Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
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.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 12: Use digital tools to publish curriculum-related content.
Title: About a Tree: The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Mark Olson
In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson's efforts to identify extinct or nearly extinct plants and the reasons for the plant losses. They consider the issues surrounding conservation efforts in dry tropical regions. Students read articles highlighting the tension between wildlife conservation and agriculture, compare the perspectives of those who are most intensely involved in both, and form an opinion as to what might be done to resolve the conflict. Students research both sides of the issue and write an editorial or letter to Congress supporting their opinion. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article titled Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico.
Standard(s): [S1] ENV (9-12) 12: Identify positive and negative effects of human activities on biodiversity.
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.
Title: Tomato Mold
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.
Standard(s): [S1] GEN (9-12) 9: Differentiate among major areas in modern biotechnology, including plant, animal, microbial, forensic, and marine.
Title: Do You Use Me?
Plants in Everyday Life Video Web Address URL:
[SC2015] ENVS (9-12) 2: Use models to illustrate and communicate the role of photosynthesis and
cellular respiration as carbon cycles through the biosphere, atmosphere,
hydrosphere, and geosphere.Digital Tool Description: This YouTube video is used to describe the importance of plants and how we use plants in our lives everyday. This video will assist students in gathreing an accurate understanding of the importance of plants.