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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) 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 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


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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), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Endangered Species - What am I Going to Do to Save Them?
Description: This is a biology or environmental science lesson that incorporates technology. This project-based plan is designed to be used as students study the factors that affect the dynamic equilibrium of populations and ecosystems. This lesson would be useful in remediation for Standard VI of the AHSGE.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Researching Dolphins as Endangered Mammals
Description: In this interdisciplinary lesson, students work in groups of 3-4 to use the Internet for research. Students create reports and slideshow presentations (optional) defining dolphins as mammals and as an endangered species. Students will also propose ways to prevent extinction.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Chemistry - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Alarming Frogs: The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Tyrone Hayes     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about the ways National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tyrone Hayes uses a combination of laboratory and field study to learn about changes in frogs appearances as they relate to chemical contamination of water. Students choose to investigate one of three topics on which frog studies are helping to provide information--pesticide use, cancer, or cryopreservation.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Nematodes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how genetically engineered tomatoes may be able to resist parasitic worms without the use of toxic pesticides. 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: 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 - 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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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, Social Studies
Title: Managing the Everglades Ecosystem     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to explore the Everglades ecosystem using the Internet. Students develop an understanding about conservation of resources in the context of the Everglades, explore relationships between species and habitats, and develop an understanding of how human beings have altered the equilibrium in the Everglades.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can Captive Breeding Save Species?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, focuses on programs that strive to preserve biodiversity. This includes captive-breeding programs and species-survival plans adopted by zoos, aquariums, and other institutions. This lesson asks students to research and assess these programs.
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: 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: Tree Torture     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research being done to keep Arizona's San Pedro River from drying up due to increased demands for water in the area. 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: 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: Health
Title: Farmers & Pesticides     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the dangers associated with exposure to pesticides. 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 - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Contaminants in the Water Cycle     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students review the water cycle and investigate how a region's water supply can become contaminated. They look at a list of the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum contaminant levels for drinking water and sketch the water cycle of a fictitious town that is affected by several pollutants. Students conclude by writing paragraphs explaining what a group of concerned citizens in this hypothetical town might do to improve the quality of its water supply.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Nematodes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how genetically engineered tomatoes may be able to resist parasitic worms without the use of toxic pesticides. 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: 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: Tree Torture     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research being done to keep Arizona's San Pedro River from drying up due to increased demands for water in the area. 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: 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: Health
Title: Farmers & Pesticides     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the dangers associated with exposure to pesticides. 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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A Disaster in the Making
http://www.nytimes.c...
This is a writing assignment for students to compare the effects of natural disasters. Questions are included as well as a video clip. An internet connection is required.

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Beowulf and the Bog
http://www.accessexc...
This is a transdisciplinary unit that incorporates the ancient English literature poem, Beowulf, with community ecology and the concepts of primary hydrarch succession. Students in a literature class study the literary aspects of Beowulf while students in biology study succession and ecology. The two classes are joined for a trip to a wetland system known as a bog which was the probable setting for the Old English poem. This unit was developed in conjunction with an English Literature instructor named Richard J. McNally.

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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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The Water Cycle
http://ga.water.usgs...
USGS Water Science page with links to information about the water cycle. Follow a drop of water through the water cycle. Print a place mat showing the water cycle. The site also includes the various changes in states of water.

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Weeds Gone Wild: Non-native Species or Alien Plant Invaders
http://www.nps.gov/p...
This site provides a compiled national list of invasive plants infesting natural areas throughout the U.S., background information on the problem of invasive species, illustrated fact sheets that include plant descriptions, native range, distribution and habitat in the U.S., management options, suggested alternative native plants, and other information, and selected links to relevant people and organizations.

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Science News: Oil Spill
https://student.soci...
An article explaining the effects of oil spills and the dangers of getting crude oil to market. This site also includes links to related resources and questions for the teacher to generate discussions and assess student understanding.

Interactives/Games


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Carbon Transfer through Snails and Elodea
http://www.classzone...
Students set up an aquarium with snail eggs on Elodea plants. Different lab tests are carried out, with results recorded in an online lab notebook, to identify the transfer of carbon throughout the environment. Evaluation questions can be filled out online or on paper and submitted to the teacher.

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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Carbon Transfer through Snails and Elodea
http://www.classzone...
Students set up an aquarium with snail eggs on Elodea plants. Different lab tests are carried out, with results recorded in an online lab notebook, to identify the transfer of carbon throughout the environment. Evaluation questions can be filled out online or on paper and submitted to the teacher.

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