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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 4)
Title: Where Does Our Waste Go?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored.  The Pollution Patrol follows the steps involved in trash disposal, starting with a girl tearing a sheet of paper out of her notebook and ending with the paper landing in a dump.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1 - 3)
Title: Fred the Fish - A Little River Trip
Description: Little River is home to 47 kinds of fish including the threatened "Blue Shiner" Cyprinella caerulea. These fish depend on the good water quality at Little River. This skit allows students to observe pollution's effects on a small scale and allows them to make choices affecting the environment.  This lesson plan is adapted from Chilton-Stringham, Patricia and Wolanin, Jan (1991). National Science Teachers Association, Karen K. Lind (Eds.) Water, Stones, and Fossil Bones (pp. 54-57). This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making and Observing Life in a Terrarium
Description: In this lesson, the students will learn what a terrarium is, the layers of a terrarium, and the function of these layers. They will see how these components work together to create an ecosystem. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth's Changing Surface
Description: During this unit, students will identify the various landforms found on the earth's surface. Also, students will describe how these landforms are created and changed by the natural forces within the earth and on its surface, as well as the unnatural impact of humans. Finally, students will create a slide presentation to display this information.


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Expedition to the Poles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students pretend they've just returned from a year in the Arctic or Antarctic. They look at Web sites about these regions and expeditions to them and create posters illustrating their experiences. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining what it would be like to visit the polar region that they did not focus on in this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health - Nutrition - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regional Foods      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the culture of different regions by learning about differences in foods and recipes. They create maps of the United States and the world based on what they have learned about various regions through Internet research.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather Complaints      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the weather and climate in their home region and to think about the ways in which people complain about the weather. Students refer to a climate map to predict what the climate might be like in specified United States cities. They then find out the average temperatures and precipitation for those cities by using a weather Web site. As a final project, students write statements that people in these cities might make to describe their weather and climate.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Special Town      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the unique and special features of their hometown and to create a presentation or performance that could be used to welcome visitors to the town. In the process, students gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Town in the Past, Present, and Future      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), and create a plan to educate the community about this issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: History Through Headlines      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students match historical newspaper headlines to cities based on online research and place them in chronological order. This activity helps them learn how cities have changed over time, and about how specific geographical surroundings affect the way we live our lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Antarctica: A Cold Desert Ecosystem      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students construct a rough map of Antarctic ecosystems and explore relationships among the creatures that populate them. This lesson can be adapted to focus on other regions, including the one in which you live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Design a Regional ''Eco Park''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the Internet to find out about the plants and animals that live in their local area. They design eco parks containing local plants and animals. If there is time, teachers may have students extend their research into the real world by doing some outdoor observations near school or their homes. This lesson is based on the National Geographic feature titled Wild World.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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