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Recording a Dying Language

This 10-minute documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an eff...

Presidential Decision-Making: Helsinki Accords

Students deconstruct President Gerald R. Ford’s decision to sign the Helsinki Accords with the Soviet Union and NATO allies in 1975. Throug...


Presidential Decision-Making: The 1970s Energy Crisis

Students take on the role of advisors to President Gerald R. Ford in drafting the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. Their goal is to become ...


Is There Life in Space?

Students discover how scientists find planets and other astronomical bodies. They compare zones of habitability around different star types, discoveri...


Making a Decision about the Construction of an Oil Pipeline through British Columbia

Students will analyze a real-world environmental case of building an oil pipeline through British Columbia. They will explore the geographical, cultur...

Blue Holes: Being an Explorer

This series of activities takes students through a process from defining exploration to planning, carrying out, and communicating the outcomes of a mi...



Can We Feed the Growing Population?

In this lesson, students explore the resources that make up our agricultural system. Students examine land uses and soil quality through graphs of lan...

Will the Air Be Clean Enough To Breathe?

In this lesson, students explore the question, will the air be clean enough to breathe? They will be guided through the analysis of models and real-wo...


Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?

In this lesson, students will explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth. They will examine models of porosity and permeability, run ex...


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...


Making a Decision about Building a Road in the Amazon

Students will analyze a real-world environmental case of building a road through the Amazon rain forest. They will explore the geographical, cultural,...

What Are Our Energy Choices?

In this lesson, students explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity. A particular focus is given ...



What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?

Through a series of guided questions, students will explore the question, what will Earth's climate be in the future? Students will not be able to...

Bottle Rocket Tutorial

This tutorial shows how to build and launch a bottle rocket.


Using FieldScope to Make an Informed Decision

Students investigate water quality concerns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They use FieldScope, a GIS program, to explore layers of data about water...


Marine Protected Areas Management

Students read a case study and debate the pros and cons of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the region. Then they select a Marine Protected Area and d...


Marine Protected Areas Exploration

Students explore Marine Protected Areas on an interactive map and compare and contrast three case studies. They learn how the MPA classification syste...

Fisheries

Students explore issues related to fisheries sustainability and simulate fish monitoring methods commonly used by scientists and resource managers....



Ecosystem Imbalance in the World

Students build on their knowledge of individual impacts on the ocean to see how the whole system can react to threats and changes. They examine ways i...

Human Impacts on Marine Species

Students learn about three examples of human impacts on marine life: migration patterns and shipping, algal blooms and water chemistry, and marine deb...


Human Impacts on the World Ocean

Students are introduced to the idea that humans have enormous impacts on marine ecosystems and resources, and explore the stakeholders involved....


Symbiotic Relationships in Marine Ecosystems

Students analyze videos to make observations about species, populations, and communities of organisms and discuss their symbiotic relationships. Then ...


Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Students explore major marine ecosystems by locating them on maps. Students use marine examples to learn about energy transfer through food chains and...

The World Ocean

Students investigate the interconnectedness of the ocean and Earth's physical and human systems through videos, discussions, writing, and mapping. The...



Kennedy’s Presidential Leadership and Cuba

Students will examine the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis to evaluate Kennedy’s leadership toward Cuba during the Cold War....