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Lesson Plans (14) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Barf Biology (An Extended Owl Pellet Dissection)
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create pyramids using owl pellets.  In groups, students will dissect owl pellets to aquire information about owl consumption.  Groups will then create an ecological pyramid, a number pyramid, and a biomass pyramid.  These creations will be composed into a vodcast to be shared on school tube.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: How Many Mice Can An Owl Eat?
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will use student response systems to determine the average number of mice an owl eats in a day, a week, a month, and a year.  This lesson can be used as an introduction or as a review. 


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
Description: This lesson is virtual dissection of Owl Pellets. This interactive website gives the option of dissecting pellets from many kinds of owls. This would be great to use before actually dissecting, because it would help student learn to identify the bones before the actual dissection. 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: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ecology Collage
Description: Students will use magazines and other pictures to create a food web collage topics (teacher should assign food web topics). Students should be divided into groups. Each group should research and prepare a Power Point presentation about their assigned food web topic. This activity would be a good follow up for an ecology unit. 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 (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: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Oh, Deer!
Description: Oh, Deer helps students to understand food, water, and shelter as three essential components of an organism's habitat. It is intended to show how food, water, and shelter are limiting factors that affect the population growth of other organisms. 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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Introduction to Biology: Organisms
Description: This lesson introduces basic biology principles and the characteristics of living organisms.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather and Agriculture     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Biomagnification in the Great Lakes Ecosystems     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on biomagnification as it relates to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region in the mid-western United States. As they work through the lesson, students diagram a food chain and label maps to show progress on environmental issues.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Lesson Plans


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Ecology and Biome Unit
http://www.accessexc...
A lesson plan for an ecology and biome unit, including day-by-day activities and projects.

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Design an Ecosystem
http://www.accessexc...
In this simulation activity, students create a simple, imaginary ecosystem. They describe the interrelations between the species inhabiting the ecosystem and their physical environment. Then, they imagine an alteration in their environment and project the impact that such a change would have on the organisms living in their ecosystem. Finally, they write an environmental impact statement suggesting ways to mitigate the effects of the change.

Informational Materials


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Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life
http://www.dnr.state...
The Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life website is an instructional resource on submerged aquatic vegetation and other coastal aquatic organisms provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Information, for both students and teachers, is geared to grades 6-12.

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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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Educational Resources on Photosynthesis for Teachers and Students
http://photoscience....
This web page, from Arizona State University, features an extensive list of links to resources that discuss photosynthesis at varying degrees of complexity.

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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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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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Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life
http://www.dnr.state...
The Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life website is an instructional resource on submerged aquatic vegetation and other coastal aquatic organisms provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Information, for both students and teachers, is geared to grades 6-12.

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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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Design an Ecosystem
http://www.accessexc...
In this simulation activity, students create a simple, imaginary ecosystem. They describe the interrelations between the species inhabiting the ecosystem and their physical environment. Then, they imagine an alteration in their environment and project the impact that such a change would have on the organisms living in their ecosystem. Finally, they write an environmental impact statement suggesting ways to mitigate the effects of the change.

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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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