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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: IT'S IN THE BAG!
Description: Students will view a PowerPoint presentation on the effects of plastics in our environment and hold a debate evaluating the pros and cons of using plastic bags. They will also construct plastic bag animals using chicken wire, plastic bags, and spray paint while creating a podcast of the project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Description: Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.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)
Title: Discovering Earth's History
Description: This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.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 (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comparing Solvents
Description: Students will investigate the effects of solvents in cleaning by designing and carrying out an experiment utilizing the steps of the scientific method. A video is used as an introduction to the concept of solvents. Hazardous effects of solvents are also discussed.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: Health, Science
Title: Lawn Nitrates      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nitrates used as lawn fertilizer can be dangerous to the environment and human health. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Tomato Mold      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a researcher who's helping tomato plants fight back against black mold, a fungus that destroys them. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Zeolites      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a way to trap and seal up toxic waste using zeolites, a family of cage-like molecules. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Road Rubber      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a toxicologist describe research being done to find out how rubber particles affect the environment. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Chemistry - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Alarming Frogs: The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Tyrone Hayes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about the ways National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tyrone Hayes uses a combination of laboratory and field study to learn about changes in frogs appearances as they relate to chemical contamination of water. Students choose to investigate one of three topics on which frog studies are helping to provide information--pesticide use, cancer, or cryopreservation.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Elephant Grass      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the problems surrounding the disposal of non-biodegradable materials. 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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Climate and CO2: Analyzing Their Relationship      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students speculate about the future of world climate if the greenhouse effect increases. In small groups, students learn about the greenhouse effect, study efforts that have been made to control the effect, and speculate about the future of the environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Asian Brown Cloud      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about an effort to measure the pollution over Asia and assess its impact on humans and the environment. In developing areas of the world, including parts of Asia, rapid industrialization has brought about more cars, more factories, and more people to burn coal and wood for cooking purposes. Those activities throw a lot of soot and other pollutants into the air. 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.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather and Agriculture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sustainable Development and Africa's Wildlife Reserves      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the role of sustainable development as a form of economic development. Using wildlife reserves in Africa as a case study, students learn about the key challenges in creating and sustaining the reserves, including how globalization affects the process.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Climographs: Temperature, Precipitation, and the Human Condition      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn how to read, analyze and construct climographs. They also practice matching climographs to locations in the United States and Africa, and discerning climate patterns and making some predictions about their effects on humans in different places in Africa.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Traveling Dust      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how microbes may be carried across the globe in clouds of dust. 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: Health
Title: Farmers & Pesticides      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the dangers associated with exposure to pesticides. 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



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