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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Masters of Disaster (High School)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Researching Hurricanes with Technology
Description: This lesson will help students to understand the formation, power, and history of hurricanes. Students will do this using a combination of technological skills. Examples of technology used include: PowerPoint, Word, Netscape Composer, and Internet searches.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science
Title: Abrupt Climate Change     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson focuses on a current issue in science in order to help students understand the process by which scientific knowledge is developed and refined. In this lesson, students are introduced to some recent ideas about abrupt climate change. This gives them a glimpse into how scientific theories are formed and refined by new data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tornadoes and Technology     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how tornadoes are formed and where and when they are most likely to occur. They then study the current research on tornadoes and how scientists are trying to predict them. They learn about the equipment storm chasers use to study tornadoes and develop their own research plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Twister Tracking     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use a database to learn about, organize, and compare tornadoes in their home state and across the country. (Note: This lesson can be conducted in conjunction with National Geographic's giant screen film, Forces of Nature, either before or after students view the film.)
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 - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What's Up With the Weather?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students pretend they re meteorologists who have been asked to give a press report explaining what is to blame for the seemingly strange weather patterns that have afflicted the country in the past few years: floods, hurricanes, blizzards, milder-than-normal winters, etc. They conduct research in preparation for making a statement to the press about the issue. Then, students imagine that their family is contemplating a move to California and has asked them to find out what the real risks of living in an earthquake-prone area are. Students research and write a report informing their family about what they should look for when shopping for a home and deciding which neighborhood to live in.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 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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National Weather Service
http://www.nws.noaa....
Current information on weather warnings for the entire country. Satellite images and weather information is also provided.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The tropical storm that became Katrina formed over the Bahamas in 2005.     
Description: As a class, students explore weather-related and other natural disasters that their geographical area is prone to and review emergency preparedness and procedures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11



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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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