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Subject: Science (6)
Title: Cooking Up A Storm!
Description: The students will describe the key ingredients in a tornado and explain how a tornado forms by completing an activity entitled Cooking Up A Storm! This activity will serve as a follow-up activity to understanding how tornadoes form. This lesson also includes the 5-E Learning Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) and includes several Common Core Standards. This lesson was created for a module entitled The Storm Chasers (TU MSP Project, NSF Funded).  


Subject: Science (6)
Title: The Perfect Storm!
Description: The students will explain and simulate how a tornado forms by using the Steve Spangler Twister Kit and creating an interactive PowerPoint presentation. This lesson also includes the 5-E Learning Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) and includes several Common Core Standards. This lesson was created for a module entitled The Storm Chasers (TU MSP Project, NSF Funded).  


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6), or Science (6)
Title: The Heart and Soil of Agriculture
Description: This lesson will discuss the process and importance of water filtration though soil.  This lesson will discuss the vital role that soil and water play in our survival.  We are limited to a very small percentage of available water.  We are also very limited to available soil for growth.  As we grow and build upon our soil what impact will this play with our drinking water.  


Subject: Mathematics (6), or Science (6)
Title: Is My Vari"able" to Stand?
Description: This cross-curricular lesson is designed to require students to apply algebra to a real world, natural disaster situation. Students will be asked to design a treehouse including a ladder. Students will set up an algebraic equation and solve for the variable. Will their treehouse be able to withstand a "jelloquake"? Students will test the strength of their treehouse and ladder in science class. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Science (6)
Title: A Catastrophic Mystery!
Description: This lesson will serve as an introductory activity to understanding tornadoes and hurricanes. Specifically, the students will use the clues located in their boxes or bags to make predictions and form a summary about what they think might have happened in this catastrophic event. To accommodate at-risk or diverse learners, cooperative learning groups will be utilized. This activity was created for a module entitled The Storm Chasers! (TU Math & Science Partnership Project, NSF Funded).    


Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Masters of Disaster (Middle Grades)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


Subject: Science (6)
Title: Watch out for the Tsunamis!!
Description: Students will understand how Tsunamis start and what happens when they get close to the shoreline.  The students will make a connection between shorelines and Earth's surfaces.  The lesson will conclude with students performing a test to see how a tsunami could develop.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: River's Path
Description: What determines the path of a river? Rivers follow the path of least resistance changing the landscape by carrying sediment and debris along the way.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6)
Title: Let’s Get Physical! (or Chemical Weathering)
Description: This lesson helps students learn the differences between physical and chemical weathering. Students will complete various activities in which they identify and describe the type of weathering that is taking place.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)
Title: "Weathering" Heights
Description: This lesson introduces students to weathering. Students will watch videos and complete drawings and diagrams as they learn about weathering, erosion, and deposition. Students will complete a simple demonstration and relate it to how the processes occur in nature.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: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Washed Away
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about water erosion. They will view pictures and videos, complete drawings, and work in collaborative groups as they research types of water erosion (rill, gully, sheet, and channel). Students will also connect water erosion to deposition.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: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about the three main types of volcanoes. Students will watch videos, complete drawings and diagrams, and work in collaborative groups as they investigate cinder cone, composite, and shield volcanoes. Students will also review the positive and negative effects of volcanoes.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 - 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 - 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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regional Guidebook      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are asked to consider the unique physical and human characteristics of their home region and to create guidebooks that describe these features to visitors to the region. In the process, they gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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: Science
Title: Ozone Fill-Up      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about creative ideas for closing the hole in the ozone layer that was discovered over Antarctica in the 1980s. 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 resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Big Island Pool      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how the forces of water, wind, and geology mold and give shape to the Earth. Click the top circle in Room III to view this interactive.
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: Living Landscapes      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive illustrates natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic explosions, mudslides, and forest fires. Click on the middle circle in Room V to view this interactive, which demonstrates to visitors that there are risks involved no matter where they live.
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: Natural Hazards: Same Forces, Different Impacts      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the threats that natural disasters (specifically tornadoes, volcanoes, and earthquakes) pose for humans, then compare and contrast two disasters. Students also analyze data about the magnitude and impacts of natural disaster events; and assess the value of scientific research into the causes and impacts of natural events.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Quake Side Effects      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about some of the global changes caused by the tsunamis in 2004. 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 - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Delving into the Grand Canyon      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how the Grand Canyon was formed and what the region looked like at the time each layer of rock was deposited. They draw diagrams of the canyon and its layers and write captions to describe what they have drawn.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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 - 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 - 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: 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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