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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on icebergs and water salinity, as well as the environment of the continent of Antarctica. Students research this area and do an experiment demonstrating the relationship between water salinity and ice floating or sinking in the ocean. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Cryology, Ecology
 
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This website integrates video footage and information with lesson plans and activities to teach students about the intertidal zone of the oceans. This zone is a habitat for only a few species due to extreme fluctuations in moisture level, heat, salinity, and sunlight. The activities in this unit are designed to enable students to investigate the creatures of these zones and how they have adapted to ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit, Presentation / Demo, Video
Subject: Biological oceanography
 
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In this activity students observe how respiration affects the gas composition of a closed system. They will discover that as seeds become metabolocally active, the released carbon dioxide diffuses into an indicator dye solution and the dye responds with a radical change in color. Students learn that as seeds germinate they use oxygen to breakdown molecules of sugar and that this reaction (respiration) ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology
 
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This activity has students build, evolve, and modify paper-and-straw birds to simulate natural selection acting on random mutations and discover that: all organisms, including humans, retain evidence of their evolutionary history; form is often linked to function; mutations are random, but selection is not; and selection is dependent on many factors. In addition, they will realize that adaptations ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Paleontology
 
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In this lesson, students will investigate the importance of coral reefs to the Earth as a whole and learn some possible explanations for the phenomenon known as "coral bleaching". They should be able to identify ways that coral reefs benefit human beings, identify major threats to reefs and discuss how they might be reduced or eliminated, describe the Coral Reef Early Warning System, and discuss why ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Biological oceanography
 
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This resource features three sections devoted to learning about coral reefs: an online tutorial, an educational roadmap to resources, and formal lesson plans. The tutorial presents an overview of coral biology and threats to coral reefs. Topics include characteristics of corals, the relationship of corals and zooxanthellae, stony corals and reef formation, the importance of coral reefs, and natural ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lesson plan, Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Index / Bibliography, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Biological oceanography
 
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This tutorial covers various aspects of trees. It explains which chemicals cause leaves to change colors, how the process of photosynthesis works, the functions of bark, roots, pollen and leaves, and the effect of trees on nearby temperature. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Ecology, Forestry
 
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A common criticism of natural selection is: How can it produce novel complex useful structures by pure random chance? Darwin argued that selection is not a random process, and furthermore, it is cumulative. This lesson provides a way for students to actually compare the cumulative non-random selection of Darwin with the non-cumulative version so often erroneously implied. Students attempt to produce ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Biology
 
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Younger students can learn about plant biology. Topics include characteristics of living things, germination and growth, the basic parts of plants, photosynthesis, reproduction, and ecological adaptations of plants. The information presented can also be ordered as a video. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Ecology
 
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Students will have the chance to see some strange and unusual dinosaurs they have never heard of when they can play with the cladogram. A cladogram is like a family tree. It's a way of organizing dinosaurs based on the unique characteristics they share, like a three-toed foot or a hole in the hip socket. In order to see the information the student will roll over a dinosaur's name to see its picture, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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