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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
Nuclear Energy: What's Your Reaction?
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In this lesson, students will obtain, evaluate, and critically discuss information about the highly-debated topic of nuclear energy. As citizens of the fictitious town of Solutionville, students must decide whether or not they support building a nuclear power plant in the community to replace coal as their source of electricity.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/04/2017
Observing Variation
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In this activity, students will use the skill of scientific sketching to better observe and document the natural world. This simple-to-lead activity gets them closer to constructing explanations for the variation of traits seen within a species.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
01/31/2017
Ocean Acidification Mock Conference
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In this lesson, students learn what organisms are affected by ocean acidification. They will then take on the role of one of the stakeholders affected by ocean acidification and create a poster to address their issue(s). They will also participate in a mock conference to address the effects of ocean acidification and discuss solutions to reduce ocean acidification.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/04/2017
Optimal and Sustainable: Renewable Energy Revamp
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In this lesson, students will be challenged with an optimization problem. The fictitious town of Solutionville has decided to replace coal, their current source for electricity, with more sustainable energy sources. In designing Solutionville’s sustainable energy future, students must consider not only the geographic constraints of various renewable energy options–wind energy, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, and solar energy–but they must also meet specific energy production requirements and budgetary constraints.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/04/2017
Patterns: Agriculture + Human Population Growth
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In this lesson, students trace patterns of agricultural expansion through space and time, especially as they relate to climate and geography. How are patterns of human settlement and human population growth linked? Do you see evidence for how agriculture spread and retreated from different places based on historical events?

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Photosynthesis Seen From Space
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In this lesson, students will watch a visualization of empirical scientific data to explore seasonal changes in primary productivity on the earth. They will then formulate and research their own scientific questions about primary productivity on the earth and present their research in a classroom scientific poster session.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Protect the Primates
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In this lesson, students identify the common characteristics of primates that allow them to survive in their environments. Students will also explore how changes in the environment can affect the survival rate of certain organisms in an ecosystem and come up with at least one action item to help protect primates in the natural world.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Recharging Aquifers
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This video explores what some communities are doing to put water back into the ground to recharge aquifers. 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
Sensational Seaweed
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In this activity, students will learn the parts of algae, compare them to land plants, and rotate through exploration stations to investigate seaweed close up with their different senses.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Slippery Shores: Oil Spill Clean-Up
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In this lesson, students will observe the effects of a simulated oil spill on land, water, and wildlife. In groups, students will then test different materials and tools used to clean up oil spills and evaluate them for their effectiveness.

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Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Solutions to Human Impacts
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This video discusses invasive species and nutrient pollution as two major issues threatening the health of the oceans. 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
Sustainable Fishing
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In this activity, students use a model for how fishing affects marine life populations and then construct explanations for one of the reasons why fish populations are declining. They will then work to design solutions for ways of making fisheries more sustainable for the animals and the people who depend on them.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/08/2017
Sustainable Food Solutions: Weighing the Pros and Cons
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In this lesson, students will work together to map out the strengths and limitations of potential solutions to some important global food system issues. This lesson is part of a larger unit whereby students practice different steps in design thinking within the context of issues surrounding our global food system. In this exercise, students will practice comparing potential solutions in order to prepare for the culminating activity of the unit: a design thinking challenge.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/09/2017