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Lesson Plans (14) 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 (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) 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, 
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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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Natural History - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Crocs, Then and Now     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, has students investigate the geographical distributions, habitats, and other features of modern crocodilians and the so-called SuperCroc (Sarcosuchus imperator). Students consider the things they can learn about one species by studying the other. They create Venn diagrams to compare and contrast one modern species with SuperCroc. They conclude by writing paragraphs describing this comparison and explaining how each species helps us learn about the other.
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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: DNA and Endangered Species     
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn some basics about DNA and genetics and then learn how DNA can be used to study and help endangered animals. They visit a Web site with information about specific research projects and write paragraphs explaining how DNA and genetics research might be used to help an endangered or threatened species.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Working to Save Endangered Species     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on endangered species. Students view an online presentation about endangered species then role-play a debate about spotted owl protection from the point of view of lumber workers, environmental activists, and government and scientific interests.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Birds of Prey     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students research several birds of prey and examine predator/prey relationships. The suggested reading and research questions should help students' understanding of these topics move forward, and may lead into a discussion of food chains and webs as well.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Why Are Species Endangered?     
Description: This lesson from Science NetLinks is the first of a two-part series on endangered species. This first lesson introduces and explores the various issues and problems faced by endangered species globally. Following a webquest-style format, students research the plight of endangered species, create a poster of a selected animal, and present their poster, and research to the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter     
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn what coral reefs are and about the different types of reefs, study the ecology surrounding these biological playgrounds, and explore the human impact on them. Additionally, this lesson provides an opportunity for students to debate whether human contact should be impeded around coral reefs, a constructive approach for defending controversial environmental issues.
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: What Do People Know About the Arctic and Antarctic?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the landscapes, climates, and animal life of the polar regions. They then interview people to find out what they think and know about the regions. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining why it's important to know about the polar regions and detailing the differences between the two regions.
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 - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
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: Health, Science, Social Studies
Title: Genes and Geography     
Description: you'll hear how a record of early human migration may be found in our DNA. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Phage Comeback     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how the overprescription and misuse of antibiotics has fueled the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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



ALEX Podcasts


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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Field Trip
Overview:
This podcast gives a brief overview of our field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  This incredible weekend excursion provided 35 8th grade science club students a chance to explore a barrier island, view marine life hands-on, and study ecological and evironmental elements of the Gulf of Mexico.  The students participated in several activities such as trip to the local estuarium, a boat trip on the sea lab research vessel, a salt marsh trip, shark dissection, and a plankton study.  The students learned a tremendous amount about the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island.  The trip was amazing and the students still talk about it today!


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Health, Science, Social Studies
Title: Genes and Geography     
Description: you'll hear how a record of early human migration may be found in our DNA. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Phage Comeback     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how the overprescription and misuse of antibiotics has fueled the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Fossil Webquest
http://www.ncsd.k12....
This is a web quest which allows students to act as archaeologists and research a "mysterious rock".

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Should We Grow GM Crops?
http://www.pbs.org/w...
As students read information about genetically modified foods, they are asked whether or not they think we should grow GM crops. Their answer choice will open up a new reading section to challenge their view. Again, they will be asked their opinion. This process is repeated a few times until they are asked for their final opinion. A writing component could be added, having students state and justify their opinion at each step, and then write a final argumentative essay defending their stance. A class debate could also be used as an assessment tool.

Learning Activities


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Fossil Webquest
http://www.ncsd.k12....
This is a web quest which allows students to act as archaeologists and research a "mysterious rock".

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Should We Grow GM Crops?
http://www.pbs.org/w...
As students read information about genetically modified foods, they are asked whether or not they think we should grow GM crops. Their answer choice will open up a new reading section to challenge their view. Again, they will be asked their opinion. This process is repeated a few times until they are asked for their final opinion. A writing component could be added, having students state and justify their opinion at each step, and then write a final argumentative essay defending their stance. A class debate could also be used as an assessment tool.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Science
Title: Save Our Animals     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, provides directions and links needed for students to complete a project in which they create a campaign to increase awareness about endangered species.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
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 - 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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