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Erosion (4th - 5th Grade) Geology Lesson
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In this lesson, students will learn what erosion is and how human actions influence erosion. Includes introduction, demonstration instructions, and questions for wrap-up discussion.

NGSS: 4-ESS2-1

Time: 55 minutes

Materials: plastic containers with sand and gravel, sponges, and plastic cups

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Fire Adaptations
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Using this lesson plan students will be more aware of how plants and animals adapt to wildland fire. They will: Discuss the adaptive strategies of plants and animals to survive fire. Observe plants and animals in your local area. Design a plant or animal that is adapted for fire survival.

Subject:
Botany
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
NPS Fire and Aviation Management
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Global Problems of Population Growth
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This survey course introduces students to the important and basic material on human fertility, population growth, the demographic transition and population policy. Topics include: the human and environmental dimensions of population pressure, demographic history, economic and cultural causes of demographic change, environmental carrying capacity and sustainability. Political, religious and ethical issues surrounding fertility are also addressed. The lectures and readings attempt to balance theoretical and demographic scale analyzes with studies of individual humans and communities. The perspective is global with both developed and developing countries included.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Yale University
Provider Set:
Open Yale Courses
Author:
Robert Wyman
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Green Design Challenge Activity
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The Green Design Challenge is to brainstorm, prototype and present a design idea for a social entrepreneurship project focusing on green design that meets the design principles. Photo examples from ISKME's Teacher Innovation Workshop are included.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ISKME
Provider Set:
ISKME
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Guide to Finding a Local Specialist
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This online article, from Biodiversity Counts, is a guide to finding local specialists who are knowledgeable about plants and arthropods. It includes: an overview of how local specialists can be of help; a link to the Directory of Local Specialists, a list of specialists who have agreed to work with participating schools; a list of additional organizations, with links to Web sites, that are good sources for local specialists; tips on how to find local specialists from Linda Beyt, a middle school teacher in Louisiana and a Biodiversity Counts mentor; and tips for enlisting volunteers by Karen Spaulding, a middle school teacher in Massachusetts and a Biodiversity Counts mentor.

Subject:
Biology
Botany
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Author:
Karen Spaulding
Linda Beyt
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Hall of Biodiversity
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Just like the permanent exhibit it was created to complement, the online Hall of Biodiversity showcases the beauty, diversity, and abundance of life on Earth while warning of the threats posed by human activity. Along with a brief introduction to the exhibit, it includes these four sections: Spectrum of Life - A virtual journey through 3.5 billion years of evolution on Earth. The interactive cladogram includes detailed information on more than 25 diverse life forms. Transformation of the Biosphere - An overview of how the Earth is continually experiencing climatic changes and changes brought on by physical events, such as meteorite collisions. The Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest - An explanation of what visitors will find when they explore this walk-through diorama at the Museum, which features the sights and sounds of a dense tropical rain forest. Solutions - A list of concrete actions individuals can take to help save the Earth's resources for generations to come.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Health - Environmental Hazards All Around Us
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Students will examine a number of household environmental hazards and connect the relationship of these hazards to one's health. Students will research solutions for reducing the health risk(s) to humans and/or pets.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Date Added:
07/13/2017
Health and Environment
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To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment and humankind. This unit will look at interactions between plants, animals and the physical and chemical environment, as well as considering ways in which humans have altered, and are altering this environment. These changes have health implications that are not always immediately obvious. Frequently, we initiate changes that are going to have their effects some time in the future, and we will be looking at the legacies that we leave to future generations. We move on to consider our own demise, and ask what exactly it is that we think we will be leaving for those who follow.

Subject:
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/06/2007
Hodges Health Career - Care Domains - Model
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Hodges’ Health Career (Care Domains) Model provides a conceptual framework upon which users can map problems, issues and solutions across four knowledge domains: Interpersonal; Sociological; Scientific; & Political (Autonomy). The public may also be taught to use the model, enabling engagement, understanding and concordance in planning and outcome evaluation.

Brian Hodges' original notes, a resources page and links (800+) are included. Additional material on health informatics and the potential role of visualization in care assessment and evaluation can also be found.

In April 2006 a blog related to Hodges' model was created: 'Welcome to the QUAD':

http://hodges-model.blogspot.com/

The blog includes a bibliography and a growing archive of posts that are also tagged. There are plans to create a new website using the content management system Drupal. There is an eclectic mix posts that includes examples of using the domains of the model.

You can contact Peter Jones at h2cmng @ yahoo.co.uk and through twitter:

http://twitter.com/h2cm

Subject:
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Assessment
Lecture Notes
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Personal initiative
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Brian E Hodges Peter Jones
Date Added:
02/16/2011
ISKME's Design Lab at Maker Faire 2010
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Maker Faire participants collaborate in ISKME's Design Lab, using digital stories and salvaged materials to design an innovative school of the future. The Design Lab features Makers Mauro ffortisimo Di Nucci's deconstructed piano and INKA Biospheric Systems' Vertical Garden; as well as Student and Teacher project examples that integrate art, science, sustainability, and green design inspire the creation of shareable open-source learning resources. This wiki page showcases photos and video from the Design Lab, open educational resources for teachers, and a step by step guide through the design process.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ISKME
Provider Set:
ISKME
Date Added:
02/16/2011
IslandWood Professional Development Course: Community-Centered Climate Change for 6-8th Grade Educators
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During this course, participants will learn how to center investigations of local scientific phenomena in a Next Generation Science Standards storyline. Course educators will offer instructional strategies and climate and community data to help teachers connect to the interests and identities of students and support understanding of the impacts of climate change. In collaboration with fellow teachers, participants will imagine possibilities for this kind of teaching and learning in their own classrooms through brainstorming possible phenomenon-based storylines local to their own students.

Subject:
Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lecture Notes
Author:
Brad Street
Date Added:
07/18/2022
Join a Stream Team
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Activities offer students the opportunity to learn about multiple facets of waterbodies and pollution, including aquatic life (indicator species), local concerns, and public outreach through research, teamwork, and role-playing exercises.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Layers of the Earth (PreK - 1st Grade) Geology Lesson
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In this lesson, students will learn about how volcanoes and mountains affect weather. Includes video links, discussion, demonstration, and an additional activity.

NGSS: K-ESS3-2

Time: 50 minutes

Materials: umbrella and sponge.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/07/2020
The Leaf: Impressions and Expressions
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Students study the three main physical properties of leaves (shape, edge/margin and venation). Students will use the elements of art to describe and classify the observable properties of leaves. They will create an interpretive work of art that responds to these properties.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
reDiscover Center
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Mary Beth Trautwein Marni Gittleman Tamara Mugulian
Date Added:
02/15/2010
Life in the City
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take a close-up look at biodiversity in a city park. The site opens by telling kids that, despite appearances, a great deal of biodiversity exists in cities. That from tiny mites to mighty trees, thousands of species thrive there. It then takes them to a slice of life from a thriving city park, where they are asked to find 10 hidden critters living alongside the trees, plants, and insects. Each time they locate one of the tiny critters, they are rewarded with a quick look at its importance to the habitat.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
02/16/2011
MISA HS Sample Item Set - Wind Turbines (PS/ESS)
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Sample high school MISA test item set which uses a physics and earth space science performance expectations.  The Item set focuses on wind turbines and their environmental impacts. It contains 5 questions and one constructed response for a total of 9 points. (Image source: “Wind Turbine” by Painter06 at Pixabay.com.)  

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Melissa Kaye-Kamauff
Jeremy Haack
MSDE Admin
Laura Garfinkel
Date Added:
08/01/2018
MODERN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY A Practical Textbook for the Modern Environmental Geologist
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Overview: This textbook covers modern topics that environmental geologists encounter, including environmental laws, disasters, and climate change.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geology
Geoscience
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Katherine Springer Amey
Date Added:
11/27/2023
Managing Coastal Environments
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Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This unit looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how the current state of the estuary came to be. It examines the contests and conflicts that center on the estuary in terms of managing the environment for human needs and the needs of the other species who make their habitat there.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/07/2007
MaxGuides at Bridgewater State University
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The BSU MaxGuide for GEOG 333 (Environmental Justice) includes documents of historical importance relevant to the history of the environmental racism - environmental justice movement, including the first GAO reports in pdf format, and will be updated to links to journal articles tracing the roots of environmental racism, the problems of identifying environmental racism, the geographic nature of environmental racism, the issues of scale and sampling, and its shift into the larger embrace of environmental/social justice.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Social Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Author:
Bob Amey
Date Added:
06/11/2021