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Lesson Plans (10) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
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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. 


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or 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: 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: Character Education (K - 12), or 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: 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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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
Title: Marine Reserves     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the preservation of marine ecosystems through the creation of marine reserves and the unexpected impact the reserves have on their surroundings. 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 - 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 - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sustainable Development and Africa's Wildlife Reserves     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the role of sustainable development as a form of economic development. Using wildlife reserves in Africa as a case study, students learn about the key challenges in creating and sustaining the reserves, including how globalization affects the process.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 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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GEMS-U:  What Goes Around Comes Around, the Pacific Trash Vortex
Overview:
Six fifth grade girls, with a passion for our environment,t teamed together for the Girls Engaged in Math & Science project to learn about the Pacific Trash Vortex.  The podcast includes geographic information, the impact it has on sea life, an original Stop Motion video, and informational links to guide others regarding this phenomenon.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Marine Reserves     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the preservation of marine ecosystems through the creation of marine reserves and the unexpected impact the reserves have on their surroundings. 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,Science
Title: Biodiversity and Health     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, contains information and activities related to biodiversity. After reviewing basic information, students read three articles about biodiversity and human disease.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Mammoth Extinction: E-sheet     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students in an online exploration of the possible reasons Woolly mammoths went extinct.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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