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Amazon Water Cycle Role-Play
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In this lesson, students will be able to describe the various processes of the water cycle in the Amazon. By performing a skit, they will understand the changes water goes through throughout the water cycle and that this cycle runs continuously with different processes happening at the same time.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Anytime Lesson Plan: Global Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
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In this lesson, students will learn that ice formations on land will cause a rise in sea level when they melt, whereas ice formations on water will not cause a rise in sea level when they melt. They will also learn that ice is less dense than water, that ice displaces water equal to the mass of the ice, and they will practice some of the steps involved in a science investigation.

Subject:
Earth Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Building Better Buses: Transportation Design Challenges
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This lesson is composed of three challenges, each addressing a different aspect of how to design an efficient public bus system for a fictitious town while taking into account the benefits and drawbacks of various fuel options. In attempting these challenges, students will find that there is often more than one way to solve a problem. The purpose of these challenges is for students to reason out their own logical methods for solving a problem using math and computational skills with little initial guidance.

Subject:
STEM
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/04/2017
Carbon Cycle Poster
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In this lesson, students create simple illustrations of how carbon flows between the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. Students will also use the provided materials to tell the story of how human activity can contribute to global climate change.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Carbon Cycle Role Play
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In this activity, students will learn that there is a finite amount of carbon on earth, which moves around in the environment, from one place to another.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Color Vision Genetics Evolution Simulation
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In this lesson, students will participate in a natural selection simulation, flipping pennies to mimic the probability of passing on certain traits. The traits are the three genes for color-vision, found on the X chromosome. In the simulation, students will simulate six generations of primates, and track how the gene pool changes over time. The activity loosely mimics some of the mechanisms that led to the evolution of our own improved color vision.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Compost: A Scientific Investigation
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In this two-part inquiry-based activity, students will practice using the scientific method while learning about decomposition, exploring how some types of garbage will decompose while others will not. Students can then go on to design their own experiment to test different variables affecting the rate of decomposition.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Conservation Island
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In this lesson, students use the imaginery location of Conservation Island to teach students about some of the real-world issues involved in making conservation plans to save endangered species.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Coral Reefs and Climate Change
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This video discusses the impact climate change is having on coral reefs around the world and what we can do to preserve these important and diverse ecosystems. A set of discussion questions and post-viewing activities are provided.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Demonstration
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/04/2017
Discovering Rain Forest Locations
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In this lesson, students combine information from world maps to create their own maps of tropical rainforest locations and discuss how living and non-living components of an ecosystem influence each other. Studenst work in small groups to create their maps to specific guidelins and then discuss in a whole group format. Downloadable materials are included in this lesson.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Exploring the Impacts of Feeding the World
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In this two-day lesson, students will be introduced to several issues related to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of our current food system, including food waste, food deserts, agricultural land use, and the environmental impacts of diet choices.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/09/2017
Fish Forms
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In this lesson, students will learn the characteristics that make an animal a fish, create a model of a fish, and compare it to other marine animals to decide if they are fish or not.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Fraction Penguin
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In this craft activity, students will recognize, name, and compare the fractions 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 by constructing a penguin out of portions of paper circles.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
From Farms to Phytoplankton
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In this lesson, students participate in a kinesthetic simulation to illustrate how nutrient pollution from agricultural runoff can lead to a dead zone at the mouth of a drainage basin.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Galaxy Zoo-keeper Training
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In this lesson, students will learn how galaxies around us formed and what their stories can tell us about the past, present, and future of our Universe. Students will also have the opportunity to work with astronomers to study and classify galaxies.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/09/2017
The Heat is On: Cause and Effect and Climate
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In this lesson, students will practice distinguishing between correlation and causation within the context of global climate change. Students will think critically and analyze different claims and datasets related to what might be causing increasing temperatures in a fictitious town called Solutionville, as well as around the globe. Although students will be working within the context of a fictitious town, the temperature and carbon dioxide data they will be analyzing are real and will enable them to see relationships between global temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Finally, students will watch a video in which they will be learn that the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and they will begin to explore the connections between human activities and global climate change.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/04/2017
How Stable is Your Food Web?
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In this lesson, students will design and use a simple model to test cause and effect relationships or interactions concerning the functioning of a marine food web, ranking their hypothetical ecosystems according to their stability when faced with a natural or man-made disturbance.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Jungle Layers
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In this lesson, students will learn that the rainforest is divided into layers. They will also learn that different plants and animals inhabit different layers and serve different functions in the rainforest.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Macroinvertebrate Manor
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In this lesson, students construct a habitat for macroinvertebrates. Then they will develop a model to describe the manor and the movement of matter among the plants, animals, decomposers and the environment. This project is designed to span a month or longer.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Mapping Mockingbirds
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In this lesson, by solving a logic puzzle, students will learn about the speciation of the Galápagos mockingbirds, a group of birds which heavily influenced Darwin's grand idea of evolution through natural selection. With all of the necessary evidence provided, students can practice reading and constructing a branching diagram showing the evolutionary relationships among this group of birds.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017