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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:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
10/04/2019
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:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/20/2019
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:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
10/10/2019
Assess Burn Scars with Satellite Imagery
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In this project, you'll assume the role of a geospatial scientist working with the Montana Forestry Department to analyze the damage in Glacier National Park. You'll first compare Landsat 8 imagery from before and after the fires. Then, you'll change the band combination of the post-fire imagery in order to emphasize burn scars and make a qualitative judgment. Afterward, you'll quantify your assessment by calculating a Normalized Burn Index (a ratio designed to highlight burned areas) from the imagery. Lastly, you'll create a feature class to represent the burn scar, calculate its acreage, and publish it to ArcGIS Online to share with the department.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
GRACE Project
Date Added:
12/27/2016
Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?
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This learning video uses a simple analog setup to explore why earthquakes are so unpredictable. The setup is simple enough that students should be able to assemble and operate it on their own with a teacher's supervision. The teaching approach used in this module is known as the 5E approach, which stands for Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation. Over the course of this lesson, the basic mechanisms that give rise to the behavior of the simple analog system are explained, and further elaboration helps the students to apply their understanding of the analog system to complex fault systems that cause earthquakes

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Zach Adam
Date Added:
02/15/2018
Designing a Sustainable Guest Village in the Saguaro National Park
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Students are challenged to design a permanent guest village within the Saguaro National Park in Arizona. The design must provide a true desert experience to visitors while emphasizing sustainable design, protection of the natural environment, and energy and resource conservation. To successfully address and respond to this challenge, students must acquire an understanding of desert ecology, environmental limiting factors, species adaptations and resource utilization. Following theintroduction, students generate ideas and consider the knowledge required to complete the challenge. The lectures and activities that follow serve to develop this level of comprehension. To introduce the concepts of healthy ecosystems, biomimetics and the importance of sustainable environmental design, students watch three video clips of experts. These clips provide direction for student research and challenge design solutions.

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Engineering
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amber Spolarich
Wendy J. Holmgren
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Exploring Water Quality
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There are many different ways to precisely measure the quality of water in a river. Environmental scientists and volunteers all over the state of Michigan are continuously collecting measurements of the quality of water in rivers, streams, and lakes. Students will look at two of these measures to see how they change with location around the state and along a river. The first measure of water quality is called "water conductance" - that is, how well a water sample can conduct electricity. A higher water conductance generally means lower water quality. The second measure of water quality is "pH." pH is a measure of how acidic or basic water is. Successful students will be able to interpret and analyze data using these two measures to better understand Michigan water quality.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
GRACE Project
Date Added:
12/27/2016
Hedy LaMarr's Double Life Resouces - Promoting STEM Through Literature (PSTL)
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Meet savvy scientist and inventor Hedy Lamarr, also known for her career as a glamorous international movie star. Dubbed "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World," Hedy actually preferred spending time creating inventions in her workshop to strutting down the red carpet. Hedy co-invented the technology known as frequency hopping, which turned out to be one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century! Today's cell phone, computers, and other electronic devices would be more vulnerable to hacking without the groundbreaking system discovered by a world-famous actress and gifted inventor. The resource includes a lesson plan/book card, a design challenge, and copy of a design thinking journal that provide guidance on using the book to inspire students' curiosity for design thinking. Maker Challenge: Create small groups. Pass out one of the challenges listed in the lesson plan/book card to each group for them to come up with an invention that will solve the problem at hand.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Reading Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
REMC Association of Michigan
Provider Set:
Promoting STEM in Literature
Author:
REMC Association of Michigan
Date Added:
07/12/2020
The Leaf Detective Resources - Promoting STEM Through Literature (PSTL)
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Meg set out to climb up and investigate the rain forest tree canopies — and to be the first scientist to do so. But she encountered challenge after challenge. Male teachers would not let her into their classrooms, the high canopy was difficult to get to, and worst of all, people were logging and clearing the forests. Meg never gave up or gave in. She studied, invented, and persevered, not only creating a future for herself as a scientist, but making sure that the rainforests had a future as well. The resource includes a lesson plan/book card, a design challenge, and copy of a design thinking journal that provide guidance on using the book to inspire students' curiosity for design thinking. Maker Challenge: Your community has many different areas to explore - it might be a park, a grocery store, a forest, or an alley. For some people, it might be difficult to explore these areas because they may have differing abilities. Select one area in your community, and come up with a plan to build a way for it to be more accessible to everyone.

A document is included in the resources folder that lists the complete standards-alignment for this book activity.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Reading Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
REMC Association of Michigan
Provider Set:
Promoting STEM in Literature
Author:
REMC Association of Michigan
Date Added:
07/12/2023
Life Science for Middle School (Teacher's Edition)
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CK-12 Life Science Honors For Middle School covers seven units: Understanding Living Things; Cells: The Building Blocks of Life; Genetics and Evolution; Prokaryotes, Protists, Fungi, and Plants; The Animal Kingdom; The Human Body; and Ecology.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Wilkin, Douglas (Editor)
Date Added:
04/21/2010
MEECS Ecosystem and Biodiversity 3rd Edition: Section 3 - Lesson 3.2
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LESSON DESCRIPTIONStudents will research potential careers of stakeholders involved in making land use decisions then engage in a role-playing scenario about a proposed dam removal in their community.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Date Added:
09/06/2023
Manned Mission to Mars
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This lesson will discuss the details for a possible future manned mission to Mars. The human risks are discussed and evaluated to minimize danger to astronauts. A specialized launch schedule is provided and the different professions of the crew are discussed. Once on the surface, the crew's activities and living area will be covered, as well as how they will make enough fuel to make it off the Red Planet and return home.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Chris Yakacki
Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Geoffrey Hill
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
The Most Magnificent Thing Resources - Promoting STEM Through Literature (PSTL)
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A young girl has a wonderful idea to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl repeatedly tries and fails. Eventually, she quits, but a walk with her dog and time to think, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. The resource includes a lesson plan/book card, a design challenge, and copy of a design thinking journal that provide guidance on using the book to inspire students' curiosity for design thinking. Maker Challenge: Create small groups. Pass out one of the challenges listed in the lesson plan/book card to each group for them to come up with an invention that will solve the problem at hand.

A document is included in the resources folder that lists the complete standards-alignment for this book activity.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Reading Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
REMC Association of Michigan
Provider Set:
Promoting STEM in Literature
Author:
REMC Association of Michigan
Date Added:
07/12/2020
One Plastic Bag Resources - Promoting STEM Through Literature (PSTL)
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Isatou Ceesay observed a growing problem in her community where people increasingly disposed of unwanted plastic bags, which accumulated into ugly heaps of trash. She found a way to be the agent of change by recycling the bags and transforming her community. The resource includes a lesson plan/book card, a design challenge, and copy of a design thinking journal that provide guidance on using the book to inspire students' curiosity for design thinking. Maker Challenge: Use plastic bags to develop a new product (i.e. jump rope).

A document is included in the resources folder that lists the complete standards-alignment for this book activity.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Reading Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
REMC Association of Michigan
Provider Set:
Promoting STEM in Literature
Author:
REMC Association of Michigan
Date Added:
07/12/2020
OpenSciEd - Science Materials Middle School Learning
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OpenSciEd middle school is NGSS-aligned science curriculum. Designed for all students and teachers, OpenSciEd includes student-facing materials as well as teacher guides. As with most instructional materials, excellent professional learning for teachers should be provided. For more information in Michigan contact the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network, starrm@mimathandscience.org

Subject:
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
03/19/2021
Oso Mudslide - Before and After
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In this lesson, students take on the role of a county official tasked with spreading awareness of the disaster. Using imagery of the affected area, they create a web mapping application that allows users to easily compare the area before and after the disaster. Users should also to be able to measure the extent of the impact. Lastly, the app should link to additional material about the landslide.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Michigan Virtual
Author:
GRACE Project
Date Added:
12/27/2016
Past and Present Climate, Fall 2008
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" This course introduces students to climate studies, including beginnings of the solar system, time scales, and climate in human history. It is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students with different requirements."

Subject:
Chemistry
Physical Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Boyle, Edward
Emanuel, Kerry
Wunsch, Carl
Date Added:
01/02/2012
Splish, Splash, I was Takin' a Bath!
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In this lesson, students will explore the causes of water pollution and its effects on the environment through the use of models and scientific investigation. In the accompanying activities, they will investigate filtration and aeration processes as they are used for removing pollutants from water. Lastly, they will learn about the role of engineers in water treatment systems.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014