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What Are the Challenges of Nuclear Power?

For Students 6th - 12th
Engineering challenges, construction costs, and disasters are some of the challenges when it comes to nuclear energy. Watch a video that explains each of these and more in detail.
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The History of Tea

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The mythical story of Shennong, the Chinese inventor of agriculture, introduces a video that traces the history of tea, the various methods of brewing, and the wars sparked by the attempts to prevent the spread of tea growing. 
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How Does Asthma Work?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What triggers asthma? What are the symptoms of an asthma attack? Watch a video that explains how asthma affects the respiratory system and the extra work the lungs have to do when a person is undergoing an asthma attack.
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Meet The Frog That Barfs Up Its Babies

For Students 3rd - Higher Ed Standards
Ever heard of Gastric-brooding frogs? Probably not, because this frog is extinct. But scientists are trying to de-extinct this interesting frog that literally throws up its babies after they undergo metamorphosis in their mother's...
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Red States/Blue States: Mapping the Presidential Election

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young historians investigate how voting patterns have changed by comparing the outcome of the 1960 election to the outcome of the recent election. A creative final assessment has participants making a news show wherein they provide...
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Clotilde, The Last Slave Ship

For Teachers 4th - 11th Standards
The Clotilde was the last known ship to bring slaves from Africa to the United States - good riddance! Dive into the details of the ship, its cargo, origin, and route, and learn about the future of the Africans on board with a...
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Why Volunteer?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Inspire scholars to volunteer their time to make a positive change in their community. With help from research, a public speaker, and reflection, learners define and asses what it takes to be a volunteer in a business, non-profit,...
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It’s Up to Us

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Giraffe Heroes Program is designed for teens willing to stick their necks out to make a difference, and to create community service projects that tackle real world problems. The resource guides teens to choose an issue, design a...
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How Did Dracula Become the World's Most Famous Vampire?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What has copyright law have to do with the Dracula, the most famous vampire in history? Check out the twisted tale of how a fight over the royalty rights to Bram Stoker's novel gave immortality to the blood sucker.
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Why Are Sloths So Slow?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
With leaves as their main source of diet, sloths don't particularly gain a lot of energy when they eat. But how do they maintain such slow lives? Watch a video that explains why sloths are so slow.
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Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Novel Study

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell? Use this set of worksheets to accompany a novel study of the famous book. Each set of sheets is broken up to include two chapters of reading comprehension, vocabulary study, research...
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Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Is it true that larger animals have longer lifespans than smaller animals? Does an animal's habitat help shape the length of its life? And does the ability to adapt and evolve allow living things to expand their lifespans? Watch a video...
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Why Humans Are so Bad at Thinking about Climate Change

For Students 6th - 12th
Climate change is in the news more than ever these days, and it will increasingly continue to be a hot topic in the future. Watch a video that proposes different ways people can begin to think about climate change in order to address...
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Mind The Gap

For Students K - 12th
Class members organize a think tank to research and address the need for a summer meal program in their community. Participants create and conduct a survey of the barriers faced by those who need access and develop potential solutions to...
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Why Do We Itch?

For Students 6th - 12th
You'll want to scratch every itch while watching a video that explains why people itch. It's more of a neurological issue than you might think.
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Teaching Jazz as American Culture

For Students 6th - 12th
Jazz and the City, Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement, Jazz and Gender, Jazz and Literature, Jazz and the Arts, Jazz and Film. Here's a packet of unit plans organized around themes that reflect American culture. Each unit examines how...