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As Big as the Ocean: Creating Murals
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This article discusses how to use murals as an interdisciplinary, cooperative activity to blend science, art, and math concepts.

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Environmental Science
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Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Build-your-own Hardy Weinberg Calculator
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Using this lesson worksheet, computers and a simple programming interface, students step through and build a simple program to sequentially calculate all of the variables in the Hardy Weinberg equations. By building the program in sequence it is hoped that students will learn the sequence to solve a Hardy Weinberg problem and appreciate the value and power of computer number crunching capabilities as well as sequential programming considerations.

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Lowell High School
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Author:
Mark Wenning
Date Added:
06/15/2011
Build-your-own Valence Finder
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By building a program to determine the valence of ANY element on the first three rows of the Periodic table, students learn the steps to solve the problem while learning how to program logic and think about processing data in sequence. NOTE: The worksheet includes the option of letting students create a bug that they have to fix.

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Lowell High School
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Author:
Mark Wenning
Date Added:
06/15/2011
CP 10: Planning Effective Lessons
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Lessons are the building blocks of all curricular structures in the EL Education model. Whether planning a single lesson or a series of lessons, teachers attend to how the lessons sit in the larger arc of curriculum. They carefully craft a beginning, middle, and end, regardless of lesson type. By attending to each lesson with care, teachers ensure that all students are challenged, engaged, and empowered and can transfer their understanding to new contexts. They also give students opportunities to develop and demonstrate Habits of Character.

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Education
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/23/2018
Data Discovery Lessons
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The lessons posted on this site were designed to engage students with real-world data relevant to content taught in middle school and high school science courses, and to foster an understanding of ways in which they might gather organize, analyze and interpret the data in order to draw scientifically valid inferences, interpretations and conclusions. Most of the labs use computer-based technology of spreadsheet programs or the Python programming interface. The Python lessons guide students in computational thinking to create simple programs to manipulate data. The lessons also provide students (and teachers) with instructions and guidance in the use of these technologies. Teacher and Student worksheets, as well as any supporting files, are linked to from links at the top of each lesson webpage as well as from the downloads page ("downloads" link on the scrolling menu to the left).

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Author:
Mark Wenning
Date Added:
06/11/2011
Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up: Grade 5 and 6
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Eleven inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. The curriculum includes reproducible student handouts, 35 copies of the Dig In! At Home parent booklet (parent booklet also available separately in Spanish), and a set of 6 Dig In! posters.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
United States Dept of Agriculture
Date Added:
10/27/2017
Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten
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Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children — kindergarten.

Contains: Teacher guide, Emergent Reader Mini Books and teacher edition, Reach for the Sky song, Food Group Friends profile cards, Food cards, Look and Cook recipes, student workbook, the Five Food Groups poster, parent handouts and Discover MyPlate graphics

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Nutrition
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Author:
United States Dept of Agriculture
Date Added:
10/12/2017
Entomology Lesson Plan Bibliography
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This is a spot to collect lesson plans that are NOT in the public domain, but still have value.Usually these are in peer reviewed journals behind paywalls.Teachers: please contact us if you need help accessing any of the items in the bibliography.   

Subject:
Environmental Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Gwen Pearson
Exploring the Solar System Dataset
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Students create a spreadsheet (or use the one provided) to gather planet data and put in categories. They massage spreadsheet to tease out relationship between distance from sun and revolution speed. They use data to predict speed and/or distance for Ceres, the new dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter.

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Lowell High School
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Author:
Mark Wenning
Date Added:
06/15/2011
Farm To School Garden Lessons (K-5)
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens.

We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum. A big thank you to Des Moines Schools for being great partners, and for bringing innovative education to Iowa's most diverse population.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team (
Date Added:
11/08/2017
Forensics
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A site that has interesting information on forensics and interactive activities for kids to play. The student will learn investigative techniques that will enable them to better understand the science of forensics. The use will explore new technology related to anthropology and forensics.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
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Teachers' Domain
Date Added:
07/12/2014
The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4
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A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum. Eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades that contains bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and 35 copies of each of the 10 Garden Detective newsletters for parents/caregivers.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
United States Dept of Agriculture
Date Added:
10/27/2017
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate: Preschool
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Garden-themed nutrition education kit that introduces children to six fruits and vegetables. Includes seven booklets, featuring three fruits and three vegetables, with hands-on planting activities, a CD with supplemental information, and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup’s Picnic and Lunch Parties.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Nutrition
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Author:
United States Dept of Agriculture
Date Added:
10/27/2017
Hands-on Lessons and Activities About Oceans
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This article highlights hands-on or multimedia lesson plans about oceans. Science lessons are paired with suggested literacy lesson plans. All lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Hands-on Lessons and Activities about Glaciers
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This article highlights hands-on or multimedia lesson plans about glaciers. Science lessons are paired with suggested literacy lesson plans. All lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Hands-on Lessons and Activities about Plants
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This article highlights hands-on or multimedia lesson plans about plant structures, growth and development, seed production, and dispersal. Science lessons are paired with suggested literacy lesson plans. All lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Hands-on Lessons and Activities about the Tundra and Ecosystems
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This article highlights hands-on or multimedia lesson plans about the tundra and ecosystem concepts. Science lessons are paired with suggested literacy lesson plans. All lessons are aligned to national standards.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Hands-on Science and Literacy Activities about Erosion, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes
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This article highlights science and literacy lessons to teach elementary students about erosion, glaciers, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Links to national standards are included.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Hardy Weinberg Calculator Extensions
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"Pre" extension - The first extension creates programming to ask the user for values that are needed to figure out the frequency of individuals showing the recessive trait. This is THE one number needed to calculate all the other frequencies. The frequency of individuals showing the recessive trait is the only one that can be observed in a population BUT it is not always given in the word problem.
"Post" extension - The second will take the frequencies and apply them to an actual population number to generate actual numbers of individuals of the 3 genotypes and numbers of each allele … in that population.

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Lowell High School
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Author:
Mark Wenning
Date Added:
06/15/2011
Harvest and Celebrate: First Grade Lesson Plans
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens. We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum.

Today students will use senses to observe unripe, ripe, and overripe produce. They will examine seeds in produce and discuss ways mature plants help baby plants grow. In the garden, they will learn how to harvest produce, sort and count it, eat it in tasty recipes, and plan a garden party to celebrate their learning. Finally, they will reflect on their learning in the garden and make future recommendations.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team
Date Added:
11/08/2017
Harvest and Celebrate: Fourth Grade Lesson Plans
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens. We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum.

Today students will use their senses to observe and identify unripe, ripe, and overripe produce. They will learn about the structures plants have that support pollination. In the garden, they will learn how to harvest produce, eat it in tasty recipes, and plan a garden party to celebrate their learning. Finally, they will reflect on their learning in the garden and make recommendations for next year.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team
Date Added:
11/08/2017
Harvest and Celebrate: Kindergarten Lesson Plans
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens. We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum.

As students planned, planted, and maintained their garden, they focused on what plants need to survive. Today they will expand their focus to how garden helps animals, including humans, survive. They will also explore other benefits of gardens. In the garden, they will learn how to harvest produce, sort and count it, eat it in tasty recipes, and plan a garden party to celebrate their learning.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team
Date Added:
11/07/2017
Harvest and Celebrate : Second Grade Lesson Plans
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens. We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum.

Today students will use their senses to observe unripe, ripe, and overripe produce. They will examine the seeds in the produce and learn about pollinators. In the garden, they will learn how to harvest produce, sort and count it, eat it in tasty recipes, and plan a garden party to celebrate their learning. Finally, they will reflect on their learning in the garden and make recommendations for next year.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team
Date Added:
11/08/2017
Harvest and Celebrate: Third Grade Lesson Plans
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens. We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum.

Today students will use their senses to observe and identify unripe, ripe, and overripe produce. They will learn the role fruits, seeds, and pollination play in life cycles. In the garden, they will learn how to harvest produce, eat it in tasty recipes, and plan a garden party to celebrate their learning. Finally, they will reflect on their learning in the garden and make recommendations for next year.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team
Date Added:
11/08/2017
Harvest and Celecbrate: Fifth Grade Lesson Plans
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The Next Step Adventure team developed lessons for the Des Moines Public Schools Farm to School program. We're happy to share them here as part of our efforts to connect children with nature through school gardens. We hope these lessons inspire you to start a school garden. If you already have a garden, we think they will help you connect the lessons learned there more closely to your classroom curriculum.

Today students will use their senses to observe and identify unripe, ripe, and overripe produce. They will consider how the energy in that produce was once energy from the sun. In the garden, they will learn how to harvest produce, eat it in tasty recipes, and plan a garden party to celebrate their learning. They will explore the relationship of decomposers and plants by composting. Finally, they will reflect on their learning in the

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Next Step Adventure team
Date Added:
11/08/2017
Health Literacy: First Grade Lesson 5: Students create tracking charts related to physical activity
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This lesson is designed to increase first graders’ knowledge of healthy physical activities and the importance of decreasing screen time.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Iowa Dept. Public Health
Date Added:
10/11/2017