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90 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Environmental Education, Science

Students use Google Earth to compare forests that have been logged selectively with those that have not. For an outdoor activity, students create a comprehensive list of all the tree species in their study area.

45 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

In this lesson plan, students address the impact of unsustainable fishing practices, as applied to the case of salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. In session 1, they simulate variation in nutrient input by comparing growth of plants with different concentrations of fish-based fertilizer control. In session 2, students test a simple, computer-based interactive population model to estimate sustainable salmon harvest. Extra sessions will be needed to conduct some of the extend options.

Themes:

  • Forests provide many benefits, including net production of oxygen.
  • Salmon is a popular and healthy food source.
  • Healthy forests filter water.
  • Wood and paper come from forests.
90 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

In this lesson plan, students look at different ways to protect coastlines. Students first use an online tool to find historic tide data in a selected coastal location: The Gulf Coast of the United States. Then students use a hands-on model to explore the use of different materials in protecting coastlines. As they progress, students learn how and why oyster reefs are being used to protect the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. In this STEM lesson, students will get the opportunity to practice and learn across a wide range of disciplines.

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180 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

In this lesson plan, students look at different ways to protect coastlines. Students first use an online tool to find historic tide data in a selected coastal location: The Gulf Coast of the United States. Then students use a hands-on model to explore the use of different materials in protecting coastlines. As they progress, students learn how and why oyster reefs are being used to protect the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. In this STEM lesson, students will get the opportunity to practice and learn across a wide range of disciplines.

100 minutes
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3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Geography, Science

On this virtual field trip, we’ll first travel to the lush, rain-soaked splendor of the Olympic Peninsula and explore the urban watershed of Seattle. The abundant rainfall here provides plenty of water, but keeping it clean and safe can be a challenge. Next, we’ll head to Arizona’s dry, desert landscape and take a tour of the Verde River, one source of water that nourishes this parched land. Here, people and other living things must adapt to a limited water supply, yet sudden and violent storms can dump seven inches of rain in a single night! Join The Nature Conservancy's water scientist Kari Vigerstol on this virtual field trip to find out how geography, people, and water interact in two of America’s “wildly” unique biomes.

90 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

In this lesson plan, students address the impact of unsustainable fishing practices, as applied to the case of salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. In session 1, they simulate variation in nutrient input by comparing growth of plants with different concentrations of fish-based fertilizer control. In session 2, students test a simple, computer-based interactive population model to estimate sustainable salmon harvest. Extra sessions will be needed to conduct some of the extend options.

Themes:

  • Forests provide many benefits, including net production of oxygen.
  • Salmon is a popular and healthy food source.
  • Healthy forests filter water.
  • Wood and paper come from forests.
135 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students will learn about the importance of large-scale forest landscapes and the impacts of deforestation and reforestation with a focus on global climate change. Focus will be given to the carbon cycle and the ways in which forests decrease carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, thereby minimizing climate change, and improving air quality. Consideration will also be given to the ways in which deforestation and forest restoration affect wildlife.

A companion interactive whiteboard presentation that incorporates video and glossary terms used throughout this lesson is provided to use in classroom instruction (see Downloadable Resources to download).

200 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Civics and Government

Lesson 6 explores a game-changing action in real time: How to use our constitutional rights to limit the power of a centralized government, drawing on real examples from the youth-driven, game-changing climate cases in federal and state courts. Students explore: (1) constitutional rights cases, trial proceedings, and legal concepts like standing; (2) climate justice as constitutional rights cases, how the court recognizes new fundamental rights, and the Public Trust Doctrine; (3) remedies in constitutional rights cases and how youth might engage in local climate recovery actions to support their peers; and (4) how these constitutional rights cases proceed through the U.S. judicial system. Students gain an understanding of how values, law, science, and politics interface when addressing complex public problems with multiple perspectives.

300 minutes
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5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Science

Many elements are interconnected and function together to create the natural and productive living system that is your garden. Look to the end of this activity guide for additional lesson plans, activity guides, and videos that can help you bring together soil, water, habitat, food, and community to explore your dynamic garden ecosystems.