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All Natural: Jim Denevan and Chris Drury
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SPARK tails artists Jim Denevan and Cris Drury as they create large earth works. This Educator Guide is about the history and tradition of artists making work in and about the natural environment.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
KQED Education
Provider Set:
KQED Education Network
Date Added:
05/18/2005
Art and Ecology
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Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. As a result, paintings can be good resources for learning about ecology. Teachers can use this lesson to examine with students the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life. It also addresses the roles students can take in caring for the environment. Students will look at paintings that represent cool temperate, warm temperate, and tropical climates.
In this lesson students will: Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards; Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
Ecology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Gallery of Art
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Call of the Killer Whale
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In this two-hour program, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of explorers travel to both the Northern and Southern hemispheres as they seek out killer whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They discover that people and orcas share surprising similarities, even similar needs, and they relate their findings to the captivity and release of Keiko, from Free Willy fame, who captured the world̢ĺŰĺŞs imagination and whose survival depended on pioneering efforts to reintroduce Keiko into the wild. The team also learns how some of the threats to killer whales now intersect with human lives. During the expedition, intriguing detours arise, leading to critical examinations of our environment, of the food on our dinner tables, even of our own health.

Subject:
World Cultures
Nutrition
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
PBS
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Jean Michel Costeau: Ocean Adventures
Author:
Andrea Swensrud
Date Added:
07/16/2012
Chris Schneider: Rethinking Conservation
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In this interview filmed for Evolution: "Darwin's Dangerous Idea," biologist Chris Schneider discusses the relationship between conservation and speciation.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Clear Blue Sky Productions
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Describing Fall Leaves Through Words and Music
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This is an integration of science leaf observations with musical composition for early elementary students.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Cynthia Brown
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Environmental Health Science and Technology Education
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This site aims to increase student interest and preparation in the environmental health sciences so that they are aware of science career opportunities, and to increase public awareness about the impact of environmental agents on human health so that all citizens can lead healthy and productive lives.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Institutes of Health
Provider Set:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Date Added:
08/04/2000
Focus On Forests - Story of Succession
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Students will learn about succession by studying the reestablishment of ecological communities following the 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens and by setting up experimental plots to observe successional changes over time.

Subject:
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
American Forest Foundation
Provider Set:
Project Learning Tree
Date Added:
07/11/2012
Fuel Cells
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, hydrogen fuel cell cars promise pollution-free driving, but will we see them anytime soon?

Subject:
Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Argosy Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
05/09/2006
Global Words: Junior Primary Resources
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These units, and the supporting resources of Global Words, aim to build the essential knowledge, skills and values young people need to participate actively, critically and creatively as global citizens. This curriculum integrates the teaching and learning of English, across strands of language, literature and literacy, with Global Citizenship Education, using explicit and exploratory teaching and learning activities. The four units use a range of text and text-types to address the themes of Sustainability, Refugees and migration, Neighbours, Asia/Pacific, and Indigenous peoples, with a focus on literacy with Geography and Human Society and its Environs curricula. All units of work include an overview, description of focus, four teaching and learning activities, and links to the curriculum content, strands, outcomes and indicators.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)
World Vision Australia
Provider Set:
Global Words
Author:
Atkins, Lauren
Beveridge, Lorraine
Gray, Mary
Date Added:
04/03/2012
Global Words: Upper Primary Resources
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These units, and the supporting resources of Global Words, aim to build the essential knowledge, skills and values young people need to participate actively, critically and creatively as global citizens. This curriculum integrates the teaching and learning of English, across strands of language, literature and literacy, with Global Citizenship Education, using explicit and exploratory teaching and learning activities. The four units use a range of text and text-types to address the themes of Sustainability, Refugees and migration, Neighbours, Asia/Pacific, and Indigenous peoples, with a focus on literacy with Geography and Human Society and its Environs curricula. All units of work include an overview, description of focus, four teaching and learning activities, and links to the curriculum content, strands, outcomes and indicators.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Reading
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)
World Vision Australia
Provider Set:
Global Words
Author:
Cassidy
Gray
Helen
Mary
Date Added:
04/03/2012
Greening the Ghetto
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In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 18-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TED
Provider Set:
TED-Ed
Author:
Majora Carter
Date Added:
01/06/2006
Houses and Environment
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Ecologists have long thought that growing human populations are a threat to the environment. But it turns out that sheer numbers of people may not be as important as how those people choose to live. You'll hear why in this Science Update.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
02/18/2007
ISKME's Design Lab at Maker Faire 2010
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Maker Faire participants collaborate in ISKME's Design Lab, using digital stories and salvaged materials to design an innovative school of the future. The Design Lab features Makers Mauro ffortisimo Di Nucci's deconstructed piano and INKA Biospheric Systems' Vertical Garden; as well as Student and Teacher project examples that integrate art, science, sustainability, and green design inspire the creation of shareable open-source learning resources. This wiki page showcases photos and video from the Design Lab, open educational resources for teachers, and a step by step guide through the design process.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ISKME
Provider Set:
ISKME
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Introduction to Nature Journaling
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This activity is a field investigation where students will learn the importance of detail when nature journaling.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julie Dahl
Date Added:
10/04/2011
Introduction to Nature Journaling
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This activity is a field investigation where students will learn the importance of detail when nature journaling.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Andrea Storlie
Date Added:
10/04/2011
I've Got Issues!
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This lesson will introduce students to environmental issues. Students will recognize environmental opinions and perspective, which will help them define themselves and others as either preservationists or conservationists. Students also learn about the importance of teamwork in engineering.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
The Leaf: Impressions and Expressions
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Students study the three main physical properties of leaves (shape, edge/margin and venation). Students will use the elements of art to describe and classify the observable properties of leaves. They will create an interpretive work of art that responds to these properties.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
reDiscover Center
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Mary Beth Trautwein Marni Gittleman Tamara Mugulian
Date Added:
02/15/2010
Learning about Sustainable Communities with Recycle City
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In a column devoted to interactive resoures for the K-5 classroom, this article features Recycle City, an EPA-produced, student-friendly web site designed to teach students about actions that create a sustainable community. Students will learn about recycling, reducing waste, and using less energy. The column regularly appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the essential principles of climate literacy.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012