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The Fishing Game is an activity that places students in the role of manager in the National Fish and Wildlife Service. They are charged with the responsibility of making policy suggestions regarding the management of a fishery surrounding national borders. Fishing is an important source of economic income for their country so their decisions must ensure the healthy maintenance of the fish population ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Policy issues, Technology
 
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The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the different types of transnational pollution, and to give them an opportunity to role play in a hypothetical case of transnational pollution on the Danube River. This lesson introduces the grandest and most threatening problem of the global environment-transnational pollution. The flow of pollutants across national boundaries has confirmed ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Policy issues
 
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National Geography Standards: Read
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The United States Government's Invasive Species website is the gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site users can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government's response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues. This is also the website for the National Invasive Species ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Case study, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This pdf document commissioned by the Pew Ocean Commission describes the problem of invasive species along the United States coastline. The document provides information regarding how bioinvasions occur, the number of invasive species introduced, the effects of bioinvasions, prevention, reduction and control of marine bioinvasions and recommendations for action against invasive species invasion. The ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Report
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Biological oceanography, Policy issues
 
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This Starting Point webpage is the summary of a role-playing resource called Mock Environmental Summit. The exercise takes place at the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming. Students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on the Santa Barbara protocol, dealing with global warming. The students prepare by studying the IPCC report on ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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Over the course of several lessons, this lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. Students act as scientists investigating the damming of the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon dam and experimental flooding that took place in 1996. They then write a proposal as to whether or not more experimental flooding should be done on the area considering the ecological effects. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Ecology, Geology, Policy issues
 
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In this assignment, students explore the origin and distribution of oil and gas in a region of global significance. Also included are the geologic history and the socio-political and environmental issues associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production. Students then walk through an online case study and write an essay addressing important points that they have learned. The Calibrated Peer Review ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Project
Subject: Ecology, Educational theory and practice, Human geography, Policy issues
 
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This role-playing exercise casts students as scientific specialists, assigned to a group either supporting or opposing the cloning of dinosaurs. There are 4-6 specialists (or groups of specialists): geneticists, ecologists, etc., on each side. Each side researches for a couple of weeks and presents its argument in class (usually a single class period for each side), and other students can ask the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Project
Subject: Biology, Geologic time, Paleontology, Policy issues
 
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This site from SERC presents Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about dam removal. The questions examine the biological effects of dam removal, the reasoning behind dam removal, and the studies that should be conducted before, during and after dam removal. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This site from SERC features Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about water issues related to Egypt's Aswan High Dam. The questions examine costs of the dam, good and bad environmental changes, as well as positive and negative impacts on the local people from construction of the dam. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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