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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Properties of Minerals
Description: This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.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 - Biology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Genographic's Legacy: Preservation and Projections      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, one of a multi-part unit on the Genographic Project, students consider ways in which the project is impacted by scientific and technological advances, including those in life sciences, communications, and transportation. They learn why indigenous communities play such a crucial role in unlocking the secrets of our common ancestry, examine how those communities are being threatened, make projections about future challenges to their ways of life, and consider how research such as the Genographic Project can play a role in preserving them. The Genographic Project, a partnership of the National Geographic Society and IBM, is a five-year study to understand the human journey--where we came from and how humankind came to populate the planet.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health
Title: Color-Coded DNA      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a new way to use DNA to detect infectious diseases. Scientist Bruce Armitage discusses his research with DNA and PNA, a lab-created version of DNA that can be made to seek out and connect to a specific DNA sequence. 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 - Biology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Connecting the Dots: Genographic's Markers in Context      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, one of a multi-part unit on the Genographic Project, students examine markers of human migration, uncovered by such fields as archaeology, paleontology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and history. Students begin by conducting a hands-on study of patterns of genetic markers. They consider ways in which contextual information provides scientists with clues about ancient migratory patterns. An extension activity provides an opportunity for students to investigate the controversy of who first migrated to the Americas and develop hypotheses based on scientific research using a collection of Web sites and the Atlas of the Human Journey.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Genographic: Permanent Markers      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, one of a multi-part unit on the Genographic Project, students review background information about the basics of DNA and chromosomal structure. They then explore the Genographic Project and the work of lead scientist Dr. Spencer Wells. Using a hands-on simulation activity, they learn how genetic markers are passed from generation to generation and how haplogroups are formed. Finally, they use the Atlas of the Human Journey to track one genetic marker over time.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: DNA Chips      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students conduct activities from a module called '' DNA Chips: A Genetics Lab in the Palm of Your Hand.'' This module is part of the National Institutes of Health Snapshots series, which focuses on a single area of biomedical research to help students understand how science, people, ethics, and history all fit together. Each Snapshot includes a classroom activity to help students understand the scientific concepts, a short summary of the issue, and diagrams that can be turned into overheads. The module for this lesson is about the DNA microarray, also known as a DNA chip.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Science of Mummies      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students explore how technological advances can lead to advances in scientific knowledge. They focus specifically on how new technologies are advancing the study of mummies.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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