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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (3 - 4), or Science (5)
Title: Recycle to Renew
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), renewable resources, such as trees, will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Touch and Feel: Plant Adaptations
Description: This introductory lesson centers on getting hands-on before getting drug into the vocabulary and nomenclature. In cooperative learning groups students will describe leaves in simple terms.  Then, students will use various resources for specific identification of leaves.


Subject: Mathematics (5), or Physical Education (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Field Challenge Strategy Game: Plant Adaptations
Description: Use a game to challenge students to understand the fight for sunlight, nutrients, and water. This simple strategy game encourages students to balance ability with need in taking over an open field. Succession is the end game.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (K - 5), or Science (2 - 4)
Title: Little River Canyon's Carnivorous Green Pitcher Plants
Description: A digital slide program introduces the Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) to the students.  Students use a model of the Green Pitcher Plant and plastic insects to role play. They will tell the story of habitat adaptation and interaction around the pitcher plant bog. Pitcher Plants and the animals in the neighborhood have lives interconnected to the environment. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Physical Education (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Race for Life: Plant Adaptations
Description: This is an outdoors, hands-on activity.  Create a short race course to engage students in physical activity while drawing comparisons to the plant kingdom. This activity serves as an introductory to the impact small changes can have on the ability of a plant to compete for sunlight, soil, and water. Each race serves as an analogy to a specific type of adaptation.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (1), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making Tracks
Description: This lesson will allow students to explain or interpret possible scenarios from a single set of observations. Emphasis should be on supporting interpretations with concrete observations.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog
Description: During this lesson students explore the life cycle of a frog. They will raise frogs in the classroom from tadpoles and document and describe each stage of the life cycle.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals with Backbones
Description: Students will learn about animals with backbones and then create a slideshow presentation that shows the characteristics of the different groups of vertebrates. They will also create a brochure explaining how a specific animal is adapted to survive in a particular environment.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Environment and Adaptation
Description: In this lesson students will enjoy different activities focusing on how animals adapt to their environments. They will begin by researching two animals, their environment, and the ways the animals adapt to this environment. In small groups students will invent a new animal, including its environment and adaptations. Using presentation software, students will introduce their new animals to the class.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Crowding Animals- How Close is Too Close?
Description: In this lesson students will explore the concept of crowding as it relates to people and animals. The main purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize the possible negative consequences to people and animals as a result of crowding.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: At Home in a Biome
Description: This lesson allows students to study and learn the names and characteristics of Earth's six major biomes. The biomes are introduced with a slideshow presentation. A paper-folding poster activity gives students the opportunity to reinforce what they have learned. The culminating activity, a diorama, provides an avenue for creativity as students create a three-dimensional model of a biome.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Adaptations
Description: Students use technology tools to research and produce a multimedia product on animals and their habitats. This a collaborative project involving the library media specialist, classroom teacher, and special education teacher.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creature Comforts
Description: What do living things need to survive? In this unit, students explore different habitats and the adaptations made by living things to survive. Students will create a website matching an animal’s adaptations to its environment. Then, they will contribute a slide to a multimedia presentation of imaginary creatures and their adaptations to a habitat.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 6), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Now You See Me...Now You Don't!
Description: An animal’s physical characteristics, such as its body color, may give it a better chance of survival. For example, the body colors of many animals blend with their background. In this investigation, students will see that body color may help some animals survive by making them nearly invisible to predators. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of camouflage as an animal adaptation.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (K - 4), or Science (K - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted Dead or Alive!
Description: In this lesson students will identify the characteristics of living and nonliving things.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3)
Title: Importance of Fur for Animals
Description: This is a lesson to teach students how to read a thermometer and gain an understanding of why fur is important for some animals' survival.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science
Title: Bird Beaks      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment. Students learn about bird beaks through observation, both virtual and of local birds, and through a variety of games and activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science
Title: Pond Life      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on microorganisms, students investigate familiar and unfamiliar ecosystems using Internet resources, explore how various organisms satisfy their needs within their environments, and study the kinds of relationships that exist between organisms within an environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Animal Adaptations      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students participate in classroom discussions about animals. They also visit a Web site to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) they've adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. These activities will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Aquarium Habitats      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider how aquariums can provide realistic habitats for marine animals. They use the Internet to visit three aquarium habitats and determine whether these aquariums succeed in providing high-quality environments for the animals that live in them. Students conclude by designing their own aquarium habitats based on what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science
Title: Classification 2: A Touch of Class      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a two-part series on classification, extends the investigation of living organisms carried out in the first lesson by exposing students to the idea that a variety of plants and animals can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group. This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at and discuss different classification schemes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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