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The Power of Images in Storytelling

Students will explore the integral role of images in storytelling. They do a gallery walk of Photo Ark images and reflect on the emotions they experie...

Threatened Animals and Their Habitats

Students use Photo Ark images of threatened or extinct animals to research the dangers affecting the animals’ existence. They use the informatio...


Looking for Signs of Life

Students explore how scientists determine the atmospheric composition of distant planets. They use a model to explore how elements in a gaseous mixtur...


Habitable Conditions

Students use an interactive model to explore the zone of liquid water possibility around different star types and determine the characteristics of sta...


Hunting for Planets

Students discover how scientists use the transit method to detect planets. Using interactive models, they investigate how a star’s light intensi...

Moving Stars and Their Planets

Students investigate how scientists use Newton's Third Law of Motion to infer the presence of a planet orbiting a star. They explore the Doppler e...



The Vastness of Space

Students are introduced to the unanswered question of whether there is life in space. They learn how scientists are looking for planets outside of our...

Climate Change and Rising Seas

Students identify the difference between global warming and climate change. They learn what causes global rise in sea level, and they test predictions...


Analyzing the Distribution of Vegetation Zones and Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park

Students use a map to analyze and contrast variations in abiotic factors at three locations within Virunga National Park and explain how these factors...


Conduct a Micro-Expedition

Students conduct their micro-expedition based on planning from previous activities. They then create a presentation, blog post, or other display of th...


Multidisciplinary Exploration

Students analyze the multidisciplinary nature of the Blue Holes Expedition by determining the questions the scientists and researchers involved in the...

Expedition Ethics

Students discuss the meaning of ethics and evaluate the ethical considerations with the Blue Holes Expedition. They apply their learning to planning f...



Plan and Prepare for an Expedition

Students envision the planning and preparation needed for an expedition to a remote and dangerous site. Then they determine the actual preparation fro...

Why We Explore

Students discuss the meaning of exploration and places they would like to explore. They compare past and present-day explorers’ reasons for expl...


Designing a BioBlitz Learning Experience

Recruit and support scientists, naturalists, and other expert volunteers to lead BioBlitz inventories that engage both students and community members ...


Introducing Biodiversity and BioBlitz

​Students prepare for BioBlitz by defining biodiversity and examining the characteristics of various plants and animals as examples of taxonomic group...


Analyzing BioBlitz Data

Students investigate and analyze local biodiversity using iNaturalist observations. They collaborate in small groups to explore observations and ident...

Tracing Democratic Ideas

Students analyze excerpts from historical documents, including the Mayflower Compact, The General Fundamentals, The Declaration of Independence, and t...



Saints and Strangers: Push and Pull on the Way to Plymouth Colony

Students analyze the motivations for the Saints and Strangers to immigrate to North America by reading secondary sources and working in teams to deter...

Recognizing Native American Perspectives: Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning

Students analyze a primary source to learn about a Native American’s perspective on the arrival of the Pilgrims and discuss differing viewpoints...


Preserving Soils

Students explore a map showing cropland density around the world. They discover how soil is formed and explore how plants get nutrients from topsoil. ...


Using the Land

Students explore data showing how humans have changed Earth's land. They examine maps showing the distribution of suitable agricultural land and i...


Climate and Crop Growth

Students explore climate graphs and an interactive computational model to discover the role of temperature and precipitation on the growth of crops. T...

Soil Quality

Students explore the conditions that make high-quality soils. Using data from field research and interactive computational models, they determine whic...



Best Practices

Students explore the reasons for increased agricultural production and make predictions about future agricultural production. They examine data and in...