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Adaptations and Mutations
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The series of lessons allows students to review the concepts of mutations, adaptations and natural selection by studying a population of pocket mice through a video clip and then applying their knowledge through a simulation game.

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STEM/STEAM
Living Systems and Processes
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Assessment
Interactive
Simulation
Visual Media
Author:
Jane Brown
Date Added:
07/12/2020
Advances in Our Understanding of DNA & the Nature of Science
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Students research modern DNA discoveries provided by the teacher as well as student selected discoveries. After summarizing each discovery, students reflect on the nature of science and identify and explain which NOS tenets are demonstrated in the DNA discoveries.

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STEM/STEAM
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kathryn Williams
Date Added:
02/18/2021
Aerobic and Anaerobic Cellular Respiration
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This module specifically focuses on Cellular Respiration, both aerobic and anaerobic. The breakdown of nutrient molecules provides energy to the cell. This energy is stored in specific chemicals that are used to carry out the life functions of the cell (BIO.2 e). This module was developed by Teresa Ballou as part of a Virginia Commonwealth University STEM initiative sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

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STEM/STEAM
Science
Living Systems and Processes
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Lesson Plan
Author:
VCU STEM Project 3
VCU STEM Project 2
VCU STEM Project 1
Date Added:
10/03/2020
After the Release | UNTAMED | Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn what happens when an animal is rehabilitated and returned to the wild. In many cases, we may never know, but there are a few ways post-release data can be gathered on former patients. This insight not only can prove that wildlife rehabilitation works, but post-release data can also contribute important information about overall wildlife populations. In this episode, join Center staff and wildlife researchers as they reflect on what some former wildlife patients have taught us.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Art Speaks |  The Creative Corner
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Learn about visual and performing artists. They often use their creativity to raise their voices and share lessons, stories, and important ideas with the world. In this episode of The Creative Corner, two artists from Richmond, Virginia help us explore how art sparks crucial conversations. Public artist Hamilton Glass shares how (and why) he gathered a group of artists to paint murals with a message all across the city after some challenging current events, and musician Victor Haskins talks about storytelling as human nature — and why sound and performance tell stories so well. Then you’re invited to share your own voice through a poster project!

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STEM/STEAM
Dance
Music
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Art and Go Seek | The Creative Corner
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Join Lauren Paullin as she conducts a scavenger hunt around her house to find all kinds of things that can be used to make pictures, prints, paints, and even musical instruments! Learn how to make a mixed media collage and print it with fruits and vegetables. Learn from New Orleans-based musician, artist, and cultural diplomat Charles Burchell how to turn ordinary objects like glasses, wood, plastic, and even paper into musical instruments. Developed for grades 4 through adults. 

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STEM/STEAM
Music
Visual Art
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Art and Science Are BFFS | The Creative Corner
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Learn about many ways to combine art and science as we observe the world around us. We often think of scientists as methodical and precise, and artists as free-willed, impulsive creators. But did you know that some art has science packed right into it? And that artists throughout history have helped scientists conduct their work? Learn about the photography of Berenice Abbott who documented the changing New York skyline with photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s. Learn how to use the sun to air dry your salt dough creations and explore papier-mâché. 

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STEM/STEAM
Visual Art
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Art for Dessert | The Creative Corner
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Learn why artists have been featuring food as a subject in their work for centuries.  You’ve been told to eat your vegetables, but have you ever tried to paint them? Special Guest Lisa McLaughlin, the baker behind Jesse’s Girl Cookies, invites us into her kitchen to experiment with modern art techniques on cakes, and then we’ll make our own painting of a scrumptious treat inspired by 20th-Century painter Wayne Thiebaud.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Art for Me, Art for You | Creative Corner
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Learn about the artwork that is created and kept close to the artist’s heart, and other artwork is made to be shared! Dig into some DIY book-making, participate in a secret community art project, and learn how artists and musicians build unity through Afro-Caribbean dance styles on a trip to Dogtown Dance Theatre — all on this episode of The Creative Corner.The Creative Corner is a weekly TV show for elementary through high school students and adults. Each episode explores new topics through the lens of the visual and performing arts, with fun at-home activities that align with Virginia's Standards of Learning, and special interviews with guests from around the globe. Developed for 4th grade through adults.

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STEM/STEAM
Writing
Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Art for the Five Senses | The Creative Corner
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Learn about art and the five senses. A lot of art is made to be seen — but what if you could touch, hear, and even smell works of art? In this episode, host Lauren Paullin shows you how to mix paints that smell like pastries and transform sounds into sketches. You'll also learn about a fascinating condition called synesthesia, which links multiple senses together in the brain so that some people can taste music, hear color, and smell words! Developed for students in grades 4- adults.

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STEM/STEAM
Music
Visual Art
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Art in Motion | The Creative Corner
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Get moving in The Creative Corner with a seriously silly drawing challenge, a visit with the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School step team, and a great big outdoor adventure art project. Learn to create blind-contour drawings and land art installations.  

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STEM/STEAM
Dance
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
The Art of Storytelling | The Creative Corner
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Explore how writers use storyboards to visualize books and movies, learn how actors train and use fight choreography to portray stories on stage, and become a work of art yourself on this episode of The Creative Corner.  Everyone loves a good story.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Theater
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
05/27/2021
Baby Season | UNTAMED
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Learn about the very busiest time of year for Wildlife Center staff, students, and volunteers -- baby season! Spring is a time for new life; many species of wild animals are giving birth or laying eggs and caring for young throughout much of the spring. It's also the time of year when people are more active; as the warm weather approaches, humans spend more time in their yards and gardens and in the great outdoors. This increased activity of both humans and wild animals can put us all in more direct contact with one another. There are a number of misinformation and misconceptions about young wild animals; learn from the Wildlife Center staff how to best help young animals stay in the wild with their parents. UNTAMED looks at the wild and often perilous world of wildlife, as seen through the eyes of the patients of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a non-profit teaching and research hospital for native wildlife.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
CTE
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
04/22/2020
Backyard Wildlife Habitats| UNTAMED | Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Learn how to set up a safe backyard habitat, including the critical components to make your yard a sanctuary for wild animals. Join Wildlife Center staff and backyard naturalists to learn how we can create safe spaces to attract wildlife while minimizing our impact and chance of disturbance for our wild neighbors.

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STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Bats | UNTAMED
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Learn about bats -- a diverse group of flying mammals that humans often associate with folklore, legends, ghost stories, and scary tales. But we have more in common with bats than we think -- these tiny mammals are socially intelligent and can have a rich social structure and means of communication with each other. Bats are not only fascinating, but they are also quite beneficial to our environment and play an important role in the habitats we share with them. These animals are in need of our help now more than ever as they face population declines and serious problems, most of which originate from humans.  

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Career Connections
Health and Medical Sciences
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson
Visual Media
Author:
Trish Reed
Date Added:
04/22/2020
Behavior of Light
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This module is designed to guide students in better understanding light. The students will also understand how light travels and interacts with other materials.  The teacher will facilitate students' explorations as they generate a summary of their experiences.  Throughout this unit, students will be guided in using practical materials such everyday items found in their classroom and light energy produced by flashlightThe goal of this module is for students to explore light and to better understand how it behaves.  This module has been designed for 5th grade students or students who are developmentally ready to explore light.  This module could also be used as a review for students in upper grades who need to build their fundamental understanding.  

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VCU STEM Project 3
VCU STEM Project 2
VCU STEM Project 1
Date Added:
09/26/2020
Biochemistry Review
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This is a Biochemistry Pre-test or Review, matching exercise. In the form of a one page Word document. It is the first unit in AP Biology with these terms being used throughout the rest of the year, so it is essential learning for that course.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Health and Medical Sciences
Living Systems and Processes
Matter
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Holly Frye
Date Added:
01/04/2020
Biological Classification
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Students will use key features (such as cell type, DNA, and structural similarities) to classify organisms into modern domains . They will also create and read model representations of classification to organize and demonstrate their understanding of evolutionary history. This module was developed by Liz Ashby as part of a Virginia Commonwealth University STEM initiative sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Science
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VCU STEM Project 3
VCU STEM Project 2
VCU STEM Project 1
Date Added:
09/30/2020