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Cool Tool
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In this activity (on pages 10-17), learners discover how scientists study biodiversity ... More

In this activity (on pages 10-17), learners discover how scientists study biodiversity and the health of the environment based on inspection of small areasäóîa process known as sampling. Learners predict the living things they might find in a small area, then use a tool called a "linear transect," which is a line placed on the ground to measure the location and number of plants or animals in that area. Learners collect real data, compare their data to their predictions, and explore what their findings show about the biodiversity of their area. This activity could be used at a school site, a protected natural area, or even a back yard. Less

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
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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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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program
Nebraska Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development
University of Nebraska State Museum
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Design a Park
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In this activity, learners are invited to imagine the park of their ... More

In this activity, learners are invited to imagine the park of their dreams! In small groups, learners place moveable pieces on a grid, iterating on their plan together to create a plan for a community park. A variety of park features are offered as choices to include on the map, including a playground, skate park, water features, picnic areas, trails, and more. Like real-world projects, the plan is limited by the realities of space and funds. For younger learners, groups are limited to choosing less than 10 features. Learners ages 9 and up are limited not by the number of features, but by their cost in terms of points: They are challenged to keep track of the points on the park features cards and use less than 250 total points. Some park features, including a natural wetland and ice cream shop, promise to provide revenue back to the community and are worth points. Others, like a skate park or swimming pool, "cost" points. This activity is part of a curriculum designed to engage learners in hands-on engineering challenges. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
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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
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Lunar and Planetary Institute
NSF
STAR Library Education Network
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Drain Game
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In this activity (on pages 36-39), learners make a model of a ... More

In this activity (on pages 36-39), learners make a model of a watershed out of paper, then run water down the mountain to simulate how rainfall and pollution affect watersheds. Learners are introduced to the ABCs of runoffäóîhow agricultural runoff, bulldozers, chemicals and human debris impact lakes, streams and rivers in urban as well as suburban areas. Water-soluble colored markers are used to represent rivers and these pollution sources. The "Think It Over" section at the end encourages learners to reflect on what they wash down their drains at home. Less

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Oceanography
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Data
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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:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program
Nebraska Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development
University of Nebraska State Museum
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Suo siellä, kosteikko täällä
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Kosteikkoja on monenlaisia, ja ne poikkeavat toisistaan sekä kooltaan että rakenteeltaan. Suot, ... More

Kosteikkoja on monenlaisia, ja ne poikkeavat toisistaan sekä kooltaan että rakenteeltaan. Suot, tulvamaat, jokisuistot, umpeenkasvavat järvet sekä meren rannikon maatuvat lahdet ovat kaikki kosteikkoja. Pienet lintujärvet ovat matalia ja usein lähes umpeenkasvaneita. Myös merenrannikon lintulahdet voivat olla ruovikkoisia ja kasvillisuudeltaan reheviä. Perämeren rannikolla rantavyöhyke on laakea, ja jopa kilometrien levyinen. Less

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Ecology
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Rice University
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Connexions
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Hans Põldoja
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The Vernal Pool Association
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This site is based at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, MA. ... More

This site is based at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, MA. It features general information defining and describing vernal pools as a habitat type, including an illustrated cartoon series. Resources for educators and students include suggestions for classroom and field trip activities, examples of school projects, field guides, and teacher resources such as workshops. While this site contains several references to state-specific resources and regulations, it is relevant and useful outside of Massachusetts wherever vernal pools are found. The teacher responsible for the text on this site spent a sabbatical developing a resource kit for educators, which is available for purchase. Links are provided to scientific researchers conducting vernal pool studies, including their methods and results. There is an extensive page of resources, both digital in print. Educators and students are encouraged to download and use the collection of 78 slides of vernal pools and associated species on this site. Less

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Physics
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Lecture Notes
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Leo Kenney
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Water Quality and pH Levels in Aquatic Ecosystems
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In this fun and in depth hands-on experiment, learners test various liquid ... More

In this fun and in depth hands-on experiment, learners test various liquid samples (distilled water, lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda mixed with water) to determine their pH levels and identify each sample as either acid, base or neutral chemical. Then, over the course of several weeks, learners perform a number of tests and observe the affects of pH level on plants. The wrap up section of this activity discusses acid rain and its dramatic impact on aquatic animals, and tips for going further. Less

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Anthropology
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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:
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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Wetland Bioblitz
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This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full ... More

This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into biodiversity of a given habitat. Groups of learners will work in pairs or small groups and conduct a bioblitz of a wetland, carefully observing, identifying and recording a list of as many plant and animal species as they can find. Data from all groups will be pooled to determine the думspecies richness,дуќ the total number of species and to make a bar graph to compare numbers of each type of organism. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Wetlands. Less

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Oceanography
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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:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
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Wetlands
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Learners create a model of a wetland to observe how it absorbs ... More

Learners create a model of a wetland to observe how it absorbs and filters water from the environment. In part 1, learners make it "rain" on their wetland model and compare their predictions of where the water will go to where it actually goes. In part 2, learners consider and discuss the characteristics of wetland plants and animals and match pictures of different organisms to different types of wetlands. An addendum to the lesson provides extensive information, including photos, about wetland plants and animals, plus a section on "Types of Wetlands Found in New Jersey." Less

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
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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