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2-Day Investigation of Soil Samples
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This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation where students collect and investigate soil samples and describe the soils, looking for similarities and differences. Students develop a method of recording the data colleted and can present the information gathered.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Acid-Base Titration of an Eggshell
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This activity is acid-base titration lab where students determine the percent of calcium carbonate in an eggshell.

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Living Systems and Processes
Matter
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jeff Ehmke
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Acid Rain Destruction
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Developed for third grade. Students will:; understand the damaging effects of acid rain on the environment.; understand the damaging effects of acid rain on plants.; pose a hypothesis and use the scientific method.Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's College student project. The teaching ideas on this page have been found, refined, and developed by students in a college-level course on the teaching of biology at the elementary level. Unless otherwise noted, the lesson plans have been tried at least once by students from our partner schools. This wiki has been established to share ideas about teaching biology in elementary schools. The motivation behind the creation of this page is twofold: 1. to provide an outlet for the teaching ideas of a group of college educators participating in a workshop-style course; 2. to provide a space where anyone else interested in this topic can place their ideas.

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Living Systems and Processes
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WikiEducator
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Adventures in ABC & 1, 2, 3
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This activity is an indoor/outdoor activity that incorporates both literacy and scientific observation to make an ABC book based on Antler, Bear, Canoe by Betsy Bowen. Family participation is encouraged.

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Earth Resources
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Julie Roettger
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Adventures in ABC and 1,2,3
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This activity is an indoor/outdoor activity that incorporates both literacy and scientific observation to make an ABC book based on Antler, Bear, Canoe by Betsy Bowen.

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Earth Resources
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Air Pollution
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The Phoenix metropolitan area, like many large cities, has problems with air pollution at certain times of the year. You can do a simple experiment to determine some of the factors that affect air pollution.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
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Ask A Biologist
Author:
Dr. Biology
Date Added:
06/10/2009
Alerte Terre!: An Interactive Lecture  Activity  on  Environmental Topics
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In this Interactive Lecture Demonstration, students will predict the main issues that might be included in short French language videos treating topics such as endangered species, organic farming, the effect of aerosols on the environment, pollution and sustainable development. They will then view short videos on the topics and reflect on how their prior assumptions meshed with reality.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Living Systems and Processes
World Languages
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Laura Franklin
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Allelopathy: Investigating the Detrimental Effects of Chemicals Released by One Plant on Another
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In this inquiry activity students work in groups to investigate allelopathy via research, using the scientific method to plan and carry out an experiment, and creating a formal written report and oral presentation.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
05/29/2019
American Museum of Natural History Exhibit on Water and Additional Resources
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This article highlights resources related to water from the American Museum of Natural History and at-home activities on ice and water.

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Earth Resources
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Robert Payo
Date Added:
05/29/2019
The American Red Squirrel an Outdoor Inquiry Lesson
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This is outdoor activity involving students in gathering information on what an American Red Squirrel Eats and its interdependence with the coniferous forest.

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Earth Resources
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
05/29/2019
The Art of Observation
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Students improve their written observations by using their 5 senses and words that are relatable to others. Create statements that are based on observable facts in the natural world.

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Earth Resources
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nikki Schilling
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Backyard Science...The Five Senses
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This lesson uses centers to reinforce the five senses incorporating backyard science in the wonderful world of nature.

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Earth Resources
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Dawn Marie Penning
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Bees: The Invaluable Master Pollinators
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The study of biomimicry and sustainable design promises great benefits in design applications, offering cost-effective, resourceful, non-polluting avenues for new enterprise. An important final caveat for students to understand is that once copied, species are not expendable. Biomimicry is intended to help people by identifying natural functions from which to pattern human-driven services. Biomimicry was never intended to replace species. Ecosystems remain in critical need of ongoing protection and biodiversity must be preserved for the overall health of the planet. This activity addresses the negative ramifications of species decline. For example, pollinators such as bees are a vital work force in agriculture. They perform an irreplaceable task in ensuring the harvest of most fruit and vegetable crops. In the face of the unexplained colony collapse disorder, we are only now beginning to understand how invaluable these insects are in keeping food costs down and even making the existence of these foods possible for humans.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amber Spolarich
Wendy J. Holmgren
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Biomimicry and Sustainable Design - Nature Is an Engineering Marvel
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Students are introduced to the concepts of biomimicry and sustainable design. Countless examples illustrate the wisdom of nature in how organisms are adapted for survival, such as in body style, physiological processes, water conservation, thermal radiation and mutualistic relationships, to assure species perpetuation. Students learn from articles and videos, building a framework of evidence substantiating the indisputable fact that organisms operate "smarter" and thus provide humans with inspiration in how to improve products, systems and cities. As students focus on applying the ecological principles of the previous lessons to the future design of our human-centered world, they also learn that often our practices are incapable of replicating the precision in which nature completes certain functions, as evidenced by our dependence on bees as pollinators of the human food supply. The message of biomimicry is one of respect: study to improve human practices and ultimately protect natural systems. This heightened appreciation helps students to grasp the value of industry and urban mimetic designs to assure protection of global resources, minimize human impact and conserve nonrenewable resources. All of these issues aid students in creating a viable guest resort in the Sonoran Desert.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Wendy J. Holmgren
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Birdwatcher's Delight: Birds and Inquiry Learning (Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears Podcast Episode 3)
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Join us on a special trip up to Bathurst Island to record birdsongs, and learn about how you can use bird observations to create scientific inquiry in your classroom using ebird.org and birds.cornell.edu/birdsleuth.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Jennifer Fee
Robert Payo
Stephanie Chasteen
Date Added:
05/29/2019
A Bug's Life: Under A Rock!
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This activity is a biology lab investigation where students create habitats to observe decomposers in a controlled setting.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Joan McKinnon
Date Added:
05/29/2019