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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Surface Water Testing
Description: In this environmental science lab you will chemically test a nearby creek or pond for dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, hardness and turbidity.  This is a field test and will determine the water quality of standing body of water.  The lab will also test for the presence of coliform bacteria. 


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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 - 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



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Water, Water Everywhere     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students examine differences in the availability of fresh drinking water around the world. They learn about the water supply in the U.S. and other nations and debate what the world's governments can do to make the distribution of water more equitable. This lesson uses an interactive Venn diagram.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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 - 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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Planet H2O- Where's the Water?
Overview:
Seventy percent (70%) of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and when viewed from space, our planet appears blue with a plentiful supply of water. However, clean, fresh water for drinking and irrigation is a scarce and valuable commodity in many parts of the world. Even though water is abundant on our planet, only a very small percentage can be used by humans and other organisms. This activity demonstrates the sources of water on our planet. Reduce Earth’s water supply to 2 liters and then use common household items to represent the distribution of water on our planet. More than half a gallon is found in the oceans, inland seas, and salt lakes – water that is too salty to use. At the end of the activity, you will see that only about 1 teaspoon of our original 2 liters is readily available for human use – water that is found in rivers, lakes, streams, and underground aquifers.


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Planet H2O- Bottled - vs- Tap: Which Tastes Better?
Overview:
“Bottled water is a $50 billion-a-year industry worldwide, and people in the United States consume more bottled water than people in any other country. How is it different from what comes out of our taps? Is it really tastier, fresher and healthier – or is that just the advertising hype? The quality of tap water varies depending on where you live, and you can check on the EPA’s Web site to find out if your community’s water meets national standards. For most of us in the United States, tap versus bottled water is a personal choice.”


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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.


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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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Environmental Health Science Education
http://www.niehs.nih...
The Environmental Health Science Education website provides educators, students and scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources and classroom materials. It seeks to invest in the future of environmental health science by increasing awareness of the link between the environment and human health.

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Environmental Health Science Education
http://www.niehs.nih...
The Environmental Health Science Education website provides educators, students and scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources and classroom materials. It seeks to invest in the future of environmental health science by increasing awareness of the link between the environment and human health.

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