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Using Fresh Water
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Using Fresh Water

Students explore maps to discover the distribution of fresh water resources on Earth, and they examine graphs to discover how fresh water supplies are used by humans.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: aquifers, evaporation, freshwater, groundwater, human water use, precipitation
Availability of Fresh Water
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Availability of Fresh Water

Students explore how water moves above and below Earth's surface by using interactive computational models. Then they examine the supply and demand issues around their local water source(s), and they meet a hydrogeologist who introduces students to some of the issues around the sustainability of...

  • Best for: Grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18)
  • Concepts: aquifers, evaporation, freshwater, groundwater, human water use, precipitation, water cycle
Preventing Bad Air Days
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Preventing Bad Air Days

Students use models to explore how atmospheric structure and conditions affect the severity of a pollution event. Students examine some methods of reducing emissions from pollution sources.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: atmospheric temperature, carbon monoxide, catalytic converter, clean air, emissions, nitrogen oxides, pollution, pollution control, precipitation, primary pollutants, scrubber, secondary pollutants, smog, solar radiation, sulfur dioxide, thermal inversion, volatile organic compounds (vocs), wind
Exploración de los pros y contras entre la explotación de los recursos naturales y la protección de la selva amazónica
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Exploración de los pros y contras entre la explotación de los recursos naturales y la protección de la selva amazónica

Mediante el análisis del mapa Amazonia: El Impacto Humano, los estudiantes exploran los efectos del desarrollo humano para acceder recursos valiosos en la selva amazónica. 

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 9 (ages 11 - 15)
  • Concepts: amazon, copper, deforestation, gold, hydroelectric energy, indigenous peoples, mining, natural gas, oil, ore, protected area, rain forests, resources, tin
Efectos locales y globales de la deforestación en la selva amazónica
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Efectos locales y globales de la deforestación en la selva amazónica

Los estudiantes analizan un mapa para identificar los diversos estratos de la selva amazónica, los organismos que habitan en estos estratos y el papel que juega la selva en el ciclo de nutrientes. Luego crean un argumento científico sobre los efectos de la deforestación en el ec...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 9 (ages 11 - 15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Exploración de la relación entre la actividad humana y la pérdida de hábitats en la Amazonia
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Exploración de la relación entre la actividad humana y la pérdida de hábitats en la Amazonia

Los estudiantes analizan un mapa para identificar y describir la relación entre la pérdida de hábitats, cobertura de terreno y territorios indígenas. Después de analizar los efectos de la actividad humana en el mapa actual, los estudiantes hacen una predicció...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 9 (ages 11 - 15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Efeitos locais e globais do desmatamento na Floresta Amazônica
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Efeitos locais e globais do desmatamento na Floresta Amazônica

Os alunos deverão analisar o mapa para identificar e descrever as muitas paisagens da Floresta Amazônica, os organismos que vivem nesta paisagem e o papel da floresta no ciclo da água e dos nutrientes. Em seguida, eles deverão desenvolver um argumento cientifico sobre os e...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 9 (ages 11 - 15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Explorar a relação entre a atividade humana e a perda de habitat na Amazônia
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Explorar a relação entre a atividade humana e a perda de habitat na Amazônia

Os alunos deverão analisar um mapa para identificar e descrever a relação que existe entre perda de habitat, cobertura do solo e territórios indígenas. Depois de analisar os efeitos da atividade humana em um mapa atualizado, os estudantes deverão fazer uma p...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 9 (ages 11 - 15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Comparar as vantagens e desvantagens entre ter acesso a recursos e proteger a Floresta Amazônica
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EDUCATION

Comparar as vantagens e desvantagens entre ter acesso a recursos e proteger a Floresta Amazônica

Os alunos explorarão os efeitos do desenvolvimento humano sobre a Floresta Amazônica a fim de ter acesso a valiosos recursos através da análise do mapa Amazônia: O Impacto humano. Depois de analisar os efeitos da mineração e da construção ...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 9 (ages 11 - 15)
  • Concepts: amazon, copper, deforestation, gold, hydroelectric energy, indigenous groups, mining, natural gas, oil, ore, protected area, rain forests, resources, tin
Preserving Critical Species: Inquiry to Action
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EDUCATION

Preserving Critical Species: Inquiry to Action

This activity guides students through a process that uses the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework inquiry arc. Students identify and research compelling and supporting questions, leading them to develop explanations and arguments and, ultimately, to take action on issues related to t...

  • Best for: Grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18)
  • Concepts: animals, conservation, endangered species, inquiry, threatened species, wildlife
Local and Global Effects of Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest
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EDUCATION

Local and Global Effects of Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest

Students analyze a map to identify and describe multiple landscapes in the Amazon rain forest, the organisms that inhabit those landscapes, and the role of the forest in the water cycle and nutrient cycle. Then they construct a scientific argument for the effects of deforestation on the local ecosys...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: amazon, argument, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, indigenous territories, rain forests, water cycle
Exploring the Tradeoffs between Accessing Resources and Protecting the Amazon Rain Forest
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EDUCATION

Exploring the Tradeoffs between Accessing Resources and Protecting the Amazon Rain Forest

Students explore the effects of human development on the Amazon rain forest in order to access valuable resources by analyzing the map Amazonia: The Human Impact. After analyzing effects due to mining and the construction of hydroelectric dams and oil and gas blocks, students write a proposal to pro...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: amazon, copper, deforestation, gold, hydroelectric energy, indigenous cultures, iron, mining, natural gas, nutrient cycle, oil, protected area, rain forests, resources, tin
Exploring the Relationship between Human Activity and Habitat Loss in the Amazon
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EDUCATION

Exploring the Relationship between Human Activity and Habitat Loss in the Amazon

Students analyze a map to identify and describe the relationship between habitat loss, land cover, and indigenous territories. After analyzing the effects of human activity on the current map, students make a prediction about how railroad development may impact the rain forest ecosystem and distribu...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Taking a Position on Human Activity in the Amazon Rain Forest
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EDUCATION

Taking a Position on Human Activity in the Amazon Rain Forest

Students learn about three scenarios that involve heavy construction in the Amazon rain forest. They read case scenarios that describe what proponents and critics say about each scenario. Students use the MapMaker Interactive to pinpoint the locations of the construction projects and conduct researc...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: amazon, biodiversity, brazil, climate change, dams, deforestation, ecosystems, indigenous cultures, mapmaker interactive, mining, peru, rain forests, roads
Protecting Biodiversity in the Amazon Rain Forest
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EDUCATION

Protecting Biodiversity in the Amazon Rain Forest

Students explore biodiversity in the Amazon rain forest using the MapMaker Interactive and other online resources. Then students construct an argument for protecting biodiversity in the Amazon rain forest.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: amazon, amazon basin, argument, biodiversity, climate change, deforestation, evidence, mapmaker interactive, rain forests
Great Nature Project Vacation Mission
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Great Nature Project Vacation Mission

  • Concepts: great nature project
Water Treatment for Human Consumption
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EDUCATION

Water Treatment for Human Consumption

Students review each step of the water-treatment process used to make water potable and analyze the order in which the steps occur.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: freshwater, geography awareness week, potable water, water, water treatment
Waterworks Around the World
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EDUCATION

Waterworks Around the World

Students investigate how the geography of an area influences and determines waterworks projects. 

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: aquifers, cisterns, drought, engineering, geography, water, watering hole, waterworks, wetlands, world maps
Engineering Solutions to Freshwater Problems
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EDUCATION

Engineering Solutions to Freshwater Problems

Students brainstorm solutions to location and water-based issues and discuss how these issues were addressed by engineering projects.

  • Best for: Grades 8 - 12 (ages 13 - 18)
  • Concepts: bioremediation, desalination, engineering, potable water, sustainability, water, water conservation, water recycling
Great Nature Project Butterfly Mission
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EDUCATION

Great Nature Project Butterfly Mission

Get outside with friends and family, explore the natural world, and contribute to the Great Nature Project.

  • Concepts: great nature project
Great Nature Project Food Web Mission
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EDUCATION

Great Nature Project Food Web Mission

Get outside with friends and family, explore the natural world, and contribute to the Great Nature Project.    

  • Concepts: great nature project
Think Like a Robot … And Stay Safe Online!
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EDUCATION

Think Like a Robot … And Stay Safe Online!

Students practice safe online and social networking habits by applying common robotic programming strategies. 

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 9 (ages 10 - 15)
  • Concepts: online safety, robots 3d, sense plan act
American Genius: Innovation
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EDUCATION

American Genius: Innovation

Students assess three innovations, including the electric generator, the airplane, and the home computer. They read stories of the competition between specific innovators and participate in a debate to determine how those innovations have impacted their lives.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: debates, genius, innovation
American Genius: Competition
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EDUCATION

American Genius: Competition

Students review the history of competition between two American journalists of the late 19th century, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, as an introduction to competition in the news. Then they evaluate a range of current news media to determine their fitness for different purposes and wri...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: bias, competition, genius, journalism, media literacy, news media
American Genius: Perseverance
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EDUCATION

American Genius: Perseverance

Students investigate the importance of failure to the process of innovation by investigating several items that were invented by accident. They share one “failure to success” story by creating a 3-panel comic strip poster, and then write an essay in which they connect the trait of persev...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: failure, genius, grit, innovation, inventions, perseverance , success