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Urban Ecosystems 1: Cities Are Urban Ecosystems
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The purpose of this lesson is to understand that cities are urban ...

The purpose of this lesson is to understand that cities are urban ecosystems which include both nature and humans, in a largely human-built environmental context and that urban ecosystems have emergent properties that cannot easily be seen by simply looking at the different functional parts of a city: The whole is more than the sum of the parts.

Urban Ecosystems 1 introduces some of the principles of ecology, including the definition of an ecosystem as a community of living organisms interacting with its non-living environment. Students will be introduced to the study of ecosystems and models that are used by urban ecologists. The class will be invited to visit websites to see where the cities are on the planet, and they will have a chance to try some hands-on urban nature education activities.

This lesson was developed by Dr. Penny Firth, a scientist, as part of a set of interdisciplinary Science NetLinks lessons aimed at improved understanding of environmental phenomena and events. This is the first of a strand of five lessons.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
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Dr. Penny Firth
Toxicology 1: Toxicology and Living Systems
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In the first lesson, Toxicology 1: Toxicology and Living Systems, students are ...

In the first lesson, Toxicology 1: Toxicology and Living Systems, students are introduced to the basic concepts and terminology of the science. Toxicology 2: Finding the Toxic Dose allows students the opportunity to conduct a toxicology experiment on a plant. Specifically, students determine the toxic dose of a chemical that will inhibit seed germination in Brassica rapa, a relative to cabbages and mustards. In the third lesson, Toxicology 3: Toxicology and Human Health, students investigate the effect of environmental tobacco smoke on human lung development. These lessons can be done in a series or they can stand alone.

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AAAS
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Genes, Environments, and Behavior 1
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Genes, Environment, and Behavior 1 is the first of two lessons about ...

Genes, Environment, and Behavior 1 is the first of two lessons about the field called behavioral genetics, in which scientists study the reciprocating influences of genes and environments on behavior, particularly human behavior. It provides students with a clear understanding of how behavior is defined by scientists and an overview of the genetic and environmental forces that interact to shape behavior.In this lesson, students are assigned reading materials from the book Behavioral Genetics: An introduction to how genes and environments interact through development to shape differences in mood, personality, and intelligence, published by AAAS and The Hastings Center. These chapters are character-based and have relatively easy context. Provided are quizzes that that are administered after the short readings. These quizzes foster a discussion on each topic in behavior and genetics. The titles of the chapters in this lesson are: 1) "What is behavioral genetics?", 2) "How do genes work within their environments?", 3) "How do environments impinge upon the genes?"

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Heart 1: Transplant
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students use the internet to learn about ...

In this Science NetLinks lesson, students use the internet to learn about the workings and anatomy of the heart and new medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives. Students then use their knowledge to discuss controversial issues surrounding heart transplants. Students also perform an online heart transplant to get a more realistic idea of what is involved.

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Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Reaction Time 1: How Fast Are You ?
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In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students will engage in two online ...

In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students will engage in two online reaction time tests. They will track their progress, taking note of any strategies that help them improve their performance. This lesson takes a small step toward the broader learning goal described above; it encourages students to think about their learning and illustrates that skills, when practiced, can become automatic.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
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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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
Classification 1: Classification Scheme
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This Science NetLinks lesson, first of a two-part series will show students ...

This Science NetLinks lesson, first of a two-part series will show students that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features to decide which things belong to which group and that classification schemes will vary with purpose.ContextThis lesson is the first of a two-part series on classification. This lesson is intended to supplement students' direct investigations by using the Internet to expose students to a variety of living organisms, as well as encourage them to start developing classification schemes of their own.

Subject:
Botany
Zoology
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Provider:
AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Nutrition 1: Food and the Digestive System
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This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a three part series. ...

This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a three part series. Most of this lesson will focus on what nutrients are needed to do particular tasks for the body. More specifically, where the nutrients come from, their different forms, and then their importance for particular tasks in the body. Some of the lesson will focus on the overall digestive system in order to address the latter part of the benchmark-that undigested food is eliminated.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Nutrition
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Growth Stages 1: Infancy and Early Childhood
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This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a two-part series aimed ...

This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a two-part series aimed at introducing students to the different stages of physical growth and development in human beings from birth to 18 years of age. Through the use of student interactives, this lesson helps students become better aware of all the natural physical stages of growth children experience in the first five years of life.

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Early Childhood Development
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AAAS
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Epidemiology 1: What's My Hypothesis
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This lesson is part of a 34-lesson curriculum called Detectives in the ...

This lesson is part of a 34-lesson curriculum called Detectives in the Classroom, a project of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. The project is supported by Science Education Partnership Awards from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health. The entire curriculum, which can be viewed at the Detectives in the Classroom site, consists of five instructional modules that explore specific health-related issues relevant to middle-school students through the science of epidemiology.This lesson is the third of six lessons in Module 1 that all deal with the Essential Question: Why do some people get sick while others remain healthy? In learning to answer this question, students will come to appreciate the Enduring Understanding that Clues for formulating hypotheses can be found by describing the way a disease is distributed in a population of people in terms of person, place, and time. The lessons which precede and follow this lesson help develop this Essential Understanding but are not prerequisites.

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Crops 1: Where Does Food Come From?
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This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a two-part series on ...

This Science NetLinks lesson is the first of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students learn that most of the food they buy in stores originally comes from farms. Students sing a song about growing crops on a farm and learn from the lyrics the kinds of things that farmers do and need to grow plants.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Nutrition
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Provider:
AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Mental Health 1: Human Behavior
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This lesson, from Science NetLinks, provides students with a sound introduction and ...

This lesson, from Science NetLinks, provides students with a sound introduction and historical overview of the important figures and discoveries that have greatly advanced the study of human behavior since the early 1900s. This lesson is the first of three lessons on mental health and human behavior.

Subject:
Psychology
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AAAS
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The Laughing Brain 1: How We Laugh
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This lesson is the first of a two-part series on laughter and ...

This lesson is the first of a two-part series on laughter and how it can affect the immune system. In this lesson, students explore gelotology (the science of laughter) and its benefits to our social, mental, and physical well-being. The first lesson has a twofold focus. First, it focuses on the science of laughter in terms of how the brain reacts to an external stimulus that is funny. Second, it explores the positive effects of laughter in terms of our social, mental, and physical well-being.

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AAAS
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Fossils 1: Fossils and Dinosaurs
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This lesson will go beyond naming dinosaurs and give students a broad ...

This lesson will go beyond naming dinosaurs and give students a broad understanding of how we know about the great beasts. This lesson focuses on what we have learned and can learn from fossils. The follow-up lesson, Dinosaurs Fossils - Uncovering the Facts, explores what information can be discerned by comparing fossils to living organisms.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Archaeology
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Artifacts 1: What Can We Learn From Artifacts?
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine what artifacts are, how they ...

In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine what artifacts are, how they are discovered, and what information can be learned from them. They also learn how artifacts are initially buried and then excavated. This lesson is one of a two-part series on archaeology.

Subject:
Geology
Anthropology
Archaeology
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
The Ecology of Your Skin 1: Bacteria that Live on the Skin
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The Ecology of Your Skin 1: Bacteria that Live on the Skin, ...

The Ecology of Your Skin 1: Bacteria that Live on the Skin, students explore the concept of interdependence of life in the context of our relationship with bacteria. To do this, students explore the physical parameters of the body and how those affect the bacteria that live on the body.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
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Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Brine Shrimp 1: Hatching Brine Shrimp
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students will design a test to determine ...

In this Science NetLinks lesson, students will design a test to determine the optimum salinity for hatching brine shrimp. In the second brine shrimp lesson of the series, students will raise these brine shrimp, designing an artificial environment in which they can survive. This lesson relates to the idea that in any particular environment, the growth and survival of organisms depend on the physical conditions.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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AAAS
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Plants 1: Plant Parents
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This is the first of two lessons about reproduction in plants. This ...

This is the first of two lessons about reproduction in plants. This lesson covers how most plants normally reproduce - sexually. The second Science NetLinks lesson in this series, Plant Propagation, teaches how plants can be forced to reproduce asexually. In this lesson, students will learn the parts of the flower and the process of sexual reproduction in plants.

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Botany
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Genetics
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Microbes 1: What's Bugging You?
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This lesson, from Science NetLinks, is the first in a series of ...

This lesson, from Science NetLinks, is the first in a series of lessons on microorganisms. This lesson demonstrates that some "bad" microorganisms can get into the body through food ingestion and how some environments support pathogens. This lesson is intended to build on a basic understanding of microbes.

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Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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AAAS
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Pond 1: Pond Life
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The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to investigate familiar ...

The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to investigate familiar and unfamiliar ecosystems using Internet resources; to explore how various organisms satisfy their needs within their environments; to study the kinds of relationships that exist between organisms within an environment. In order to learn about the living environment, students should begin by engaging in direct observation of local ecosystems. This investigation is designed to build on the knowledge that students are acquiring as they observe and record their findings. In this investigation, Internet resources allow students to investigate the diverse organisms and environments that can be found in other parts of the world.

Subject:
Biology
Botany
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks