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102 resources with the keyterm human impact on the environment

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Populations and Human Impact on the Ecosystem

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A respectful resource is available to support your ecology lecture. Introduce the population concepts of limiting factors and carrying capacity and then examine the example of a deer population in northern Arizona. Take a look at the...
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Build a Model Watershed

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Collaborative earth science groups create a working model of a watershed. Once it has been developed, you come along and introduce a change in land use, impacting the quality of water throughout their watershed. Model making is an...
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Chemical Consequences of Burning Fossil Fuels

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Future scientists are introduced to the chemical consequences of burning fossil fuels, learning that fossil fuel combustion leads to the formation of oxides of three nonmetals: carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur, all of which end up in the...
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Exploring Arizona's Biotic Communities Lesson 5: Group Presentations

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Although a group presentation is not novel assignment, this one provides supporting resources: a newsletter introducing the project and a grading rubric. Each group is assigned a different biotic community in Arizona to research and...
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AP: Chapter 54: Ecosystems

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
A lot of learning is packed into these 23 questions about ecosystems. Advanced biology classes apply their knowledge of communities, productivity, biogeochemical cycles, and human impact on the environment by writing short answers for...
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Non-Point Source Pollution Program

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Written as field trip preparation to Gateway National Recreation Area, this resource is also appropriate for any class that is studying the impact of human activity on the environment. During the first activity, learners identify...
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Facts II: The Aspen FACE Experiment

For Teachers 9th - 10th
The Aspen FACE (free-air carbon dioxide enrichment) Experiment was set up in Wisconsin to assess the effects of increased carbon dioxide and ozone on forest ecosystems. Environmental science learners examine and graph the growth index...
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Effects of Ozone Depletion

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Explore the causes of ozone depletion and the effect on plankton, algae, plants, amphibians, and humans. Learn how the Montreal Protocol has possibly helped reverse the decline of the ozone layer. Warning: photos of skin and eye damage...
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Investigating the Climate System: Energy, A Balancing Act

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Earth science explorers design an experiment to demonstrate that the albedo of a surface affects its temperature. They test to find out if moisture on the surface affects temperature. They discover whether or not concrete or asphalt heat...
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What is Deforestation?

For Students 9th - 12th
An overview of deforestation is the focus of this resource, which present the reader with a list of facts. Ten comprehension questions follow; learners can write their answers on a separate piece of paper. Have your environmental...
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Exotic Species Wanted Poster

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Ecology class members research an invasive (non-native or exotic) plant or animal. They construct a "Wanted" poster and share their findings in class. This assignment would be a memorable way to expose environmental science learners to a...
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Why are Batteries Harmful to the Environment?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Open this lesson by reading together about primary and secondary batteries (such as nickel-cadmium cells), problems they can cause in the environment, and how humans can minimize the damage. Afterward, little ones examine a collection of...
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Teachers' Guide to Using A Day In the Life of a Drop

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Hydrology hopefuls learn about their local watershed. Through discussion and online interactives, they see that their habits affect the water supply. The lesson plan concludes with a pledge to filter out bad water usage habits. It makes...
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Spot Where You DON'T Get Your Seafood

For Teachers 4th - 8th
When your class is examining the fishing industry or sustainable practices, you can use this brief activity to demonstrate the global impact our food choices have. Overharvesting, overfishing, and bycatch are important topics to address...
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Mercury - Mercury is Rising

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Hold a discussion in your class about the increase in mercury being found in fish that are caught commercially as food for humans. Given a worksheet, learners then calculate how much fish a person can safely eat each month to remain...
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Light Pollution: Lighting Our Path or Leaving Us in the Dark?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
You pretty regularly come across lessons about air and water pollution, but how about light pollution? This unique topic is taught through the reading of an article, research, and the writing of a persuasive letter about light pollution....
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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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Urban Ecosystems 2: Why are There Cities? A Historical Perspective

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Second in a series of five lessons, this instructional activity encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website...
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Biomagnification and Bald Eagles

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In an ecology simulation, middle schoolers draw dots, representing chemicals, on green strips of paper, representing aquatic plants. After you hide the strips around the room, they pretend to be fish and collect plants as food. The total...
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Populations

For Students 6th - 12th
The typical introductory environmental questions are asked in this two-page worksheet. Emerging ecologists define populations, limiting factors, carrying capacity, and trophic levels. They analyze a population graph and consider the...
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Mountain Lions in Arizona Lesson 6: Managing for Humans and Lions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Wildlife biologists take on one of six different roles in order to discuss the management of mountain lions in Arizona. A detailed handout is provided for each participant and a chart for stakeholders to take notes during the community...
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Floating Fishes: Fishing Expedition

For Teachers 4th - 8th
A referenced PowerPoint is not included, but this lesson can still make an impact with emerging environmentalists. After introducing them to the facts about overfishing, they experiment with a fishing simulation using colored beads and...
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Iceberg Ahead: How Does Temperature Affect the Density of Water?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Demonstrate how ice floats on water and get the class thinking about why icebergs are so deceiving. Investigators then experiment with mixing water of the same temperature and water of different temperatures. Make sure to explain the...
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Galileo's Thermometer: Measuring the Density of Various Unknown Liquids

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Sprouting scientists explore the concept of density by making mass and volume measurements for five different liquids. From these measurements, they calculate densities. They apply their learning to explain Galileo's thermometer works...