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Where Do Brown Bears Live?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
What do brown bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park need to survive? Pupils explore the unique habitats, diet, and survival needs of this animal. They predict the consequences of removing any integral part of the bear's survival, and...
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Heat Loss from a Fur-Insulated Animal

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do animals adapt to weather changes? Provide your class with the ability to understand adaptations and body temperature as they participate in this hands on experiment, using fake fur and hot water. Pupils collect data and analyze...
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Water is Life

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Krill is a very small ocean animal that is key to keeping the ocean ecosystem going. The class reviews food webs and chains, learns about the importance of krill, discusses krill anatomy, builds a model of a krill, and then has a...
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The Nitrogen and Phosphorous Cycles

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do we affect the ecosystem, and what can we do to preserve it? Pupils explore chemicals that promote and inhibit plant growth, then discuss the importance of nitrogen and phosphorus to the survival of organisms and describe how...
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Environment Change

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Hydrangea flowers change color based on the pH of the soil. Pupils analyze soil, an abiotic component of ecosystems. They research the pH of their local soil, record their findings, and then compare them to the pH found on campus.
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The Fishy Food Web of the Flathead

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the ecosystem of the Flathead Lake to find how organisms interact.  In this ecosystem lesson, 10th graders create a food web, graph organisms in the lake, and answer questions about the interactions of living things...
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Cell Respiration Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Beginning biologists demonstrate their grasp on cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and energy flow though ecosystems when completing this activity. Fifteen multiple choice and short answer questions test their knowledge. Because of...
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Keystone Species and Ecological Release

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Keystone species of organisms define biological communities. Meet the American alligator as an example. Emerging ecologists also learn what happens is a keystone species is removed from an ecosystem: ecological release. Examples of this...
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Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
It's a jungle out there! Young biologists journey to Darien, Panama to examine the intricate relationships between the organisms that inhabit the jungle. Groups begin by demonstrating an understanding of energy flow in ecosystems, then...
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Tundra Food Chain Puzzles

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. For this life science lesson, 6th graders connect pieces of a tundra ecosystem puzzle. They discuss how changing the nonliving environment affects the living...
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Is Climate Change Good for Us?

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Is it really that big of a deal if the global climate undergoes a little change? Young environmentalists consider this very question as they discuss in small groups the impact of different climate change scenarios on their lives, their...
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Design a Conservation Programme

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In a comprehensive project, teen ecologists read case studies to learn about successful conservation programs, then work together to research an ecosystem. The project culminates with either an in-class presentation about a conservation...
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Bering Sea Buffet - A Foodweb Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Life in the Bering Sea, food webs, and the ocean ecosystem are introduced with a map activity. The lesson starts as kids explore maps and images of the Bering Sea, then it kicks into high gear as they start to discuss the types of...
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Ecological Succession: Change is Good

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Discuss how communities and the ecosystem of the earth deal with change. An informative video includes primary succession, secondary succession, climax community model, and intermediate disturbance hypothesis. 
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A-Mazing Plants

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have your young scientists questioned why plants grow a particular way? Through this learning opportunity, scientists gain firsthand knowledge about how plants develop and various factors that affect rates of growth as they bring plants...
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Vultures: India's Clean-Up Crew

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Find your niche in the science classroom. Learners study the role of niche populations within an ecosystem and consider the impact of the loss of these organisms. Their investigation includes vultures, honey bees, and mosquitoes.

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