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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (6) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (3) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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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: Owls: Top of a Food Chain     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson serves as proof that owls eat rodents and use this energy to survive. Owls excrete the parts of the rodent that they are unable to digest, leading students to infer that they are recycled in the soil. Using commercial owl pellets, students can try to identify the type of rodent eaten by the owl. Students are capable of creating a food chain based on prior knowledge: Owl-vole-grain or seeds-sun.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Sanitation and Human Health     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of the impact of improved sanitation on human health. In this lesson, students learn something about the ways that sanitation technology has helped people by examining the history of sanitation in the context of disease outbreaks and comparing the quality of life in those times to that of today. By the end of this lesson, students should recognize that advances in health and human life expectancy have resulted in large part because of technologies that we now take for granted, such as modern waste-disposal, sanitary food handling, and refrigeration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Food Webs in the Bay      
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students research plants and animals that live in the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) of a bay area. After researching the organisms, students do class presentations and create a food web using pictures of all of the organisms. At the end of the lesson, they discuss ideas of organisms sharing food, space, water, air, and shelter.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Antarctic Ecosystem: Where Would it Be Without Krill?     
Description: This lesson from Xpeditions asks students to investigate the importance of krill, a thumb-sized, shrimplike animal, to the Antarctic ecosystem by researching the animals that depend on it and drawing a food web. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining the potential consequences of a decline in krill populations.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Periodical Cicada Survival     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students explore defense mechanisms involved in predatory/prey relationships. The periodical cicadas that emerge in various parts of the United States every 13 or 17 years provide an excellent opportunity to engage students in a discussion about predatory/prey interactions. Students reflect on the life cycle and behavior of the cicada and develop understandings about how their unique life cycle and behavior actually helps them to reproduce and survive in spite of the fact that they have very few typical defense mechanisms.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Cities as Population Centers     
Description: This Science NetLinks, the third in a series of five lessons, focuses on modern urban ecosystems. Students visit Web sites that deal with urban population, fossil fuel consumption, and the signals (such as carbon dioxide emissions) that can be used to track population changes. The class then creates a letter to the grandkids, which tells the grandkids how important fossil fuels were to the growth of cities and how the signal of fossil fuel use showed up in the atmosphere.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Seal Cam     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nature photographers have recruited Weddell seals to help them shoot film under the Antarctic ice. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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 - 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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
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!


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Biotic and Abiotic
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A "still picture" podcast of biotic and abiotic things found at home and at our school.  This podcast was created by 7th grade science students.


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Water Pollution
Overview:
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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Acid Rain
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In this activity, the effects that varying pH levels have on plants are tested as a way to see the importance of clean, fresh water to living things. This activity will also demonstrate that water pollution is not just a local issue, but rather a global issue. Explanation: Acid rain is a prime example of how activities in one area can have a serious effect on conditions of a global scale. Acid rain primarily results from the transformation of industrial pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides into other compounds such as sulphuric acid (H2SO4), and nitric acid (HNO3). This transformation occurs as these pollutants are transported in the atmosphere over distances of hundreds to thousands of kilometers. For example, sulfur dioxide emissions from industrial processes and the burning of fossil fuels have resulted in extensive acid rain and accompanying water pollution problems in southeastern Canada and the northeastern US. These emissions have global implications: more than half of the acid deposition in eastern Canada originates from emissions in the United States. Even slight changes in the pH of lakes and rivers can cause the loss of fish and invertebrates which are important links in the food chain. Acid rain is also responsible for extensive loss of forest cover in that region.


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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.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Seal Cam     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nature photographers have recruited Weddell seals to help them shoot film under the Antarctic ice. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Assessments


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Plant Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of plants are assessed in this ten question quiz that is computer graded.

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Plant Life Cycle Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of the plant life cycle are identified in a ten question quiz that is computer graded.

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Food Chain Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The components of the food chain are assessed in this ten question quiz.

Informational Materials


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Water on the Move Current Events
http://www.mos.org/o...
This site contains great information and experiments. Learn what makes ocean currents flow on this page from the Museum of Science's "Oceans Alive!" Read about some major ocean currents and discover the effects of wind, sun, continents, density, salinity, El Nino, and the Coriolis Effect on currents.

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Food Chains/Web
http://www.vtaide.co...
Description of food chains and web. Worksheets, games. Students can click and make their own food chain and print it.

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Photosynthesis, Energy, and Life
http://www.ftexplori...
This site contains information about the flow of energy through living organism.

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Create a Food Web
http://www.vtaide.co...
This is a great interactive site where students can design their own food web.

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Food Chains & Food Webs
http://www.vtaide.co...
This site provides information for students on food chains and food webs. There is an external link included that allows students to create their own food web.

Interactives/Games


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Food Chain Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The components of the food chain are assessed in this ten question quiz.

Learning Activities


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Water on the Move Current Events
http://www.mos.org/o...
This site contains great information and experiments. Learn what makes ocean currents flow on this page from the Museum of Science's "Oceans Alive!" Read about some major ocean currents and discover the effects of wind, sun, continents, density, salinity, El Nino, and the Coriolis Effect on currents.

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Food Chains & Food Webs
http://www.vtaide.co...
This site provides information for students on food chains and food webs. There is an external link included that allows students to create their own food web.

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Life in a Drop of Water
http://www.thescienc...
This is an Internet Lab for students to find the links to answer questions about life in a drop of water.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Health,Science
Title: What s Bugging You?     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, is used by students to explore foodborne illnesses. After reviewing some introductory questions, students read information from a Web site about food safety and foodborne illnesses and then assess their knowledge.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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