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Lesson Plans (21) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (7) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: You Don't Taste the Way You Look!: Understanding Mimicry
Description: This Evolution lesson uses edible materials to demonstrate how a mimic acquires survival advantage. This particular lesson provides students an easy approach to learn and retain this information.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Camouflage Predation Challenge
Description: Through this simulation, students will understand the role of camouflage in keeping animals from attracting attention of their predators. Using newspaper and patterned wrapping paper, students will construct two habitats. Students will then compete in timed hunts to spot and collect objects within the habitats and will graph the results of their hunt.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Organism PowerPoints/ Booklets
Description: This lesson requires students to use technology to research information on any organism from one of the six kingdoms. Students use the information to produce a PowerPoint presentation or booklet to present to their classmates. This project covers several biology and zoology objectives and is intended to be a review of the material previously covered.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Endangered Species
Description: Students research and create a brochure project on an endangered species of their choice integrating aspects of math, science, social studies, art, reading and writing. This project allows the students to make connections across the curriculum. Students present their ideas to a group of peers persuading the group to help save or become interested in helping the endangered species. Students are also encouraged to make connections between the activities of the human population and their effect on the natural world. This project may be completed using the media center computers, computer lab, or individual computers as a homework project. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science
Title: Killer Windows     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a study of migratory bird deaths conducted by Field Museum scientists. The study suggests that birds are less likely to fly into windows of skyscrapers if the buildings are not brightly lit. 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: Sharks: Setting the Record Straight     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students investigate sharks importance to the ecosystem, recent shark attacks, legislation regarding shark feeding, and the geographical distribution of shark attacks in the United States. Students go on to write outlines for TV programs aimed at educating the public about sharks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Killifish and Pollution     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how fish are adapting to high levels of pollution in American rivers. 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 - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Wild Horses: Public Property?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the challenge of maintaining balance among the '' '' competing'' '' species that coexist on public lands. Students discuss how the wild ponies of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge have adapted to their environment. Students also have to discern the challenges faced by land management teams that handle these pony herds and then create a plan for balancing the needs of the ponies with those of other inhabitants.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Survival of the Fittest?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to crocodilian species. Crocodilians, including crocodiles and alligators, are ancient animals that survived the period of mass extinction at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary about 65 million years ago. While scientists are not sure why crocodilians are so hardy, they have plenty of evidence from modern and prehistoric crocodilians to develop hypotheses on this question. Students investigate this evidence and write reports on their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Litter Life     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a study that suggests that litter might be a means for aquatic organisms to be transported from one environment into another, potentially causing problems with invasive species. 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: The Human Role in Dog Evolution     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to investigate and think carefully about the human role in the domestication and evolution of ancient and modern dog breeds. Students explore the relationship between wolves and dogs, the reasons why dogs have been bred, and the controversial wolf hybrid breed. They conclude by writing essays explaining the role of humans in dog evolution, past and present.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery     
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
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, Social Studies
Title: Hominid Diet     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that indicates that early humans may have eaten termites as at least part of their diet. 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: What's the Hammer For?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to consider the possible reasons why hammerheads have hammers and to read and analyze scientists thoughts concerning this question. Students visit relevant Web sites and conclude by pretending to be researchers investigating this question further.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Dolphin Brains     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about one scientist who's trying to find out how dolphins got so brainy. Lori Marino, a psychologist at Emory University and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, is looking at how the dolphin brain evolved, specifically focusing on its size and shape. 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
Title: Feather Analysis     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a technique for tracking the migration of songbirds that involves analyzing their feathers. 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 - Science - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles     
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
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
Title: A Mendel Seminar     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, constructed around Gregor Mendel's 1865 paper, is an advanced lesson in history, scientific inquiry, methodology, classical genetics, and plant biology. In this lesson, students are guided through a thorough discussion of part of the paper Mendel wrote about his pea plant experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Introduction to Natural Selection     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of natural selection, specifically, how it unfolds from generation to generation. It is an introduction to natural selection and is suited to any student who is just beginning his or her discovery of evolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Parrot Learning     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a parrot researcher who believes that birds may develop language-like communication and other abilities in ways remarkably similar to humans. 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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Title: Camouflage in Cephalopods
Digital Tool: Octopus Video from Science Friday
Digital Tool Description: The Discovery Education lesson and the Science Friday The Amazing Octopus video can be used to teach the concepts that some animals, including the octopus and other cephalopods can change their body color to blend in with their environments also know as camouflage.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Killer Windows     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a study of migratory bird deaths conducted by Field Museum scientists. The study suggests that birds are less likely to fly into windows of skyscrapers if the buildings are not brightly lit. 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
Title: Killifish and Pollution     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how fish are adapting to high levels of pollution in American rivers. 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
Title: Litter Life     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a study that suggests that litter might be a means for aquatic organisms to be transported from one environment into another, potentially causing problems with invasive species. 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, Social Studies
Title: Hominid Diet     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that indicates that early humans may have eaten termites as at least part of their diet. 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
Title: Dolphin Brains     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about one scientist who's trying to find out how dolphins got so brainy. Lori Marino, a psychologist at Emory University and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, is looking at how the dolphin brain evolved, specifically focusing on its size and shape. 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
Title: Feather Analysis     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a technique for tracking the migration of songbirds that involves analyzing their feathers. 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
Title: Parrot Learning     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a parrot researcher who believes that birds may develop language-like communication and other abilities in ways remarkably similar to humans. 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


Lesson Plans


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Evolution: Teacher's Guide
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This 40-page curriculum guide on evolution includes worksheets and links to videos.

Podcasts


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Evolution: Teacher's Guide
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This 40-page curriculum guide on evolution includes worksheets and links to videos.

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How Animal Camouflage Works
http://www.howstuffw...
In this article, students will see how animals blend in with their environment so that others might overlook them. Students will look at a few sophisticated hiders who can change their camouflage in accordance with a change in their surroundings. In addition to these expert hiders, students will look at some animals who don't hide at all, but throw predators off by disguising themselves as something dangerous or uninteresting.

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Camouflage
http://www.howstuffw...
Picture gallery of animals and their camouflage

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Animal camouflage
http://animals.howst...
Pictures of animals using camouflage as protection.

Assessments


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Interactive Bird Identification and Quiz
http://www.birds.cor...
This site is full of great pictures and bird calls for a teacher introducing her students to birds and habitats.

Informational Materials


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Poison Frog Uses Less-Toxic Looks to Survive, Study Finds
http://news.national...
This is an article on mimicry. It is an excellent resource that can be used to introduce protective adaptations of animals.

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Newfound Octopus Impersonates Fish, Snakes
http://news.national...
This article can be used as an introductory to evolution (protective adaptations). Scientists have discovered what may be the ideal partner for a game of charades: a long-armed octopus that mimics poisonous creatures of the sea to avoid its predators.

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Instant Evolution Seen in Darwin's Finches
http://news.national...
This is a news article on a new study of Galápagos finches suggests.

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Evolution: Teacher's Guide
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This 40-page curriculum guide on evolution includes worksheets and links to videos.

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How Animal Camouflage Works
http://www.howstuffw...
In this article, students will see how animals blend in with their environment so that others might overlook them. Students will look at a few sophisticated hiders who can change their camouflage in accordance with a change in their surroundings. In addition to these expert hiders, students will look at some animals who don't hide at all, but throw predators off by disguising themselves as something dangerous or uninteresting.

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Animal Defense Against Predators
http://www.life.umd....
Discusses chemical defense, mimicry and camouflage.

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Adaptation & Survival
http://www.makalapa....
This web site includes an extensive list of animals. These are links that can be followed for detailed descriptions of each animals adaptations.

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Octupus Mimics other Animals
http://news.national...


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Camouflage
http://www.howstuffw...
Picture gallery of animals and their camouflage

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Animal camouflage
http://animals.howst...
Pictures of animals using camouflage as protection.

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Mimicry
http://www.unc.edu/~...
Mimicry of animals and insects

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Interactive Bird Identification and Quiz
http://www.birds.cor...
This site is full of great pictures and bird calls for a teacher introducing her students to birds and habitats.

Interactives/Games


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Leopards of the Night
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This is an interactive web page that allows students to distinguish between the different types of camouflage. A Shockwave version and non-Shockwave version are available.

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Bio Bob's Biodiversity Game
http://www.rigb.org/...
Wow! This one is so much fun! Learn about how to adapt and change in each environment.

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Interactive Bird Identification and Quiz
http://www.birds.cor...
This site is full of great pictures and bird calls for a teacher introducing her students to birds and habitats.

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Owl Pellet Dissection Virtual Lab
http://www.kidwings....
This is a virtual lab on Owl Pellet Dissection. It begins by giving students basic information on what an owl pellet is and why they are important. The student is then guided through the lab directions before actually conducting the lab itself.

Learning Activities


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Evolution: Teacher's Guide
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This 40-page curriculum guide on evolution includes worksheets and links to videos.

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Animal Defense Against Predators
http://www.life.umd....
Discusses chemical defense, mimicry and camouflage.

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Bio Bob's Biodiversity Game
http://www.rigb.org/...
Wow! This one is so much fun! Learn about how to adapt and change in each environment.

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Mimicry
http://www.unc.edu/~...
Mimicry of animals and insects

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Interactive Bird Identification and Quiz
http://www.birds.cor...
This site is full of great pictures and bird calls for a teacher introducing her students to birds and habitats.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Science
Title: Mammoth Extinction: E-sheet     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students in an online exploration of the possible reasons Woolly mammoths went extinct.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall.     
Description: After exploring the ways that monarch butterflies react to seasons, students complete an inquiry study to examine how other things change because of the seasons and create a class anthology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.     
Description: A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery     
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
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 - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles     
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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