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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (6) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (6 - 10), or Credit Recovery 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. 


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Credit Recovery Science (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: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Save a buck challenge
Description: Our pipes leak, air drafts push through our windows and walls, light bulbs create more heat than light, and every appliance we have stays plugged in all day long.  Of course its our parents who pay the bills, so it doesn't matter.  This is a challenge for students to enact the biggest change per cost at home.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Prehistoric Climate Change
Description: Learn about prehistoric climate change and how it is similar to today's environmental concerns. They will learn to work cooperatively in groups and learn to conduct slide show presentations.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (11)
Title: The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Lost Towns of Marshall County, Alabama
Description: Students will create computer models based both on contemporary maps and primary sources to explore the role of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s hydroelectric projects in altering more than 75 miles of the natural landscape and in displacing communities along the Tennessee River.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: Character Education (K - 12), or Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Description: Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.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: Credit Recovery 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: Health, Science
Title: Lawn Nitrates     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nitrates used as lawn fertilizer can be dangerous to the environment and human health. 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: Tomato Mold     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a researcher who's helping tomato plants fight back against black mold, a fungus that destroys them. 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: Zeolites     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a way to trap and seal up toxic waste using zeolites, a family of cage-like molecules. 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 - 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 - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Nile in Crisis     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to examine the current water situation in the Nile River region, focusing on the Blue Nile and the Egyptian Nile, and to investigate ways in which the damming of the Nile has changed this river significantly from the way it was in ancient times. Students create educational brochures for tourists to Egypt, explaining the relationship between the Blue Nile and the Nile and the potential water crisis facing Egypt.
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: Climographs: Temperature, Precipitation, and the Human Condition     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn how to read, analyze and construct climographs. They also practice matching climographs to locations in the United States and Africa, and discerning climate patterns and making some predictions about their effects on humans in different places in Africa.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 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 - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Climate and CO2: Analyzing Their Relationship     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students speculate about the future of world climate if the greenhouse effect increases. In small groups, students learn about the greenhouse effect, study efforts that have been made to control the effect, and speculate about the future of the environment.
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: Ozone Fill-Up     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about creative ideas for closing the hole in the ozone layer that was discovered over Antarctica in the 1980s. 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 resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: What is Your Ecological Footprint?
Digital Tool: Footprint Calculator
Digital Tool Description: Students will determine how large their ecological footprint is and what resources they use the most of.  They are able to compare the amount of resources they use to the amount other people use in other parts of the world.  The student can then discover ways to reduce their ecological footprint.  There is a small fee for this activity.  


ALEX Podcasts


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Planet H2O- Water Supply and Demand
Overview:
In this lesson, the students are instructed to imagine that they are in control of a small country. They are shown a pitcher that contains their country’s water supply. They are then asked to make decisions on where the water should go. The students are given small containers that represent their needs and demands for water. Water is distributed from the supply pitcher for each one of their demands. About 2/3 of our water supplies goes to agriculture and food production. Two-thirds (2/3) of the water from the supply pitcher is poured into the “agriculture” container. Students then list other demands...drinking water, water for cleaning, etc. Students are then presented with other factors that will influence their supply and demand. An environmental factor, such as a drought, will mean that the affected part of the country will have an increased demand (water is distributed from the supply pitcher). A great increase in the human population in another part of the country will increase their demand as well (water is distributed from the supply pitcher). When the supply pitcher is almost empty, the topic of water scarcity arises. Water scarcity occurs when the demand for water out paces the supply and causes water shortages.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Lawn Nitrates     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nitrates used as lawn fertilizer can be dangerous to the environment and human health. 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: Tomato Mold     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a researcher who's helping tomato plants fight back against black mold, a fungus that destroys them. 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: Zeolites     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a way to trap and seal up toxic waste using zeolites, a family of cage-like molecules. 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
Title: Ozone Fill-Up     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about creative ideas for closing the hole in the ozone layer that was discovered over Antarctica in the 1980s. 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 resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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