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Environmental, Earth and Space Science

  • Make an Environmental Connection Through Water Quality Monitoring You've probably seen it on a bumper sticker, "Think Globally, Act Locally." Have you ever thought about how it might relate to the way we teach our students? Learn how to develop a water quality monitoring program. View »
  • Urban Ecology Just because your school is in the middle of a city does not mean you cannot explore ecology! Learn about the differences between urban and non-urban ecology and some ways to incorporate this new knowledge into your classroom. View »
  • Exploring Habitat Degradation with Isopods Habitat degradation and destruction are two of the biggest contributors to biodiversity loss worldwide. This easy activity will encourage your students to explore the effects of habitat degradation on pill bugs. View »
  • Estimating Populations Using Mark-Recapture Mark-recapture is one of the most common methods used by ecologists to determine population size. Engage your students with this exciting activity to get hands-on experience with the Mark-recapture method. View »
  • Teaching with Ecosystem Aquariums By creating and maintaining an aquarium ecosystem in the classroom, students can understand the web of relationships that link organisms to one another, and they can develop a growing sensitivity to living things and what they need to survive. View »
  • Urban Stream Syndrome Urban streams often suffer from urban stream syndrome, which is characterized by changes in nutrient levels, hydrology, biodiversity, and other factors. In this activity, students learn how to identify streams that suffer from urban stream syndrome based on visual evidence. View »
  • Experiencing Air Pollution Through Inquiry Inquiring minds want to know: how does air pollution effect plants? With this activity your students can learn about the acute effects caused by common urban pollutants. View »
  • Use Bubbles—Observe Wind Speed and Direction: Ask a Question and Plan an Experiment Children love working with bubbles. With this in mind, Carolina™ Curriculum has developed an activity to help students form an investigable question and then plan an experiment to measure wind speed and direction using bubbles. View »
  • Understanding Unfamiliar Units: What Is a Light Year? Here's an activity that gets your students moving while they practice measuring units. By putting time and distance traveled into units students can directly relate to, the abstract concept of the light year is more easily understood. View »
  • The Ups and Downs of Weather Use this demonstration to show how temperature, pressure, and the Coriolis effect drive weather. View »
  • Invasion! Invasion! Engage life science students by investigating a fascinating topic: invasive species. Here’s a lesson plan outline to help you get started. Based on the KWL chart, it guides you through 4 days of invasive species activities that introduce the topic, guide research, and culminate in a research project. View »
  • Infographic: Ecosystem Services Clean water, pollination, and flood control are several of the free services that ecosystems provide to human kind. This infographic shows how ecosystem service provide huge economic and health benefits to humans. View »
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