History of Life Teacher Resources

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Science Puzzlers, Twisters, and Teasers: The History of Life on Earth

For Students 6th - 8th
A somewhat amusing assignment, this instructional activity lists statements that an ancient organism may have made and asks learners to determine what geologic era that each may have lived in. It uses witty word puzzles and...
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History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Introduce your class to Google Calendar with a collaborative learning project that asks groups to create and share a Google calendar that compresses the history of life on Earth into a single year. Groups research a geological era...
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The History of Life

For Students 6th - 8th
In this fossils activity, students will study a picture of dinosaur and insect fossil prints and determine what story the fossils tell. Then students will complete 4 short answer questions about how biologist use fossils to study the...
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The History of Life

For Students 7th - 9th
In this history of life worksheet, students explain how fossils form and how they can be interpreted. Students fill in the missing eras and periods in the geologic time scale provided.
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The History of Life

For Students 9th - 12th
In this history of life worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the 11 vocabulary words associated with the clues given. Students review fossil records, geological time periods, and carbon dating by completing 8...
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The History of Life

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this history of life worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the vocabulary words associated with the 11 clues given. Then students review how paleontologists use fossils to learn more about past living things...
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History of Life

For Students 5th - 8th
For this history of life worksheet, students will explore how mass extinctions have occurred on Earth, the different periods of the geological time scale, and scientists' use of fossil records. Students will complete 3 fill in the blank...
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Bang! You're Alive

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Plate Tectonics. In this history of life lesson plan, students explain two ways the Theory of Plate Tectonics and the Big Bang are of direct benefits to humans.
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A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth Part 2 - The Phanerozoic Eon

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Three eras of the current Phanerozoic geological eon are broken down for your pupils. Biological features of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras are listed, along with the possible causes of mass extinctions. Plenty of diagrams,...
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Deep History of Life on Earth

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take it all the way back! Young scientists discover the changes that took place from the time Earth became solid to present day through an interesting interactive. The resource guides users through key events that have shaped our world...
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The Most Important Moment in the History of Life

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn about the first endosymbiosis, which lead to the production of the first organelle, mitochondria that  are able to change shape, divide, reproduce, or grow larger, providing what is needed by a cell. The rest of the video...
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The History of Life

For Students 9th - 12th
In this history of life instructional activity, students review 4 vocabulary words associated with the beginnings of life. Students place these terms into a crossword puzzle and then complete 2 fill in the blank questions.
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A Brief History of Life: When Life Exploded

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Dimetrodon is generally featured in children's books about dinosaurs even though it wasn't a reptile and lived in an earlier era than dinosaurs. The way life developed wasn't as smooth as many people think. The video focuses on the...
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A Brief History of Life: Survival Is Hard

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When did life start on Earth? An enchanting video introduces some of the earliest times in the history of our planet. From rocks that no longer exist to the development of oceans and plate tectonics, The resource details the first couple...
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A Brief History of Life: Dinosaur Time!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scientists have confirmed that more than 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs had feathers. The evolution of life on the planet during the time of the dinosaurs fascinates most children at some point. Research often changes or updates what...
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A Brief History of Life: How Did Everything Begin?

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Addressing the idea of intelligent design, as well as a number of creation myths, this presentation gives a measured and scientific perspective to the beginning of the world.  It includes a graphic on the Big Bang Theory, evolution, and...
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A Quick Look at the History of Life on Earth or The History of the World, Part 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Give your earth scientists or evolutionary biologists a very brief overview of the history of planet Earth using this presentation as a support. A slide explores the big bang theory and one describes the formation of our solar system. A...
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History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Cleopatra lived closer to the first moon landing than the building of the pyramids at Giza. If your pupils are struggling to understand the timeline of the 4.6-billion-year history of the Earth, a lesson about the Geologic Time Scale is...
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The History of Life

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Earth's history activity, students will complete 5 true or false questions based on the early history of the Earth. Students will match 7 fossil vocabulary words to their definitions. Students will complete 4 short answer...
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Three Domains of Life

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Isn't a domain already a set of values, a territory, part of a web address, and an area of magnetism? In the last video, the instructor walks learners through a history of life on Earth. Scholars then see the seven characteristics of all...
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The History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The first life on Earth developed in the oceans. As an introduction to ecology, the video starts with the formation of the earth. It follows with the Archaean and Proterozoic Eons including protobionts, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes. It...
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The History of Life

For Students 9th - 12th
In this origin of life activity, students will review the different theories on how life originated on the Earth including the experiments conducted by Louis Pastuer, Francesco Redi, and Miller and Urey. Students will complete 14 fill in...
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The History of Life Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Earth Science worksheet, students answer 21 questions regarding the appearance, and disappearance, of certain forms of life on Earth.
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Evolution!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Almost 100 slides explore the history of life and how it has changed over time. Full of photos and graphics, the colorful text is highly informative. You could go through these slides, pick and choose which you might want to highlight,...
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Classical Greece

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Studying ancient Greek culture, literature, and architecture is a great way to begin a unit on world cultures - or to start reading Antigone or other Greek dramas. Detailing the social aspects of ancient Greek life, this presentation...
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America's History in the Making: Classroom Applications Three

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can primary sources bring history to life? Scholars create detailed lesson plans on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in American history. The 17th installment of a 22-part program exploring American history examines...
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Study History through Journal Keeping

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Journal writing can be a fun way to bring history to life. Upper graders read a series of journals from the time of the westward expansion, specifically the pioneer journey along the Oregon Trail. They compose an ongoing journal from the...
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Black History Month Project: A Dinner Party

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What would Frederick Douglass say to Martin Luther King, Jr. if he had the chance? Would Harriet Tubman have any comments for Rosa Parks if they sat across the table from each other? Pupils bring history to life by researching famous...
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The Women’s Suffrage Movement

For Teachers 8th Standards
A set of lessons about the women's suffrage movement will bring history to life for your middle schoolers. Learners study primary documents, learn about famous suffragettes, and compare the suffrage movement to current events...
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Lesson: Wish You Were Here...

For Teachers 1st - 6th
The painting Arcadia features a lovely landscape depicting aspects of ancient Greek life. Little ones use their imagination to put themselves in the painting. After analyzing the details and artistic elements of the painting, they write...
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Bacon’s Rebellion

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Your class members will bring history to life through an in-class reenactment of Bacon's Rebellion. Learners analyze primary source documents and images in order to understand the colonial rebellion, as well as to consider different...
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Hands-On History: Explorers

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Bring history to life with this collection of hands-on early explorer activities. From creating a flip book about the Vikings' exploration of North America to a reader's theater performance about Christopher Columbus' search for the...
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One Land, Many Trails: Challenge Activities (Theme 5)

For Teachers 5th Standards
Bring history to life through literature. The first in a series of three challenge activities designed to accompany Theme 5: One Land, Many Trails does just that through unique projects connected to historical fiction and nonfiction...
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Invetories Slave owner or not?

For Teachers 7th
Primary source analysis is a great way to bring history to life. Learners examine a series of personal inventories taken from Southern white males who died during the Civil War era. They analyze the documents to determine the social and...
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Fourth of July (Grades 3-5)

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Bring history to life for your young scholars with a Fourth of July lesson series. After a class reading of the Declaration of Independence, students translate this pivotal document into layman's terms before working in small groups to...
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The History of Life on Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using meters as years, your class works together to map out the geologic time scale on a football field. Plenty of background information is included in this lesson plan as well as several resource links and a student worksheet. Your...
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Evolution Primer #3: How Do We Know Evolution Happens?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How do scientists know what they do about evolution? Looking at fossilized data, paleontologists examine fossils to show the evolution and changes that developed into modern whales. We find out that scientists use physical evidence,...
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The History of Life

For Students 6th - 8th
In this history of life learning exercise, students will use diagrams of the Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Era to complete 4 fill in the blank statements.
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The History of Life

For Students 7th - 8th
In this history of life worksheet, students use diagrams showing how life may have begun on Earth to complete 3 short answer questions.
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How did Life in Egypt affect Medicine: Ancient Medicine

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Connect ancient Egyptian life ways affected their medical practices. Each side presents several facts connecting economy, skilled workers, trade, writing, farming, and religion to ancient medicine. This is a very interesting presentation...
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The History of Ancient Greece

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Present facets of Ancient Greek life and politics through direct instruction. Middle schoolers learn about to Greek City States, Sparta, Athenian Democracy and the Peloponnesian War by way of a class lecture. They use their text books to...
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History Dramatists

For Teachers 2nd - 10th Standards
Bring the drama of history to life in your class and give your learners the opportunity to illustrate their understanding of a historical situation through the medium of a dialogue and/or play. Your young historians will consider a...
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7.012 Fall 2004 Section Self-quiz

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
This quiz just looks neat! It has two cell diagrams for biology class members to label. They also describe the function of each organelle. A prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell are displayed for them to compare, and then they fill in the...
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Unearthing Ancient Greece

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students locate and analyze clues about ancient Greek life. In this ancient Greece lesson, students look at art, architecture, and artifacts to determine what was important to the Greeks and discover details about their culture. Students...
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Earth's Dramatic History

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a timeline.  In this Earth's History lesson, students research the history of life on Earth and use the information collected to create a timeline.  Students also answers the provided discussion questions.
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Review of Evolution

For Students 9th - 10th
In this review of evolution worksheet, students complete 50 multiple answer questions on Darwin's theory and the history of life on Earth.
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Deep Time and the History of Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study geologic time scales and examine some of the transformations that have occurred over time.  In this evolution lesson students view video and complete a lab. 
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Ocean Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars examine the fossil remains of ancient sea creatures. They create casts of fossils and identify how sea fossils are formed and consider what type of information fossils can give to scientists.
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A View from Me-Civil War Stories

For Teachers 8th
Bring history to life with this research project, which prompts eighth graders to find historical sources about people who lived during the Civil War. They glean as many details as possible about life during this time and construct a...
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Explaining a Legend

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explain the place of the legend of Herakles in ancient Greek life and compare ancient and modern legends in an essay.
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The History of Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this extinction worksheet, students review how species evolve and how species go extinct. Students compare and contrast gradualism and punctuated equilibrium. This worksheet has 6 fill in the blank and 4 short answer questions.
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War Story Documentary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students review research skills and determine an aspect of war to research. They research an aspect of a war experience and bring history to life through iMovie.
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Ken Burns

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Innovation, politics, race, war...these themes are continuously evident in humanity over the course of history, and are revealed with spectacular imagery and commentary by famed documentarian Ken Burns. While primarily focusing on...
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History of Media Literacy Part 1: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Even Plato understood the importance of media! Part of an ongoing series of media literacy videos, the resource takes viewers to where it all began ... ancient Greece. The video covers the emergence of media and the written word, the...
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The Torah Tells...

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students extract and interpret information about the Torah text to draw conclusions about ancient Hebrew life. In this Torah lesson plan students research facts and complete worksheets about the Torah. Then as a class the students form a...
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The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can we really grasp how old we are? Part of a larger series, the humorous video demonstration shows how humans fit into the history of Earth and just how long ago life formed. Viewers explore a timeline that identifies major markers in...
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Civil War 360: Gettysburg

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Step into one of the most iconic battlefields of the American Civil War with an educational interactive resource. Young historians learn about key moments, locations, soldiers, and turning points in the battle with a clickable map and...
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WWII: Western Europe 1939-45 – Invasion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Without the benefit of history, Western Europe in the 1940's had no idea what was about to befall them. Class members use primary sources, including political cartoons, videos, and internal documents, to analyze how much of a threat...
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Egyptians

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
What does ancient history have to do with art? A lot, if you're studying the ancient Egyptians. Provided are examples and explanations of several key artifacts commonly linked to ancient Egyptian life. The text is basic, and the images...
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Thinking About Life in Geological Time Scales

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a large (classroom-sized) timeline showing the history of life on Earth for the last 5 billion years. They are able to identify the events that are relevant to their taxonomic projects (the Origins and important...
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Pharaoh Phonetics

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars explain the purpose of hieroglyphics and identify their role in communicating ideas. They research the history of writing and it's significance in ancient Egyptian life and identify the components of hieroglyphics.
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Prairie Poetry

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders take note of the ways in which word choice, rhythm, language and narrative voice, as well as point of view in a poem can be used to evoke a time and place. They use their insights to create a poem of their own.
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Newsletter On Ancient Greece Everyday Life

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the internet to find out what everyday life was like in Ancient Greece, then create a newsletter based on what they found out. In this Ancient Greece lesson student groups must include housing, clothing, shopping,...
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Familia Romana

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students compare and contrast ancient family life to present day family life.  In this Roman family life instructional activity, students discuss the roles present in their families and then learn about family life in ancient Rome. ...
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Understanding Greek Mythology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the role of Greek mythology in ancient Greek life. They discuss the origins of the Greek gods and goddesses, conduct Internet research, and present a project in the form of a dialogue between a Greek god and a human...
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Southern Society during the Civil War: Black Society

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research and discuss the societal changes during the Civil War as it relates to various parts of southern society. In this southern society during the civil war lesson, students examine what life was like for slaves during the...
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Migration During the Great Depression: Living History

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students interview immigrants of Central Florida and photograph them to learn their oral history and life stories. In this immigration lesson plan, students discover where people come from, and write about the life story of this person.
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A Trip Back In Time

For Teachers 2nd
Students develop an understanding of Ancient Greek life. Students explore cultural, political, and social processes that shape different city-states. Students discover people such as Socrates and Alexander the Great.
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Timeline

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners develop a timeline that depicts geologic development and the history of life. They write an interpretive analysis essay that discusses and reflects on their observations.
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Egyptian Civilization

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore facets of ancient Egyptian life. In this lesson on ancient civilizations, 5th graders find the location of ancient Egyptian nations on a world map and describe the climate and features. They explain how post...
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Mayan Civilizations

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore global cultures by participating in an online virtual tour. In this Mayan history instructional activity, students utilize the Second Life software to view images and videos explaining the culture of the Mayans, their...
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What Did the Tudors Invent?

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Tudor life worksheet, students read an 8 paragraph selection about English Tudor inventions. Then they answer 3 short answer questions based on the reading.
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The Study of the Main Tribal Nations of North Dakota

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare the tribal nations of North Dakota. For this tribal life lesson, 4th graders explore the many different tribes native to North Dakota. By the end of their study, students should be able to explain how the tribal...
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Vessels: Then and Now

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students determine the role of vessels in ancient Greek life and identify their modern-day equivalents. They describe the role of resources in ancient Greek everyday life and identify modern-day equivalents to ancient Greek tableware.
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The Life and Work of Vincent Van Gogh

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Vincent Van Gogh is a fascinating subject for students of art history.
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Four Ways to Understand the Earth's Age

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Cartoon children compare the earth's age to timescales that we understand:a calendar year, the thickness of a book, the human lifespan. This smart film clip is definitely worth adding to your geologic timescale lesson! If you subscribe...
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The 12 Days of Evolution - Complete Series!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists believe red hair and pale skin evolved in northern Europe because it helped humans synthesize vitamin D easier than those with more melanin in their skin. Viewers explore many interesting facets of evolution in a video all...
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Human Feet Are Strange

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Feet are neat! So, if you've already walked the path of examining animal footprints with your class, put them in the shoes of early humans! A well-designed lesson incorporates video, discussion, and hands-on learning to demonstrate how...
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Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
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The Chain of Life

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The narrator of a short animated video asks viewers to consider how they are just one link in a great chain of life that extends all the way back through time to the first single-cell organisms.
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Worksheet: Evolutionary Detectives

For Students 6th - 9th
Begin with an informational text, "Reptiles and Amphibians through the Ages," and then research online about the evolutionary development of a modern frog. Look at drawings of ancestor's skeletons and list the organisms on the geologic...
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Life Through Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research specific time period of geological time scale, organize and simplify events to tell complex story that others understand, locate and use variety of resources to tell story, and complete iMovie project to share...
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Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

For Students 9th - 12th
Did you know T-Rex had a wish bone? This is one of the many pieces of evidence to support the idea that therapod dinosaurs evolved into modern-day birds. An engaging video describes some of the other pieces of evidence and how...
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How We Think Complex Cells Evolved

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Being able to absorb the abilities of other life forms may seem like something taken from a superhero movie, but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Join the narrator as he takes viewers back billions of years to investigate how...
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When Fish First Breathed Air

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many species find breathing a convenient way to survive. The PBS Eons series explains how fish learned to breathe air. It details what scientists know about evolutionary history as well as many species that developed this skill...
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A Demographically Divided World

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Did you know that birth and life rates vary across the world? The resource, the second in a six-part series, discusses just how demographics differ across countries and why it might be the case. Scholars complete worksheets, watch...
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Worksheet: Evidence of Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory at the Fossil Park

For Students 9th - 12th
Take a close-up look at the evolution of hyenas in South Africa. Natural historians read about the five hyena species found in the fossil record and examine four statements that summarize the theory of evolution. As a culminating...
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The Life and Work of Jacob Lawrence

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Black History Month provides a time to talk about the accomplishments of African Americans like Jacob Lawrence.
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The Life and Work of Georges Seurat

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The art of George Seurat provides a way to explore art, history and the use of color.
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The Life and Work of Gustav Klimt

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A study of Gustav Klimt's life and work can lead to interesting discussions and projects.
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The Life and Work of Marc Chagall

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The background and work of the artist Marc Chagall can be a great way to teach students about history and art.
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The Life and Work of Pablo Picasso

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A study of Pablo Picasso's art can be an interesting way to delve into a variety of subjects.
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The Life and Work of Edvard Munch

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The life and work of artist Edvard Munch can provide a fascinating study for students.
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The Life and Work of Paul Cezanne

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students can explore the art of Paul Cezanne with these lessons and activities.
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The Life and Work of Jackson Pollock

For Teachers 5th - 8th
By discussing Jackson Pollock's painting techniques, students can engage in an exploration of what makes art, art.
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The Life and Work of Edgar Degas and the Impressionists

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Edgar Degas, and other Impressionist, painters balked against the structures on displaying artwork and promoted artistic freedom.
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Solving Mummy Mystery Helps History Come Alive

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students uncover more mysteries of Ancient life. They see how artifacts can reveal much about a complex culture's history and beliefs. They study the long line of ancient Egypt's pharaohs.
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Life Has A History

For Students 6th - 9th
In this biology worksheet, students identify and match various classes of species found today. Then they explain why biodiversity exists today on earth and define evolution. Students also describe who a paleontologist is and what they do.
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Bang! You're Alive!-Ocean Exploration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore plate tectonics, the "Big Bang" theory and Earth's history through geological evidence. In this understanding Earth's history lesson plan, students complete a 20 question worksheet on the history of Earth including a...
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Relative Dating-Telling Time Using Fossils

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore how to read fossil range charts. They develop an knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the fossil record. Students become familiar with the concepts index fossil and fossil range. Students use bar graphs to...
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The Ancient Mediterranean: Trade, Contact, and Cultural Diffusion

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders begin the lesson by being introduced to the basic terms of economics. In groups, they discover how they are affected by trade because of the clothes they wear and foods they eat. Using primary sources, they examine the...
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History In the House

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students analyze primary sources. In this historical analysis lesson, students will closely examine the household objects that most impact their lives. Students will use research, analysis, and class discussion to draw parallels between...
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Egypt's Golden Empire

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the queens of ancient Egypt and how they influenced the lives of the Pharaohs and the common people.
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Learning about Russia

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine artifacts to become familiar with Russian culture. In this Russian culture lesson, students watch a PowerPoint presentation and a video that shows different aspects of Russia. They act as investigators to locate...
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Worksheet: Beliefs about the Origins of Life

For Students 9th - 12th
A brief reading introduces high schoolers to different theories on the origin of life. A research project follows in which learners gather information on each theory and then hold a discussion about which they believe to be the most...
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Rust Never Sleeps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate oxidation-reduction reactions involving iron by conducting an experiment in which they expose iron filings to different atmospheric and ocean conditions. They relate the results to the oxidation banding...
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Mass Extinctions and Fossils

For Teachers 5th - 10th
After reading about the five main theories explaining the mass extinction of dinosaurs, natural historians diagram a geological timeline, describe how the five factors might have caused mass extinction, and then create a poster of an...
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Earth Forms and Life Begins

For Students 9th - 11th
Students discuss the beginning of the world and how it was formed. In this science lesson, students identify different properties of evolution and discuss geological and molecular timelines. They identify the reasoning for molecular...
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Relative Dating - Telling Time Using Fossils

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners use fossil range charts to explain relative dating. They graph for ammonites, marine organisms that went extinct at the same time as dinosaurs.
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Family Life During the Great Depression

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Young scholars practice the skill of photo analysis. In this Great Depression lesson, students analyze photographs from the era and write fictitious diary entries based on the images. 
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In the Time of Butterflies: Character Analysis

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders read about the life in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo Regime. After exploring a book, "The Time of the Butterflies," students describe the sisters and their lives. They complete a graphic organizer and write a...
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The Fossil Record

For Students 9th - 12th
In this fossils worksheet, learners review how fossils form, how fossil age is determined, and what fossils reveal to us. This worksheet has 1 graphic organizer, 3 multiple choice, 12 fill in the blank, and 5 short answer questions.
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Natural Resources and Ancient Cities

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explain how the availability of natural resources has affected human settlement patterns. They recognize the interactions of human populations on environments and compare the growth of two ancient cities in relation to...
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Native American Story Necklaces

For Teachers K - 6th
Combine a study of Native American history and art in this instructional activity. Learners discuss the importance of fetishes in Native American culture, the history of necklaces, and create their own works of art. Your class will find...
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Prehistory

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Images of the Atapuerca Caves, the cave paintings at Altamira, and a Neanderthal skull found at Forbes' Quarry on Gibraltar serve to introduce kids to prehistoric sites in Spain. Designed to support a study of prehistoric Spain, the...
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Academic Challenge: Paleontology Time Capsule

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore the geological time line. In this inquiry based lesson, students create a time capsule that represents a geological time period. The class will examine the time capsules to determine what time period each represents.
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Our Disastrous World

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students explore natural disasters around the world from the experiences of other students, friends and families. They collaborate with countries such as Japan, China, India, Australia, Russia, Great Britain as well as from the United...
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The Great Migration: An Oral History

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research the factors which contributed to the great migration and write a well organized research paper using multiple sources. They incorporate quotations into their paper, both direct and paraphrased, in accordance with MLA...
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The Russian Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students complete a matching game based on geographic features of Russia and label a map with these features. In this geography and politics lesson, students identify resources and populations in Russia and complete a T-Chart on a video...
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Tracing the Roots of Modern Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars identify several key inventions and other forms of technology that were part of city life during the classical Roman and Greek periods. They report on one characteristic or invention that is shared by modern and ancient...
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Reconstructing a Fossil Pterosaur

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students reconstruct the skeleton of the fossil Scaphognathus crassirostis. In this fossil lesson plan, students discuss the Kingdoms of life, geologic history and the history of the skeletons of species. Students are given 20 minutes to...
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Excavating the Past

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students discover how palaeontologists conduct a dig for fossils and how they interpret the age of the fossils. In small groups, they prepare a "dig site" consisting of bones, rocks and soil layered in a cardboard box. They switch boxes...
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Island Life

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students comb a local beach for smooth glass, marine debris, shells and any other interesting items they may come across. They tour a local lighthouse and discover what life was like for a lighthouse keeper. Back in the classroom, they...
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19th-Century Technology in 21st-Century America

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students imagine life without the technological advances of the 1800's. In this inventions and innovations lesson, students examine patent drawings of inventions. Students collaborate to research the technological advancements made...
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Stories of the American Experience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify a veteran to interview. This could be a family member of one of students or someone contacted through an organization in the community. They use a storyboard to plan their movie about their subject.
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Battle of Gettysburg

For Students 5th - 11th
On July 1, 1863 the Army of Northern Virginia, under the command of General Robert E. Lee met the Army of the Potomac, under the leadership of Major General George Meade. Considered the turning point of the war, the Battle of Gettysburg...
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You Say You Want an Evolution?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students estimate the number of living organisms they might find in their local environment. After researching the types of organisms that existed during various geologic time periods, students describe how life forms have changed over...
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Mummy Madness

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders make mummies. In this ancient Egypt activity, 7th graders follow the provided steps to create their own miniature mummies and prepare for its traditional burial.
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Exploring Women's History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze Jessie Benton Fremont's travelogue of her trip out west in 1849 to identify the gender roles, social attitudes and class distinctions of the time. They then adapt the the travelogue into a film script.
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Reflections of Ancient Greece

For Teachers K - 5th
Students study ancient Greek civilization. In this World history lesson, students locate Greece on a world map and review what the ancient Greeks did when they developed new ideas for government, science, philosophy, religion, and art.
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Time's a Ticking: The Earth's Geologic Time Scale

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders assess a given statement whether it's a fact or fiction. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders research to make the false statements true. They compare the Earth's geologic scale to common everyday items.
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Discovering Fossils

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners dig for and discover fossils in a classroom setting. They dig on a tarp to find, map, assemble, and photograph their discoveries.
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Dinosaurs Here Yesterday Gone Today

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students take a pre-test to show their prior knowledge of dinosaurs. Using the internet, they reasearch the time period in which they roamed the Earth. Focusing on the area of Connecticut, they compare and contrast the large and small...
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Phonics: Common Word Patterns

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this common word patterns worksheet, students sort and write words based on the letter patterns consonant-vowel-consonant -e, and vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel. Students write fifteen short answers.
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Phonics: Common Word Patterns

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this identifying phonetic spelling patterns worksheet, students review the vowel-consonant-vowel-e pattern words and the vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel pattern words, categorize the words in the word bank according to their patterns,...
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From Mashed to Riches

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students discuss the uses of a potato. For this food group lesson, students identify the five food groups and which one the potato belongs to. They create potato printing, compare different kinds of potatoes, grow a potato plant, and more.
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Identifying Fossils

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students create model fossils.  In this fossils instructional activity, students view pictures of fossils and compare and contrast these fossils.  Students read about fossils and create a database chart with the facts they learn. ...
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Henri Matisse

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use reading strategies. In this lesson students read a passage about Henri Matisse. Students answer questions about the passage and discuss their answers.
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Exploring Earth's Life History Poster

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars study geologic time periods and the mass extinctions that have occurred,  In this geology instructional activity students create a poster and present it to the class.
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Life in a Box: Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks

For Teachers K - 3rd
Pupils investigate the lives of important women who fought for their rights.  In this equality instructional activity, students examine the different gender roles throughout history and define the actions many women were made famous by. ...
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Extinction

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students peruse illustrations of living things and extinct life forms, which they compare and categorize as living or extinct.
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Clues From the Past: Daily Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover the ways different cultures gathered and made food. In groups, they read excerpts from primary sources about the food people in Mesopotamia liked to eat. They work together to make a batch of goat stew and a loaf of bread.
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Mesoamerican Codex Books

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use visual art as a form of communication as they create a codex book based on their knowledge of Mesoamericans.
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Mesoamerican Codex Books

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders recreate Mesoamerican Codex Books using brown paper bags, paints, glue, an iron, and books on Mesoamerican Glyphs in this 5th grade lesson in the Art classroom. Resource links and book references are provided for lesson...
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LIfe in a Box: George Washington's Role in the Revolution

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders guess who the three items would have belonged to when the teacher describes them to the class. In this American history lesson, 4th graders listen to the description of three things in a box and determine that these three...
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Survival Suitcase

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders plan a trip to Mali. They decide where in Mali they go and research what items they may need to take with them. They pack an imaginary suitcase and summarize their "experiences" in a travel journal.
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Geologic Time Measurement

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders gain an understanding of various methods (e.g., rock sequences, fossil correlation, radiometric dating) used by scientists to estimate geologic time. Students read in the content area, use note-taking strategies and...
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Stories of Nepal

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students explore folktales and fairy tales from Nepal to help them understand the Nepalese culture, and to compare the stories to the ones the students may know. After reading the stories, students consider what rural life is like in...
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Life in Extreme Environments

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast local environments with the extreme environment of the Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Students explore and gain knowledge of the adaptations organisms use to survive extreme conditions and the diverse conditions...
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"Hi" in Hieroglyphics

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students locate Egypt on a world map. They discover the use of the ancient writing system of hieroglyphics. They practice writing their name and translating words to hieroglyphics
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Meteors and Earth Changing Force

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine gravitational force and the effects it has on the Earth's systems.  For this meteors lesson students complete an experiment and compare data. 
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Swords, Arrows, and Eggs

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students enjoy hands-on learning experiences. In this current events lesson, students may visit the Lulworth Castle, Roald Dahl Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, Salts Mill, or the Sherwood Forest online or in-person to discover details of...
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The Struggle for Women's Rights in the 1800's

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students assist in preparing for debate as part of the group. They participate in the debate and the follow-up discussion, then write a letter expressing what they have learned and project their expectations for the future.
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The Geologic TimeString

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students create a simple tool to visualize geologic time. They create knots to represent the K/T, P/T and Precambrian boundaries in a 4.6 meter string with each millimeter representing one million years. They then refer back to this...
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Country Research (World)

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders use information that they have gathered to create a multimedia presentation using a program such as PowerPoint or HyperStudio. They use a bibliography sheet to cite all information they have gathered.
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Ancient Recipes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore how foods and their preparation differ over time and from culture to culture. An ancient recipe for the preparation of goat, found by archaeologists, is examined and discussed by the students.
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Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explain how artwork can inform about a culture and its traditions. They pretend to be archaeologists who have just opened a tomb. They interpret the past based on what they discover.
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Bacteria Change Earth's Atmosphere

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders organize information to explain how photosynthetic bacteria contributed to climatic changes that happened on Earth. Students create a timeline by using a storyboard to tell the story of the change.
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Is There Really Life on Mars?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the work of scientists and determine how they test their theories.
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Native Chili Planting

For Teachers K
Students discover the process of planting chili. After comparing two types of seeds students plant and with the use of a digital camera, record the seed progress. When ready for transplant, students take young plants to a retirement...
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Times 'a Ticking: The Earth's Geologic Time Scale

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate questions specific to the eras and periods of Earth's geologic time scale. They research websites to determine if statements given them are true or fiction. They correct false statements to make them true and...
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Show Me The Dinos

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore a site of numerous fossil excavations. Using an interactive quarry map, they locate dinosaur specimens and individual bones. In groups, students use "Show Me" cards to answer questions, compile information, and create...
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Famous Scientists

For Teachers 6th - 12th
For this famous scientists worksheet, students are provided with a list of 83 scientists from various fields of science to choose from for research.