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These five laboratory activities are designed for observation of primates and humans in a zoological environment and include studies of locomotion, communication, mother-infant interaction, general behavior, and dominance/submissive behavior. Students make observations and interpretations. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity
Subject: Biology
 
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This activity concerns the evolution of three species of lizards on the Canary Islands. Its purpose is to demonstrate to students that evolutionary problems are complex and solutions may involve data from various disciplines of science. First, students must arrive at different phylogenetic solutions using only geographical and geological data. Then they compare the morphology of the species involved, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, Paleontology
 
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This slide show presents information about corals, which build carbonate skeletons over many years, forming the beautiful reefs common in tropical seas. Some coral species are sensitive to water temperatures and other environmental factors, and their skeletons can record information on past climate. This slide set discusses the future implications of climate variability through the use of color photos ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Photograph
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Biological oceanography
 
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This activity will help students to understand and graph population change over time according to habitat availability. Students will discover that many factors affect the ability of deer or other wildlife to survive over time. Weather conditions, disease, predators, pollution and habitat destruction are some examples. Habitat is the key to wildlife survival and population size. Habitat is defined ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science
 
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This activity will help students understand algal blooms. They will devise their own experiments to test the effects of nutrients on algal growth, or younger students may follow the steps outlined in a sample activity which is provided. Students will be reminded that they need to have controls and replicates in their experiments. As a result of this activity, students will come to understand the requirements ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lab activity, Glossary
Subject: Environmental science, Biological oceanography
 
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This activity is designed to define the biotic and abiotic characteristics found in a rocky intertidal ecosystem, to observe interactions between select living organisms and between themselves and their environment, and analyze which environmental and competitive factors may influence the particular pattern of density, diversity, or zonation found at a study site. The transect method and statistical ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Field activity
Subject: Ecology, Biological oceanography
 
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In this activity students will work in teams to investigate the impact of an invasive species on native species, using the six classic steps for solving environmental problems. Teams will research a local invasive species problem, complete an experimental design plan, write clear procedures for experimentation, state expected results and conclusions, and work together to determine the course of action ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This activity will help students understand the complexity of ocean exploration. They will understand the technological applications and capabilities required for ocean exploration and the importance of teamwork in scientific research projects. Students will also develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry as they work together to fashion research equipment from common materials. In addition ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Biological oceanography, Physical oceanography, Technology
 
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This tutorial is an overview of the complex systems that govern the movement of tides and water levels. The tutorial is content rich and presented in easy-to-understand language with many illustrative and interactive graphics to visually enhance the text. This page begins with what tides are while other linked pages cover What Causes Tides, Gravity, Inertia, and Bulges, Changing Angles and Tides, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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In this activity, students will have the opportunity to witness the fragile nature of organisms with regard to temperature. These organisms include common bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Students will understand the role of temperature in determining what kinds of organisms are found in unforgiving environments. As part of the activity, they will practice aseptic technique ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Biology, Ecology
 
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