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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. 
Common Equine Skin Diseases  This lesson covers common equine skin diseases including: causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Located within the slide show are videos which cover a disease in a greater depth than the slides themselves. An around the room activity serves as a small review for students to evaluate what they have learned before the assessment. The assessment is a fill in the blank, true/false test.  
Community Activity: Quilt Fundraiser  In this fun, team-building activity, students use math, science, technology and English skills to create a school-wide quilt contest. For the contest, one class serves as the organizer, while each grade level competes, representing a different cause. The contest raises money for the winning quilt’s organization while requiring the sponsoring class to use their writing, reading, communication, math, and researching skills. 

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".

Major funding for the PEER Program is provided by John Deere,
National Science Foundation, the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
and the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).