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Biodiversity in Ecosystems  Students simulate biodiversity in a forest and see first hand how biodiversity contributes to survival of species. 
Biogeochemical Cycles: the Carbon & Nitrogen Cycles  This lesson covers the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle, as these elements cycle through the environment between atmosphere (air), biosphere (living organisms), lithosphere (earth’s surface and crust) and hydrosphere (water) undergoing changes in form as they move throughout their storage pools. Each process will be described so that students will understand exactly how carbon and nitrogen move throughout the cycle and change form. The importance of these elements to organic compounds (life) is stressed as well as human induced changes (global warming, carbon emissions, and nitrogen fertilizer) and the effects of an imbalanced cycle.  
Biomes & Ecosystems  The purpose of this lesson is to teach students about biomes, ecosystems, and the roles that different organisms play with their ecosystem in the transfer of energy and nutrients. There are nine different activities listed to help teach the students the lesson using different approaches that include: an online quiz, create a food web/habitat online, creating a food web project on paper, learning about biomes through an interactive website, student directed presentations on the different parts of an ecosystem, student directed skits on ecosystem aspects, and a mural for the entire class to make of their local geographical region. Detailed instructions, required supplies, and links all provided. You can pick and choose which activities to use; single activities can stand alone or be used in conjunction with one another. 
Bioterrorism and Biosecurity  This lesson provides an introduction to the concepts of both bioterrorism and biosecurity and how they specifically affect agriculture. This is accomplished through a PowerPoint lesson reviewing the main concepts of both, and also through activities intended to further explain these threats to a country. The activity following the lesson allows students to visualize the spread of disease, and a corresponding activity allows for evaluation of what they have learned. 
Blow It Up  This activity focuses on measuring respiratory values. By measuring lung capacities and respiratory rates, the students will use the resulting data to first predict, then test their hypothesis.  

The PEER Program is composed of three grants entitled "GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools", "Integrating Environmental Health Science in Rural Schools," and a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) entitled "Science Promotion in Rural Middle Schools".

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