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203 resources with the concept extinction

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Life Science

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Photosynthesis, extinction, biomimicry, and bioremediation. Young environmental engineers study these processes. Using photosynthesis as a model and biomimicry as an example, groups research how nature provides hints for engineering...
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Crash Course: Ecology

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Viewers take a Crash Course in Ecology with a 12-video collection that takes a look at where organisms come from, how they interact, and how they influence their environments. The videos, appropriate for in class or remote learning, use...
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Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World With NOAA

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce middle schoolers to the essential principles of climate science with a collection of 10 activities. Class members learn about the Earth’s climate systems, factors that change these systems, and the impacts of those changes....
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Biodiversity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, is the focus of a four-video collection hosted by Britt Garner. The narrator discusses biodiversity, evolution, defining intelligence, and other complex topics. As a bonus, she models how to break...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 3

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Living things and ecosystems respond to and are affected by climate change. In this collection of four lessons, students learn about how researchers—now and in the past—have used plant lifecycle events to understand climate. Pupils...
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Literacy in Science/Technical Subjects: 6-8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Being able to write and read is useful across the disciplines, and science is no exception. This collection of science resources cultivate literacy skills while dealing with subjects from the world of science. The final three resources...
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The Age of Reptiles in Three Acts

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Reptiles survived the largest extinction event on the planet and then they grew into the most dominant class of the Mesozoic Era. They quickly evolved into giants on land, sea, and air. In an episode of the PBS Eons series viewers learn...
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A Mammoth Undertaking: The Science of De-Extinction!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If scientists could use biotechnology to bring back extinct species, should it? A thought-provoking video explores the technical and ethical considerations of this question as part of a larger biology playlist. It explains what would be...
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Why the Evolutionary Epic Matters: Crash Course Big History #203

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Imagine a world where the only animals roaming the earth are domesticated. One day, we might not have to imagine the scenario of no wild animals—and that day approaches faster than predicted. A video explains the evolution from...
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What's the Big Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who knew that a possible answer to Earth's energy resource problems was lurking deep beneath the ocean's surface? Part four of a six-part series introduces Earth Science pupils to methane hydrate, a waste product of methanogens. After...
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Great Minds: Goodall, Fossey and Galdikas

For Students 9th - 12th
How far would you go to defend another species? Would you give up your child or even fight to the death? The video focuses on the work of three women, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. All three worked with different...
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Population Variation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Tasmanian devils are scavengers who eat dead animals including the bones and fur. A video begins with cancer in Tasmanian devils to demonstrate the importance of genetic variation. Then examples such as the black-footed ferret and AIDS...
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Sustainability and Extinction

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Galapagos Penguins are the only penguins on earth that live north of the equator (in the wild). For this last lesson a discussion on how the Galapagos islands developed their populations and diversity sparks the introduction. Two...
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The Day the Mesozoic Died

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
A dynamic, three-part feature explores what caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. Computer animations, interviews, and on-site footage from around the world divulge evidence that it was the K-T...
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Killer Bees

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learn about the killer bees in Central America's rainforests in this fantastic video. It discusses why these native honey bees are in danger and why it is important to keep them safe!
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Study Jams! Population Growth

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Along came a spider, who sat down beside her. She screamed, but RJ wouldn't smash it because spiders are a limiting factor for other insects in an ecosystem. In this video, other common limiting factors for populations are listed....
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Where Are the Dinosaurs?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students recognize that they haven't seen a dinosaur because they no longer exist. In this dinosaur lesson, students view videos and understand what the dinosaur habitat was like. Students role play dinosaurs. Students explore dinosaur...
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Celebrate Endangered Species Day at Your School

For Teachers K - 8th
Learn how your school can join numerous conservation organizations in celebrating Endangered Species Day on May 17th.
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Origin of Life

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Twenty-seven slides will give your students a complete overview of the biological and chemical theories behind the development of life on Earth.  There are fabulous real life photos and labelled diagrams to give details about the first...
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Meet the Tiger

For Teachers 3rd
Here is an excellent lesson tigers that has a research component. Integrated into the lesson is the premise that God created animals and the human responsibility to care for them. At learning centers students visit various Websites and...
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Extreme Mammals

For Students 6th - 12th
Extreme characteristics can create some unusual mammals. Learners flip through a slide show of some of the most interesting mammals that are both living and extinct. Implement as a remote learning resource or use in-class to review...
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Around the World with DNA

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
DNA analysis could be what saves some animals from extinction. An interactive lesson shows learners how DNA information proves variation among animals of the same species and how stakeholders use that information to make decisions. Easy...
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What is Biodiversity?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Not all dogs are the same just like not all finches are the same. An interactive online lesson helps individuals learn about the causes and limitations to biodiversity. The clickable sections describe the basics of the genetics of...
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Going, Going...Gone?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Young environmentalists consider how scientists are attempting to save endangered species. They read about what causes extinction and steps to take to minimize the threats. 
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Migration, Adaptation, and Changing Climates

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
People adjust to their environments without even thinking about it—even if it's simply throwing on a sweatshirt. Lead the class in a discussion about the adjustments people make in their daily lives as an introduction to adaptations,...
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Around with World with DNA

For Students 6th - 12th
A mammalogist, ornithologist, ichthyologist, and a conservation geneticist share their work and their hopes that their research will help protect and save endangered species and their habitats.
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At-Risk Species

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Certain behaviors make species vulnerable to extinction and others protect them. By studying species that are currently endangered, learners draw conclusions about these behaviors. They then apply their conclusions to healthy species and...
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The Great Peregrine Scavenger Hunt - On the Internet

For Teachers 4th - 8th
The story of one bird provides valuable insight into general animal behaviors and interactions. Young researchers investigate the peregrine falcon using a web search. They analyze the behaviors of the raptor including its migration...
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Food Webs/Clipfish

For Teachers 6th
Human impact on habitats can be alarming. A hands-on activity has learners explore the impact of human interactions with different environments using a gamified approach. They simulate the impact of a species' abundance under different...
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Climate Is Our Friend…Isn’t It?: Make an Extinction Polyhedron

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Climate affects populations in different ways. Scholars research extinct organisms and mass extinctions in part three of the 10-installment Discover Your Changing World series. They create graphic organizers, then fill in the information...
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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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1 Million Species Could Go Extinct… Here’s Why

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The human carbon footprint may be larger than anyone thought. It is estimated that one million species are at risk of going extinct due to human impact on the environment. An installment from the large It's Okay to be Smart series...
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When the Synapsids Struck Back

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
As environments change so must their inhabitants, or extinction will prevail. An in-depth look at the evolution of the synapsids shows how one group overcame environmental changes and survived. The video lesson from the PBS Eon series...
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The History of Climate Cycles (And the Woolly Rhino) Explained

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Subtle changes in climate can have a significant effect on habitats. An installment of the PBS Eons series describes the history of climate changes. The instructor describes specific causes of the changes throughout history and how the...
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The Mystery behind the Biggest Bears of All Time

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Bears come in many different shapes and sizes. Follow the evolution of the prehistoric bear through time in an episode from the PBS Eon series. The narrator discusses the evolution of the bear by examining adaptations and their...
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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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2000 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th
Practice makes perfect! A released AP® exam gives scholars practice with the high level of expectations of their exams. The exam consists of four questions from 2000. Questions ask about endangered species, recycling, alternative fuels,...
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Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction Part 2: On Land

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What can fossils tell us about periods of extinction? Young scholars interpret fossil layers to make conclusions about changes in life during different geological time periods. They analyze the fossils for abundance and diversity as well...
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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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Biomes

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Animals, including humans, tend to live in specific biomes based on their adaptations and preferences. An in-depth presentation covers more than 10 different biomes and the factors impacting each as a habitat. Then, it focuses on dangers...
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Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
From the top of the food chain to extinction, follow the life of the megalodon! An episode in the PBS Eon series describes the evolution of the ancient species and its eventual extinction. The narrator discusses the fossil evidence and...
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Biodiversity and Extinction Vulnerability - De-Natured

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Science benefits everyone, so why is the language in journal articles so difficult to understand? The third video in the four-part series on Biodiversity breaks down a journal article so everyone understands the content. The article...
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Biology Before Darwin: Crash Course History of Science #19

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When did biology become a proper science? Travel back in time to the evolution of natural history during part 19 in an ongoing History of Science series. Pupils discover early pioneers in the study of plants and animals, the birth of...
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The Lost World

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Fans of Sherlock Holmes may be surprised to learn that in addition to stories of the famous deductionist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is also the creator of Professor Challenger. An irascible, unpredictable scientist, Challenger was featured...
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Why Sharks?

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Sharks have survived every major mass extinction in the history of the earth. Although the shark has had a good run, human interference threatens the survival of these formidable creatures. A video lesson explores creatures of the deep,...
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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 Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Will human existence define an epoch? Many scientists think we are in a new epoch, the anthropocene, defined by humans and our impact on the environment. An online interactive demonstrates the immense impact humans have had on every part...
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Mass Extinctions Interactive

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Extinctions constantly occur, but what sets off a mass extinction event? Young scientists study the data from the previous five mass extinctions to better understand their causes. Then, they learn the impact each extinction had on our...
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EarthViewer

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Almost complete annihilation of the plants and animals on the Earth has occurred at least five times in the past. Young scientists explore each of these events. They learn about the evidence and conclusions for each event and connect...
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Extinction Prevention via Engineering

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
It's time to save endangered species through engineering. The third lesson plan in a nine-part Life Science unit has young environmentalists study species extinction. An engaging discussion leads to some ideas on how to use engineering...
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From the Cambrian Explosion to the Great Dying

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Life before the dinosaurs was pretty amazing—and very fragile! Discover what Earth was like for Cambrian creatures, from the smallest ocean-dwellers to the first land animals. A video from an extensive biology playlist explores how early...
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How Long Will Human Impacts Last?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If aliens visit Earth a million years from now, what will they find? Explore the Anthropocene epoch with a hard-hitting video. Viewers examine the changes humankind has made to the planet, how these overshadow events of the past, and...
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Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can We "De-Extinct" Them Both?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
According to a popular movie series, de-extincting ancient species may not be the best idea! But, is it possible? Explore the prospect through a video that is part of a larger playlist covering mammals. The narrator compares the physical...
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The Trouble With Trilobites

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Trilobites survived on Earth for longer than mammals have, so what was their secret? From their evolution to diversity, they survived multiple large changes in the environment—and even flourished. Then, in the matter of less than a...
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The Extinction That Never Happened

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How do scientists define a mass extinction event in the fossil record, and what happens when they are wrong? Scientists find living plants and animals previously believed to be extinct on almost every continent. An engaging video...
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Extinction of Species

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Extinction: i's not just for dinosaurs! Young ecologists examine the alarming facts about the causes of mass extinctions by watching this engaging Fuse School Evolution video. Topics include previous extinction events, living fossils,...
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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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Should We Let Pandas Go Extinct?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Should cuteness be the top priority in wildlife conservation efforts? Science scholars ponder the process of determining how best to spend conservation dollars in an insightful video. The narrator discusses the strategy of conserving...
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How Many Mass Extinctions Have There Been?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone knows about the extinction of the dinosaurs, but what other mass extinctions have happened? The video explains how scientists define mass extinctions. It offers insight into the debate about the number of mass extinctions as well.
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Santa Cruz Island Restoration Narrative

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What would you be willing to do to save an animal from extinction? After re-viewing a video about the restoration of the Island Fox on Santa Cruz Island, individuals adopt the point of view of one of the key players in the debate and...
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Human Impact on the Sea

For Students 4th - 8th
How far does the human hand reach?  Five interactive lessons lead classes through a unit exploring the human impact on ocean resources, pollution, and even extinction. Learners discover how their decisions affect the ocean environment...
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Diversity of Living Things

For Teachers 8th Standards
Here's a topic classes can really dig—the fossil record. Use the well-organized and thoughtful road map to take eighth graders back in time to unearth the answer. Learn how our climate has changed, and how organisms have changed along...
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The Methane Circus

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Step right up! An engaging research-centered lesson, the third in a series of six, has young archaeologists study the amazing animals of the Cambrian explosion. Working in groups, they profile a breathtaking and odd creature and learn...
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Unit 3 Pre-Test, Grades 7–9

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Earth's systems respond to changes in environments in all types of ways including migration, extinction, adaptation, immigration, and emigration to name a few. Part one in a series of seven is a pre-test consisting of 14 questions. Some...
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Mammoths vs. Mastodons: What's the Criteria for De-Extinction?

For Students 6th - 12th
If you could, would you bring back mammoths or mastodons? What about resurrecting other species? Viewers consider some of the ethical and practical considerations involved in de-extinction.
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Mass Extinctions

For Students 9th - 12th
99 percent of the species that have ever lived on this planet are extinct. The best way to understand when another extinction could happen is to study the previous five mass extinctions. The video discusses each one, the cause, the...
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Ghosts of Evolution

For Students 6th - 12th
Since avocados are fruits, is guacamole a smoothie? The video explains how trees that produce fruit with no natural way to spread their seeds are still alive. It goes into detail about avocado trees and ginko biloba trees.
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Speciation and Extinction

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are we, as some scientists theorize, in the midst of the sixth mass extinction? Scholars explore speciation through adaptive radiation and extinction with a video that uses the three-spines stickleback in Alaska, and its current...
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The Sixth Extinction

For Students 6th - 12th
Did you know that 98 percent of organisms that ever lived are now extinct? PBS Digital Studios presents viewers with information about previous extinctions, their causes, and related statistics such as what percent of organisms went...
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Community Ecology: Feel the Love

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Warblers are small birds that have been known to get caught in spider webs. The video covers community ecology, focusing on the Competitive Exclusion Principle using the example of warblers. It also includes fundamental versus realized...
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Section Three: What's the Status of Biodiversity?

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Biodiversity is essential for every habitat, but many species are at risk due to pollution and other factors. Explore several different species native to Illinois in a gallery walk with posters that learners have created after research...
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Evolution of a DNA Sequence Over Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils explore evolution in a scientific manner as they research the theory and conduct an experiment demonstrating evolutionary changes in modern-day beans and lentils to determine differences from those in the past. They complete an...
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Mass Extinction and Fossil Records

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The focus of a fossil-based lesson uses graphs and charts that allow young paleontologists to make inferences about events of mass extinction. They must apply their previous knowledge about fossil records in this final lesson of the...
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Evidence of Evolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What an impression fossils make! In this activity, aspiring paleontologists view fossils and construct a timeline to further understand how the lack of natural adaptation caused historical organisms to become extinct. While they should...
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Back from the Dead

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be? That is the question your class will ponder. Your budding scientists read a passage, follow a cloning timeline, and review a diagram about the process of reviving a woolly...
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Pollution & Evolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Bring together a study of two major scientific topics with a lesson on the relationship between pollution and evolution. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, hands-on activity. and class demonstration young scientists learn how...
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Section Two: Why is Biodiversity Important?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Explore soil, genetic traits, natural resources, and pollution in a series of lessons that focus on biodiversity. Kids complete experiments to learn more about the importance of varied genes and organisms in an ecosystem.
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In Danger of Extinction

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What happens when a species becomes extinct? Sharpen your reading skills with a passage about how koalas have gotten close to being an endangered species.
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Endangered Species

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Your learners have likely heard about animals going extinct. By reading this passage, they can find out some reasons why this happens and how to protect endangered species. After reading, individuals respond to five related questions.
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Habitat Destruction

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What happens when an animal becomes endangered or extinct? Explore the ways that human influence throughout the environment has threatened the existence of other species with a reading passage. After reading the paragraphs, kids answer...
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Timeline Activity

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young biologists travel back billions of years through history in a collaborative life science project. Given a long sheet of paper and a list of key biological events, students work in small groups creating and illustrating timelines...
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At-Risk Species

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
There are currently thousands of species around the world whose survival is in serious danger. This lesson allows young conservationists to explore this global issue by classifying at-risk animals by the various factors threatening their...
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The Day the Mesozoic Died

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
While this is not the traditional, step-by-step lesson plan, it is chock-full of material that you can easily incorporate into your earth history unit. Its main purpose is to serve as a guide to using a three-part film, The Day the...
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2 Degrees Warmer: Ocean Life in Danger

For Teachers 7th - 12th
This follow-up to "Could Just One Degree..." explains the major changes that would occur if the earth's climate continues to rise. See as many animals and their habitats are affected, continuing to "3 Degrees Warmer..." as more and more...
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Miracle Planet - Snow Ball Earth 3/5

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Thermophiles and other microbes give hints as to how life can continue in extreme temperatures. Fossils in the Namibian Desert are relatively undisturbed and offer other keys to life. Your biology and earth science classes will want to...
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3 Degrees Warmer: Heat Wave Fatalities

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A three-degree difference changes places like the Mediterranean to look like the Middle East. Extreme weather patterns such as El Nino become the norm. An extreme heat wave in Paris just recently gave us a taste of what warmer weather...
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PASSENGER PIGEONS: NOMADS LOST

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore the concept and implications of extinction using the example of the Passenger Pigeon, once an extremely abundant species that was completely eliminated by 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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AP: Chapter 25: Phylogeny and Systematics

For Students 9th - 12th
As a review or note taking guide, this resource wraps up a unit on the tree of life. Biology bigwigs define phylogeny and answer questions about the subsequent classification of organisms. The worksheet takes a straightforward and...
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Evaluating the Strength of Scientific Evidence: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A happy discovery occurred in Arkansas in 2004: a woodpecker, believed to be extinct since the 1940s, reappeared! Or did it? Middle to high school ecologists examine scientific evidence and use critical-thinking skills to determine...
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Speciation and Genetic Drift Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Fifteen terms pertaining to speciation, extinction, and gene flow are to be matched to their definitions. This simple, easy-to-read worksheet can be used as a pop quiz for your biology learners when studying natural selection principles...
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Evolution Study Guide

For Students 7th - 10th
Thirty short-answer questions comprise this detailed review of evolution theory. Many of the questions ask scholars to define vocabulary. Because short answers are required, this worksheet will take some time to complete. You could give...
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Missing Macroinvertebrates - Stream Side Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Field study groups collect samples of stream water and identify the macroinvertebrates found. Using their data, they calculate a water quality index to rate the health of the stream. They graph their data and discuss the value of a water...
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A History of the Conservation in the United States

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Any student interested in the natural resources should be engaged by this PowerPoint. It gives many details and examples of problems associated with resource management. The regulations and protocols established to help with the...
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Fish and Wildlife in America

For Teachers 8th
Some of the details of the use of wildlife as food and crop resources are given at the beginning of this slideshow. Next, the historical problems with wildlife are explained, as are some mistakes that have been made leading to extinction...
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What is Groundwater? Our Underground Water Supply

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Learn about the consequences of groundwater with a lesson about the different ways California handles water conservation and pollution. After reading a passage about the water table, learners apply what they have read to six...
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Asteroid Attack - What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

For Teachers 4th - 12th
How do scientists know what really killed the dinosaurs? This clip explains what the KT boundary is and what it means in relation to dinosaur extinction. This clip is very short and seems to be a part of a larger BBC special on dinosaur...
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Asteroid Attack - Where's the Evidence?

For Teachers 4th - 12th
What evidence do we have to prove the theory that a huge asteroid led to the extinction of the dinosaurs? This two-minute clip gives a brief look at the evidence geologists have found to prove their theory.
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Endangered Species 1: Why are Species Endangered?

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Emerging ecologists examine endangered species by visiting the US Environmental Protection Agency website. They consider human contribution to the decline of different species. They research an endangered animal and then craft a poster...
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Launching an Inquiry into Endangered Animals

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create questions they want answered while they show what they comprehend about endangered and extinct species. They categorize photos of living things onto a contunum with the main points for use as a formative assessment.
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Adaptation and Evolution

For Teachers 4th - 8th
It is not unusual to use bird beaks as an example of adaptations for preteen biologists. In this particular version, there is a competitive aspect. Learners first all gather the same food with the same style of beak as a baseline...
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Past Life at Langebaan on the West Coast

For Students 6th - 9th
Three pages of intriguing pictures and reading passages about the natural history of Africa's West Coast Fossil Park make up the bulk of this handout. There are 13 questions to answer and directions for designing a poster about one of...
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Worksheet: The Giant Impact

For Students 7th - 9th
A global disaster theory is told as a story. After reading it, earth scientists research mass extinctions. They are asked to describe asteroid impacts, climate change, volcanic eruption, sea level change, and atmospheric gas content....
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Wild Dog Urine

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate biology by researching wild animals. In this animal extinction lesson plan, students research African wild dogs and discuss the impact of the environment on their survival. Students read and analyze an article titled...
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Marine Biodiversity

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Begin by comparing land biodiversity to ocean biodiversity, consider the balance between speciation and extinction, and then focus on the coral reef habitat. This PowerPoint presentation is more of a lesson on coral reefs than it is on...
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Humans and the Environment

For Teachers 4th - 7th
This PowerPoint is a straightforward list of facts about how humans impact the environment. Subjects covered are extinction, natural resources, different types of pollution, and conservation efforts. Questions are presented on some...
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Animal Survival

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Viewers of this PowerPoint are introduced to endangered and extinct animals. They discover why apes, elephants, pandas, polar bears, rhinoceri, and marine turtles are threatened. Finally, ways that humans have and can make a difference...
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How Do Species Become Extinct?

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine reasons that animals become extinct. They participate in a simulation to discover that animals loss of home is the main factor that puts species near extinction in North America. Students examine over-hunting and...
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Earth Lesson Plans

For Teachers 1st - 7th
Students gain understanding of how a fossil is formed and why they are so important.  In this fossil lesson students create their own fossils.
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Gone But Not Forgotten

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine animals and organisms that have become extinct and their similarities to living organisms.  In this extinction activity students divide into groups and research extinct animals.
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Second Chances

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners discuss endangered and extinct animals. In this animal instructional activity, students discuss how animals become endangered or extinct. Learners also discuss the impact of reintroducing animals into the environment.
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Dinosaurs 1: Where are the Dinosaurs?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students investigate world history by creating a diorama in class. In this dinosaur extinction lesson, students read assigned text discussing the time frame of the dinosaurs residence on Earth and their eventual demise. Students recreate...
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Extinction

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students develop a definition of extinction.  In this extinction lesson, students listen to What Happened to Dinosaurs? Students research and debate theories of what happened to dinosaurs.  Students present their arguments.
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Scientific Inquiry

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the theories on the extinction of the dinosaurs. In this dinosaur extinction instructional activity, 6th graders view a video clip about scientific inquiry. They work in groups to research the two theories on...
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It's Everyone's Home

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research environmental destruction. In this cause and effect instructional activity, students students gain an understanding of everyday things we do to harm the environment. Students work in groups to create a brochure that...
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Species Charades

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students identify endangered species. In this endangered species lesson, the teacher leads a discussion about endangered species, then the class plays a game of charades to pantomime animal behavior.
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Activity Plan 5-6: S.O.S. - Save Our Species!

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students create a banner or flag about an endangered animal to teach others about their plight for survival. In this environmental science lesson plan, the class will work to create a list of endangered animals, then create a class...
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CyberHunt: Digging for Dinosaurs

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students discover dinosaur facts using internet research. In this 2nd - 3rd grade lesson plan, students identify various dinosaur facts. Students use internet research to answer questions regarding dinosaurs.
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Endangered Animals

For Students 6th - 12th
In this endangered animals worksheet, students determine ways humans threaten wildlife and protect wildlife. This worksheet has 4 short answer questions.
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Learning the Causes of Extinction

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are introduced to the five major reasons for extinction. In groups, they read scenarios and divide them into different categories. Using the internet, they identify which reason a certain animal became extinct. To end the...
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Endangered species

For Teachers K - 8th
Students define the following words: extinction, endangered species, meteorite collision, glaciation and climate warming. They investigate that there are 307 species on the endangered list, and an average of 10-20 species are added each...
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Warning: Endangered Animals!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research species of endangered animals around the world and complete a fact sheet. They write a script/storyboard using fact sheet information. They create a multimedia presentation to save an endangered species.
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The Facts of Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore the different ways scientists gather information about extinct animals. They utilize these methods to create illustrated story books about a particular extinct animal.
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Where Have All the Dinosaurs Gone?

For Teachers 1st
First graders listen to and discuss Patrick's Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick. They have a pretend dinosaur dig using dog biscuits and chicken bones. Students discuss how fossils are formed and make reproductions of them. After discussing the...
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What is the Nature of Science?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine videos of field researach to discover the components of the scientific process. Using forms, they conduct community surveys about the nature of science. They research the extinction of dinosaurs and compare...
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A Whale of a Tail!

For Teachers 4th - 7th
The students build curiosity of marine life by examining whales. Students are exposed to the topic of whale conservation. By writing letters and adopting an animal, students develop a personal connection with this issue. Students are...
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Dinosaurs Are Dino-mite!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students complete a unit on dinosaurs. They explore various websites, create a dinosaur skeleton using pasta, construct a dinosaur diorama, write an essay, create a book about dinosaurs, and list and summarize theories about dinosaur...
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The Great Jellybean Hunt

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore natural selection and its influence on the populations to fine tune traits and characteristics. The acquisition of traits developed out of need is examined through a game played in class.
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Endangered Species

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students define extinction, name four animals and two plant species that are extinct, list three reasons why animals and plants become extinct, and create ways that would help prevent extinction.
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ESPN CRIB (Endangered Species Protected Now)

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students research the habitat of threatened and endangered species. They design habitat models for zoo exhibits. They examine causes for the extinction of different species. They present their findings and exhibit to classmates.
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Endangered Species: What Are They And How Can We Help Them?

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students research endangered species online and prepare a presentation identifying species, and the reasons why species are becoming endangered,
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A Zoo From the Perspective of an Animal

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students differentiate between animal classes and identify strategies animals use to protect themselves. They identify the basic needs of animals and explain the role of zoos in preventing animal extinction.
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Preservation is Important? Says Who?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students watch a video interview about the life/work of Mark Olson, explain how Olson's cultural and life experiences influence his perceptions of plants and plant study, and analyze and share news articles to identify differing...
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"Theory" Choices: What Happened To the Dinosaurs?: Evolution, Biology

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students read and discuss articles presenting two alternative "theories" about the extinction of dinosaurs. They are encouraged to use the criteria which scientists use to get the "best" solution.
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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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Jeopardy 8th Grade (Science)

For Teachers 7th - 8th
There are so many topics touched upon in this Jeopardy-style science game, that it is difficult to classify! The categories include electricity, matter, ecology, earth and space, and scientific investigation. This would best be used at...
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Examining Endangered Species

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Middle school environmental science classes research the threatened, endangered, and extinct organisms listed for their state. They design and construct a poster of the information gleaned and write an essay about how they might be able...
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What does 'Endangered' mean?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students discuss a variety of teacher led discussion questions about what makes an animal endangered. They take a short field trip to an open area and set a boundary for each child for them to either write or draw about how the location...
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Academic Raceway 500

For Teachers 4th - 5th
This PowerPoint provides a raceway game in which students compete by answering animal questions correctly to advance their racecar. The main animal themes covered are adaptation, survival, endangered and extinct animals, and ways to...
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Distant Thunder

For Teachers K - 3rd
Learners compare the changes in the Alaskan habitat and relate it to the extinction of certain animals. In this animal extinction lesson plan, students read about the extinction of dinosaurs and have a discussion of the effects.
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Animals in Crisis Because of Climate Changes

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders look at how the climate change is affecting animals. In this animal lesson, 3rd graders look at the top 10 species in danger of extinction due to global warming. They discuss what can be done to help these animals. 
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The Ice Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the ice age and the causes of it.  In this Ice Age lesson students examine why those animals became extinct and complete activity sheets.
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Exploring Ecosystems

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate ecosystems. In this ecosystem lesson, 4th graders explore producers, consumers, and decomposers and study the interdependence of each.
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The Ice Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study the differences in the Ice Age terminology and what causes them.  In this Ice Age lesson students examine what plants and animals lived during the Ice Age. 
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Deep Time and the History of Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers 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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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 lesson students create a poster and present it to the class.
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Extinction Theories: Dinosaurs

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Learners examine how scientist use evidence to create theories. In this problem solving lesson, students use evidence cards to determine their own theory about the extinction of dinosaurs. They will debate their theories based on the...
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Where Are The Dinosaurs?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners study what happened to the dinosaurs and possible causes of extinction.  In this investigative lesson students create dinosaur eggs. 
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Deep Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the geologic time scale and study the transformations that occurred in the Earth's history.  In this timeline lesson students create a live action timeline.
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Death of the Dinosaurs

For Students 7th - 12th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 6-paragraph article regarding dinosaur extinction and respond to 5 short answer questions. Vocabulary words and definitions are included.
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Saving Big Cats from Extinction

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students explore extinction.  In this biology and environmental science lesson, students define extinction, identify what living things need to survive, and create a persuasive poster about "saving the big cats" using a desktop...
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Endangered Species of PA

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and publish information about an endangered species on the school's web site. In this endangered species lesson, students choose an at-risk species to research. They publish their research information on the school's...
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Learning the Causes of Extinction

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students investigate reasons why species go extinct.  In this animal population activity, students discuss and create a list of the 5 main reasons animals go extinct.  Students complete a sentence completion activity based on the 5 major...
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Video Guide Extinction

For Students 4th - Higher Ed
In this extinction activity, learners watch a video about extinction and the process of evolution. Students then answer 19 questions about the video.
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Dinosaurs

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students study the lives of dinosaurs. In this dinosaur lesson, students create dinosaur dioramas that depict how and where the creatures lived. Students also discuss extinction with their teacher.
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Where Are the Dinosaurs?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine the concept of extinction by studying dinosaurs. In this living environment lesson, students view dinosaur video clips and define the word "extinction." Students visit the "Zoom Dinosaur" website to investigate various...
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Animals in Danger

For Students 1st
In this crossword puzzle worksheet, 1st graders look at the names and black line pictures of 4 animals that are in danger of extinction namely the whale, elephant, seal, and eagle. They fill in the names in a crossword puzzle by...
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Fossils: Part of the Picture

For Students 7th - 12th
In this fossils worksheet, students read how scientists use fossils to gather evidence about ancient animals and plants. Then students complete 2 short answer questions.
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Describing the Living World

For Students 7th - 12th
For this living world worksheet, students review classification categories, organism adaptations, and organisms' basic needs. This worksheet has 7 matching, 7 true or false, 2 multiple choice, and 3 short answer questions.
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History of Life

For Students 5th - 8th
In 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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Climatic Changes

For Students 6th - 8th
In this weather worksheet, students read an excerpt describing the climate and extinction. Then they explain what the climate was like during the Age of Dinosaurs. Students also determine some factors that affected the climate during...
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Critters in Crisis!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
In this reading a graph worksheet, students read about endangered species. They study a bar graph comparing the number of endangered species to groups in the animal kingdom. Using the bar graph as a way to collect information, students...
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Plant Tissue Culture

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this biology learning exercise, students list two things that plant tissue culture media provides to plant tissue. Then they define totipotency and name a plant growth regulator. Students also list two reasons why culture dishes are...
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Exploring Biomes

For Students 9th - 10th
In this biology worksheet, students watch a movie about various land biomes. Then they use the word list to the right to complete each of the statements. Students also complete the brief quiz about the movie that follows.
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Endangered Species and Extinction

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders determine the difference between extinction and endangered species. Using the internet, they research one endangered species, identify its common and specific name, where it lives and what it eats. To end the lesson,...
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American Chestnut

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars discuss importance of American Chestnut tree, explore its value and uses, examine how it has almost become extinct, and identify ways certain groups are working to help regain American Chestnut tree population through...
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Extinction Is Forever

For Teachers K - 8th
Young scholars observe models of two kinds of forests with low and high biodiversity. They observe and record the effects of habitat destruction or extinction rates. They also conduct research about mass extinction like that of the...
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ARE WE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MASS EXTINCTION?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify and interpret the following: What is mass extinction, and what are some theories for why it happens? How often do species become extinct? What is the normal rate of extinction? Why are some species endangered? What...
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Why preserve biodiversity?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students view photos of endangered species on the Internet and discuss the reasons why these animals are threatened and why they should be protected. They use the words: biodiversity, ecosystem, and extinction in sentences to demonstrate...
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Endangered Species

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students decide which of a group of animals should take priority over others for survival. They listen to a story of endangered animals and in groups or pairs complete a worksheet to save three of the animals on the worksheet as the...
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A Quest for Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the atrocities of slavery. They examine the issues raised by the legacy of slavery in Brazil by reading and discussing "Brazil's Former Slave Havens Slowly Pressing for Rights." They create a slave identity based on...
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What Happened to the Dinosaurs?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine various reasons why dinosaurs became extinct. They listen to the book "The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs," in small groups conduct Internet research, answer discussion questions, and analyze and discuss...
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The Big Burp:A Bad Day in the Paleocene

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars describe the overall events that occurred during the Paleocene extinction event as well as the processes that are believed to result in global warming after group research. They infer how a global warming event could have...
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Cougar or Human: Which Needs Protection?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research the biology and natural history of the cougar. Students conduct Internet research to determine how cougars have been protected by humans and how it is affected by human decisions. High schoolers write about...
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Making Tracks: A Sea Turtle's Journey

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students estimate the size of sea turtles by crumbling pieces of newspaper and placing them in a trash bag. they compare their turtle with one in a video. They illustrate the turtle's life cycle and piece together teacher-prepared turtle...
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Endangered Animals: Threats and Solutions

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars research the threats that endangered animals encounter. They explain ways in which the animals can be saved from extinction by completing the Endangered Animal Research Form.
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Vanished!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research how certain types of animals became extinct, and write report about their chosen species, explaining scientific theories or facts about how it became extinct, and how extinction has affected other species and the...
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"I have a Bone to Pick With You"

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore dinosaur classifications and how animals of long ago became extinct. They conduct research, classify dinosaurs, and in small groups, develop a name of a new dinosaur, create a poster, and present the information to...
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Biodiversity - Does It Really Matter?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine biodiversity, ecosystems, and extinction. They are divided into groups to discuss why they think biodiversity is important.
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Asteroids

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars examine a potential asteroid impact site. They describe evidence and theories for extinction events.
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Life at Risk

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars examine the characteristics of the peregrine falcon. They investigate endangered and extinct species, and how the environment affects the process.
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Animals Abound

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners explore the world of mammals, birds, and fish to compare and contrast their habitats, adaptations, and camouflages. Through research, musical experiences, and hands-on activities, the lives and adventures of these animals are...
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Threatened Species and Public Policy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the Endangered Species Act and its impact on people and the environment. They read the act and watch video footage. They examine why sea turtles are endangered and efforts to protect them. They analyze numerical results...
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Extinction

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore reasons why the dinosaurs became extinct, and the specific needs (habitat, environment, food) of individual types of dinosaurs.
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Dinosaurs - Physical Characteristics

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students describe the physical characteristics of dinosaurs, compare and contrast the evolution of land, and they explore the extinction of dinosaurs.
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Investigation 6 - Dinosaur Extinction

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research and analyze theories on why dinosaurs became extinct. They need to find clues as to what the cause may have been. They record the evidence that they find to support their theory on the Dinosaur Extinction Theory...
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Wild Wildlife

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students assess how people both support and refute actions that lead to the extinction of animals. They examine how the wild tiger population has grown from near-extinction due to conservation efforts. They investigate an animal species...
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Scientific Advances Could Bring Back the Dodo & Mammoth

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students reflect on the possibility of bringing extinct species back to life.  In this ESL activity, students debate the pros and cons of extinction reversal then complete several activities centered around the topic.
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Understanding Geologic Time

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students use the Internet and complete a timeline.  In this biology lesson students use the Internet to complete an activity.
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Primate Classification 2006

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine groups of hierarchy and see how primates are categorized.  In this primate classification lesson students view video and slides then examine the taxonomy of primates. 
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Relationships and Biodiversity

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine diversity on the planet and the differences within a species.  In this investigative lesson students complete a lab that allows students to better understand the relatedness between plants. 
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Extinction of Dinosaurs

For Students 7th - 12th
In this dinosaurs worksheet, students review the different theories that scientist believe may have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. This worksheet has 18 fill in the blank questions.
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Present-Day Rapid Extinctions

For Students 9th - 12th
For this extinction worksheet, students review the different human activities that are leading to present-day rapid extinctions. This worksheet has 9 short answer questions.
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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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Reproduction

For Students 9th - 10th
In this biology worksheet, students identify and locate various vocabulary terms pertaining to the stages of reproduction. There are 16 biology terms located in the word search.
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Birds of a Feather: Parrots, Pigeons, Parakeets, and More

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils investigate the concepts related to the extinction of birds while conduct research using the internet and a variety of resources. The information is used in order to create a class presentation or set the context for class...
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The Cry Of The Wolf

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students inverstigate the history of wolves and how they have changed throughout the ages. The movement to eradicate the wolves is studied and students are asked to explain their opinion of it. This is given after spending the time to...
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Endangered Species and Extinction

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore endangered species and extinction. They discuss and write three reasons why it is important to save animals from becoming endangered or extinct. They discuss The Great Kapok Tree and write a letter discussing...
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Endangered Species

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the plight of endangered species and animals and plants that are already extinct. They listen to the book "Endangered Species of the World," watch and discuss a filmstrip, develop a list of extinct animals and...
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Honey Bees!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research and complete two assignments about honeybees. Students draw and color a picture of a flower with a honeybee inside of it. Students write a letter to the executives at Ridit Pest Control persuading them to stop the...