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Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (6 - 10), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Plastic Problem
Description: Plastics, can we live without them? We use them in everyday life and it would be difficult to imagine our modern world without some type of plastic packaging or containers. Students will explore how prevalent plastic polymers are in our environment. Learning to identify the types of plastics will help students to be more informed in their decisions about the types of plastic that can be harmful or useful to their health and the environment. Students will research and debate the plastic problem and consider if the benefits out-weigh the negative affect on the environment. 


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 - 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: Models of the Water Cycle     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of the cycling of water by building and evaluating two different physical models. In this lesson, students build and reflect on the usefulness of models that demonstrate the cycling of water in a closed system.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Can We Save Our Marine Life?
http://marinebio.org...
This is a useful tool for teaching the conservation of marine life.

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What Lives in the Dead Zones?
https://aquacon.nd.e...
This website explores the effects of pollution on marine life in the ocean.

Teacher Tools


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What Lives in the Dead Zones?
https://aquacon.nd.e...
This website explores the effects of pollution on marine life in the ocean.

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