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The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
After watching an engaging 13-minute video about the colorless blood of icefish, future ichthyologists examine icefish blood and non-icefish blood (blood samples are simulated with Karo syrup mixtures) to determine advantages of...
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Develop a Wellhead Protection Program

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers take on the role of different small town community members to discuss ways to protect the local wellhead. A simulated committee meeting encourages them to consider how the freshwater supply is used by the different...
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Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about...
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Tracking Hurricane News

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Here is a unique twist for your lesson plan on hurricanes. After examining extreme weather news headlines, your storm chasers view a PowerPoint about hurricanes and then zoom in on Hurricane Irene. They map a timeline of her trek up the...
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Weather in the News

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, oh my! For this lesson, meteorology majors compare stories of historical storms written by two or more different sources. As a result, they understand how the media portrays such catastrophes and...
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Torrents, Droughts, and Twisters - Oh My!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is causing the extreme weather happening around the planet? Middle and high schoolers read about climate change as a possible link to such phenomena. Then they form groups to discuss and research one of the types of weather events....
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Youth Obesity: Schools Fight Back

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore nutrition and healthy eating habits with a study on youth obesity. Learners watch a PBS documentary on the obesity epidemic which discusses government programs aimed at healthier choices, as well as more localized efforts. Kids...
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Vaccine Safety

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Enter the debate on vaccines. Small groups research topics related to vaccine safety in the last lesson in a unit of five. In the process of the research, team members learn how to determine the validity and credibility of a website. The...
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Wetlands

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take a little wade in the wetlands. A fun unit has pupils conduct a literature review to learn how climate change and human actions affect wetland ecosystems. They take a trip to a wetland, observe the fauna and flora, and then take and...
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Case Study: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic – Factors Beyond the Biological that Influence the Spread of Disease

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A very timely lesson looks at the social and political factors that affect the spread of disease. Using the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as a case study, pupils research factors that influenced the spread of the disease, including the role of...
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Wyoming Women Get the Vote | State of Equality

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
After watching the trailer for the documentary State of Equality, class members conduct addition research and develop a digital presentation, poster or essay about the Women's Suffrage Movement.
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Genetic Disease: Putting DNA to Work

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scientific knowledge of genetic information has grown quickly over the last decade. An interactive lesson has learners research the role of science and medicine in diagnosing and treating genetic disorders. They consider the job of the...
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Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health High School Virtual Field Trip

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding the science of the spread of infectious diseases is the first step in controlling them. Learners begin by researching the factors that affect the contraction and spread of these diseases and the challenges communities face...
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Lights at Night Webquest

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Help learners find ways to become more efficient energy consumers. To start, individuals research how different countries address energy efficiency and then analyze their own carbon footprint. They use their research to identify ways to...
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Infectious Diseases: Bird Flu Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Understanding how viruses spread has never been more important. A well-designed WebQuest lesson has young scientists research viruses, how they spread, and how they are treated. They also consider the trends in common viruses in the world.
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Pulse Chase Primer: The Meselson-Stahl Experiment

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Experimental design can make or break an experiment. Young scholars analyze the pulse-chase analysis procedure by studying the Meselson-Stahl experiment. Using a video presentation, they discover how the pulse-chase analysis led to the...
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Following the Trail of Evidence

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
One important skill in analyzing scientific evidence is identifying facts versus opinions. Scholars identify pieces of evidence from the film The Day the Mesozoic Died and then discuss this evidence in small groups at the end of each act...
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The Molecular Evolution of Gene Birth and Death

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
More than 90 percent of humans' DNA doesn't code for anything! Scholars watch a presentation as they answer questions relating to gene mutations. They read details, watch videos, and view animations supporting the concepts. The questions...
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2014 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Less than half of AP Environmental Science test takers pass each year. The College Board releases previous test questions covering topics from greenhouse gases to ecological succession to help scholars prepare for future assessments. Use...
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2015 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Less than eight percent of AP Environmental Science test takers earn the highest score possible. Help scholars improve their scores by using actual test questions on water quality and urban planning before reading sample responses that...
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2016 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The average student scores less than three points, out of five, on the AP Environmental Science test. Most do well on the multiple choice and struggle with the free-response section. Encourage extra free-response practice with actual...
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2017 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Almost half of test takers passed the AP Environmental Science exam in 2017. Use the free-response questions on the topics of pollution and ecosystems to improve writing skills in preparation for the AP exam. Discuss the scoring...
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2014 AP® Chemistry Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
More than half of AP Chemistry test takers earn a high enough score to get college credit. Improve that statistic by using past test questions including precipitate, molarity, and chemical equations to prepare for a future exam. The...
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2015 AP® Chemistry Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
More than 80,000 scholars earned college credit for Chemistry with the AP exam in 2015. The College Board released the free-response questions covering topics, including moles, that often confuse scholars. They also released example...