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In this activity students will use grass plants grown over a one week period in the classroom to calculate productivity rates using two methods of collection. At the end of this lab students will understand the concept of primary productivity and will have used one or more methods to calculate it. They will have also been introduced to the concepts of standing biomass, net productivity versus gross ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Agricultural science, Atmospheric science, Environmental science
 
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This television show investigates the fundamental problem facing farmers today: how to feed the population of the world without endangering our environment. There are written summaries and video excerpts from the "Journey to Planet Earth" television series, each approximately 3 minutes in length, that focus on problems in different parts of the world: an extended drought in Zimbabwe; the harsh climate ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science, Human geography
 
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These are the teaching notes for a case study in which students sift through and organize information on pesticide use presented to them from the perspective of different stakeholders. The case asks a fundamental question, "Can we do without pesticides?", and gives students an opportunity to explore the issues surrounding that question. Developed for an environmental issues course, the case would ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This feature article from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observatory discusses the use of satellite imagery to evaluate desertification which is occurring in the Sahel, a region of central African savannah that forms the boundary between the Sahara Desert to the north and the wetter, more fertile regions to the south. Topics include the use of Very High Resolution Radiometer ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science, Technology
 
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This webquest places younger students in the roles of scientists leading a mission to determine if and how plants can be grown on the Moon. They will learn about the relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth, about plants and their requirements for soil, and heat and light, and report on their findings to the mission 'commander'. Each stage of the mission features activities, additional ideas for ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology, Space science
 
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Past human behavior and use of the environment in which we live has had a dramatic affect on how we live our lives today just as our use today will help shape the lives of future generations. This unit focuses on broad issues of land use in the Mother Lode region of California. Students will examine the historical impact of native American practices and the effects of mining, forestry, agriculture, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Module / Unit, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Human geography, Physical geography, Technology
 
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Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access, PASDA, is the State Geospatial Data clearinghouse for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PASDA is also a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Clearinghouse node that provides free public access to geospatial data and metadata via the World Wide Web. PASDA supports search, display, and retrieval of GIS data, imagery, such as satellite images and aerial photographs, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science, Physical geography, Geology, Technology
 
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This site provides information about the six ecosystems on which life on Earth most heavily depends: agricultural, forest, freshwater, grassland, coastal, and urban. It is part of a Public Broadcasting System (PBS) project, which includes a discussion guide. Ecosystems are described as communities of interacting organisms and the physical environment in which they live. The goods and services that ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Tutorial, Message board
Subject: Agricultural science, Ecology, Environmental science, Forestry, Human geography
 
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Scorecard provides environmental maps with a pollution locator to search by area, for the following subjects: criteria air pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, lead hazards, lead contamination, animal waste from factory farms, toxic releases from industrial facilities, the Clean Water Act, watershed indicators, and setting environmental priorities. There are sections for chemical profile searches, ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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This collection of teacher guides includes: Ecosystems and Climate, Wildlife - Just One Piece of the Picture, Integrated Pest Management, Soil and Ecosystems, Sustainable Agriculture, and The Web of Life - Understanding Ecosystems. Each guide includes a subject overview, objectives, and student activities. By the end, students should be able to understand the effect of climate on ecosystems; the interrelationships ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Agricultural science, Climatology, Ecology, Environmental science, Soil science
 
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