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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Literacy Standards (6-12) (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Creating Voki to Describe the Digestive System.
Description: Students will create a digital presentation using a Voki on the digestive system, organs, and accessory structures. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves the use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be completed individually or in small groups. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title:  Body Tissue Lab
Description: Students will complete a virtual lab on Human Body Tissues.  This lab can be found by going to http://wps.aw.com/bc_marieb_ehap_8/25/6525/1670654.cw/index.html and clicking on "Histology" under the "Chapter Features."   In this lab, students will be in groups of two in a computer lab.  Students will go to the website listed above to view and draw specific body tissues that are outlined in the student e-lab that they will have to download.  At the end of the assignment, students will make a portfolio of their tissues.  Students will be assessed using a e-rubric that they will also have to download.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Life Form
Description: In this particular lesson, the students will create an unknown life form and planet. The creation of the life forms will begin at the chemical level and be explained throughout the levels of organization to the level of organism. The life form has to represent the basic characteristics of life such as reproduction, growth and development, response to stimuli, etc.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: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Something's Fishy: A Lesson in Biological Sampling
Description: Determining the population in a larger area by tagging. By using proper scientific method and careful sampling procedures, students learn how biologists work in the field to collect data about a population. Students will also calculate their percent error.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Symbolic Analysis      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. They work to find additional equations and formulas to represent the data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: From Cell to DNA      Add Bookmark
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, features an animation that takes students through a tour of a typical human cell, moving from larger to smaller cell structures. It briefly describes some of these structures and describes how DNA strands are constructed. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 9-12, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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