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    African Animals in Habitats An inquiry-based animal study centered around a Zoo visit of the African Continent.

  • Higher Ed Resource

    Banana Split: To Eat or Not to Eat A history of "Banana Republics," discussing banana production, diseases, ethical consumerism, organic & conventional agriculture.

  • K-12 Resource

    Weather Watchers How does meteorological activity impact air pollution control and prevention?

  • K-12 Resource

    Incredible Insect Mouth A hands-on experiment type of lesson in which the children act as insects and use different tools for their "mouths".

  • Featured K-12 Resource

    Sun Curve Design Challenge
    A student-teacher collaboration focusing on scientific inquiry and green design innovation to
    generate new ideas for
    sustainable agriculture.

  • Highlight

    Organic Store Wars Not long ago in a supermarket not so far away… an educational video based on Star Wars hopes to raise awareness about healthy food choices.

  • Featured K-12 Resource

    Automobile Choices and Alternative Fuels Supporting multi-step decision-making for buying a car: fuel impact on the environment, your lifestyle and personal finances.

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CK-12 Biology (CA Textbook)
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CK-12 Biology (CA Textbook)

Submitted as part of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Phase 3 ... (more)

Submitted as part of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Phase 3 Digital Textbook Initiative (CA DTI3), CK-12 Foundation’s high school Biology FlexBook covers cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, botany, zoology, and physiology. This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Douglas Wilkin Ph.D.
Addressing Social Inequality in Chiapas through Local, Healthy and Clean Foods: An Agroecological View
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Addressing Social Inequality in Chiapas through Local, Healthy and Clean Foods: An Agroecological View

In Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico, an estimated 150,000 ... (more)

In Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico, an estimated 150,000 children are malnourished. To end this problem, governments have implemented food security policies, including food importation and industrial food production. In 2008 alone, Mexico imported 20 million tons of food. While these policies certainly help to remedy the problem in the short term, the massive importation of basic foodstuffs and incentives to industrial agriculture may widen social inequality, threaten health and deteriorate biodiversity and ecosystem services. I will present the objectives and achievements of initiatives born in the highlands of Chiapas to enhance local food production free of hazardous pesticides and appropriate to the culture of the region. Examples include the rescue of local knowledge for food production, a school gardens program and the Network of Producers and Consumers for Healthy Local Food. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Audio Lectures
Lecture Notes
Video Lectures
Provider:
Latin America Learning
Provider Set:
Michigan State University
Author:
Helda Morales, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
Gulf Oil Spill
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Gulf Oil Spill

The newness of the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill limits the number of educational ... (more)

The newness of the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill limits the number of educational products designed to investigate and teach about impacts to the Gulf ecosystem. Ongoing efforts are being undertaken to develop lessons, media, and resources for educators to use in their teaching to help students and the public to better understand this event. The materials provided with this collection present the facts surrounding the spill and ongoing research, monitoring, and restoration efforts. More general education products from previous spills are provided to help educators present the concepts of human impacts on the ocean, oil specific impacts, spill clean-up, and the effects of toxins on natural environments. This site will be updated periodically as more information becomes available. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Simulations
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
NOAA
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
NOAA
Tides
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Tides

The resources included in this collection will provide support to teachers who ... (more)

The resources included in this collection will provide support to teachers who are instructing students about the causes of tides, but also it includes resources about the impacts of tides on coastal ecosystems and tides as an energy source. Some of the websites allow the teacher and student to view and use real time, historic and predicted data for a large number of tide stations along the coast and in the Great Lakes. Lessons are included that will provide ideas for ways to use this data with students. Changing tides have significant impacts to the ecosystems along the coast. We have included resources that will help teach about the impacts of tides on some of these ecosystems. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Climate Change Impacts
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Climate Change Impacts

This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the ... (more)

This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the opportunity to explore some of the environmental changes already observed, from the Arctic to tropical regions. Data sources provide historic precipitation and temperature records, allowing students to compare changes in their own local area to others. Lessons included, provide opportunities for place-based instruction related to climate change, others provided a more global perspective. The background resources provided in this collection tend to be for the teacher and/or the advanced student. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Water Cycle
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Water Cycle

The water cycle is more than a diagram it has significant impacts ... (more)

The water cycle is more than a diagram it has significant impacts on our daily lives, local and global ecosystems and even economic systems. The resources in this collection can help teachers take students beyond just a minimal knowledge of a simple diagram of the cycle. This collection provides real-time and historic data sources that track and measure the water in different portions of the water cycle; satellite images shows water vapor in the atmosphere, interactive maps can be searched to show precipitation, snow depths, river flows and evaporation rates. Included are also lessons, games and hands on activities that model the complexity of the cycle. The Background resources allow students and teachers to investigate the water cycle holistically and in its individual parts. These resources allow teachers to implement student-directed and place-based projects about the water cycle. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Coral Ecosystems
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Coral Ecosystems

Educators can use the resources in this Collection to teach their students ... (more)

Educators can use the resources in this Collection to teach their students about the science and beauty of corals. They can use these organisms and ecosystems to teach many scientific concepts including symbiotic relationships, reproduction strategies, food webs, chemistry, biotic and abiotic interactions, human impacts, etc. Additionally, educators can use corals to teach about conservation and stewardship of the environment. Even if you don't live near a reef, students can learn that they can help protect coral reefs in the U.S. and around the world. There are many actions, small and large, that you and your students can take to help conserve coral reefs. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
Readings
Video Lectures
Other
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
ISKME's Design Lab at Maker Faire 2010
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ISKME's Design Lab at Maker Faire 2010

Maker Faire participants collaborate in ISKME's Design Lab, using digital stories and ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
ISKME
Provider Set:
ISKME