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The Changing with the Tide lesson plan is written around a role-play activity in which students learn about and act out the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change. An unusual feature of salt marshes is the dramatic daily change in stresses and interactions that the organisms face. On this Starting Point page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Physical geography, Physical oceanography
 
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This website provides information about field trips. The site was written specifically for those participating is field research but information applies to wilderness camping and classroom field trips. The site 'aims to pass on some knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of safe field research by focusing on outdoorsmanship as it relates to outdoor research.' Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Biology, Climatology, Human geography, Natural hazards
 
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These PDF files are Illustrated Lectures from his Earth history class (entitled introductory biology). The PDF files contain a lot of projection-ready graphics that may be useful in introductory Earth Science lectures. Lecture topics include the nature of science, cosmological evolution, biological evolution, life as a chemical function, The Hadean, Archean, Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Course, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Geology, Space science
 
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Bartleby.com online publishers offer several books by Charles Darwin on this website. Users can access The Origin of Species, The Voyage of the Beagle and quotations by Darwin. Also available are selections about Darwin and his writings. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Biology, Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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Rutgers School of Engineering provides numerous laboratory and lessons for grades 5-8. Lessons fall into three categories Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biocomplexity and Biocomplexity and Microorganisms. Some lessons include objectives, standards, materials and other relevant information. Laboratories are well described and can be easily adjusted for higher grade levels. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lab activity, Clearinghouse
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Technology
 
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This investigative case is part of the Starting Point module. In this exercise students role play as professional ecologists working for the fish and wildlife service. Students must develop a plan to manage a new wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande River. The fish and wildlife service plans to connect forest islands along the river, which will become not only a new refuge but also a "wildlife corridor." ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Educational theory and practice
 
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The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The Case study requires students to examine fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem. Students will work in small groups to assess the situation. The group will be allowed to gather resources from various places in an effort to develop a possible solution for the situation. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Hydrology
 
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This case study is part of the Starting Point module. The activity requires students to author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school. Students must give their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on the Edgewood College campus. Users can find a variety of information related to this case study including learning ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science
 
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In this Starting Point case study, students will explore wetland hydrology and biology. They will decide whether or not to restore a wetland or retain dams and drainage systems. Students will also examine the complexity of decisions regarding wetland restoration as well as investigate viewpoints of various stakeholders in the draining of wetlands. While the activity is set in Missouri, the case can ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This essay discusses what U.S. public school teachers are allowed to say about evolution and religious creation accounts. Eugenie Scott, the author, cites and describes the relevant legal cases that have been judged. The essay also contains links to other essays on the topic of teaching evolution in public schools. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Geology
 
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