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Coastal Peru: The Amazing Biodiversity of a Coastal Ecosystem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Peru's coastal ecosystem is only one of the country's amazing features. But travelers don't need passports, expensive plane tickets, or heavy suitcases to examine the biodiversity of coastal Peru. Armed with a field trip log and graphic...
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What Little Herc Saw

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
See the underwater world through a different pair of eyes! Middle school marine biologists identify deep-sea organisms by examining images taken by an ROV from the Okeanos Explorer. After determining what creatures lie beneath the...
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Global Warming: Facts and Our Future

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
According to the United Nations, climate change affects every country on the planet. This research project encourages scholars to explore the factors that affect climate change from different perspectives: climate scientist, policy...
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Stressed Out!

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Are our oceans really suffering due to the choices humans make? The sixth and final installment in the volume of activities challenges research groups to tackle one of six major topics that impact ocean health. After getting to the...
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Next Generation Science Standards

For Students K - 12th Standards
Are you having trouble deciphering the Next Generation Science Standards on the website, or just trying to find the standards for your grade in a quick-and-easy format? If so, here is a free and easy-to-navigate app made with you in mind.
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CK-12 Earth Science Concepts for Middle School

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore a variety of science concepts in an interactive textbook created for middle school scholars. A lengthy table of contents takes readers to pages comprised of a subject overview, outline, and summary. Follow links further to find...
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Biodiversity

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How does biodiversity affect ecosystems? An insightful presentation covers the concept of biodiversity and its importance. It takes a look at extinction and endangered and threatened species as well as biodiversity hot spots around the...
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Discovering Integrated Pest Management: Grades 2–7

For Teachers 2nd - 7th Standards
How are pests managed in a way that supports ecosystems? Individuals explore insects and ecology with a variety of hands-on activities. They learn about ecosystems and food webs by playing a modified game of tag and learn about 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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Science and the Environment

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why is it important to study environmental science? An informative PowerPoint explains what environmental science is, the history of the environment including effects of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, and the impacts people...
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The Young Naturalist

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Beginning with a brief history of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, then followed by a discussion of his interest in nature, young scientists take to the outdoors to locate and observe local plants and insects. Scholars return to...
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Coral Reefs in Hot Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Global warming is leaving coral reefs in hot water. What does that mean for their survival? Find out as scholars use authentic satellite data to explore the issue. Learners look for global trends in the data and research the effects the...
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Coral Reefs and Climate Change

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Coral reefs cover less than one percent of the ocean floor, yet more than 25 percent of marine life lives in coral reefs. A colorful, engaging video describes the health of coral reefs and why the formations matter. The first lesson in a...
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Ocean Acidification

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Human impacts on the environment can sometimes be difficult to measure, especially under water! An activity centered on ocean acidification gives science scholars the opportunity to examine the effects of carbon dioxide on marine life....
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News Flash!

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Extra, extra, read all about it! Scholars research information on endangered species and produce a news report to share their findings with the rest of the class. In groups, they then consider engineering solutions to problems on habitat...
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LS2C - Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
How do ecosystems react to change over time? Show your class how natural and man-made factors affect the organisms in an area using the guidelines in a video about standard LS2C. Topics include biotic and abiotic factors, biodiversity,...
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LS4D - Biodiversity and Humans

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
Humans have both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity. A video lesson highlights important human impacts on biodiversity through examples and diagrams. The narrator provides insight to the progression of the topic from...
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STEM Camp—Water

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Is your class thirsty for STEM-aligned learning about Earth's most important molecule? Science scholars investigate the nature of water in a detailed unit. Pairs and individuals get the facts on water's peculiar properties, why living...
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Reforestation: Impact on Climate

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
If trees fall in a forest, we may not hear them, but the ecosystem knows the difference. Learners examine the cost of deforestation on local ecosystems with a focus on global climate change. The lesson examines the impact on the carbon...
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Limiting Factors to Population Growth: Graphing Population Growth

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
If any of the limiting factors in an environment change, both animal and plant populations also change. The video explains two different models of growth and the impact of limiting factors. It highlights the carrying capacity of an...
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How Dirt Works

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Get a little dirty as your classes explore the aspects of healthy soil. Scholars learn that healthy soil has a different meaning for a farmer, a consumer, and an environmentalist. They also experiment with different soil types to analyze...
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How Natural Areas Filter Water

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Often called the gift of nature, water is a valuable natural resource. A creative lesson examines the importance of water quality for both humans and agriculture. Scholars learn to view natural areas as filters for rainwater. They...
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Urban Trees

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
If a tree falls in an urban area, does anyone realize the implications? A comprehensive lesson begins by exploring the important role trees play in the urban environment. It continues with an examination of the dangers tree populations...
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Wolves of Yellowstone

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
To add wolves or not to add wolves — that is the question. An engaging lesson explores the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park. Learners research the effects on the ecosystem of the reintroduction and apply their research to a...