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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Heritage Project
Description: This research project requires students to connect with the past by researching both primary and secondary sources for family history. Their findings are presented in a keepsake portfolio and in a multimedia presentation comparing the historical time period of an ancestor to their own.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall      Add Bookmark
Description: Built around the National Geography Standards, Xpedition Hall is a virtual museum that is filled with interactive exhibits designed to provoke reflection on how human beings shape and are shaped by the world in which we live. The Hall contains one exhibit for each of standard, and groups these exhibits into six galleries, which correspond to the standards six underlying '' elements.'' Students use can use an image or map of the Hall to navigate through the exhibits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Cities Are Urban Ecosystems      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the first of a five-part unit titled '' Urban Ecosystems: Continuity and Change,'' introduces some of the principles of ecology. Students are introduced to the study of ecosystems and models that are used by urban ecologists. The class is then invited to visit Web sites to see where the cities are on the planet, and they have a chance to try some hands-on urban nature education activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Drought, Famine, and Geographic Diversity      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, teaches students about Ethiopia's different geographic regions to combat the misconception that the country has only drought, famine, and war. As students listen to news stories, they recognize that the media portrayals of Ethiopia are not always complete and that Ethiopia is, in fact, a geographically diverse country, home to forests, grasslands, and the Blue Nile.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Who Pays the Price When a Sea Disappears?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to learn about the problems in the Aral Sea region and to figure out how the sea's water loss is affecting specific groups of people, such as babies and fishermen. They work in groups to prepare statements that these people might make, and they present their statements to a mock United Nations panel.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where Do Your Possessions Come From?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the activities involved in producing their own belongings and gain an understanding of and appreciation for the Earth's natural resources. In the process, they may become more conscious consumers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Agriculture - Science - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Preservation Issues: Competing Interests      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson's efforts to identify extinct or nearly extinct plants and consider the issues surrounding conservation efforts in a variety of contexts. Students compare the perspectives of those who are most intensely involved in both wildlife conservation and agriculture, and form an opinion as to what might be done to reconcile their conflicting priorities. Students research two sides of a specific issue and construct arguments supporting specific viewpoints. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article tile '' '' Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico'' '' .
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rich, Poor, or Somewhere in the Middle      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson offers students an opportunity to use economic and social indicators to identify the connection between a country's access to resources and its economic development. They learn how development is measured and examine basic statistical figures related to standard of living.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Venn Diagrams to Compare Two Ecosystems      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson helps students identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. Many students believe that the Earth's only rain forests are found in the tropics. On the contrary, temperate rain forests can be found along the coast of North America's Pacific Northwest. These stands are as endangered as and much smaller than their tropical cousins. By acquiring geographic information from a number of sources, and by using that information to complete a Venn diagram, students come to understand the distribution of temperate and tropical rain forests and the unique characteristics of both.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Seeing the Human Impact on Africa: What Can You Learn from a Plane?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students analyze several maps of Africa to see where the greatest levels of human impact can be observed. They look at photographs from different parts of Africa showing both its human and natural landscapes, and consider what these images might look like from the air. Students conclude by writing letters pretending they are traveling on the MegaFlyover project and predicting the human impacts they would observe.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rain: Friend or Foe?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use their knowledge of rainfall, vegetation, and the slope angles of hillsides to make decisions, predict outcomes, and analyze the effects of certain events or practices (e.g., overgrazing, forest fires, and clear-cutting woodlands). This lesson helps students appreciate the complex relationships between various physical processes and the physical features they modify.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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