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    African Animals in Habitats An inquiry-based animal study centered around a Zoo visit of the African Continent.

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    Banana Split: To Eat or Not to Eat A history of "Banana Republics," discussing banana production, diseases, ethical consumerism, organic & conventional agriculture.

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    Weather Watchers How does meteorological activity impact air pollution control and prevention?

  • Featured K-12 Resource

    Sun Curve Design Challenge
    A student-teacher collaboration focusing on scientific inquiry and green design innovation to
    generate new ideas for
    sustainable agriculture.

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    Incredible Insect Mouth A hands-on experiment type of lesson in which the children act as insects and use different tools for their "mouths".

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    Organic Store Wars Not long ago in a supermarket not so far away… an educational video based on Star Wars hopes to raise awareness about healthy food choices.

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    Automobile Choices and Alternative Fuels Supporting multi-step decision-making for buying a car: fuel impact on the environment, your lifestyle and personal finances.

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Environmental Justice, Fall 2004

Environmental Justice, Fall 2004

Examines theories and practice of environmental justice, concerns about race, poverty, and ... (more)

Examines theories and practice of environmental justice, concerns about race, poverty, and the environment in both domestic and international contexts, exploring and critically analyzing philosophies, frameworks, and strategies underlying environmental justice movements. Examines case studies of environmental injustices, including: distribution of environmental quality and health, unequal enforcement of regulations, unequal access to resources to respond to environmental problems, and the broader political economy of decision-making around environmental issues. Explores how environmental justice movements relate to broader sustainable development goals and strategies. This class explores the foundations of the environmental justice movement, current and emerging issues, and the application of environmental justice analysis to environmental policy and planning. It examines claims made by diverse groups along with the policy and civil society responses that address perceived inequity and injustice. While focused mainly on the United States, international issues and perspectives are also considered. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Carmin, JoAnn
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Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy, Fall 2004

Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy, Fall 2004

This class examines the role of science in the US environmental policymaking ... (more)

This class examines the role of science in the US environmental policymaking process. It investigates the methods scientists use to learn about the natural world and the way scientific knowledge accumulates, the treatment of science by advocates and the media, and the role of science in legislative, administrative and judicial decision making. It considers how other political systems use science, in an effort to put the US approach in comparative perspective. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Layzer, Judith
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Art Meets Nature: Natalie Jeremijenko

Art Meets Nature: Natalie Jeremijenko

SPARK follows conceptual artist/engineer Natalie Jeremjienko as she works on her One ... (more)

SPARK follows conceptual artist/engineer Natalie Jeremjienko as she works on her One Tree(s) project, planting 100 pairs of cloned trees throughout the Bay Area. This Educator Guide explores conceptual art as well as the investigative and ethical issues of life science and cloning. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Collection:
KQED Education Network
Provider:
KQED Education
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The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: the Hetch Hetchy Controversy

The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: the Hetch Hetchy Controversy

This is a two-part teaching unit about the controversy among conservationists over ... (more)

This is a two-part teaching unit about the controversy among conservationists over a proposal to turn part of Yosemite National Park into a dam to furnish water to San Francisco. The first part explores the history of the conservation movement in general, while the second links to primary records, such as Congressional debates, of Hetch Hetchy itself. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Readings
Collection:
LOC Teachers
Provider:
Library of Congress
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Atmospheric Visualization Projects

Atmospheric Visualization Projects

This site includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and ... (more)

This site includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal fire shape, fire twirl and burst behavior, tornadoes, thunderstorms, typhoons, El Niño events, greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols, polar vortex breakdown, CO2 and temperature, CFCs in the ocean, cloud evolution (7-day period), daily weather in the U.S., and more. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Simulations
Collection:
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
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Work in Progress: Andy Goldsworthy

Work in Progress: Andy Goldsworthy

SPARK visits with international artist Andy Goldsworthy as he installs his commissioned ... (more)

SPARK visits with international artist Andy Goldsworthy as he installs his commissioned work "Drawn Stone" in the entrance courtyard of the de Young Museum in San Francisco. This Educator Guide is about Goldsworthy and the history of artists working with the landscape and environment. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Collection:
KQED Education Network
Provider:
KQED Education
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Natural Resources, the Environment and Ecosystems

Natural Resources, the Environment and Ecosystems

This booklet contains several activities that can be used by students to ... (more)

This booklet contains several activities that can be used by students to become more aware of how plants, animals, and humans interact within ecosystems, and how one influences the other. The activities can be used singly with other projects, but completion of all activities should give students an understanding of how ecosystems work and how all aspects of an ecosystem are interrelated. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Provider:
University of Illinois Extension
Author:
D. Friend
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CK-12 Biology (CA Textbook)

CK-12 Biology (CA Textbook)

Submitted as part of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Phase 3 ... (more)

Submitted as part of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Phase 3 Digital Textbook Initiative (CA DTI3), CK-12 Foundation’s high school Biology FlexBook covers cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, botany, zoology, and physiology. This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Collection:
CK-12 FlexBook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Author:
Douglas Wilkin Ph.D.
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