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Subject: Science (K - 2)
Title: Water You Doing To Help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), bodies of water in the Gulf Coast will be explored. Students will also simulate an oil spill.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Lana Holmes.


Subject: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Coral Reefs
Description: This lesson defines what a coral reef is and how it affects society. It addresses the fact that oceans take up three-fourths of the earth's surface. This lesson also addresses how coral reefs help people and how people can help protect coral reefs.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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Beluga Whales in the Ice      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to think about how beluga whales survive in icy Arctic and subarctic waters and why they sometimes need to migrate. Students view and sketch photographs of ice at different stages of thickness, look at pictures of belugas, and discuss how belugas' bodies are adapted to life in the ice. They conclude by writing and illustrating paragraphs about how belugas survive in the ice and where the whales go when the ice becomes too thick.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: What Were Dinosaurs Like?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on dinosaurs. Activities and discussions in this lesson revolve around comparing and contrasting dinosaurs to animals with which students are familiar. Students consider likenesses and differences through researching various questions and documenting their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Disappearing Water      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series, students observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students compare and contrast the sets of observations over time. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as a solid, liquid, or a gas depending on the temperature, pressure, and nature of that substance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Investigating Local Ecosystems      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use Internet resources to investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and to explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. In the lesson, students observe living organisms in a local ecosystem and create detailed drawings and descriptions of them.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Sampling Rocks      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is for students to learn about sampling through an investigation of rocks found in the schoolyard. In this lesson, students collect and analyze a sampling of rocks from the schoolyard. They sort the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that can be found in the schoolyard.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Water and Ice      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, the first in a three-part series from Science NetLinks, is to explore how water can change from a solid to a liquid and then back again. As part of the investigation, students take simple measurements using a thermometer and a balance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Splish, Splash: Water's Journey to My Glass      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson explores the hydrologic cycle and water's journey to our glass. Students come to understand the components of Earth's hydrosphere, especially the surface and subsurface features, and prepare a diagram to illustrate the path of drinking water from the place of precipitation to the tap.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Science
Title: Under the Deep Blue Sea      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students have the opportunity to explore oceans and ocean life. After locating the earth's major oceans on a world map, students dive underwater to discover the plants and animals that live in the sea. Students listen to stories and poems with oceanic settings and learn about the forms of sea life featured in each. They can add their own artwork and text about ocean animals and plants to a cut-away ocean display. Finally, students engage in various forms of creative writing about the ocean and ocean life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks      Add Bookmark
Description: The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Forest Features      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about different types of forests--temperate deciduous forests, temperate evergreen forests, and tropical rain forests. Students concentrate on the tropical rain forest and learn about explorer Michael Fay's Congo Trek through the African rain forest.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Beautiful Blue Nile      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the Blue Nile and compare it to a river in the United States. They discuss their experience with rivers, see a demonstration of a river running over flat versus mountainous terrain, explore the Blue Nile, and create brochures for people considering a journey down the Blue Nile and along a river in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Exploring Physical and Human Characteristics of Earth's Spaces      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students travel around the world on a visual scavenger hunt. They select a handful of important natural and cultural characteristics of places and then search through magazines such as '' '' National Geographic,'' '' or online for photographs that illustrate the range of those characteristics. They also chart the locations they find on a map of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will have a whale of a good time in this lesson in which they use fiction and nonfiction texts to write a letter to an online scientist.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where in the U.S. Would You Want to Live?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson challenges students to think about why objects, in the classroom and in their community, are placed where they are, and how their placement affects our daily lives. In the process, they come to understand the benefits one geographic location might have over another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Wonderful Waves      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students create a wave model. The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate that simple models can be used to represent real world objects that are not easily brought into a classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: To Build an Island      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson gives students a basic overview of the geography of islands. They learn where islands are located throughout the world and study two very different island groups (the Philippines and the British Isles) to illustrate the diversity of the world's islands. Students explore the islands flora and fauna, languages, climates, and cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes. They are also asked to think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan ahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and themselves for the possibility of a natural disaster. Students are therefore introduced to some basic concepts of physical geography, as well as some of the ways in which the physical environment affects people's lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science
Title: Rocks      Add Bookmark
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, presents a slide show of different types of rocks and minerals.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can We Keep the Lake Clean?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Introduction to Waves      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about ocean waves. They begin by learning the components of a wave, and then discuss the meaning of wave height and wavelength. They discuss how to make waves, as well as use the National Geographic Wave Simulator to experiment with creating waves of varying sizes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Arts - Photography - Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Into the Ocean      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the special adaptations of familiar animals. Students study different ocean depths and the ways in which animals have adapted to live at them. In the process, they look at the photographs of David Doubilet and think about how photography can help save the oceans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Pacific Salmon      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about pacific salmon, including the salmon migration route and the fact that salmon are able to return to the streams where they were born after spending years swimming in the ocean. They see photographs of salmon at different stages of their lives and illustrate maps with salmon pictures. Students conclude by performing skits showing the salmon life cycle and migration.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Elephant Seals on the Beach      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the fact that northern elephant seals, like many animals, select very different locations for different activities. Adult seals spend most of their time swimming around the northeastern Pacific and feeding in deep waters, but they come to shore twice a year to breed, give birth, and molt. Since it's much easier to observe and record elephant seals on the beach than in the ocean, students concentrate on some of these beach activities by viewing photographs and videos of elephant seals. They draw pictures pretending they have visited one of the rookery beaches.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Maps to See Regions      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students travel around the world on a visual scavenger hunt. They select a handful of important natural and cultural characteristics of places. They then search through magazines such as National Geographic for photographs that illustrate the range of those characteristics. They also chart the locations they find on a map of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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