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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Conserve It To Preserve It
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to sustain natural resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


Subject: Social Studies (2 - 4)
Title: Where Does Our Waste Go?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored.  The Pollution Patrol follows the steps involved in trash disposal, starting with a girl tearing a sheet of paper out of her notebook and ending with the paper landing in a dump.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


Subject: Health (4), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Every American Recycling Together Helps
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored. Auntie Litter and her Pollution Patrol discover the difference between organic and inorganic waste.  They learn to Reuse, Reduce Waste, and Recycle to protect our land from litter.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1 - 3)
Title: Fred the Fish - A Little River Trip
Description: Little River is home to 47 kinds of fish including the threatened "Blue Shiner" Cyprinella caerulea. These fish depend on the good water quality at Little River. This skit allows students to observe pollution's effects on a small scale and allows them to make choices affecting the environment.  This lesson plan is adapted from Chilton-Stringham, Patricia and Wolanin, Jan (1991). National Science Teachers Association, Karen K. Lind (Eds.) Water, Stones, and Fossil Bones (pp. 54-57). This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth's Changing Surface
Description: During this unit, students will identify the various landforms found on the earth's surface. Also, students will describe how these landforms are created and changed by the natural forces within the earth and on its surface, as well as the unnatural impact of humans. Finally, students will create a slide presentation to display this information.


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Crane Cam: Conservation and Community      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students examine the intended and unintended consequences of human environmental intervention. They study crane activity in the Platte River Valley and research the effects of human intervention on bird populations--and the effects of bird populations on humans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: First Lady for the Environment Homepage      Add Bookmark
Description: Learn more about First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird'' Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This module from the OurStory program includes active reading suggestions and discussion questions for the illustrated biography Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers, by Kathi Appelt. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Town in the Past, Present, and Future      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), and create a plan to educate the community about this issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Transportation in America Classroom Activity Guide      Add Bookmark
Description: This activity guide accompanies the exhibition America on the Move . It delivers a variety of historical primary source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations. It is one of the many resources connected to the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Souvenir of the Opening of the East River Bridge, May 24, 1883      Add Bookmark
Description: By the late 19th century, the United States had established itself as a world leader in the area of civil engineering. Perhaps no project better symbolized America's technical prowess than the awe-inspiring Brooklyn Bridge, which connected the nation's largest and third largest cities—New York and Brooklyn, respectively—in 1883 across the turbulent tidal strait known as the East River. The main 1,600-foot (490-meter) of this towering suspension bridge exceeded the world's longest by fifty percent...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Human Migration: The Story of a Community's Culture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand key concepts of human migration through the examination of maps and migration patterns. Students research and document the impact of migration on a region's cultural landscape. They examine migration patterns on a global and national scale as a class and then apply that understanding to telling a migration story about their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5,12



Subject: Science - General Science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: From Boomtown to Ghost Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss how a specific economic activity in a region can facilitate the creation of towns, which often turn into ghost towns if the economic activity ends. They create posters or booklets showing the '' '' life cycle'' '' of a mining town, from before its foundation to its status as ghost town.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Agriculture in the Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its stated goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies in America. The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education and government. The site contains resources for students of all grade levels, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts - Photography - Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Photography to Help Save the Oceans      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the importance of ocean conservation. They think about how photography can help humans understand the impact they are having on the oceans by looking at the photography of David Doubilet. They look at animals that are endangered because of human behavior and choose one to study in depth. Finally, students draw the animal they chose and describe why it is in peril and how it can be protected.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Uplink Outpost: To the Future Class of...      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the interactive feature in Xpedition Hall called Uplink Outpost to discover ways to interpret geography in their community. Students create a plan for the future of their community based on geographic factors, and write a class email to the next generation of students.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: urban area      Add Bookmark
Description: An urban area is the region surrounding a city
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Kalahari: Where the Lion is King      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, prompts students to answer questions as they read an article about the Kalahari Xeric Savanna. In the related lesson, students study the biota-or flora and fauna-of the Kalahari Desert, and the importance of the lion s role as predator within this ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Where Is the Tallest Waterfall?      Add Bookmark
Description: The closest many of us come to a waterfall is our daily shower. The showerhead can't hold a candle to Mother Nature's beauty, though. Let's learn about waterfalls!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Family Trip Plan      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, students use a print press tool to create a brochure or booklet highlighting a three-week U.S. travel itinerary.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography of Pizza      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Geographic Groceries      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students explore the regions of a grocery store to see which foods are grouped together and why.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Jimmy Chin's Adventure in Extreme Photography      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions. They explore the photography of National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jimmy Chin and discuss how adventure travel differs from regular tourism.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies,Vocational Education
Title: agriculture      Add Bookmark
Description: Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be a Geography Detective      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students become geography detectives, learning about geography and the relationship human beings have with the land. Students apply the six essential elements of geography as they make observations and draw conclusions about historical landscapes. They demonstrate their understanding by writing journal entries, sketching landscapes, and making mental maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Biology - Science - Ecology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What's Happening to the Emperor Penguins?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about emperor penguins habitat and behaviors through Web sites such as National Geographic's Creature Feature. Students illustrate a map to show what they have learned, view pictures of icebergs that are affecting penguin colonies, and consider what impacts these icebergs might have on the penguins. Finally, students write paragraphs describing the maps they have illustrated.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Antarctica: A Cold Desert Ecosystem      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students construct a rough map of Antarctic ecosystems and explore relationships among the creatures that populate them. This lesson can be adapted to focus on other regions, including the one in which you live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students study relationships between humans and animals in folktales in order to highlight issues concerning ecology and the environment. They explore the ways in which animals and humans help one another and consider the efforts of humans to protect endangered species.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Nomads: Where Boundaries Move      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore nomadic pastoralism. Focusing on Central Asia, students investigate the way humans have adapted to regions that do not sustain communities through agriculture and the influence this has both on how they live and on how they view the boundaries of their homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Informal Education,Science,Social Studies
Title: food      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. Food is one of the basic necessities of life. Food contains nutrients-substances essential for the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues and for the regulation of vital processes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Where I Come From      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find out what's happening in their ancestral homelands today and explore their sense of connection to these places in their past.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Traces: Historic Archaeology      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students recover and analyze artifacts from sites in use from the settlement period to the second half of the 19th century. They look for similarities and differences among the artifacts and the lives they reveal. In conclusion, students look at today's eventual artifacts of the future and consider how we may be viewed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Energy Sources and Use      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, to investigate a variety of renewable energy resources, and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Engineering , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: How Hot Is the Sun?      Add Bookmark
Description: Whew! There's a heat wave in Wonderopolis today, and it's all the sun's fault! Just how hot is that thing? Find out in today's Wonder of the Day.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The National Highway System      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Highway System website is run by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. The website offers teachers and students detailed maps of the nation's highway system, which are broken down by state. The site also contains information about the history of the National Highway System and details the very basis for its existence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why Does Africa Need National Parks?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about the African landscape and consider why national parks are important. They imagine that they've been placed in charge of creating a new African national park then draw pictures and write paragraphs about this new park.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Animal Community Comparison      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student interactive, from Xpeditions, students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two animal communities of their choosing.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Urban Studies
Title: City or Country Life?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the advantages and challenges of life in urban and rural areas. The focus is on cities and villages in Eastern Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Library of Congress      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress, established in 1800 serves as the research arm of Congress and is recognized as the national library of the United States. Its collections comprise the world's most comprehensive record of human creativity and knowledge. Open to those above high school age without charge or special permission, it is the world's largest library and a great resource to scholars and researchers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Newberry Library, provides historically significant map documents for K-12 teachers and their students. Illustrating the geographical dimensions of American history, the maps are accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Earthquakes and Volcanoes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards. They also research specific volcanoes or earthquake zones and write pretend letters to residents of these areas describing the risks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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