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Lesson Plans (15) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (2) 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 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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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:  Terrestrial Biomes of the World
Description: This is a technology-based Biology lesson on the Biomes of the world. Students will work in groups and research an assigned biome. Students will use Photo Story 3 to create a digital presentation of their biome.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biomes
Description: In this lesson, students research 12 terrestrial and aquatic biomes. A blank biomes chart and website address is provided for the research. For each biome, students should find types of plants, types of animals, and climate. In addition to completing the biomes chart, students are assigned 20 questions pertaining to the biomes. They should find the answers while browsing the website. 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 (9 - 12)
Title: Diverse Life forms of the Ocean
Description: This lesson allows students to view and draw conclusions on the importance of life in the ocean. It uses student created movies to explore what is going on, as well as identifying the zones and diverse life associated with the oceans. The teacher will be able to facilitate mult-faceted questions concerning the oceans and all the interactions of life within it.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: ABC Book of Fauna
Description: This lesson is to provide students the opportunity to explore the various types of fauna (animals) found in the various biomes throughout the world.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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 - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: About a Tree: The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Mark Olson     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson's efforts to identify extinct or nearly extinct plants and the reasons for the plant losses. They consider the issues surrounding conservation efforts in dry tropical regions. Students read articles highlighting the tension between wildlife conservation and agriculture, compare the perspectives of those who are most intensely involved in both, and form an opinion as to what might be done to resolve the conflict. Students research both sides of the issue and write an editorial or letter to Congress supporting their opinion. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article titled Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico.
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 - Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Physical Characteristics of Places: The Fossil Record     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider how the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates alters the physical characteristics of places over geologic time. They investigate how climate has changed in specific world regions since the time of the dinosaurs and write paragraphs explaining their findings.
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 - 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
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 - 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



Web Resources


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.

Informational Materials


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World Biomes Map
http://www.worldbiom...
This website has an interactive colored map of biomes. Click on the biome names above the map for information and images related to the selected biome.

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Missouri Botanical Garden
http://www.mbgnet.ne...
This site provides easy-to-read and useful information about and pictures of the world's different types of biomes.

Interactives/Games


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World Biomes Map
http://www.worldbiom...
This website has an interactive colored map of biomes. Click on the biome names above the map for information and images related to the selected biome.

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Google Maps Ocean Street View
https://www.google.c...
This site offers a view of Google Earth from an underwater angle of the oceans. Students can view coral reefs and the wildlife living there as well as groups of sea lions playing in the waters around the Galapagos Islands.

Learning Activities


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Biome Jigsaw Group Activity
http://edtech2.boise...
The world's land areas are categorized as a biome which is a large geographical area that has a specific climate and distinctive plants and animals. In this activity students will be working in groups to learn enough about a particular biome to teach it to others.

Teacher Tools


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Google Maps Ocean Street View
https://www.google.c...
This site offers a view of Google Earth from an underwater angle of the oceans. Students can view coral reefs and the wildlife living there as well as groups of sea lions playing in the waters around the Galapagos Islands.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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