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Analyzing Disease Outbreaks
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Analyzing Disease Outbreaks

Students explore how mapping can be used to identify the source of an outbreak and for disease control and prevention. After reading the story of John Snow and how he used mapping to locate the source of a cholera outbreak to a single water pump in London, students then use the four-level analysis m...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: microbes
Investigating Infectious Diseases
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Investigating Infectious Diseases

Students learn about different kinds of disease transmission using an infographic and a reading that describe the following types of transmission: direct, indirect, fecal-oral, droplet, airborne, vector. Students then select a disease to closely investigate in this unit based on a variety of sources...

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: microbes
Getting Sick: How Diseases Spread
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Getting Sick: How Diseases Spread

Students learn about two different kinds of disease transmission through a Bubble Sickness game and a High Five game to introduce the concepts of symptom, contagious, contagion, direct/indirect transmission, microbe, and infectious diseases.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: microbes
Mapping the Spread of Disease in a Community
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Mapping the Spread of Disease in a Community

In groups, students are given a community map and a Patient Zero who has been infected with a disease. Using a narrative of Patient Zero’s daily life, students plot the patient’s path through the day and indicate moments of disease transmission on a map based on the story....

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: disease spread
Down to the Last Drop
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Down to the Last Drop

Explore the impact of human activities on water resources.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: esri
Marine Debris
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Marine Debris

Investigate marine debris, the role of ocean gyres, and how humans impact trash accumulation.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: ocean plastic
Mapping the Cholera Epidemic of 1854
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Mapping the Cholera Epidemic of 1854

Students will create a basic web map of the 1854 John Snow cholera investigation using the Story Map Basic template.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: gis
Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
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Comparing Plant and Animal Cells

Identify the differences between plant and animal cells and how these differences relate to their cellular functions.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: cell
Trade and the Black Death
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Trade and the Black Death

Students will explore the diffusion of the Black Plague from Asia to Europe. Students will explain relationships between the Silk Road and the Black Plague.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: black death
The Bats of the Houston Overpass
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The Bats of the Houston Overpass

The purpose of this lesson is to launch the Habitat Wanted unit. You will watch a video about the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony in Houston, Texas and share initial ideas and questions about the impacts on the bats’ ecosystem after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. You will be introduced to the unit’s ...

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: bats
Helping Restore a Watershed
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Helping Restore a Watershed

Chesapeake Bay States Land-Use Enrichment

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: chesapeake bay, esri, gis, watersheds
Mining the World's Most Used Minerals
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Mining the World's Most Used Minerals

Students will analyze the quantities and origins of basic mineral resources.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: esri, mineral, mining
Obtaining Information from Imagery
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Obtaining Information from Imagery

Use satellite and aerial imagery to to learn more about the size, growth, and deforestation of the Rondônia rainforest.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: moisture index, rainforest, rondonia, brazil
Assessing Hurricane Maria Damage
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Assessing Hurricane Maria Damage

Use the Landsat App Explorer tool to view the damage and extent of vegetation change that occurred after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico in September 2017.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: esri, hurricane, puerto rico, virgin islands
Hurricane Michael: Before and After Images of Destruction
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Hurricane Michael: Before and After Images of Destruction

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018. Use ArcGIS Online to compare the landscape before and after the storm.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: geographic information system, hurricane, national oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa), satellite imagery
Constructing an Argument: Space
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Constructing an Argument: Space

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of space. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, questions, space
Constructing an Argument: Climate
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Constructing an Argument: Climate

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of climate. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: climate, concord consortium, questions
Constructing an Argument: Land Management
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Constructing an Argument: Land Management

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of land management. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, land management, questions
Constructing an Argument: Air Quality
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Constructing an Argument: Air Quality

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of air quality science. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: air quality, concord consortium, questions
Constructing an Argument: Energy
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Constructing an Argument: Energy

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of energy. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, energy, questions
Constructing an Argument: Water
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Constructing an Argument: Water

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of freshwater availability. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, freshwater, questions
Natural Disasters and Climate Change
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Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Students use maps and graphs to understand how the frequency of billion-dollar natural disaster events has changed over time. They analyze how climate change affected the 2017 California wildfires and the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: california, climate change, houston, hurricane, hurricane harvey, natural disaster, texas, wildfires
Wind Energy Lab
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Wind Energy Lab

Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: blade, energy, lockheed martin, maps, new hampshire, state mapmaker kits, wind, wind turbine
13 Days: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
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13 Days: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Students investigate outcomes of the Cuban Missile Crisis by using primary documents and role-playing President Kennedy’s national security team.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: american history, cold war, cons, cuban missile crisis, decision-making, diplomacy, evaluation, fidel castro, government, john f. kennedy, killing kennedy, nikita khrushchev, nuclear weapons, outcomes, policy strategy, politics, pros, soviet union
The Power of Images in Storytelling
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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 experience. Students write personal essays in response to photographs of animals.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: conservation, endangered species, extinct, photography, species, storytelling, writing