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In this activity students investigate the facts behind animal adaptations, and observe, record and report their findings. Examples include the body parts of sharks, camouflage of foxes, raccoon behavior, and bear hibernation. Observation and report sheets contain questions to guide students in their work. There are also examples of student reports and a teacher guide. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Ecology
 
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This lesson will help students to become familiar with public lands in the United States. Students will consider clues about the scenic, biological, and historical treasures of some of our public lands and use the clues to help identify and locate them on a map. After completing these activities students should be able to articulate the difference between public land and private land, name reasons ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology, Human geography
 
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In this Internet-based collaborative project, students will investigate their local schoolyard environment and share information about the plants, animals and non-living objects found there with other students from around the country and the world. Participants will look for similarities and differences in the reported data and prepare a final report or presentation based on their findings. The site ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Project
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science
 
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At this site, students learn that sound moves five times faster in water than in air and cleaner fish have cleaning stations where they remove parasites. Students deepen their knowledge with this ocean life challenge. They learn about how living in the water differs from living on land. An ichthyologist first explains that ocean creatures have special features that allow them to breathe, eat, communicate, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Biological oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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This activity will help students understand food chains and food webs in the ocean. After studying the materials provided, students will play a food web game, in which they are given a blank food web and the names of the organisms. Students place the organisms in their correct places on the food web so that the arrows indicate the direction of energy flow. As a follow-up, students decide what would ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Glossary
Subject: Ecology, Biological oceanography
 
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While engaged in this activity students will explore phytoplankton, the food of tiny marine animals, particularly krill. Students will prepare a hay infusion in two identical glass aquarium tanks or a 1-liter glass jar and expose one to 24 hours of continuous light, and the other for only four hours during the school day, with all light blocked off by opaque material during the remaining hours. They ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Biological oceanography
 
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Younger students can access a wide range of information concerning the environment that is presented in an in entertaining fashion. Otis the otter gives students a quick overall look at the available information in a section called Otis News. Earth cycles are covered in detail in Living Lab, Imaginarium, and The Idea Room. Another section offers previews of videos and another has fundraising information. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Tutorial, Illustration - scientific
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science
 
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In this lesson students will investigate the ecology of benthic communities of the Charleston Bump, a series of rocky scarps, mounds, overhangs, and flat pavements that rise from the surface of the Blake Plateau in the Atlantic Ocean off Charleston, South Carolina. As they study the habitats of this feature, they will learn to explain what a habitat is and describe at least three functions or benefits ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology, Biological oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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In this activity, students will calculate the cumulative radiation dosage for a trip to Mars. They will have to take into consideration the length of the voyage and the amount and sources of radiation that will be present, and will gain an understanding of the eleven-year solar cycle, solar proton events (SPEs), and galactic cosmic rays (GCRs). Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics, Physics, Space science
 
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In this activity students investigate producers and consumers in the food chain. They will determine the sequential links in a marine food chain, identify the roles that organisms play in the food chain, and develop charts illustrating marine food chains. They will also learn such concepts as production/consumption roles and trophic levels. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Ecology, Biological oceanography
 
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