|Title of Presentation or Activity
||Here is a simple activity that demonstrates to students the effects of water erosion on rocks. During the activity, students will observe the effects of water erosion on the rocks and in the water. This activity can be used for a variety of lessons. The simplest of which would be to have the students make qualitative observations about the rocks and the processes occurring.
|Climate Change and You!
||This activity challenges students in approaching a real-world problem and has students investigate how different countries influence the world's climate. Students will learn about the atmosphere and the different gases in the atmosphere and how the gases contribute to global warming.
|Coal Power...How Does it Work?
||Learn about coal power plants, and the detrimental effects these plants have on worker’s health and the environment.
|Coastal Population Pressure
||This is a lesson over coastal population pressure. It begins by introducing the topic with a PowerPoint presentation. It elaborates on the relationship between the environment, population, disease, and other variables. Following the presentation there is an activity where the students model a crowded coast. A supplemental presentation over infection and links to games reviewing how we affect the environment are included.
|Common Ancestry: Finding the Proof
||This lesson begins with a demonstration describing adaptations of mammals to motivate the students to think about anatomical similarities and differences between species. An interactive PowerPoint presentation follows this engagement activity describing proof of common ancestry based on the fossil record, biogeography, and homologies. The lesson also features a video that explains how a complex set of genes called homeotic genes have been found in all species of animals, including sea creatures, and are responsible for body segmentation in crustaceans, like lobsters, crabs and shrimp. In humans, this same family of genes is responsible for creating our segments, such as our spine and ribs. This video also addresses how these species have evolved over millions of years as nature finds new ways to use their genetic material. Finally, students will explore common ancestry by using a data table and Venn diagram to create Cladograms, a diagram showing the degree of relationship between different organisms.