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: 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.