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Litter Critters
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In this outdoor activity, learners use a "litter-critter" wheel to help them ...

In this outdoor activity, learners use a "litter-critter" wheel to help them identify different animals they find living in a natural litter habitat. Learners also become familiar with body parts of litter habitat animals, and use that knowledge to identify animals they find. This activity addresses the concept of decomposition as well, and can be expanded to address specific aspects of biodiversity across various litter habitats, including those affected by human litter. Depending on the age of the learners, they can make the litter-critter wheels themselves (plan on an additional 30-45 minutes for learners to construct their wheels before starting the main activity).

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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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:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Los insectos
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The main goals of the unit are to develop basic knowledge about ...

The main goals of the unit are to develop basic knowledge about insects and to develop the language linked with the theme. Most of the lessons promote the use of cooperative learning strategies and the use of graphic organizers.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Lesson Plans
Provider:
University of Minnesota CoBaLTT Project
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Author:
Mary Bartolini
Lost Ladybug Project
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Across North America ladybug species distribution is changing. Over the past twenty ...

Across North America ladybug species distribution is changing. Over the past twenty years several native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. During this same time ladybugs from other places have greatly increased both their numbers and range. Some ladybugs are simply found in new places. This is happening very quickly and we don’t know how, or why, or what impact it will have on ladybug diversity or the role that ladybugs play in keeping plant-feeding insect populations low. We're asking you to join us in finding out where all the ladybugs have gone so we can try to prevent more native species from becoming so rare.

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Activities and Labs
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Cornell University / 4-H SET
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Lost Ladybug Project
Make a Wire Critter That Can Walk on Water
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In this activity, learners make water-walking critters using thin wire, and then ...

In this activity, learners make water-walking critters using thin wire, and then test how many paper clips these critters can carry without sinking. Watch the Science Friday video "Stroke of the Water Strider" on this page to learn about a robot that was inspired by insects' ability to travel on the surface of water.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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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:
Ariel Zych
Science Friday
Martindale's 'The Reference Desk'
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Marvelous Metamorphosis
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Most kids love insects. This integrated unit will enable students the opportunity ...

Most kids love insects. This integrated unit will enable students the opportunity to observe, identify, and describe the life cycle a mealworm goes through during his metamorphosis into a grain beetle.

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Biology
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Lesson Plans
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Pam Maness
Mealworm to Beetle Project
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In this activity, learners observe how a little worm turns into a ...

In this activity, learners observe how a little worm turns into a full-grown beetle. Learners will be surprised to learn that mealworms aren't worms at all--they're the larval stage of a beetle! Use this activity to explain life cycles, practice observation skills, and explore insects.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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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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Sacramento Zoo
Migrating Monarchs
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Thousands of orange and black shapes flutter through the trees. Welcome to ...

Thousands of orange and black shapes flutter through the trees. Welcome to one of the few wintering homes of the monarch butterfly. Also in: Spanish

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Biology
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Activities and Labs
Games
Lesson Plans
Reference
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Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
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Ask A Biologist
Author:
Dr. Biology
Tracy Fuentes
The Migration of the Monarch Butterfly
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The students will listen to and discuss books about butterflies and the ...

The students will listen to and discuss books about butterflies and the migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico in order to integrate science, social studies, and language arts.

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Biology
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Margaret Monds
Martha Dobson
Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency
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Creepy crawlers, hoppers, and fliers are the focus of this lesson in ...

Creepy crawlers, hoppers, and fliers are the focus of this lesson in which students chorally read poems about insects and use the Internet to locate facts about their assigned insects.

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Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
New Mexico AiS Challenge
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The mission of the AiS Challenge is to improve students' understanding and ...

The mission of the AiS Challenge is to improve students' understanding and use of technology by developing their skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications, and team work.

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Computer Science
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Hydrology
Oceanography
Physics
Archaeology
Psychology
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Instructional Material
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Nitrogen Excretion in Insects
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This exercise enables students to gain insight into the process of excretion ...

This exercise enables students to gain insight into the process of excretion in insects. Rate of excretion and hemolymph volume in the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria, are measured using spectrophotometry. The capacity of two insects, the cockroach, Periplaneta americana, and L. migratoria, to detoxify ammonia via uricotelism is examined by measuring the concentration of uric acid in the insects' hemolymph and feces. Uric acid is quantified by ultraviolet spectrophotometry. The anatomy of the insect's excretory system is studied by dissection.

Subject:
Biology
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Roger Gordon
OakRidge National Laboratory - Employment
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<p> ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the ...

<p> ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to the national security. ORNL employs 4,600 total with, 3,000 scientists and engineers. </p>

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Computer Science
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geometry
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Hydrology
Oceanography
Physics
Psychology
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
The Old White Sheet Trick: Light and Insect Behavior
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In this outdoor, nighttime activity, learners gather around a brightly lit, white ...

In this outdoor, nighttime activity, learners gather around a brightly lit, white surface and study the behavior of nocturnal animals attracted to the light, particularly night fliers. Learners consider such questions as why attraction to light benefits certain animals, whether adding color to the light sources affects the animals' behavior, and how light could be used for pest control.

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Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Outdoor Light Sources and Their Attractibility to Nocturnal Insects
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In this field exploration, student teams (consisting of 3 students) will investigate ...

In this field exploration, student teams (consisting of 3 students) will investigate whetherincandescent, fluorescent or a no light situation will attract the most nocturnal insects.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Parts of a Spider: Dorsal View of a Male Spider
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This illustrated guide (dorsal view) to a male spider is designed to ...

This illustrated guide (dorsal view) to a male spider is designed to help students recognize and learn its common and unique body parts. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites or in the lab, also includes a short description for the following labeled parts: chelicera pedipalp anterior eye row posterior eye row cephalothorax (or prosoma) pedicel abdomen (or opisthosoma) spinnerets coxa trochanter femur patella tibia metatarsus tarsus.

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Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Periodical Cicada Survival
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In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students explore defense mechanisms involved in ...

In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students explore defense mechanisms involved in predatory/prey relationships. The periodical cicadas that emerge in various parts of the United States every 13 or 17 years provide an excellent opportunity to engage students in a discussion about predatory/prey interactions. Students reflect on the life cycle and behavior of the cicada and develop understandings about how their unique life cycle and behavior actually helps them to reproduce and survive in spite of the fact that they have very few typical defense mechanisms.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
The Reproductive Role of Flowers
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA, learn about the critical role ...

In this video segment adapted from NOVA, learn about the critical role of flowers in seed plant reproductive biology. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
ScienceCourseware.org
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The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive, online simulations for inquiry-based science education, ...

The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive, online simulations for inquiry-based science education, earth and environmental sciences, geology, and biology. The activities are designed to enhance an existing curriculum and include online assessments.

Subject:
Computer Science
Life Science
Biology
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
A Seasonal Guide to New York City's Invertebrates
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This engaging illustrated guide gives an introduction to the local invertebrates one ...

This engaging illustrated guide gives an introduction to the local invertebrates one can see in various habitats of New York City and offers suggestions for where and when to search for them, along with information on how best to protect them. The Seasonal Guide is being distributed at no charge throughout the City to parks, nature centers, and other organizations involved in public education and conservation.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Author:
Elizabeth A. Johnson