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Air Quality - Chapter 8 : How Can Our Actions Impact the World?
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In this lesson, students are introduced to global climate change. They explore the ramifications of global climate change for Michigan, as well as individual actions that
can decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 3 : What Are the Sources of Air Pollution?
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This lesson looks at the sources of air pollutants. Students examine the sources of air pollutants (point, mobile, area, and natural) using charts of actual data for Michigan. The
concept of an airshed and its importance for understanding air pollution is developed.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Michigan Geographic Alliance
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08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 4 : How Can We Monitor Air Quality?
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Students learn about the gases and particles that make up the air and explore different ways that we can monitor pollutants. Students monitor particle and ozone pollution
around their school/homes using homemade monitors.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 5
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In this lesson, the Internet is used as a resource for students to access daily (and hourly) information about air quality. The National Air Quality Index provides color-coded information about levels of air pollution and health effects. The color codes of the AQI, posted daily, can be found on the Internet and in some newspapers. The UV index alerts people to levels of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Students use the Internet to find out about the UV index in Michigan and around the country.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality - Lesson 6 : What Has Been Done About Air Pollution?
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In this lesson, students explore the role of regulations in influencing air quality decisions as they examine trends in air pollution. The students are encouraged to think
critically about important technological developments that have influenced the lives of individuals since the start of the twentieth century.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Lesson 6 : What Has Been Done About Air Pollution?
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In this lesson, students explore the role of regulations ininfluencing air quality decisions as they examine trendsin air pollution. The students are encouraged to thinkcritically about important technological developments thathave influenced the lives of individuals since the start ofthe twentieth century.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
04/22/2020
Air Quality - Lesson 7 : What Can We Do About Air Pollution?
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Students explore how public policy decisions are made and practice solving problems that require choices. Students learn that solving environmental issues involves a
diversity of stakeholders and that everyone can contribute to solutions to air pollution problems.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Air Quality Unit - Lesson 1 : What Gets Into the Air?
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The lesson develops the basic ideas that combustion activities are a major source of air pollution and that the products of combustion include particles (soot) and gases such as
carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson 10 : Ecosystem Relationships
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The geographic range of a plant or animal species is an indication of its environmental “preferences,” the conditions that it finds ideal, acceptable, or intolerable.
If the climate changes, therefore, it is reasonable to expect that plant and animal species might “move” to occupy different places. The big question is: “What species will
move, and where will they go?” In this lesson, students approach this question through three activities.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson 11 : Water Balance and the Great Lakes
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Climagraphs can tell us about the seasonal shifts in climate due to climate change. Changes in growing season and water balance in the Great Lakes region will have economic impacts.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson 1 : What Is Climate?
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What is the distinction between weather and climate? As a way to understand climate, students interpret climagraphs, and read about climate variability. An extension lesson has
students comparing climate data from different regions in the United States.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson 3 : The Greenhouse Effect
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A series of activities and understanding of the greenhouse effect and the enhanced greenhouse effect, including the types and sources of greenhouse gases using readings and
diagrams.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson 4 : The Carbon Cycle : Sources and Sinks
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Students examine the carbon cycle, and identify sources and sinks within the environment. Students relate this information to greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide
in the context of greenhouse gas emissions in Michigan.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson 9 : Plant and Animal Phenology
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In this two-part lesson, students first explore phenological changes through an analysis of phenological observations. In part two students examine the effects of seasons
with longer degree days and spring freeze, and consider projections into the future, focusing their efforts on tart cherry production in Michigan.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Climate Change Lesson Twelve
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Students will review potential impacts of climate change on Michigan and determine both adaptive and individual mitigation strategies. Through an optional service learning project, they will get the word out about climate change and that actions can be taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Ecosystem and Biodiversity Lesson 2 Extension : Energy Flow Game
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An active, high-energy game, where students role-play parts of the ecosystem as producers, herbivores, carnivores, and decomposers. This activity can also be used to simulate the bioaccumulation of toxins.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystem and Biodiversity Lesson 2 Extension : Energy Flow Scavenger Hunt
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Students take a short field trip into the schoolyard for a scavenger hunt to reinforce understanding of terms and concepts (producer, consumer, decomposer, food chain, predator/prey, photosynthesis) used in Lesson 2.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 10 : Michigan's Threatened Species
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Students become familiar with threatened and endangered plant and animal species of Michigan. Students learn what it means to be listed as threatened or endangered, common causes for being listed, and the role of government and individuals in protecting biodiversity.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 1 : Ecosystem Basics
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Students first consider what supports all life on Earth
and are then introduced to the levels of environmental
organization (biosphere, biome, ecosystem, community,
population, and organism).

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 1 Extension : Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt
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Students take a short field trip into the schoolyard for a scavenger hunt to find examples of nonliving (abiotic) and living (biotic) ecosystem components, including organisms, habitat, population, community, ecosystem, sunlight, water, temperature, nutrients, and wind. This activity can be used as an informal assessment for Lesson 1.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 1 Extension : Observing Schoolyard Ecosystems
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Students will observe and describe the communities of plants and animals they discover within mini-ecosystems found in their schoolyards. Students will use tools to survey abiotic components of the mini-ecosystems – temperature, soil, moisture, etc. In order to observe changes over time, students should repeat the same activity (in same location) several times over the course of the year.Students answer these essential questions: What type of ecosystem is our schoolyard a part of and what miniecosystems might be found within it? and How do ecosystems change over time?

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 1 Extension : Wildlife Habitat Riddles
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Students read a series of riddles depicting the habitat requirements for specific Michigan wildlife species; they then identify the animal as well as which type of ecosystem (forest, wetland, coastal dune, or river) may offer appropriate habitat for that species.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 2 Extension : Sandwich Super Sleuths
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In this activity students will identify where the ingredients in a tomato and cheese sandwich originated. They will trace a food item from its place as a sandwich ingredient to where it was originally grown. Students then suggest ways that people can minimize their impact on ecosystems and biodiversity by making informed decisions about food choices.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 2 Extension : Who Am I?
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This two-part activity provides reinforcement in understanding the terms producer, consumer, decomposer, predator, prey, and food chain. In the first part, students become familiar with how these terms can be used to classify living things; they then formulate questions using the terms. In the second part, students utilize the related vocabulary to participate in a guessing game.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 2 : It's All Connected!
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Students work in small groups to research, identify, and label food webs on the Michigan DNR Non-Game Wildlife posters. Students then predict the possible consequences of removing one component of the food web.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 3 : Ecosystems
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Students first consider that there is a finite amount of matter on Earth and that life here is dependent on the continuous recycling and reuse of nutrients found in the planet’s air, water, and soil. Students then focus on how water is cycled within the environment. Students are introduced to the hydrologic cycle and then participate in an investigation related to transpiration. While it is recommended that the investigation in step 3 be completed outdoors, it may alternatively be completed indoors.

An extension lesson, Water Wonders (found on the MEECS Ecosystems & Biodiversity CD) is provided as an additional resource for further exploring the water cycle.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
08/28/2020
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Lesson 3 Extension : Nature's Recycling Detective Hunt
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Students look for (and document) evidence of the water cycle, photosynthesis, and decomposition in the schoolyard. Students should have prior experience with these processes before doing this activity. This activity can be used as a culminating activity for Lesson 3, Parts A-C.Students answer the essential question: What evidence of the water cycle, photosynthesis, and decomposition can we find in the schoolyard?

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
02/20/2020