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Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!"
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Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest ... More

Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work. Less

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed for Lifelines Online by Stacey Kiser at Lane Community College. (http://bioquest.org/lifelines/index.html)
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Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) WarmUp Activity: Dam Removal - A Good Idea or Not?
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This site from SERC presents Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about ... More

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. Less

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Science and Technology
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Starting Point (SERC)
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Cathy Manduca
Laura Guertin
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Lapbooks: Getting Creative with Science in the School Library
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In this article, the author shows how school librarians and elementary teachers ... More

In this article, the author shows how school librarians and elementary teachers can help students create science lapbooks. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured on the seven essential principles of the climate sciences. Less

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Social Sciences
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
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Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
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The Nancy Creek Challenge
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The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The ... More

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. The page also contains information regarding learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints, references and topics covered. Less

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Starting Point (SERC)
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Developed for Lifelines Online by J.Bland, S. Carter, S. Mattox, and T. McCrary (www.bioquest.org/lifleines/ (more info) )
J. Bland S. Mattox T. McCrary
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Newport Aquarium
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Aquarium in northern Kentucky features 13 galleries, 60 exhibits, 5 acrylic tunnels, ... More

Aquarium in northern Kentucky features 13 galleries, 60 exhibits, 5 acrylic tunnels, and 600 species of aquatic life from around the world. Habitats, adaptations and key creatures are highlighted: World Rivers; Gater Bayou; Rain Forests; Coral Reef; Bizarre and Beautiful; and more. Special attractions are Sharks and Penguins. Teachers register on-line for self-guided visits, guide materials provided. Job shadowing and internship opportunities by application. Visitor information outlines admission fees, programs and special events. Less

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Social Sciences
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UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
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Nonindigenous Aquatic Species
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Online resource center, maintained by U.S.G.S., provides information, data, links about exotic ... More

Online resource center, maintained by U.S.G.S., provides information, data, links about exotic plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, diseases and parasites. Central repository contains accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of alien aquatic species. Search for species by state, drainage area, citation in texts; find fact sheets, maps showing occurrence in the U.S. Or, for each taxon, review list of exotic species, find scientific, common name, photo, status; link to facts and distribution map. Less

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Social Sciences
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UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
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One World Ocean
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In this activity, students learn about ocean currents and the difference between ... More

In this activity, students learn about ocean currents and the difference between salt and fresh water. They use colored ice cubes to see how cold and warm water mix and how this mixing causes currents. Also, students learn how surface currents occur due to wind streams. Lastly, they learn how fresh water floats on top of salt water, the difference between water in the ocean and fresh water throughout the planet, and how engineers are involved in the design of ocean water systems for human use. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sara Born
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Ponds Freeze in Winter -- Why Doesn't the Ocean?
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In this activity, learners explore how salt water freezes in comparison to ... More

In this activity, learners explore how salt water freezes in comparison to fresh water. Use this experiment to consider how pond animals survive cold winters in comparison to animals that live in the ocean. This resource includes information about freezing points as well as examples of how different animals respond to the winter cold. Less

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Social Sciences
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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New England Aquarium
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Salt 'n Lighter
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In this activity, learners discover that as the salinity of water increases, ... More

In this activity, learners discover that as the salinity of water increases, the density increases as well. Learners prove this by attempting to float fresh eggs in saltwater and freshwater. This resource explains the relationship between water density and salinity as well as how this phenomenon relates to water displacement. It also explains how large ships float on water and includes a chart of some famous historical ship sizes. This resource also includes the flood safety tip "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Less

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Science and Technology
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NOAA
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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NOAA
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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National Weather Service
NOAA
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The Secchi Disk
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This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to ... More

This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to Secchi disk use. It features links to a series of pages that answer questions such as: what is a Secchi disk; what (or who) is Secchi; and why are Secchi disks black and white. The links also include information such as considerations in Secchi disk design and procedure, monitoring methods, and evaluating eutrophication by Secchi depth. Less

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Science and Technology
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Kent State University Department of Biological Sciences
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Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
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Something is Askew at Mammoth Cave National Park
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Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric ... More

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric mean and multiplicative standard deviation to examine the right-skewed distribution of nutrient concentrations in water-quality data at Mammoth Cave National Park. Less

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Social Sciences
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
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Pedagogy in Action
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Module by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida
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Springs of Life
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This video-enhanced lesson uses the NATURE episode "Spring's Eternal: Florida's Fountain of ... More

This video-enhanced lesson uses the NATURE episode "Spring's Eternal: Florida's Fountain of Youth" to learn about and explore Florida's springs ecosystem with particular focus on the animal life that lives there. Less

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Science and Technology
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NATURE
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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PBS Online
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
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Survival of the Fittest Microbes: Examining the Conditions of One River and the Microbes that Thrive There
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In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about ... More

In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about the harsh conditions of Spain's Rio Tinto River and research the microbes that nonetheless manage to thrive there. They then synthesize their knowledge by creating a reality television program set in the Rio Tinto in which the microbes are the "contestants." The lesson includes an article about the Rio Tinto with accompanying questions, a detailed classroom activity, vocabulary list, discussion questions, extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and related academic content standards. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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New York Times Learning Network
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New York Times
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Georgia ScurletisJavaid Khan
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Test Density with a Supersaturated Solution
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Learners create three solutions with different levels of salinity. They compare the ... More

Learners create three solutions with different levels of salinity. They compare the density of these solutions by coloring them and layering them in a clear plastic cup and in a soda bottle. Learners will also investigate how a liquid's density affects objects that are put into it. This experiment connects with estuary environments (habitats where fresh water and ocean water mix) and also contains a brief discussion of one of the saltiest seas on earth, the Dead Sea in the Middle East. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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American Museum of Natural History
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Turbidity and TSS
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This image-rich Streams.org website describes turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS). It ... More

This image-rich Streams.org website describes turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS). It includes overviews about what they are, why they are measured, how they are measured, and why they vary. The site also features links to sensor and other water quality parameters. Less

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Science and Technology
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City of Duluth, Minnesota
University of Minnesota, Duluth
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Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
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Underwater Adventures Aquarium
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Underground aquarium facility with a walk-through glass tunnel providing views into several ... More

Underground aquarium facility with a walk-through glass tunnel providing views into several habitats: northern Minnesota forest; Mississippi River; Caribbean reef. Sharks are a major attraction; other freshwater and marine species also featured. Family oriented, with guided tours, hands-on encounter and playground. Offers on-site and outreach education programs for grades pre-12, teacher workshops, and specialty programs for groups. Located in Mall of America, Bloomington, MN. Admission and program fees apply. Less

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Social Sciences
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UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
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Unit Plans That Teach Foundational Climate Concepts
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Four unit plans provide opportunities for in-depth explorations of important foundational climate ... More

Four unit plans provide opportunities for in-depth explorations of important foundational climate concepts -- weather, water as a solid, liquid and gas, and the water cycle -- that are appropriate for K-2 and 3-5 learners. These unit plans incorporate many of the lessons highlighted in other articles in this issue of the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine is structured around the essential principles of the climate sciences. Less

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Science and Technology
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
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Use Clues to Solve an Ice Mystery
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Use the physical characteristics of ice to determine where and how several ... More

Use the physical characteristics of ice to determine where and how several mystery samples could have been frozen. Less

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Social Sciences
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Science Friday Initiative
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Science Friday
Author:
Ariel Zych
Science Friday
Science Friday Education
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Video Gallery: Fishes and Water
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This gallery of online resources is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, ... More

This gallery of online resources is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, a series of distance-learning courses designed to help educators meet the new national science standards. This gallery, part of the Diversity of Fishes seminar, features two videos that both have printable PDF transcripts:About Water looks at how the water that covers two-thirds of our planet is distributed in oceans, polar caps, aquifers, rivers, and lakes. Planet Water discusses how freshwater fish which makes up one-quarter of all vertebrate biodiversity on Earth live in less than 1/100th of a percent of the planet's water. Less

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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
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Water Body Salinities I
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In this activity, learners investigate the different salinity levels of oceans, rivers ... More

In this activity, learners investigate the different salinity levels of oceans, rivers and estuaries. Learners then use experimentation to determine which sample is the best model of each type of natural water source. The first test, for conductivity, shows learners that a water sample with the right salinity can even be used to light a bulb or ring an electric buzzer. The second test, for evaporation, shows how rate of evaporation is affected by salinity level. This activity can be followed by Water Body Salinities II from the same resource. Includes background material. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Liberty Science Center
New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Education
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
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