Title: Plants are Survivors!
All plants have basic life requirements. Understanding these requirements as well as plant structure helps explain why plants prefer some locations over others. This project allows students to work in cooperative groups to explore the impact of the environment and tissue structure on plants. It also allows students to summarize their findings in a multimedia presentation.
Standard(s): [S1] BOT (9-12) 6: Explain the importance of soil type, texture, and nutrients to plant growth.
Title: Wearing Away the Mountains
The Tennessee River Gorge outside Chattanooga is recognized as a protected biosphere reserve by the United Nations due it its immense proportion of species to acres. Understanding the formation of the gorge helps explain why so many plants and animals call it home. This activity allows students to work in cooperative groups and inquire about the processes that made it possible.
Standard(s): [S1] ENV (9-12) 10: Describe the composition of soil profiles and soil samples of varying climates.
Title: Lawn Nitrates
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.
Standard(s): [S1] ENV (9-12) 8: Identify major contaminants in water resulting from natural phenomena, homes, industry, and agriculture.
Title: Weather and Agriculture
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.
Standard(s): [S1] GEL (9-12) 9: Describe the movement and storage of water in terms of watersheds, rainfall, surface runoff, aquifers, and surface water reservoirs.