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K–12 teaching and learning · from the UNC School of Education

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Yellowstone wolves
The purpose of this lesson is to use the Internet to explore relationships between habitats and species (specifically the gray wolf and those species with which it must coexist) as well as the effect of physical and human forces on living things and their... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
WWII tree disease
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students hear about the debate over the unintended consequences of military invasions. (Learn more)
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Working to Save Endangered Species
Students view an online presentation about endangered species, then role-play a debate about spotted owl protection from the point of view of lumber workers, environmental activists, and government and scientific interests. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Why civilizations fall
In this lesson, part of a two-lesson series from Science NetLinks, students find out about the social changes that caused the collapse of important ancient civilizations in Central America, Mesopotamia, the southwestern United States, and western Africa. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Why Are There Cities? A Historical Perspective
This lesson looks at the conditions that led to the development of early cities, as well as some of the factors that caused the decline of early cities. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Why Are Species Endangered?
This lesson introduces and explores the various issues and problems faced by endangered species globally. Following a webquest-style format, students will research the plight of endangered species; create a poster of a selected animal; and present their poster,... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Wasted food
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students hear about a study on food waste that indicates that households alone throw out about fifty billion dollars worth of food per year. (Learn more)
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Too bright at night?
Students consider and discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of technology, as it relates to light pollution. They will discover that there are unintended consequences as well as benefits resulting from our ability to illuminate the night. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sanitation and human health
The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of the impact of improved sanitation on human health. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Research and conservation: Doing the legwork
Students learn about the ways in which geographical studies can be put to practical use, such as in helping to preserve the rain forest. Students will think about the importance of counting and studying all the species in an ecosystem, such as the Congo River... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 9–12 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
Postcards from the edge: Endangered species
Students learn about endangered species in the United States, some of the reasons they are endangered (e.g. habitat destruction or the introduction of invasive species), and what is being done to protect them. Students will choose one species to focus on and... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
Passenger pigeons: Nomads lost
This Science NetLinks lesson is aimed at helping students understand the concept and implications of extinction using the example of the passenger pigeon, once an extremely abundant species that was completely eliminated by humans. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems
This lesson teaches students that most of the materials and energy used by a city come from outside the city boundaries. Students use various websites to investigate energy flow and nutrient cycles. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Invasive species
In this Xpeditions lesson, students investigate species relocation and the effect it has on the environment. They then outline arguments for and against human manipulation of other species. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
In Defense of Cities
Students will learn about the concept of an ecological footprint and brainstorm the qualities and characteristics of what they might consider an excellent, livable community. The class will then create an oversized wall map of their local environment, decoerated... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fuel-saving speed
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. (Learn more)
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
From forest to farm to urban forest
In this lesson from the Forest History Society in Durham, North Carolina, students examine what happens when the post-war urban development boom crowds out the forest. Students will examine the land use history of Duke Forest from 1930 on, and the variety... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–8 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: Forest History Society
Food preservation
Students learn about food spoilage and the different methods that are traditionally used to prolong the freshness of food. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Eavesdropping plants
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students hear how some plants eavesdrop on their neighbors to find out how they're doing. (Learn more)
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Disappearing fish
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, students hear about why the world's biggest fish are in serious jeopardy. Commercial fishing has decimated the numbers and sizes of big fish like marlin, tuna, cod, and grouper, which in turn has changed the nature... (Learn more)
Format: activity/lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: American Association for the Advancement of Science