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Classifying Information
Activity
EDUCATION

Classifying Information

Students practice classification skills using a collection of their shoes.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, characteristics, classifying information
Plot Study Observations
Activity
EDUCATION

Plot Study Observations

Students conduct a plot study to observe and record the presence of all living organisms in a selected area.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, characteristics, data, observations, organisms, plot study
WildCam Observations
Activity
EDUCATION

WildCam Observations

Students imagine they are working on a project to research animal behavior. As part of their research, they analyze video and record their observations.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: animal behavior, bioblitz, observations, wildcam, wildlife
North Atlantic Right Whales
Activity
EDUCATION

North Atlantic Right Whales

Students learn about right whales and discuss issues facing the species today. They plot data about whales on maps to analyze spatial relationships between whales, major ports, and shipping lines.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, conservation, north atlantic right whales
Species Identification
Activity
EDUCATION

Species Identification

Students consult expert resources to identify organisms observed during a plot study, and then use this research to complete species inventory cards that represent the biodiversity of the area studied.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, biodiversity, organisms, species identification
Energy Sources and Energy Use
Activity
EDUCATION

Energy Sources and Energy Use

Students discuss relationships between energy use and pollution, sort energy sources into renewable and non-renewable, and create a pie chart of the estimated energy use of the class.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: energy sources, energy use, geography action!, geography awareness week, mapping europe, non-renewable energy, pollution, renewable energy
Using the Language of Location
Activity
EDUCATION

Using the Language of Location

Students practice the language of location in relation to themselves and classroom objects.

  • Best for: Grades K - 2 (ages 5 - 8)
  • Concepts: geography action!, geography awareness week, location, mapping europe, maps, model
Sea Creature Trading Cards
Activity
EDUCATION

Sea Creature Trading Cards

Students create sea creature trading cards and trade them with their classmates.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: marine reptiles, sea creatures, sea monsters
Toothpick Tylosaurus
Activity
EDUCATION

Toothpick Tylosaurus

Students use toothpicks to make a skeleton model of a sea reptile that lived more than 65 million years ago.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: fossil remains, sea monsters, skeleton model
Fossil Impressions
Activity
EDUCATION

Fossil Impressions

Students make molds and casts of objects to make their own fossils.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: casts, fossils, molds, sea monsters
Sediment Fossil Surprise
Activity
EDUCATION

Sediment Fossil Surprise

Students analyze illustrations to understand how a fossil forms. Then they make a model of fossils found in sediment layers and eat it.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: fossils, sea monsters, sediment layers
Prehistoric Animal Adaptations
Activity
EDUCATION

Prehistoric Animal Adaptations

Students investigate adaptations—changes in body parts or behaviors—that helped prehistoric marine reptiles survive in the Cretaceous period.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: adaptation, cretaceous period, prehistoric marine reptiles, sea monsters: a prehistoric adventure
Captive Breeding Case Studies
Activity
EDUCATION

Captive Breeding Case Studies

Students complete a case study for one species in a captive-breeding program and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: captive-breeding program, endangered species, genetic diversity
Captive Breeding and Species Survival
Activity
EDUCATION

Captive Breeding and Species Survival

Students research captive-breeding programs and species-survival plans and explore the pros and cons of each.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: captive-breeding program, genetic diversity, species-survival plan
Introduction to Captive Breeding
Activity
EDUCATION

Introduction to Captive Breeding

Students discuss endangered and threatened species and learn about captive-breeding programs.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: captive breeding, endangered species, genetic diversity
Introduction to Invasive Species
Activity
EDUCATION

Introduction to Invasive Species

Students learn what invasive species are, reasons they are introduced to new locations, and how invasive species harm ecosystems.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: ecosystems, invasive species, non-native species
Keystone Species in Shark Bay
Activity
EDUCATION

Keystone Species in Shark Bay

Students use photos and information about Australia’s Shark Bay to draw and label a simple food web. Then they identify which animal in the ecosystem is a keystone species.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: ecosystems, food webs, keystone species, shark bay, tiger sharks
Food Web Fun
Activity
EDUCATION

Food Web Fun

Students participate in a simulation of a Shark Bay food web to see the relationships between members of that ecosystem.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: ecosystems, food webs, keystone species, shark bay
The Lost Boys of Sudan
Activity
EDUCATION

The Lost Boys of Sudan

Students learn where the Lost Boys are from and how they got their name. Then they watch an excerpt from the film, God Grew Tired of Us, and write about it.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: dinka, god grew tired of us, lost boys, migration, refugees, sudan
Introduction to Unions and Alliances
Activity
EDUCATION

Introduction to Unions and Alliances

Students learn what unions and alliances are, identify the groups they belong to, and discuss cooperation and conflict resolution within groups.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: alliances, conflict, groups, unions
Introduction to Latitude and Longitude
Activity
EDUCATION

Introduction to Latitude and Longitude

Students look at lines of latitude and longitude on United States and world maps, discuss why these lines are helpful, and identify landmarks with similar latitude and longitude.

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: latitude, location, longitude