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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Weather Watchers : 21st Century Style
Description: Students will work in pairs to create a short video of the next day's local weather forecast. Each team's forecast will air the following day, followed by actual weather readings of instruments such as the barometer and digital hygrometer (provided by AMSTI / GLOBE). The forecast and instrument readings will be recorded and compared over a period of weeks on a weather data table.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6)
Title: Just Breezy
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about sea breezes and land breezes. They will complete demonstrations and work in groups as they investigate how air is affected by the surfaces below it.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 (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Compass Skills Scavenger Hunt
Description: During this lesson students take a reading with a compass and use the compass to reach multiple checkpoints. Students also demonstrate their knowledge by locating specific coordinates that spell out a phrase.


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: What Do People Know About the Arctic and Antarctic?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the landscapes, climates, and animal life of the polar regions. They then interview people to find out what they think and know about the regions. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining why it's important to know about the polar regions and detailing the differences between the two regions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Climate Controls      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students consider how various parts of the world and the United States are affected by climate controls such as world air currents. They read about climate controls and create maps showing how these controls affect the climate in various places around the country.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Do We Find Our Way?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider whether they have a good sense of direction and whether they are able to navigate using mental maps versus needing equipment. They read about the Lewis and Clark expedition to find out what skills, abilities, and navigation equipment those early explorers needed, and they compare that voyage with a fictitious modern day journey on foot across the Rocky Mountains.
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



Subject: Science
Title: El Nino      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to understand that El Nino is caused by changes in the atmospheric and ocean content. This lesson demonstrates how the atmosphere and oceans affect one another and how a small change in sea surface height can have a large impact on weather.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Oceans      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to obtain a better perception of Earth's oceans and to understand Earth's water cycle. This lesson is a good introduction to future lessons on weather and Earth's climatic changes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tracking Tornadoes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how tornadoes are formed and how they are rated according to intensity. They explore various topics about tornadoes, including where they occur most frequently, what kind of damage they cause, how they are predicted, and current scientific research. Students work both alone and in small groups to gain a better understanding of tornadoes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ocean and Weather: El Nino and La Nina      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the weather phenomena El Nino and La Nina. They learn about when and where these weather changes occur and about the effects they have on everything in their wake.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Desert Graphics      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how climates differ, and how meteorologists collect different kinds of weather data, including daily high and low temperatures and average monthly rainfall, from all over the world. Students use similar weather data to create a graph comparing three climates.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Dangerous Hail      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why hail rarely seems to hit people. Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, and snowstorms claim lives and cause injuries. But strangely, hailstorms, which pelt the ground with hard balls of ice, never seem to hit human targets. 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



Subject: Science
Title: Florida Freezes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that shows that draining a wetland is not only bad for the animals that live there, but it also changes the local weather. 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



Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. 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



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Commerce in the Indian Ocean      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to the geographic features of the Indian Ocean and the critical role of monsoons in determining maritime trading patterns before the 16th century. Students research various historic ports along the borders of the Indian Ocean and determine possible ways that local rulers attracted merchants. They assess the extent of commerce in the Indian Ocean before the arrival of European ships in the 16th century and how trading patterns changed there as a result.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Reviving Bodie      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the ghost town of Bodie and imagine that the state of California has decided to make Bodie a town again and to let people settle there. Groups of students write guides for the town's new potential citizens, explaining the things they need to know about the town's climate, landscape, location, natural resources, and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Engineering - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Happened to Whom?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the natural disasters that might occur near their homes and to determine where it would be best to build a house in order to avoid damage from a natural disaster or storm. They do the Xpeditions activity titled '' '' Stormy Stories,'' '' research natural disasters and storms, and write reports pretending their families have sought their advice on the safest places to build a new home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on how humans can use technology to adapt to phenomena such as fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes. It helps students understand that the negative consequences of natural hazards can be reduced if we understand our vulnerability and learn to prepare for them.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measuring Shadows      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the pattern (length and direction) of shadows cast by sunlight during a several month period. They develop an interpretation of the daily and seasonal patterns and variations observed.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates      Add Bookmark
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. 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



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