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Beowulf and the Bog
http://www.accessexc...
This is a transdisciplinary unit that incorporates the ancient English literature poem, Beowulf, with community ecology and the concepts of primary hydrarch succession. Students in a literature class study the literary aspects of Beowulf while students in biology study succession and ecology. The two classes are joined for a trip to a wetland system known as a bog which was the probable setting for the Old English poem. This unit was developed in conjunction with an English Literature instructor named Richard J. McNally.

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A Disaster in the Making
http://www.nytimes.c...
This is a writing assignment for students to compare the effects of natural disasters. Questions are included as well as a video clip. An internet connection is required.

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Design an Ecosystem
http://www.accessexc...
In this simulation activity, students create a simple, imaginary ecosystem. They describe the interrelations between the species inhabiting the ecosystem and their physical environment. Then, they imagine an alteration in their environment and project the impact that such a change would have on the organisms living in their ecosystem. Finally, they write an environmental impact statement suggesting ways to mitigate the effects of the change.

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Science News: Oil Spill
https://student.soci...
An article explaining the effects of oil spills and the dangers of getting crude oil to market. This site also includes links to related resources and questions for the teacher to generate discussions and assess student understanding.

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The Water Cycle
http://ga.water.usgs...
USGS Water Science page with links to information about the water cycle. Follow a drop of water through the water cycle. Print a place mat showing the water cycle. The site also includes the various changes in states of water.

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Weeds Gone Wild: Non-native Species or Alien Plant Invaders
http://www.nps.gov/p...
This site provides a compiled national list of invasive plants infesting natural areas throughout the U.S., background information on the problem of invasive species, illustrated fact sheets that include plant descriptions, native range, distribution and habitat in the U.S., management options, suggested alternative native plants, and other information, and selected links to relevant people and organizations.

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Carbon Transfer through Snails and Elodea
http://www.classzone...
Students set up an aquarium with snail eggs on Elodea plants. Different lab tests are carried out, with results recorded in an online lab notebook, to identify the transfer of carbon throughout the environment. Evaluation questions can be filled out online or on paper and submitted to the teacher.

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Carbon Transfer through Snails and Elodea
http://www.classzone...
Students set up an aquarium with snail eggs on Elodea plants. Different lab tests are carried out, with results recorded in an online lab notebook, to identify the transfer of carbon throughout the environment. Evaluation questions can be filled out online or on paper and submitted to the teacher.

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Design an Ecosystem
http://www.accessexc...
In this simulation activity, students create a simple, imaginary ecosystem. They describe the interrelations between the species inhabiting the ecosystem and their physical environment. Then, they imagine an alteration in their environment and project the impact that such a change would have on the organisms living in their ecosystem. Finally, they write an environmental impact statement suggesting ways to mitigate the effects of the change.

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