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A Case of Innovation
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Students learn about power generation using river currents. A white paper is ...

Students learn about power generation using river currents. A white paper is a focused analysis often used to describe how a technology solves a problem. In this literacy activity, students write a simplified version of a white paper on an alternative electrical power generation technology. In the process, they develop their critical thinking skills and become aware of the challenge and promise of technological innovation that engineers help to make possible. This activity is geared towards fifth grade and older students and computer capabilities are required. Some portions of the activity may be appropriate with younger students. CAPTION: Upper Left: Trey Taylor, President of Verdant Power, talks about green power with a New York City sixth-grade class. Lower Left: Verdant Power logo. Center: Verdant Power's turbine evaluation vessel in New York's East River. In the background is a conventional power plant. Upper Right: The propeller-like turbine can be raised and lowered from the platform of the turbine evaluation vessel. Lower Right: Near the East River, Mr. Taylor explains to the class how water currents can generate electric power.

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Engineering
Hydrology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Cindy Coker
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Trey Taylor
The Case of a Tropical Disease and its Treatment: Science, Society, and Economics
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This case study highlights the epidemiological and socioeconomic factors associated with a ...

This case study highlights the epidemiological and socioeconomic factors associated with a disease which plagues thousands of people in Central and South America. The case follows the story of Adrian, a banana plantation worker in southwestern Costa Rica who develops a mysterious illness. Students learn about infectious diseases, pathogens, and vectors endemic to the region, and are asked to diagnose Adrian's illness and consider his dilemma with respect to treatment options. The case is appropriate for courses with a component on health care, pharmacology, microbiology, medical anthropology, ethnobotany, or epidemiology. Instructors can choose to focus more on the biological components of the case or more on the socioeconomic and ethical aspects, depending on course goals and subject area.

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Education
Life Science
Anthropology
Economics
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Case Study
Instructional Material
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Cathy R. Santanello
Jennifer Rehg
The Case of the Disappearing Pitcher Plants
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This lesson addresses the cause and effect relationship between human interaction and ...

This lesson addresses the cause and effect relationship between human interaction and a North Carolina endangered plant species. A role-playing scenario allows students to view the situation from a variety of positions and to collectively arrive at a solution to the problem.

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Lesson Plans
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Eddie Hamblin
Case of the Drought Resistant Genetically Engineered Corn Plant
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This scenario accompanies theonline lesson, "Transpiration - Water Movement Through Plants", and ...

This scenario accompanies theonline lesson, "Transpiration - Water Movement Through Plants", and isdesigned to allow you to apply the concepts learned in that lesson to areal-life problem.

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Life Science
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary
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Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary
The Case of the Missing Bees: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Colony Collapse Disorder
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Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has claimed approximately one-third of the commercial honeybee ...

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has claimed approximately one-third of the commercial honeybee population in recent years. A number of causes have been suggested for this phenomenon, including the consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by the bees. This directed case investigates the issues and chemistry that might be involved in CCD related to HFCS. The case was developed for use in an undergraduate organic chemistry or food chemistry course.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Nutrition
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Frank J. Dinan
Jeffri C. Bohlscheid
The Case of the Prize-Winning Plants
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This booklet from NASA presents a fictionalized case study where the needs ...

This booklet from NASA presents a fictionalized case study where the needs of plants are revealed, including soil type and temperature, through the story of Tony and Kali. Tony wants to start a fertilizer company, but he has a lot to learn about plants.

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Life Science
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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NSDL Staff
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NSDL Science Refreshers
The Case of the Stolen Painting: A Forensic Mystery
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This video will help students, particularly those not in AP-level classes, have ...

This video will help students, particularly those not in AP-level classes, have a practical application for knowing about the major divisions between plants, particularly about the details of plant anatomy and reproduction. Students will be able to :Identify the major evolutionary innovations that separate plant divisions, and classify plants as belonging to one of those divisions based on phenotypic differences in plants. Classify plants by their pollen dispersal methods using pollen dispersal mapping, and justify the location of a _„ƒcrime scene_„Ž using map analysis. Analyze and present their analysis of banding patterns from DNA fingerprinting done using plants in a forensic context.

Subject:
Education
Botany
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
M.I.T.
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
MIT BLOSSOMS
Sydney Bergman
Cell Membranes
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The cell membrane is a selectively permeable membrane made up of a ...

The cell membrane is a selectively permeable membrane made up of a lipid bilayer and proteins surrounding the cell. Use these tutorials to learn more about cell membranes, their structure, and their function in plant and animal cells.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Rudy Lopes
Cells 1: Make a Model Cell
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This lesson is the first of two-part series on cells. In Cells ...

This lesson is the first of two-part series on cells. In Cells 1: Make a Model Cell, students will compare a plant and animal cell and then make a model of a cell. They will select items to represent various cell structures and justify their choices by describing how the items they have chosen represent the actual parts of a cell. Prior to this lesson, students should have at least been introduced to cells, including the basic differences between plant and animal cells.

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Education
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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AAAS
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
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Science Netlinks
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
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AAAS Science Netlinks
Cells Alive
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This site provides information about cell components (such as cell wall, cell ...

This site provides information about cell components (such as cell wall, cell membrane, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, cytoskeleton, cytosol, mitochondrion, chloroplast, peroxisome, lysosome, vacuole, etc.) and cell division (meiosis, and mitosis), as well as beautiful images in cell biology. Video and still pictures of various types of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells are included. A great animation on how bacteria grow and divide is an added plus for this site.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Reference
Simulations
Provider:
Jim Sullivan
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Cells Alive
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
Cells As Molecular Factories
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This minds-on analysis and discussion activity reviews how eukaryotic cells are molecular ...

This minds-on analysis and discussion activity reviews how eukaryotic cells are molecular factories in two senses: cells produce molecules and cells are made up of molecules. The questions guide students to think about how the different parts of a eukaryotic cell cooperate to function as a protein-producing factory and as a recycling plant. Additional questions require students to identify the locations and functions of different types of molecules in eukaryotic cells.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Serendip Studio
Provider Set:
Minds-On Activities for Teaching Biology
Author:
Ingrid Waldron
Cells and Walls
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Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional ...

Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional models to illustrate the basic structure and function of the cell membrane, and place an object inside to represent the cell nucleus. This activity can be used in conjunction with the Observing Cells and Single-Cell Life activities from the same source. This activity can be found on pages 20-21 of the activity guide.

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Computer Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geology
Oceanography
Physics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Data
Games
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
NASA
National Science Foundation
TERC
Cellular Absorption of Herbicides
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Before a herbicide can kill a plant, it must be absorbed by ...

Before a herbicide can kill a plant, it must be absorbed by the plant’s leaves or roots and enter a cell which possesses the metabolic pathway the herbicide targets.  This lesson follows the fate of the herbicide after it has entered the plant via leaf or root tissue, and explains the factors controlling transport of a herbicide into plant cells.  This lesson describes 1) the barriers to herbicide entry, such as the plant cell membrane, 2) the role that the herbicide’s chemical properties have on the rate of cellular absorption, and 3) experimental approaches to understanding herbicide absorption at the cellular level.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary
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Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary
Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis Lessons
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This overview of energy, cellular respiration and photosynthesis summarizes important concepts and ...

This overview of energy, cellular respiration and photosynthesis summarizes important concepts and common misconceptions. It also suggests a sequence of learning activities to overcome misconceptions, develop student understanding of important concepts, and relate these concepts to familiar topics such as breathing, food, body weight, and plant growth.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Serendip Studio
Provider Set:
Minds-On Activities for Teaching Biology
Author:
Ingrid Waldron
Champions of a Sustainable World
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This textbook chapter makes the case for preserving desert old growth forests, ...

This textbook chapter makes the case for preserving desert old growth forests, and endangered species. The captive breeding program for the black-footed ferret is presented as a case study. Students learn about conservation practices they can do, such as adopting a species or garden. The chapter includes an authentic unit assessment where students produce an essay on a biodiversity topic. The resource includes a link to current news articles and a teacher's guide. This is the eighth and last chapter in the unit, Losing Biodiversity, examining the endangerment and extinction of entire species of plants and animals throughout the world due to human actions. The resource is part of Global System Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Textbooks
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Changes in Hardiness Zones
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This animation illustrates how the hardiness zones for plants have changed between ...

This animation illustrates how the hardiness zones for plants have changed between 1990 and 2006 based on an extensive updating of U.S. Hardiness Zones using data from 5,000 National Climatic Data Center cooperative stations across the continental United States.

Subject:
Biology
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Changes in Hardiness Zones
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This animation illustrates how the hardiness zones for plants have changed between ...

This animation illustrates how the hardiness zones for plants have changed between 1990 and 2006 based on an extensive updating of U.S. Hardiness Zones using data from 5,000 National Climatic Data Center cooperative stations across the continental United States.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Arbor Day Foundation
Changes in a Monarch's Life Cycle
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This activity will include the students observing the monarch life cycle inside ...

This activity will include the students observing the monarch life cycle inside the classroom, a field experience observing monarch life on a milkweed plant and drawing it, and back in the classroom students will make a pop-up book of the monarch's life cycle with a short description on each page.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Changes in the Environment
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This activity places the control of the environment under the student's control. ...

This activity places the control of the environment under the student's control. A field starts off with a uniform light level, and thus capable of growing plants with medium-sized leaves. Students can alter the environment by "growing" a chain of mountains through the field. Students are challenged to grow the mountains to their maximum height (corresponding to the maximum change in light level on either side of the chain) while maintaining a viable population of plants on each side.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Genetics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The Concord Consortium
The National Science Foundation