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The Sixties: Hitsville USA

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
James Jamerson. You probably heard him but may not have heard of him. But fans of Motown Records will certainly recognize his contributions to the sound that desegregated popular music during the 1960s. Challenge young history detectives...
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How Does Impeachment Work?

For Students 6th - 12th
Did you know that in the United States any civil officer can be impeached? But just what does impeachment mean? How does the process work? Who can demand impeachment of a public official? Who can initiate the process? Learn everything...
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Should We Get Rid of Standardized Testing?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know that the concept of standardized testing is over 2,000 years old? But what is the purpose of these tests? What do they supposedly measure? A short video investigates the history of standardized tests.
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Investigate the Plastic Problem

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Plastics are forever. The second lesson in a 10-part unit has pupils research the effects of plastics on the environment. They present their findings by creating an infographic.
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Why Can’t I Eat This Fish?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Can turning on the television lead to toxins in the food supply? The lesson offers an opportunity for young scientists to complete guided research. A worksheet lists each question as well as the web page necessary to answer the question....
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Ozone Data Comparison over the South Pole

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know the hole in the ozone is seasonal and filled by January every year? The lesson uses scientific measurements of the ozone over the South Pole to understand patterns. Scholars learn that the hole grew bigger annually before...
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Science in Antarctica

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
PolarTREC brings polar researchers and educators together to benefit both science and education. Pupils select one research project in Antarctica to explore and present to their peers. Scholars polish research and presentation skills as...
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Human Creativity and Climate Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Dumping iron in the oceans, placing mirrors in space, and painting mountains may sound like crazy ideas, but would they help climate change? The lesson presents creative geoengineering ideas. Scholars pick one and research how it works...
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Touring the Poles

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Would you want to vacation in the Arctic or Antarctic regions? Scholars research both regions and produce a travel brochure trying to convince tourists to visit. The project focuses on the geography, climate, flora, fauna, and indigenous...
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Who Built Great Zimbabwe? And why?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It's hard to image that a mystery surrounds the second largest settlement ruins found in Africa. Who built this stone city? Why was it built? What happened to it? Why was it abandoned? A short video explores the controversies surrounding...
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Will the Ocean Ever Run out of Fish?

For Students 6th - 12th
Modern industrial fishing has disrupted many ecosystems. But will fishing techniques ever cause the oceans to run out of fish? Watch a video that explains the effects of overfishing.
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When Is Water Safe to Drink?

For Students 6th - 12th
How safe is the drinking water you have access to? Colors, smells, and other factors may lead you to finding out if your water is safe. Watch a video that explains the ways water becomes filtered and ways to know when water is contaminated.
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How Does Fracking Work?

For Students 6th - 12th
Fracking. The mere mention of the word invites controversy. Before joining the debate find out just what is involved in hydraulic fracturing with a short video that examines the technology involved in extracting natural gas found...
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Magic Isle: Lesson Plan 4

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
After watching West of the West's documentary on Catalina Island, The Magic Isle, class members research how Walt Disney's and William Wrigley's different visions impacted the island.
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Magic Isle: Lesson Plan 3

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle schoolers complete a writing assessment task to demonstrate their ability to craft a narrative based on a variety of informational texts. They view West of the West's documentary Magic Isle, read three print resources about the...
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Sa Hi Pa Ca (Once Upon a Time): Lesson Plan 2

For Teachers 4th Standards
What tools do archaeologists and anthropologist use to learned about what life was like in the past. After watching West of The West's documentary Once Upon a Time that details how scientists use artifacts to establish a history of the...