ground” in the stream table model has been polluted with green food coloring (before the water is added). As the water passes over the polluted area, the pollution contaminates the stream, surrounding land and the larger body of water at the end of the steam. After polluted water has entered into larger bodies of water (seas, gulfs and oceans), it can be spread to other areas by the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth. The effect deflects objects moving along the surface of the Earth to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. The resulting movements can cause pollution to spread far beyond its source and affect other parts of the world.


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Planet H2O- Water Supply and Demand
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In this lesson, the students are instructed to imagine that they are in control of a small country. They are shown a pitcher that contains their country’s water supply. They are then asked to make decisions on where the water should go. The students are given small containers that represent their needs and demands for water. Water is distributed from the supply pitcher for each one of their demands. About 2/3 of our water supplies goes to agriculture and food production. Two-thirds (2/3) of the water from the supply pitcher is poured into the “agriculture” container. Students then list other demands...drinking water, water for cleaning, etc. Students are then presented with other factors that will influence their supply and demand. An environmental factor, such as a drought, will mean that the affected part of the country will have an increased demand (water is distributed from the supply pitcher). A great increase in the human population in another part of the country will increase their demand as well (water is distributed from the supply pitcher). When the supply pitcher is almost empty, the topic of water scarcity arises. Water scarcity occurs when the demand for water out paces the supply and causes water shortages.


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Planet H2O- Water Pollution and the Aquatic Food Chain
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Biomagnification is the accumulation of a substance up the food chain by transfer of the pollutant in smaller organisms that are food for larger organisms in the chain. It generally refers to the sequence of processes which results in higher concentrations in organisms at higher levels in the food chain (at higher trophic levels). These processes result in an organism having higher concentrations of a substance than is present in the organism’s food. There is evidence that some carnivores at the ends of longer food chains (e.g. larger fish, birds of prey, HUMANS) can then accumulate the water pollutant from eating down in the food chain. Clean fresh water is vital to life on our planet. What can happen if our waters become polluted? How can that affect us as humans if it is happening in the water and to the organisms in that water? One of the ways pollution impacts humans is through food chains. We have to remember that we are part of the environment and as a result, part of the food chain. We eat many of the aquatic organisms, fish and shellfish, which can be detrimentally affected by water pollution.


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A trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA with Brock and his family.
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Join Brock and his family on a fun and educational trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. See pictures of whale sharks, large grouper, manta rays, spider crabs, penguins, alligators, jellyfish and fish from coral reefs. Learn more about where these animals live around the world. This lesson can be aligned with Thinkfinity lesson - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/aquarium.html 


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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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