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Tiny Germs and Big Feelings

Students share their sick-day experiences. They draw a picture of themselves when they’re sick and make connections to the final product of the ...

Slowing the Spread

Using the engineering design process, students research solutions for stopping the spread of germs, discuss barriers to these solutions, and consider ...


Germ-Stopping Solutions

Students learn the final steps of the engineering design process and reflect on an unsuccessful attempt at trying something difficult. After reviewing...


Germ Flow

Students are introduced to the unit's driving question about why germs make people sick more often during the winter. They then learn about microb...


Bodies Versus Germs

Students consider what our bodies do to help protect us from germs and create a body map to show how the different parts of the immune system work tog...

Sharing the Truth about Winter Germs

Students finalize their hypotheses and evidence-based trivia questions, answers, and explanations about why germs make us sick more often in the winte...



The Circle of Stuff

Students are introduced to the concept of a circular economy and how it contrasts with the linear economies that prevail for many products. Students c...

Spread the Word to Make an Impact

As the culmination of the unit, students leverage what they have learned about recycling lithium-ion batteries and circular economies to peer review, ...


The Secret Lives of Batteries

Students engage with a variety of multimedia resources to determine the benefits and challenges of using and disposing of lithium-ion batteries. They ...


Knowledge + Action = Power

Publishing teams finalize their magazine’s cover and a Call to Action aimed at their target audience. They provide constructive feedback to othe...


Pollution Solutions

Students research and compare several proposed solutions to the ocean plastics crisis. Then, publishing teams create their own rubrics to evaluate com...

Plastics in the Plankton, Plastics on Your Plate

Students investigate the impacts of plastics on marine organisms in different marine ecosystems. They construct a food web for an assigned ecosystem, ...



Plastics, Plastics, Everywhere

Students learn basic background information about the plastics crisis, including what defines plastics, where plastic pollution comes from, and how it...

Making Change Happen

Students learn about solutions to plastic waste that have been implemented in other places. They conduct a policymaker analysis to decide which organi...


Solutions to Plastic Waste

Students use the work of the “Sea to Source: Ganges” river expedition team to learn about different methods for plastic waste data collect...


The Plastic Problem

Students draw from rich resources to learn about the history of plastic use, why they are so widespread, and why their use has become a social, econom...


Teaching Idea: Human Impacts on the Environment

This lesson outline provides guidance on how to use National Geographic resources to develop dynamic lessons for middle school students on the topic o...

Teaching Idea: Marine Ecosystems

Explore the lives and habitats of species that live under or near oceans, lakes, rivers, estuaries, and other marine regions around the world.



Teaching Idea: Plastic Pollution

Use this idea and suggested resources to build the perfect lesson or activity on plastic pollution and ocean circulation for your classroom....

Carbon Concerns

Students explore climate change and global warming with multimedia. They create a model of the greenhouse effect and then refine their findings using ...


Extreme Weather

Students examine the causes and effects of extreme weather events and read to contrast weather and climate. Next, they create and revise models of an ...


Shifting Seas

Students make and evaluate predictions related to climate change’s effects on the oceans, using evidence from videos, articles, and demonstratio...


Our Change to Make!

Students explore the human effects of climate change and global strategies for mitigation and adaptation. Next, they track their own carbon footprint ...

The Sixth Mass Extinction?

Students collaboratively investigate our planet’s five mass extinctions and the possibility of a sixth mass extinction. Then, students explore t...



Drivers of Extinction

Students explore drivers of extinction across Earth’s major biomes, including human-to environment interactions that threaten biodiversity, and ...